My Writings. My Thoughts.
Please forgive me if you find any problems or missing content. I have moved my site to a new hosting provider and am trying to make the change as seamless as possible. Let me know in the comments if you see anything that needs to be fixed.
WordPress 3.0 is out today, and I upgrading with out any issues as usual. Check out the video embedded below for a nice summary of the new features. This is the most anticipated WordPress release to date. The theme I am working on will be built to use all of the new features, but that is a ways down the road for me anyway. But seriously; watch the video!
I was hoping to get another post done before my camping trip this weekend, but I didn’t. It’s started so I will have to finish it up when I get back. In the meantime I’m going to have some good fun. It’s been forever since I’ve been camping.
So now I’m officially signed up as a FaceBook developer. It started out with me thinking it would be cool to add the FaceBook Like buttons to my website. After a little research I found a very nice WordPress plugin called Simple FaceBook Connect. It’s very easy to set up. You have to sign up as a FaceBook developer and get an API key. So now My Kung-Fu Is Strong has an official FaceBook page. It’s nothing special right now, but it’s another step in the process. I’m pretty proud actually. Even though the “app” is just a link to my website as this point I still think having a presence on FaceBook for my site is pretty cool. Eventually I will do more with it, but at this point I have the Like buttons on each post and you can sign in with your FaceBook accounts to make comments.
Today, just now, my youngest daughter lost her first tooth. Exciting times for a four year old. She told me that the tooth fairy is going to bring her a million dollars. Makes me wonder what kind of car she is going to want or what kind of money she is going to need for college. I guess we’ll just have to cross that road when it comes.
I finally got my logo done. Thinking of something to use was the hardest part.
How I did it
- Once I got the idea for the shuriken made of code I found an image of a shuriken I liked the shape of on the web.
- Then I used my Wacom tablet to make a selection around it.
- Created a new file with a transparent background.
- Copied the selection to the new file.
- Took a screenshot of my sites code in my favorite editor.
- Pasted the screenshot onto the background.
- Created a mask layer revealing the selection.
- Moved and transformed the background image until I like it’s position.
- Then added a drop shadow and bevel to the image using layer styles.
Nothing too advanced but I turned out to my liking.
I know that mastering anything can take many, many years if you’re lucky; sometimes a lifetime but only if you’re really dedicated.
This year I decided that this is the year that I change the way I am; the way I do things. I turned 30 last year and I was thinking about all of the things that I have said I want to or am going to do, but never get around to them. For me, this list had continued to grow to be a list larger then I can track. You see, I have an undying thirst for knowledge. I like to learn about so many different things, such that if I were given 5 of my lifetimes and never wasted a moment I might be able to learn a little bit about everything I have an interest in today. However, every time I learn something new I also learn that there are more things involved and those things get added to the list of things I wish I could learn. It’s a never ending loop; hence the things I want to learn but never have the time.
I was inspired by a friend of mine who was telling me about his plan to get to where he wants to be. He knew what he had to do and had a detailed plan on how to get there. I let him know that the planning part is where I always seem to fail. I never have enough direction, attainable goals, or structure to me getting things in my personal life accomplished. He offered to help me out and try and get me to the point where I could do this on my own. I am very excited about this and I have been making big changes over the last month.
So in the end do I expect to master (X)HTML? Not right now, I just want to be able to go into a prospective job and say that I know it and be confident that I do actually know it. Maybe someday I will be a master in what I do.
I am currently trying to figure out how I get from me (currently) to Pro. I desire to be the very best at all that I take in, but also realize that goal is not achievable. I am aiming too high; which can be good, but it seems to leave me stuck. I need to take baby steps, but I need instant gratification.