My theme for this update focuses on my struggles to push forward into new areas as I leave many other interests on hold. I seem to naturally prefer to maintain vast "to do" lists and I perform best when approaching the "final hour." It is as if I am always tooling for upcoming production. Lately I find myself revisiting some of those past items.
Last week, my YouTube guy updated his web devolpment guide for 2019. So, I spent some time going through it and revised my study plan that I had only just created not very long ago. It was tedious, but the new guide is more thorough and has a more current outlook (things change a bit from year to year).
My study plan grew a little bit and as I worked through it again I learned more about each area. I researched each of the tools a bit more and refined my selection of tools to learn.
I am still doing an exhaustive familiarization of all of the basic tools. For example, I picked out a free image editing software program that will help me gain some skills in that area without going full blown Adobe Photoshop crazy. I just want to do some basic photo enhancing and be able to manipulate some simple graphics for now.
Here's a tool that I have started using to strip metadata off of images. Since I am putting this stuff out in the public domain, I don't want to attract unwanted attention to personal information about me or others.
I resurrected that graphics tablet I got a few years back. Not sure why, but it seems like a tool I can put to some productive use for image editing. It is kind of awkward to shift from mouse to pen, but I think it will be worth some effort.
The manual dexterity required to pen simple handwriting is surprisingly challenging. I have always thought that most people I see using digital pens on videos aren't very good at it. Now I know why.
I still had that big box in the shed from when I brought my new trailer home last week. I managed to finally get outside in the late afternoon on Christmas Eve.
All the parts were loosely packed inside the plastic body of the trailer's tray. It made a lot of noise while I was flipping the box along its side. All of the small parts were bagged and everything arrived in good shape with no missing parts.
The kit was pretty easy to assemble and reminded me of putting a bicycle together out of the box. I have done that many times late into the evening on a Christmas Eve.
The trailer is just a tad bit bigger than I had anticipated. But, it is pretty hefty and well built. It should do the trick nicely for what I need.
In particular, it has a wider stance than I had imagined. This will, of course, provide good stability. The top of the tray sits about the same height as a wheelbarrow and it looks like the capacity for safe hauling is equivalent to maybe two wheelbarrow loads. I like it.
Well, I have lots of stuff I need and want to get done, but I am pushing hard on the computer stuff as much as I can. This ladder found its way back into the living room again. I want to cut a piece of cardboard/styrofoam to fit in the filter slot. Sounds simple enough, but I do tend to be lazy at times still. Anyway, as I am sitting here on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it occurred to me that the ladder has a similar shape and color as a Christmas tree sitting in the living room.
So thats all I have for the moment. It is still taking me enormous amounts of time fretting over details as I am still a very novice web developer. Using these updates as a way to push myself into doing whatever I can is working out well. I think it will help me to gain a good amount of skill and experience that is more real world than schoolwork.
As I learn more I am going to keep changing things up here and playing around with some mock content as well. Hopefully it will provide some entertainment value and keep this whole thing a bit more interesting. To end off, I am trying out a simple animation technique I just learned...