This is my Project Journal
Aug. 26, 2019
I have attended a No Code Hackathon this Saturday and have mixed feelings about it. I mostly feel positive about the event, but would like to break it down a little.
Some part of me feels like this was a waste of time. More specifically, we have spent a a whole day coming up with business ideas, doing the market research, making presentations and actually presenting. There are a lot of things I have missed out, but this is essentially what it was. This part of the even was useless and a waste of time. I now know that I want nothing to do with presentation making.
However, what made this event great in the end were the people who attended. These were peopple who were dreaming about making their own business and were pretty active about it. These are the people who understand the value of networking and connections. Additionally, people who stayed up until the end are the ones who cared about the process and knowledge, not just business card exchange.
Great experience. Next time I want to do something more actionable.
P.S. I had way too many beers in the end. Totally embarassed.
Aug. 23, 2019
Came to realization (after reading “Don’t Make me Think” and “The Lean Startup”) that my website is overcrowded (at least on on the admin side). This is my attempt to go through various sections to see what can be removed.
I will remove these ate the first convenience:
- Ideas app
Ok, maybe it is not overcrowded. I certainly have to reduce amount of the things on the home page , but I’d say the website is still pretty minimal. Good.
Features to add:
- Photo Gallery
- Filter posts by category.
Aug. 22, 2019
Yesterday fixed an issue with PW. Initially, wanted to add the draft html code to the Books template, but run into a weird problem. I couldn’t log in into my local Admin panel. It wouldn’t load. It just loaded and loaded. I was scared because there was no answer to be found on Google… After hours of misery, I decided to try a different browser (Safari, instead of Chrome) and it worked. What a relief.
Will download Firefox today. Will try to migrate everything there, or at least the web development things.
Unfortunately, not much progress on projects. Hard to say why. Promise to get over this hump.
Excited to attend the Hackathon this Saturday.
Hope to meet people who will motivvate/help me create some of my ideas.
Aug. 19, 2019
Worked on the design (CSS) this weekend. Even though it is not the best use of the time I have at home (I can do that at work and focus on the backend a home) it was still relatively good. However, I have something to say about the process.
CSS and general design is hard, I am not sure I am doing it right. For example, the overuse of margins and paddings feels incorrect or the use of flex is questionable. What is the best way to design keeping mobile screens and desktop monitors in mind. All these quesitons come up during the project, which is very annoying.
The precious time I usually set for myself to work is spent on fixing some error or searching a solution on StackOverflow. Design is hard. We development is hard.
Made my first contribution to the Open-Source project today and am very happy about it. This is a start of a long, exciting and hopefuly rewarding jourbey for me. Also, made a quick post about the first contribution.
From now on I am going to write about all learning experience I have. This will promote new neural connections in my brain making the experience more memorable, will be a good thing to do for my future self that wants to look up certain information and might actually hekpo other people. I got this idea, or rather what pushed me to actually do this, rahter than think about is the podcast with Tania Rascia.
Aug. 18, 2019
Thoughts On Journal:
Started working on the project. I think I am done with the basic design. Not sure whether I should design other pages. I am going to go with “no”, want to try use the DjangoX template.
Aug. 16, 2019
I am now using Sketch to design all the website (I bought a student license a while back and very glad I did, the program is great). I am now “designing” both StoicQuotes and ThoughtsOn projects. Need a couple more days to finish them. Once, done will progress to convert designs to HTML and CSS.
I did a lot of good work on this website in the last couple of days.
- I’ve added the “draft” functonality to the website. Now I can write many different things at ones and they won’t show up on the website. (If you know what you are looking for you could hypothetically, write the url for a post that is still in draft, but that is not a big concern of mine).
- All “textboxes” in the admin section are now in Markdown “mode”. All posts, book reviews and journal entries are written in Markown.
These were the biggest additions/changes, other minor HTML/CSS corrections were also made.
Aug. 15, 2019
Nothing huge happened since the last entry.
I am almost 100% happy with the website. I certainly won’t be changing the design much (if at all). There is still some functinoality I want to add, but nothing urgent:
- Add canonical links and Open Graph protocol to each of my pages.
Need to create a canonical tag for SEO purposes and Open Graph Protocol purposes.
Not crucial, but certainly, great to learn. For this, I will need to create a new variable in Django Context Processor.
- Add schema.org tags to books, posts and other parts of my website.
- Add Webmentions functionality
I am now going to start working on two projects:
- “Thoughts On” Journal
- Stoic Quotes Database
July 29, 2019
July 26, 2019
July 22, 2019
July 19, 2019
July 18, 2019
Museum Free Days:
July 17, 2019
July 16, 2019
Museum Free Days:
July 15, 2019