I didn’t abandon my path. I’m in Mexico. I’m shaking my world with questions like: Could I live here again? Why do I suffer the Montreal winters when I could skip them? Why is it impossible to NOT eat in Mexico? How does this chaotic country work?
I haven’t written a word and I thought I would spend every evening journaling away trying to harmonize my expatriate state with my desperate need to be with my family.
But meanwhile, I continue to work my way into front-end development.
I have tried to nail down my workflow. Tools, file systems and steps are finally falling into place.
Mexico still is a few years away from the zombie lifestyle that prevails in developed countries. It’s still possible to say Good Afternoon to a complete stranger without sounding creepy. Lots of families still eat together and talk versus people staring at gadgets through mealtime. I guess that what saves Mexicans from utter tech addiction is our addiction to converse.
For the time being, I’m still enjoying food, chaos, sun, color and my country’s endless good humour.
But in the brief interludes of reality I keep working a bit on front-end development and reading about technology.
Work, articles, podcasts and a bit of a rant.
I’ve linked to James Shelley’s work before. This weekend he wrote another fantastic article.
I find him interesting because he doesn’t pontificate like other people. Recently I was visiting a blog I enjoyed and that I found to be a reliable source of information about privacy matters and alternative technologies for working on the “open internet” (in other words, where tracking one’s every move is the norm). This time around I remembered why I stopped following her in 2012. Bad habits are hard to kill. Her whole style relies on saying: you who read me, are very wrong and I’m right. And don’t contact me if you use such and such technology. For someone who claims to wish to educate and help others, this discourse is a turn off.
Inwardly, I smirk at his foolish hypocrisy. How blind he is to his own allegiances! But then I catch myself. How often do I deceive myself with my own destitute duplicity?
Like the guy at the party, I, too, love to preach about the importance of individual choice and personal freedom… and in the next breath I hear myself bemoan other people’s naive unwillingness to be like me.
I have been at war with FB and I tend to pontificate about not using it every chance I get, but is this fair? Do I want people to be like me? Not so much. I care about people informing themselves and I like to discuss and have conversations, but I don’t need to incur in some sort of technological segregation. Snobbism suits no one but Susan Sontag.
- Historia de una práctica difícil
If you read Spanish, this is a very interesting article about creative entrepreneurship by a founder in Spain.
- How to use the HTML5 sectioning elements
- If you look at this picture and don’t get discouraged, then you WILL become a front-end developer.
- Don’t Benchmark Your Success Against Outliers
This is a must read for the rest of us. The millions of people of all ages who are dreaming of something, whether it’s launching a product or making a career change. This article is a reminder that all those stories we read about someone becoming an overnight success are exceptions.
The Web Ahead
There hadn’t been a new episode since November 2013 and suddenly, two in a row. One episode is 2 hours. Many tech goodies here.
I am lucky to be one of the 14 people taking Zoe Rooney’s WordPress theme development beta course. I was sitting in a restaurant in Puerto Vallarta when I saw the newsletter and taking advantage of a quick connection and acting against my personal rule of “no gadgets at the table” I signed up.
WordPress and I are not the best of friends and though I’ve launched two WordPress sites by customizing existing themes, creating a Theme from scratch is still eluding me.
My biggest challenge is putting all the bits and pieces of everything I’ve learned so far into some sort of logical workflow.
I’ve taken courses on Treehouse, Codeschool and Lynda but each of these courses are project-based and teach you a little of everything but Zoe is taking a different approach and judging by the thorough tutorials on her blog and her knowledge of WordPress I think her course might by my missing link.
Lastly, here is my latest client site: Kompass
It’s a Bootstrap based template. I customized it using Hammer for Mac, Sublime Text and Git.
I still don’t have a portfolio site and maybe I never will. My profile on about.me seems surprisingly effective for getting inquiries so I’m settling on that for the time being.
Now, back to sunshine and warm evenings.