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Project Learning Guidelines – Period 1

So I am today starting a project idea to try to help learn Coding (Web Development). Basically here is the breakdown:

2 Week Period: I will go through and find a Bootstrap Theme found on various websites and recreate its functionality. This could include everything from HTML down to JavaScript, but will not entail the back-end stuff currently. I quite simply do not know anything about back-end and will need to learn that first a bit.

Odds are 2 weeks will be too much time period, but I am unsure how much free time I will be able to devote to coding (Going to aim for at least an hour a day), but might be less. Plus I still need to follow through with my learning as well so will be needing to fit in more training videos.

While I shall be creating these pages locally, I shall be  posting them on my codepen for display, regardless of how much of it I complete. I shall be making multiple posts about this. The first post will be showcasing the link of the theme that I am going to try to recreate. There could be multiple posts between start and completion, but the final post will showcase the link of what I completed and what I learned or had problems with.

I shall be also using this time to write a developer diary of what I completed on a particular days and how long I worked.


Now on the weeks that I create the theme quicker then the 2 week period, I shall try to do one of the challenges on Codewars for JavaScript. These challenges will require me to look things up online in order to answer these as I am still learning JavaScript.

If I am getting things done quicker then the two week period quickly many weeks in a row, I shall probably try to shorten the allotted period to maybe 1 week or 1.5 week. Then either move on to a new project all together, or, use that period to answer as many Codewars as possible during the remainder.

Challenge 1:

For the first two week period I am going to be trying to recreate this theme:

I can already see several things that I am unsure about that Is hall need to create here. So this shall be an interesting case study on how to create a working theme. So I shall report back in a few days, next week, not sure on that just yet. But I shall be reporting back at some point.


Re-focusing: Learning

Ive been spending a good bit of time learning Web Development and shall be using this sort of a developer diary? Will be to showcase (more for myself) my path to learning this craft.

I will likely eventually get back to posting other things, but for the time being things will be more of a learning focus. As a plus I might start posting more eventually… time shall see if I am able to keep this up anyway.

Away we go…..

Learning Excel: Project One

I have started learning Microsoft Excel as I am in my MBA degree and intend on focusing in accounting. I have a rudimentary use of it now, I know I will need a far greater knowledge in the long run.

I have in the past created an excel document for my movie collection and a book collection I have. I am thinking about updating this to see if I can make it far more user friendly and organized. Things I would like to try to do:

1. Create this using a table. I know tables are possible and they seem for more intuitive then just the regular spreadsheet. I also think they are able to be sorted as well, which would be much nicer for myself.

2. I am curious if it’s possible to create a macro or something so I can have a data entry form and then have that auto sort the addition by categories. I will need to look more into this.

3. I wasn’t too add more categories to my list. I am thinking date bought, cost, and genre to start. I might add more in the future.

I would also want to try to gloss it up and make it more pretty so to speak add well. Though, the cosmetic changes are small change compared to the other things. I might also need to update the overall list of change as well in the future add I learn of new capabilities.

I will likely want to do my books at some point also, though as my movies have far more variety, it would be the ideal training I think. So, from here on, I shall be maybe updating my page with excel things as I learn them. Not so much for my readers, but, because writing it back out and trying to explain it makes it easier for me to learn it.

So, till next time 🙂

Solar Viewing 12-28-13

Was finally able to get out and use my solar filter I bought back around september. Sadly school work and terrible weather had been keeping me trapped inside. Still got a lot of work to do, but, this was a learning experience for sure! I believe the images are inverted, though, I am currently unsure of the correct way to fix them to make them in the correct way. I know the process I just am not familiar with the look of the sun to know for sure which direction is correct. SO I just left them as they are

The color was added in by me in photoshop, as the telescope and Backyard EOS only captures in what is near black and white. —– Color —– Black and white


That time again

Well its about that time to reaffirm to myself that I intend on keeping this up to date and adding information here on a regular basis. Needless to say, I have done this countless times before on other blogs and or websites, each time has ended in failure just because of quite simply I run out of time and interest. 

Shall this time be any different? Who knows. Probably not, but here is to trying!

So in other news:

Personal Life

Birth of my baby boy Aydan 🙂 Born November 3rd, he is the best thing to happen to me. Needless this is where most of my time and money has been going to as of this last two months He is just too adorable. I really cant say enough about him. Right now we are in the process of getting used to a different sleep schedule then we have ever had. In the case of me, its more getting used to sleeping different hours more so then getting used to sleeping less. I used to regularly only sleep a few hours a night anyway. He is growing up in a blink though, I just really cant believe how quickly things are going.



