Changing topics

Tomorrow I will be starting a course in C# with this book using the Microsoft Visual Studio environment at Cleveland State University, and I probably will blog some on that here. Hoping for the best with that, my financial papers are late and I will have no books for 2 to 3 weeks, but I am not worried about it for several reasons; I take good notes and have the internet (and someone will let me copy critical pages on a copier I hope, I did for others before), and I have some hours invested in Visual Studio. If you can’t control it, why worry? Two computer courses (C# and a review course called Invitation to Computing, no book for that course believe it or not), an art course called Intro to Western Art Since 1400 (Michelangelo and De Vinci!) and a one credit career outlook type of thing that is mandatory for co-ops. That will be 13 credits, and I have no plans on anything but finding work after the semester, I have no desire to do another couple years of full time school, I want a job even if I must go back to factory work. Yet I have to experience University learning once, not working what have I too loose. I hear the grades you got at Community College stay the same at a University usually, so it should be fun. Looking forward to just being around a bunch of people again!

It is great to see that Denis also known as Rhodeeum Is Rare as Air   and Melvin aka Fuzzcode’s Blog are still working strong! Your an inspiration guys, and I read all your posts, thanks!

I have been an organizer for the HTML5 course at P2P but it is very much a beginners group. I am thinking of signing on for Jamie’s new thing, the old thing is done and over.  I must admit the man has a real talent for an on-line learning experience, this time there will be no disappointment.

I also enrolled in a course on “Designing For Communities” a month ago or so and it was helpful. We did something called guerrilla data analysis, which is a great way of tracking what your after, in a nutshell you ask many things of few people vs. many people few things, although that is quite an oversimplification. Here is my excel type work moved from open Office to Google Docs, a really very cool idea.

Love Life out there, Do Good, Try Hard, and Live Well! Leave a comment huh?

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CSS Course and a Joke

I am doing this CSS course and writing feasibility reports for Givecamp. Here is the new CSS course, this site usually gives a free 90 days, if not let me know, you may have to go to the ‘user community’ on Facebook. Here is what I am talking about…. If you hit the header on top, it will take you home and give you a free trial.

This is a funny take on the budget talks going on, George Carlin is dead, and while I don’t like all his stuff, this one hits a home run. Warning, strong language. More in a few days or the end of the week, love life out there!!!

tags and other stuff:

The  br/
and hr/


The break and horizontal rule tags are empty elements, meaning they contain no content and are one sided tags with the closing hash at the end of the </> symbol that WordPress does not like to show as it tries to interpret the tags.

The p tag gives an empty line after closing, also called a carriage return. The br tag gives an empty carriage return line also but the hr tag draws a  line as a separator, but CSS  styling is may be more in favor as there is a clash of style vs. mark up in my mind on this matter. The break tag could be useful for adding in an empty line for marking up a paragraph of poetry,  like a nursery rhyme inside a paragraph. I have also seen the break tag used inside of an anchored href tag viewing source code.

The div and span tags are are container tags which group together other tags into blocks. This allows you to set the properties of the whole block with one tag, instead of having to individually set the same properties for each individual tag within that block. div and span are most useful when working with cascading style sheets.

The main difference between div and span is that div defines a more formal way of dividing a page into sections. It does this by including a line break above and below. On the other hand span does not automatically affect the document in anyway, i.e. it will not force any line breaks.

Looking at the source code of the last link  was a bit of an aha moment, search engine finding (that site is almost 5 years old but still Googles to the first page of calls) and intelligent web site structurearchitecture (good to always be no more than three clicks from home) along with the critical importance of a title all are speaking to me. I see that each topic that is on the side bar architecturally as its own page, with its own title, and that is why as old as it is, it still shows on page one because it is page one relevant to my search even after 5 years. There is information architecture also. Just a quick note on that is that the spider or bot needs to find so many pages of content or the keywords and such may be for not, I read a book by someone who worked at Google and he also said it take like 6 months for the things that they do to happen (bots and spiders). Architecture I think is worth taking in now as it will be needed soon, here are tutorials at Web Monkey.

Comments are important as even the gifted can have a hard time remembering why we did something or what the intent was.

These links go to some Firebug tutorials ( one, two, three, four ), using it takes some getting used too, sometimes I can change something but not always.

The article tag is used when the content contained in it can stand alone, it can be used more than once for this reason.  It may be an important  part of the RSS or syndication feed. Here is an article on syndication feeds. We see in number 3 in this very good article, no pun intended,  that article cannot go inside the blockquote or address tags, use the section tag for this. Also article cannot be nested with another article. I must say that the use of the article tag by the writer of the above is, well it seems to go beyond what they define it for to me, so I am going to start looking at how people use it in view source much more closely, we see viewing his source that he used it one time like most people seem to do.

This is a post that I will update frequently, it is a good way for me to save notes and keep the faith that all things are possible..

Reflections on Week 4

Jack Benny, was was asked for advice on how to be as successful as he was. He replied by saying, that for his entire career he had a note he taped to his dressing room mirror no matter where he went. It said “Someone in the audience had do without to buy a ticket to see you, you had better be that good, and deserving”.

That drove me the last few days, because basically if you want to be on the internet you better be that good!

The Dao of Web Design on the prestigious A List Apart turned 10 years old in April of 2011 as the author, John Allsopp, talks about in this article which pretty much says he is leaving it alone for now, it can still stand on its own feet today. My take away is that there are principles involved, and after that try and be fluid like water, don’t get too hung up or uptight. This stuff take time for one to establish a personality, but experimenting is how you get to the water, got to have something to flow, nothing does not flow. At the time it seems the audience was rigid and doing the same things, with a heavy desire for control as in the sense of reproducing a picture from a negative or a file, and wanting it to be the same with every print, but we do not know what HTML work will look like now more than when he wrote that because there are so many ways for the web to be accessed. This is called the responsive design movement, which is like a reward for adhering to clean principles in how you work with the big three, HTML/CSS/Javascript. I call it a reward because you can’t see it, but if it’s working most everyone else can on the screen or tool they are using. With HTML5 out it is a good time to get into this stuff, there is a lot of dead wood probably unwilling to learn the changes but without fresh ideas to show, well you got nothing, it is just a good time to get into this. This is another article on A List Apart that about responsive design that starts off with a line out of the Dao of Web Design.

 

The World Around You Part 3- Week 4

This is a Paragraph. The parts represent one idea.

This is a div, it defines a division in hierarchy and is a block element, element is a fancy way of saying tag.

This is an article, the article can be a group of thoughts on a topic.

This is a header, actually it is a cutting head.

This is a nav, actually it is a gage wheel for newbies, but you find your way around it!

This is a footer, actually it is a foot pedal bar that makes the brake move.

This is the blockquote, this gets explained in the document. At the suggestion of my friend Terrytek I have made a “new and improved” htm doc on this tag, thank you Terrytek!

This is the ordered list, actually it is a scale or a ruler. For some reason I have to cheat and put a period above the next picture or I get no space here, it’s a fix but darn if I can figure that out.

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This is the unordered list, bunch of sheets.

This is the definition list, actually it is defines conversations in a chart.

This is a span, actually it is hand cutters.

This is time, one of those things that is simple yet beyond comprehension.

Reflections Week 3

THIS is some work for this week. When it is better I will repost it, it’s the best I have so far,much more work is needed. I will play with it more on Notepad, Reading other blogs was a help with the linking.

I found on top of Notepad++ “run” in the tool bar, I guess I overlooked that before.