What’s that sign?

What’s that sign?

Caution! A skinhead and his short friend with clutch purses wearing long black jackets have been spotted holding arms in this area

I need some help understanding the signs here. What do you think this one could mean?

 

A love letter to geek Gods: Sexy boys speak Java, C++ and PHP

A love letter to geek Gods: Sexy boys speak Java, C++ and PHP

I’ve always secretly dreamed of being a developer. There’s just so much appeal to that world for me. The foremost being that I have a strange attraction to guys who can code like geek Gods, their weapons of choice have tough masculine names such as Python, Java (think hot melting Lava), C++ and PHP, rarrrr. Sensitive guys and experts on guitar also do it for me too, but that’s another story.

My programming skills don’t really extend beyond the realm of the compulsory university html class I took in my undergraduate degree. Sure, I’ve dabbled with making websites and, more honestly, breaking websites, but at the end of the day here I am opting for the ease of Word Press ready-made plugins. My true tech skill is extraordinary using. Yeah, that’s right, you heard it here first, I use software. I get all up in that software, I click things, I open every page on websites I use the search tools and I navigate around, a whole heap.

Although to a normal person, let’s say, looking at the activity on my laptop over my shoulder in the library (not looking at anyone specific,  ahem), it seems I’m clicking things like a mad person, going places no one really wants to go, navigating to the same place again but from a different menu. And maybe I am. Maybe the reality is that’s all I’m doing. But in my mind, I’m on a great voyage of crime fighting discovery.

My affection of doing this has made me think that maybe I could have taken up a role as a Tester in a software development company. I personally prefer to call these dudes software warriors.  You see, inside software exists these terrible little demons, there are potentially thousands of them, with many different names you may recognize, like ”error 404 page” for example. In the industry they call these terrors “bugs”. A Tester’s job is to hunt out these bugs like a Grey Hound on crack. Once they find them they send in the muscle, the programmers, to beat the bugs up and kick them out. Really, I’m swooning just thinking about it. I should move on before this thing gets sexual.

I realized in my first marketing class that I’d be described as what you call an “earlier adopter”. If there is something new then I’m keen to give it a try, I’m a curious mind. I occasionally scroll through pages of new tech start-ups just so I can try out their software in the alpha or beta phase. But the reality is that I get frustrated with established software because simple things which would make the user-experience simpler are overlooked. Take Twitter for example. I know it’s all the rage, but really, in my opinion the user experience could be so much better. I get that the whole idea is that it’s supposed to be simple, but I have so many questions for the design team: Why on earth aren’t comments threaded? Why is it so ugly? Shouldn’t small URLs be generated automatically, or can’t we just use hyperlinks? I could go on, as that is how my mind works. I like improvements and unlike 90% of my Facebook friends, I am really excited about the new changes on Facebook and have already implemented the early release timeline on my page. I just wish everyone had relentless goals for software improvement.

I love technology and I especially love using well made, user friendly, beautiful clean software.
Developers and designers – they’re virtual reality crafting super-brains, who along with programmers, the sexy bug-fighting coding wizards, I will forever have a crush on. Thanks for all the wonderful software you enrich my life with. I think of you when scrolling your pages and clicking the buttons you coded with your own eight fingers and opposable thumbs.

Forever an admirer, early adopter software junky, Amanda.

Professional photography: Gear to get started

Professional photography: Gear to get started

| Accompanying song: Bon Iver- Holocene |

BON IVER “Holocene” from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.


 I got into photography when I was a kid and fill of awe of the beauty around me, learnt the basics, experimented and dreamed of owning a high quality camera, one day, when I was old and rich.

Producing professional looking photographs requires a foundation of three things creativity, technical skill of the photographer (invest in learning about photography and how to edit images, then experiment, a lot – i’ll help you out with this part in future posts), and high-quality camera equipment, no compromises, enough said. With that behind us, I’m going to fill you in on how I managed to produce professional looking images well before I was old and rich, on the cheap.  (more…)

Moving-on, and a big fat Chilean lunch

Moving-on, and a big fat Chilean lunch

It seems that I’m a bit of a late bloomer. I’ve now been in Chile for four months, and haven’t done much travelling out of Santiago. I haven’t visited the sites in the south, Easter Island, Argentina or Brazil that I know I “must see” – before you start, I have already had to handle the shocked reactions of the locals, so please do your best to hold back your gasps ;). I myself thought I would have travelled more by now, but it’s just been the way things have turned out with my travel companions and their plans changing. So my travel plans keep getting put off to later.

This being said, (more…)