Author: RT

Retiring the old theme

Because it’s long overdue. I am (re)learning the Twentyfourteen WordPress theme (and lovin’ it), tinkering with design by creating a child theme. To learn more about WordPress Child Themes, checkout WordPress’ Codex. Goodbye, old theme.  Thank you for your service.   Read More

Awesome UX Design Videos to Get You Started

If you’re just getting into User Experience Design (UX Design), here are three of my favorite videos to get you going with learning UX Design, and always a good watch if you’d like some inspiration.   What the #$%@ is UX Design? This very creative video from UX Mastery will keep you watching every sketch and every step is Read More

National Learn to Code Day 2014

It’s National Learn to Code Day 2014 on September 27, 2014 with Ladies Learning Code and we have our very own session in Saskatoon! I just signed up as a volunteer mentor again and the topic we’ll be learning together is Intro to HTML & CSS: Building a Multi-Page Website .

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Please visit ladieslearningcode.com/codeday/ to learn more and register.

Mark your calendars and add these event details:
Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CST)
Innovation Place
114 – 15 Innovation Boulevard
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2X8
Canada

View the map here to learn where the venue is – Read More

Game Over. Start Over?

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Starting over is hard – people say that all the time but unless you go through it yourself, you don’t really know how hard it is. Maybe some people are more suited for change than others and I am not one of them.

I moved to Saskatoon a few months ago – weather change, total strangers, unemployment. All that came in one heavy swoop. It was stressful, to say the least especially the last one. I am not good at being unemployed. I love work. I like being a web designer/developer and all the challenges that comes with it. Some would say I’m a workaholic but I think it just comes to actually enjoying what you do and I can’t see myself doing anything e
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Here is where my stubbornness kicks in.

Some people around me keep saying – oh you just have to go take any job because you’re starting over – which is not a bad suggestion.  There are tons of different jobs here in Saskatoon and I think any decent work is a good thing and time well spent on. I did construction once and I thought it was a good experience. (So, don’t mess with me, I know power tools.)

 

Acceptance

I am all for making things work. I also have responsibilities and obligations to fulfill and that adds to the pressure of getting employed (no matter what). But even if you know you can do the work sometimes, having a job is not enough. For me who values and enjoy work, it’s a challenge to change careers. It’s hard (and scary) to just change everything, to stop what you love doing and be something else – out of necessity.  It feels like giving up on who you are or selling out because of money. It feels like the woes of a starving artist.

I’m also thinking that it might be just be part pride, might be part ego. That it’ll be easier for me to accept that things are not the same anymore. Acceptance is key. Be flexible, says the fortune cookie I got from a local Chinese restaurant. Bitter pieces aside, change is good; maybe.

 

Linchpin

I’ve been trying to finish the book Linchpin by Seth Godin. It’s a really good book, inspirational yet sometimes I feel like I am being scolded by my elders about what I am doing, about my stubbornness, and the decisions I have been making. I think it’s a good thing because it makes me dig deeper on what I can do, what I can change.

I once rode a bus and the driver was an elderly man who had this awesome radio dj voice. He would call out what stops are coming and when he spoke to people he was very cheerful. I told him he has an awesome voice and he smiled and thanked me. He was a Linchpin. He didn’t need to announce the stops but I think enjoyed it. I think he knew his nice voice makes people smile and that a lot appreciates that he does what he does. He was brave. It was his gift to his passengers like an artist freely showing this passion to the world.

And I know I that’s what I wanted; be an artist in whatever I am doing. Read More

Adventures with Sublime and Emmet

I have long wanted to use Sublime Text and had read a lot of good things about it. I am a loyal Notepad++ user myself and it had so far been my main editor and tool for coding. I took this course over at Tuts+ about Bootstrap as a crash course and the teacher was doing this fancy way of writing code almost instantly. It looked sort of familiar, like I’ve seen it in passing in some article online.

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On further research, I have learned he was using Emmet – a plugin you can install in your editor that will allow you to write magic like the one above (formerly known as Zen Coding). It is available for popular editors that most developers use. The syntax is CSS-inspired so it won’t take long for you to get the flow of things.

 

Editors where you can use Emmet:

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