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If it doesn’t skip to 18:52 secs, then skip there. If not, enjoy my favourite episode of the English dub of Sailor Moon. Yup, Time Bomb. Why is this one my favourite? Because it’s the first episode I watched when the show originally aired in September of 1996 and I fell in love. Yes, love and I’ve never stopped loving Sailor Moon.

Also, the “Sailor Moon Says” is one of the few I actually remember because I still struggle with it.  Despite how much Sailor Mercury tells me to slow down and do it right the first time, I am impatient and often need to do it again and again and again. And I’m a bit of a freak show as soon as I think I am gonna be late… but that’s another story.

I’m actually listening to the episode as I type this…

Anyway…

I made it through html Tables in codeacdemy. I’m so fancy now! I’m really updating my mad 1998 html skillz. The reason why I gained html skills in the first place was Sailor Moon.  Gather around kids and I’ll tell you a story of when the Internet was grey and blue. When Netscape was the browser of choice and getting anything with an ‘@’ was baffling.  Srsly, what’s circle A?

Well I was a young anime nerd (or Japanimation as we called it back then) I needed my fix. I blame the 80s dub of Nausicaa and the Valley of Wind (called Warriors of the Wind) it ignited for my passion for anime (not so much anymore) and I knew there had to be more Sailor Moon out there; I just needed to find it. When my family first got the internet and I was not impressed. There were a lot of government sites and it was very ugly. Grey and blue.  Dull. The computer we had the internet on was in the factory, and if you were in the factory my dad would very quickly find you a task. It didn’t help that the computer was stained yellow from cigarette smoke. All reasons I didn’t want to use this internet.

Eventually I realized: “Hey wait, maybe there are other people that like anime.” And there was! (Luckily we got another computer with the internet for the house)

Of course the websites weren’t great, and there was that period of time when Netscape seemed to only ping back porn sites.  I wasn’t interested in porn back then. Not that it was really geared towards me. I learned to use Internet Explorer, found the search engine Alta Vista and bang! “Sailormoon” or “Sailor Moon”  jackpot!  But, other than Hitoshi Doi’s site there weren’t a lot of great sites, and in particular, there weren’t a lot of image sites. The ones there were great I can’t seem to remember their names…

I collected a lot of Sailormoon images, mpegs and realvideo files and decided to build my own website. A Chrono Trigger themed website called Enhasa – City of Dreams that was a huge collection of things I liked. (I’ve linked a post I wrote a while ago. I worked on that site until about 2003, when I accidentally destroyed it in web art related mess…)

I watched Sailor Moon Stars in weekly clips over a dial up connection. Part of the reason I even use a computer is because I needed more Sailor Moon. I learned how to make animated gifs because there were no Sailor Starlight transformation gifs. And Seiya is the best, s/he deserves lots of animated gifs.

In 1999, and 2000, I made two high school webprojects. One of them I got 125% because my webskills were impressive back then; they are laughable now.  When I applied for my BFA – Visual Arts it was still a biggish deal that I knew HTML because hypertext was still pretty new in the art world.

It’s entirely Sailor Moon‘s fault I am on the internet.

Doing Codeademy is a kind of homecoming for me.

Yes, I realized I should write about <table></table><tr></tr><td></td> but I’ve peaked ahead to CSS and it seems irrelevant.  What I have to say about tables is that they remind me of Sailormoon and my first website. I never put my images in tables. I did thumbnails eventually, but I really didn’t like the coldness of a table.  So that’s that. 

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I gave up or lost track of Codecademy sometime last year. I kept meaning to get back to it, but I never did.

I was 44% of the way through Javascript and I’ve decided to dump that for now. Partially, because I won’t remember much of it and two, I really didn’t feel like starting over again.

To motivate myself to continue I chose Web Fundamentals for several reasons.

  1. I use HTML
  2. I learned HTML back in 1998 and could use an update
  3. It’s easier to start something you already kinda know
  4. I will continue to use HTML
  5. I really like HTML

I used a list because that was one of the things I learned. I never used order lists <ol></ol> and unordered lists <ul></ul> and the cute numbering <li></li> before. I’m fairly pleased about that new skill.

HTML has changed since 1998, back then I didn’t use <!DOCTYPE hml> to indicate I was using html. I also never used the comment function <!–Comment here!–>

I’m going to assume that all the changes make it user friendly and versatile.

It is nice to get back to coding and not feel like a fish out of water!

Also, the Web Fundamentals section is better written and far easier to understand then Javascript in winter 2012. I stopped in April 2012, which may be boredom or because I was getting IV iron infusions. However, Web Fundamental may seem better to me because I am already familiar with HTML, but I think it has a lot to do with the fact that immediately you can see the website you are making. It’s motivating to see you progress. Half the time with Javascript I felt like I wasn’t really gaining anything or grasping what I was doing. I hope that changes when I go back to it, because I do intend too.*

With HTML you feel like you are getting somewhere quickly. You might not be the best at it, but with a little bit of work it’s immediately usable. You can create a website very quickly. It’s not gonna be the nicest website, but it’s something. It seems these days webskills are something everyone can use.

*I went and looked at Javascript and they are using the same format as Web Fundamentals. That’s encouraging.

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FYI – Week 3

I finished my Codecademy  week 3 lessons on Sunday. I will write about it later today or tomorrow.  I’ve been working against a couple of deadlines and prepping a test for my students (not to mention a bout of depression, which makes me procrastinate like mad…) In summary, I’m a little behind. But don’t worry. I am very excited to write about week 3, in fact learning about switch operators and ternary operators got me out of my little rut of doom.

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Caught up with Codecademy

With much persistence I blasted through week one and week two of the codecademy lessons.  I was done on Sunday, but didn’t write this post until today). I was overjoyed at the times when I got the correct answer on my first try and knew exactly why it was correct. There are a few times when I completely bungled the entire operation and used the Q&A forums to scan for advice.

I’m still having difficulty remembering certain terms. So, I am slowly making a reference list which I will eventually post (once I start it. :P) .

Overall, Syntax is a problem for me, since I have the typing skills of a 1970s reporter (I mostly use two fingers.) and therefore make a lot of little mistakes. It seems my writing tendency of forgetting articles (words like a, is, was, etc) extends to programing since I am always forgetting the equivalent symbols ( brackets (), quotes “”, semicolon ; etc).

This week  I am setting out to complete week three and do a few of the additional activities

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