So I have been working on a lot of things lately. And I have gotten to the point that too many things on the go means that I don’t finish as much. Finishing tasks is always something that gives me a confidence boost when it happens. And right now I need something like that.
I have been looking at jobs again, which I really shouldn’t be since it gets my mind in a down place when I realize I am not qualified for those jobs just yet.
I keep saying I’m working on things, but I’m not finishing things and if the experienced working world. If you can’t show something, it’s really hard to pitch it to someone that can’t just read your code and be like oh that’s looking good. Because the reality is that most people can’t do that.
Developer jobs are at the highest demand now and are just going to get bigger and bigger. So in going to just keep trekking and I know that in the next couple months I will be ready, but I got a mountain to climb first.
So, recently I have been crossing more and more off my list of 566 Objectives. I realize that there is still a lot to do, but it is not just a stationary list, without moving. Now it is a list to do, to enjoy doing and to accomplish.
I am very lucky to be able to do the things on this list.
515. Ought to See - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
There is something about English movies that make them seem more like real life. They aren’t holleywoodized, and I always enjoy them much more. This film was no exception. If someone that is reading this, has not seen the movie or read the book, yes it is a book also, I would turn back and maybe watch it.
As a Ewan McGregor fan myself, and two of my top favourite movies of all time are with him as the main actor, I could tell just from the beginning 20 minutes that I was going to enjoy this movie.
A little background of the story is that Dr. Alfred Jones, played by Ewan McGregor is approached by a very wealthy middle eastern man by the name of Sheikh Muhammed, played by Amr Waked to create a place to fish in the Yemen. Not even with a science degree I was like what the heck, how would you even try to do this. Scientific it actually made a lot of sense, and covered everything you actually need for salmon fishing in the right environment.
This movie kinda made me want to f fish, as weird as that sounds.
As the film continued we were able to see parts of different peoples life and how actual life living with a government spouse or significant other can be hard on life as a whole. No matter the label, and also how politicians actually fake what they are able to do just for the attention, which is also something that is more fact than fiction.
Of course this film has heartbreak and love, but it also has a kind of comedy that you would expect with an English film, and the type of humour I love.
All in all, this film was just a joy to watch in general. There didn’t have to be a sexual interaction or something to show that these two characters had feelings for each other. They were open to the idea, and had an emotional powerful conversation and situation that a lot of people could be able to connect to.
Would I Watch this Film Again: Strongly Yes
Notes: A nice movie to relax to on a Saturday night, with a cup of tea or on a train. This movie can be watched during different feelings you are going through, and I think that is what makes it not just a good movie, but a great one.
258. lynda.com - User Experience Fundamentals for Web Design
There was a lot of information in this lesson, course, whatever you would like to call it, that I have only learnt recently this year. When I was making this list for 566 Objectives I was looking at courses that I know will have general and specific things that are good to keep updated with in the technology world.
These are my highlighted notes from the course:
- Search Engines will most likely take you to different pages other than your main page for your website so you have to make sure that all important information of what your business and what you do is on each page
- Causes People to leave a website: jargon, walls of text and ads
- Graphical Elements that are precent on your page must be directly related or you might confuse people coming to your site
- All the content should speak part of the story you are trying to speak
- Navs horizontal should only have five elements or headers, if more than it should go into a vertical or possibly rethink the organization of them
- NO DROP DOWNS
- Pitt’s Law - Faster to hit, larger targets closer to you than smaller targets further from you
- Detail pages should have a blurb on the top explaining a summary of the page, allowing for the reader to know exactly if this page is worth reading, and what they are looking for. If not, it saves for the user to read it all and find out it is not anything they wanted
- Arranging your Content in three ways: continuous scrolling, Sequenced or Splitting pages
- KEEP TEXT SHORT AND SIMPLE, 48% of americans have below literary level reading
- Bullets and Numbers for lists are a great way to minimize large blocks of code and also are highly likely to be read, since it is not a big paragraph which doesn’t usually get read
- People read pages in F formats
- Homepage should welcome people with new and fresh content every time they come to your site
- Great for links or top tasks are “I want..” “I need…”
- FIVE SECOND TEST should be tested on every page your create
- Things that should not be there are Marketing hype words because they take away from it and even might turn a customer away if they feel like it is over dramatized and fake. Overly complex writing
- YOU NEED TO SHOULD THE COST OF YOUR PRODUCT
- Making forms as painless as possible
- Use times to set context on whatever you are selling ( use natural settlings that a large group can connect to)
- ERROR forms should be bordered red for clarity
- When using different data, ask yourself if your need this, and if it is a video, could a still images be the same effect
- page loading is still important
- Everything connects to a better experience on your site
- SIMPLIFY the Webpage
- Splash pages are bad
- Design aspects are bigger than your organization for person portfolios
There is even more information on this, check out the course if you want to learn more: http://www.lynda.com/Web-User-Experience-tutorials/User-Experience-Fundamentals-Web-Design/103677-2.html
35. Read JPod
This was the first Douglas Coupland book that I have read. My sister is obsessed with him and has been over the years buying his books for me. Most times I will be told that “this book reminds me of you.” I would like to first state that I didn’t hate it, but it was very tough to stay on track of the story. I got some of the side jokes, my personal favourite was the Grand Theft Auto print out of game play.
I connected to the main character more times than one, not when he was digging up bodies, just to set the record straight. But what he was working on, family being family and just general indiscretions he protaked in.
I read every word, except for the 10+ pages of pie, which I would have never found the wrong number. But the front covers as well as random full, extremely full pages of writing.
All in all it was a weird book, but that’s how he writes I have been told, I look forward to reading other stories written by him to see all different weird ways the story plot goes.
Would recommend this to any nerd, geek, or just like humour. To the people that are lame and have no joking capabilities, please do not read this book and instead maybe a manual.
541. Ought to See - Argo
"Argo fuck yourself"
I wasn’t alive when this happened in Iran, nor did I really have that much information about what happened in that country around that time going into the movie. Argo was based on events that happened during the Iran hostage crisis that happened in 1979-1981. It was classified what actually went on behind this story about rescuing the Canadians from Iran till 1997 when they were published.
Argo was based on true events however there is are parts that are argumentative in the story, and there was not extensive details into the length and what the Canadians had to truly go through during those years in hiding. However I believe not going into so much detail was probably for the best, as it was a very violent and unsafe environment in that country at that time.
Argo, even if not knowing anything about it before hand was as interesting and suspensive as I would expect from a Hollywood made movie. It didn’t feel like a documentary, with a monotoned narrator, it moved faster than expected actually, but still being able to grabbing the highlights of what went on. Having not known how the real event ended, being on the edge of my seat as the plane did or did not take off. I won’t spoil it for some who have yet to see it.
Would I Watch this Film Again: Strongly Yes
Notes: It won a hand full of awards in 2012, and it felt like a classic movie, while watching it. As I watched it, I was trying to image what those Canadians must of felt as they were their when this was going on, and the film portrayed in a calm yet meaningful way