What the White Rabbit Said

I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date. No time to say “Hello, Goodbye”. I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!
-White Rabbit Alice in Wonderland

Wow. I’m so late with posting this blog today. So late, in fact, that it’s tomorrow already! Let the reader know that when I say “today”, “earlier”, or any other present tense describing adverbs that I am in fact describing yesterday. Now that we have that out of the way we can discuss today’s events.
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Stranger in a Strange Land

And that is what I sought to understand. How one could turn away from such power, give up the Force… and still live. But I see what happened now. It is because you were… afraid.
–Kreia Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

I realized something today. All my negative thoughts, all that I have turned my back on, was because I was afraid. I’m adding a new goal to my list: conquer the fear. Too long have I been afraid of the world. I’ve always made excuses and most used among them was, “I just don’t care.” What have I always been afraid of? The simple answer is failure. Once I let go of that fear I find myself happy. Alive. Not something I’ve felt in a long time.
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Haud Magis Latin

That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.
-Walt Whitman

The day has gone and while I haven’t done anything about the Visual Basic I have begun the designs of a website for a friend of mine. I figure send off a few designs and see what he thinks. He wants to sell T-shirts and asked, since I was in the know, if I could help design the site. There are several questions he needs to answer (such as the cost of materials and distribution) while it’s up to me to figure out the hoops one has to jump through in order to establish a website.
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Penitus Pacis

When you feel life out of focus always return to basic of life. Breathing. No breathe, no life.
-Mr. Miyagi

Another day has gone by and I’ve been unable to solve the problem I’ve had since Wednesday, although I have to admit I haven’t been giving it my full effort. I spent early part of the day working on cleaning my room, and the later day was taken up by work. Post five o’clock I was left to work by myself, most of the other workers go home and the one that doesn’t called in sick. I spent the remaining three hours straightening rugs (which I think is a complete waste of time but it pays). While I was straightening, Kristin, the chick from Home Products, was bored so she decided to help me out so we chatted until it was nearly time to close.
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Low Fuel

Unfortunately my day was wasted. I am spending what remains of it by cleaning out my computer and reorganizing my archive. If I were to come up with one way the day helped me reach my goal it would have to be that I made it home without incident. After class, I turned my car on and realized my fuel was low. I had decided that, while low, I would be able to make a quick detour to my cousin’s home. Once there, I saw that my fuel light was on and I lacked the cash to refuel at the nearby gas station.

I called home and asked my aunt if she would be able to leave me some cash so that I would be able to fill my tank. The problem, however, was reaching home. It seems a miracle that I was able to make it home and then to the gas station without incident. If there is something else I learned today it’s that success sometimes occurs by chance. Careful preparation is the key vanguard against failure.
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I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents…. The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or a malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?
-John Steinbeck

Today I succeeded in completing my User_Question program in VB. Unfortunately, I wasn’t paying too much attention in class today because if I was I would have heard the instructor mention that this was for our class final. All I heard was, “You need to make a program that will calculate the amount, interest, and goal of a student’s account.” So I set off to work… and I’m already done with one of my four class finals and provided the code below.
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Satus Tardus Autem

Never put passion before principal. Even if you win, you lose.
–Mr. Miyagi

Today I write my second blog post as to get this new habit developed per Travis Merrick’s instruction: I want you to do a Seinfeld chain and enter a little every day about what you did to be better programmer. First question I asked myself was, “What the hell is a Seinfeld chain?” A quick Google search yielded the answer. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld was asked how one becomes a better comic. His answer was to write better jokes and one writes better jokes by writing every day. To make a Seinfeld chain all ones needs is a calendar and a big red marker. Each day you write you get to make a big red X on the day you wrote and soon you’ll see a chain develop. If this works for making better comedians my sensei figured that I could utilize it to make me a better programmer.
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I have been encouraged by my technology sensei Travis Merrick to start this blog as means of keeping track of my progress as I work to accomplish my goals. The idea being that every day I write about what I did that day to make me a better programmer and/or something about my journey. My first assignment, to this effect, was to sit outside and imagine I had a magic wand that allowed me to be whatever I wanted to be, specifically, at the age of thirty-five. I was to write everything about my vision of the future. I shall post the results of this exercise.
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