A fly by of life

I went through my site and realize I haven’t posted in a while. Life is moving at a million miles an hour it seems. Work has been great, personal life is getting better, and life seems to be moving forward again.

Fun

I haven’t had the time to do more 3D printing. Although my printer seems to randomly turn off and back on (fraction of a second) for no apparent reason.  I’m thinking there is a short somewhere, but I haven’t had time to track it down. I also plan on buying a raspberry pi and hooking it up with octoprint and hooking up to a webcam. So I can move the printer to my garage and just keep tabs on prints, and even print straight from my pc. (Technically I can print from my PC now, i just have to be next to my printer to do it. I am hoping to do it via my network.)

I haven’t had time for my traditional “deep” thought, or when I have I’ve just wanted to relax. I have taken playing League of Legends again.  Although I find the community is awful. I would say 2 out of every 5 games I play I consider uninstalling the game and wonder if it is possible for the human race to be so incompetent, ignorant, and hateful, and still survive the decade as a species. But I find this is not limited to League.  I tried to play Hero’s of the Storm and Dota 2 and found people are the same regardless of the game. So, since I like League better than the others I’ve been playing that one.

Professional

I have been studying “Clean Code” (https://cleancoders.com/) in my free time, and have learned a lot about professional coding. Which I wish I had been taught or learned much earlier in my professional programming career. But here is to continually learning and getting better!

I have also learned a new programming language! Python is now a part of my stack. I’ve been coding in python for 6 months now, and I still have a lot to learn. But I’m finding I REALLY like the language. It does have it’s short comings, I feel like it isn’t true OOP, but that it is close enough. I am required to use 2.x version of python for my work, but I hear that they have resolved a number of the problems I have in 3.x.

I’ve also been working with Salesforce DX, and looking at a lot of the enhancements they are offering. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say more at the moment, but it looks very interesting.

Personal

I’ve had the flu for the last 3 days, and it has been horrible. People! If you are sick, please don’t go to work and spread the sickness. Especially if you work with the public. I can fully understand and appreciate needing money and needing to work, and not having enough sick time etc.. But seriously the flu is awful please don’t spread it if you can help it.  That said I’m doing pretty good, feel like I’ve been pummeled in the gut but otherwise ok.

I’m also trying to figure out how to help the world around me, and as I’m looking around I see tons of people’s need, a lot of people who abuse themselves and those around them, and I have a limited amount of resources (time/money/life). I want to help people, but it is hard to not be cynical when you see people who abuse help, and when you know there must be people out there who really need help. So, I’ve been looking for the last few months, and I haven’t found a good answer yet.  I also know a lot of people who make a public show of helping others.  I’m not kidding they only give help when camera’s are rolling, or someone is keeping track of it. I mean that literally. They either want to be seen in a certain light OR they want the publicity OR something… They see charity as a form of advertising, even when it is personal.  That has really turned me off to a lot of the charity stuff recently. When charity is given expecting something in return… it isn’t charity. It’s business. Even if what is expected is being seen a certain way, or positive branding (self or business). If you want me to see you as genuine… give so no one knows and you don’t get anything out of it, that includes tax returns. Sorry that is my soap box for the moment. A group I know has started “pushing” the use of a mobile app to track the hours and money given to charities so they can use it for advertising… and that really churns my stomach.  I am glad that people are being helped… but the motives are purely selfish. I haven’t figured out how to reconcile this. I think motives are as important as what you do.  But maybe I’m just old fashioned.

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