Nowadays, I am inclined to think, as Clark Aldrich writes, that “What a person learns in a classroom is how to be a person in a classroom.”
And, frankly, being a part of the broken, immoral education-industrial complex, the monolithic monopoly forever, futilely trying to reform itself isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The current school system is so f***ed up, it isn’t workable.
Hi! It’s been a while, I know. Katie is nearly finished with college now, but I’ve been busily learning online again!
- Code Academy still rules as far as the resources available and the quality of the lessons they offer.
- FreeCodeCamp is either newer or I’ve just discovered them. In any case, they’re great!
- Skillcrush has some good resources, but as far as I can tell only the 10 day bootcamp, which is very basic, is free. Still, it would be a good introduction for a total beginner.
- Dash is just about HTML, CSS and web design, but it’s quite nice.
The Boss Fight!
The climax to the Samir storyline that has been building throughout all seven volumes of the series, this plot does not disappoint. My only complaint about the book, as with the other six, is that it’s short. Still, it’s as long as it needs to be to tell the story, with nothing extraneous, so I guess it is the right length.
Well, I owe you all an apology. This blog has been abandoned for four years, and a lot has happened in that time.
Katie is married, about to finish college, and expecting her first child!
I went back to work in 2013! I work from home, but I work full time doing technical support for Apple, Inc. as a Senior Technical Advisor. I hope to get back to doing QA, technical writing or business analysis (see my résumé if you’re interested!) but this is a great start. I’ve worked for three years now, so I’ve proven to myself that I can work reliably.
I’ve been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hypermobility type), which explains a great deal, like the fibromyalgia symptoms. EDS is a genetic disorder that affects the connective tissues and, in our case, leads to loose, frequently dislocated joints and chronic pain. (I had asked a pediatric rheumatologist about EDS in Katie many years ago but he blew us off.) EDS is a genetic disorder and there’s evidence of it in two generations of our family, with anecodatal data of it in a third. The fourth generation hasn’t been tested yet but I’m hoping she will be.
The symptoms are still the same, as is the management. I’m on the same medications for management—Lyrica, with occasional opiates and muscle relaxants for breakthrough pain. I stopped taking narcotics on a regular basis a few years back so that I could return to work. Controlling stress is very important, and building up the muscles around joints in order to avoid dislocations is, as well. There’s a lot of documented trouble with dysautomnia, particularly Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), which I seem to have but haven’t taken the nasty tilt table test to have confirmed yet.
But I’m able to work, which is the important thing. I’m in a stable, supportive relationship with my partner Rick, who has no online presence to speak of. We live in metro Atlanta with our dog Harpo and cats Django and Tully and a varying number of kittens fostered from Lifeline Animal Project.
So that’s me. What about you?