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Academy Caritas: Learning to Code, Part 5

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Education, Family, Fun, Geekery, Reading | Posted on 14-07-2012

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Y’all are tired of me doing this, aren’t you? Learn­ing to Code, Part 5.

Well, I had some fun away from the com­put­er when my old­est nephew vis­it­ed today. He’s a non-stop bun­dle of ener­gy! We got the air hock­ey table cleared off for a game. Woof!

And I went to the library and checked out actu­al, phys­i­cal books for the first time in eons, rather than eBooks. That was a trip. I had to learn how to use the self check­out thing all over again. I feel like a lud­dite when that kind of thing hap­pens. I want to shout, “No, I’m not behind the curve, I’m ahead of it!” But the things I need­ed (tech­ni­cal ref­er­ences) were only avail­able from the library on dead trees, so there you have it. I had to lug home many pounds of paper. Hap­py I am to be able to check them out, too, as those books are pricey!

Academy Caritas: Learning to Code, Part 4

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Education, Geekery | Posted on 13-07-2012

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Yet anoth­er post in the ongo­ing dra­ma of an old lady learn­ing new tricks, Learn­ing to Code, Part 4. I actu­al­ly put some of what I’ve learned (not pro­gram­ming, but updat­ed web knowl­edge) to use and re-for­mat­ted my résumé so that it looks much bet­ter (to me, any­way).

Academy Caritas: Learning to Code, Part 3

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Education, Friends, Geekery | Posted on 12-07-2012

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Today’s main post is at Acad­e­my Car­i­tas, Learn­ing to Code, Part 3.

I spent part of the day help­ing Steven with his new web site, which was fun. I’m look­ing for­ward to read­ing lots of food porn there. Y’all go over and say hel­lo, please?

Workshop Today

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Work | Posted on 11-07-2012

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So today I attend­ed a voca­tion­al reha­bil­i­ta­tion work­shop called Oasis. I don’t recall what that stands for, but they want­ed to iden­ti­fy my inter­ests, apti­tudes, and abil­i­ties to help me go back to work. Yes, that’s what I’m aim­ing towards. It’s a slow process, though. They warned us yes­ter­day that it will take three months to actu­al­ly get any help from them!

So essen­tial­ly I spent the day in a room with 18 strangers (night­mare time to me), doing high school guid­ance coun­selor stuff. At least I got a lot of read­ing time in 🙂 And on the bright side, I jumped through a nec­es­sary hoop towards get­ting back to work.

Sleepy, Sleepy

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Education, Fun, Geekery, Reading | Posted on 10-07-2012

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I stayed up WAY too late last night study­ing pro­gram­ming. Yes, for fun. That’s my idea of fun, any­way. I’ve been yawn­ing all day as a result, and I should already be in bed tonight because I need to be up ear­ly tomor­row. So this will be brief.

I’ve been enjoy­ing cor­re­spon­dence with a dear old friend over the last few days. Isn’t love­ly how, with some peo­ple, you can be out of touch for a decade and pick right up where you left off as if no time at all had passed?

I got to vis­it both a book­store and a library today. I’m a hap­py bib­lio­phile 🙂

Academy Caritas: Learning to Code, Part 2

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Announcement, Education, Geekery | Posted on 09-07-2012

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Yet anoth­er Acad­e­my Car­i­tas post today, Learn­ing to Code, Part 2. That’s what I’ve been doing for most of the day!

Academy Caritas: Learning to Code, Part 1

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Announcement, Geekery | Posted on 08-07-2012

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Today’s main post is at Acad­e­my Car­i­tas, Learn­ing to Code, Part 1.

How­ev­er, I’d also like to say thanks to James and Steven for the love­ly vis­it and the chance to get out of the house for a change!

Fibrant Living: Canaries Are Us

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Announcement, Health | Posted on 07-07-2012

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I missed men­tion­ing an FL post yes­ter­day! It’s one that has been in the works for a while, Canaries Are Us.

Last Library Visit

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Fun, Reading | Posted on 07-07-2012

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Plinky asked, “When was the last time you vis­it­ed a library?”

Library books.

About a month ago, when I renewed my Gwin­nett Coun­ty library card so I could check out dig­i­tal items from that library. Dekalb County’s library doesn’t have e-books yet, and they make up 99% of my book read­ing habits these days.

I adore libraries. I have good mem­o­ries of them that go back to being 5 years old or so and vis­it­ing a Cobb Coun­ty library branch that had a play­ground as well as a good children’s sec­tion. Mom was will­ing to take us there pret­ty fre­quent­ly over the next three years, since the books kept me busy and the play­ground kept my sis­ter, and even­tu­al­ly my broth­er, busy.

One of the first things I do when mov­ing to a new place is find the clos­est library and get a card. Any time I see a new library, I want to stop, even if I can’t get a card. I’m just curi­ous as to what THIS one will hold, what it’s like inside. I adore the peace and qui­et, the rev­er­ence for learn­ing in libraries. They’re love­ly retreats, but most could use more com­fy chairs.

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Geeky Squee!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Geekery | Posted on 06-07-2012

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Those with sharp eyes might notice that the “ran­dom quote” wid­get there in the right-hand col­umn has changed to a fanci­er one, and a page with all the quotes in the data­base has been added to the site, too. I switched to a new plu­g­in, but was also able to remem­ber some­thing I’d near­ly for­got­ten about SQL that allowed me to trans­fer all 824 quotes from one plu­g­in to anoth­er with­out hav­ing to re-type all of them. I’m so hap­py I did a lit­er­al geek hap­py dance around the house!

If any­body out there knows a LOT about trans­fer­ring posts from an old ver­sion of Word­Press (php 4 data­base) to a new­er one, I could use some help. I’ve got­ten stuck try­ing to recov­er the old posts from Katie’s blog and things just keep error­ing out. All the oth­er sites came across just fine, but the export func­tion on hers wouldn’t work so I can’t use the sweet lit­tle importer and have to actu­al­ly much with the SQL direct­ly, and keep get­ting SQL errors with­out intel­li­gi­ble error mes­sages (my only access is through php­MyAd­min).