Astronomy Related

Alas, Comet Ison was a bust. The main reason I bought my telescope back in last february was to see ISON this winter. Those dreams fizzled thanksgiving when the comet was vaporized going around the sun. BUT WHAT A RIDE! I enjoyed keeping up with the updates as the comet began to go around and the subsequent days prior and after the event. Was far enjoyable even if the overall effect left me wanting more.

As it stands though, I have not been able to use my telescope for the better part of 5 months now. Between the baby, going to school for my masters degree, work and cloudy days, I just have not had that opportunity to get out. I am hoping against hope that I can get outside sometime during my break from classes which ends on January 21st of next year, though, the last two weeks have been pretty much nothing but clouds for me. So we shall see if anything happens out of this or not.

Either way,  I got all this gear that I own, and nothing to do with it right now. I also still plan on adding more gear to my collection as well this upcoming year. Though, since my budget is very limited, I shall be using a website that allows me to earn amazon giftcards to put towards this purchase. So far I am sitting on 40 dollars in giftcards, hoping to probably get myself a Celestron Portable Battery pack so I can get longer sessions in when I am able to.



First semester and I got an A and 2 B’s, so I am overall happy. I could have probably gotten one of those B’s up to an A, but I was tired of the math and just needed to de-stress a bit after having my finals coinciding with the birth of my child. Anywho, I shall be ordering my new semester books here soon and getting back into the swing of things. Till then, I am just planning on trying to do as many things as I can around home to get things straightened out and cleaned up a bit.


Everything Else

All around a lot of things going on right now. I hope to make my return to astronomy, using my gear and updating this blog. I do hope to get a page showing all my gear as well as with pictures of my setup at some point. I have gotten several programs (Backyard EOS) and have sadly had no time to use anything. 😦 

So here is to hoping the new year will be good and bountiful. /cheers/

What have you learned?

I have decided to keep sort of a glossary I guess of the things I have learned about astronomy. Not really sure for what purpose, but, I figure writing about the things I will need and why will hopefully help me keep track of the information that I have learnt as it appears my outings are few and far between at this point. Needless to say this will be a huge work in progress as well. I simply know little right now and there shall be a lot of trial and error as things go forward with this project. I shall be needing to make a rough outline of what I know as of now. I shall need to spend some time brainstorming what I shall be adding to this. I will need to create a table of contents so to speak as well.

Right now this will be easy:

Table of Contents

1. Not a darn thing

Thats about it. So shall we get a brain storm? Or a light drizzle? We shall see. I shall update this a bit later.

Operation Oompa Loompa: Part 2 – List of Parts

Well time to list of the things I have bought and still need for this project. This is the last step before I finally start working on this project. We are almost all systems go to start creating this project 🙂

Items Bought and On Hand 

Soldering Gun <— click for link to item  ($16.50)

This is the gun that I eventually chose on. Its a bit hotter then I was originally looking for, but, the ones that are lower are much harder to come buy and the over all reviews for those are much worse then the one I opted for. Also with it being a bit hotter, it shall give it uses for other projects that it might come in handy for in the future. Time will tell anyway. I have as of now not even used it before as I just have not had a need as of now anyway.

7v Solar Charging Kit <—- click for link to item ($24.99)

I really like this guys tutorials. He writes really well and just seems to do a good job. As I have not followed it yet I cant say for sure how easy it is to follow yet, though that should change soon. I would like to post a list of all the items that are in the kit, though, I cant seem to figure out the items name as of now. I shall have to look into it and then post it below with  what each piece is. Shall update this as I learn.

7v Solar Cell

Its a Solar cell that is able to be used at 7v. As Of now I am unsure of anything else about it.


Items Still Needed to be Acquired 

Soldering Iron Holder <— click for link to item  ($5.40)

This is needed more to just keep my table from getting burns and what not. It is not REQUIRED though it is strongly suggested. Sadly the iron I bought did not come with its own stand. I “think” this comes with a sponge as well, so I shouldn’t have to buy that anyway. Though I have been wrong before…


Helping Hands W/ Magnifying Glass <— clock for link to item ($6.05)

Another thing that gives you a helping hand (heh, puns). Its meant to give you a few extra hands when you need to hold three or four things at once. Would hold wires in place or the board itself while I try to solder, plus allows me to see things in more detail as well.


Solder <— click for link to item

The solder recommended from another tutorial I seen was .031 Diameter solder. So I am thinking that any would work as long as it is .031 Diameter. I might be wrong. The link supplied is just one example, there is also lead free options as well. I am unsure of the advantages and disadvantages of either.


For the most part that is all she wrote. The solder prices will vary depending on the options I choose, but for the most part, I can have the rest of the tools with about 20 dollars spent towards it, so I should be working on this within the month