I’d like to post more here. I want to convert more of the site to using ridiculous fonts and scripts you wouldn’t be able to understand. However, I’ve been busy.
Essentially, here is a recap. Since last October, I’ve immersed myself in the local tech scene. I’ve met a lot of people, learned about the local tech culture, and read about and talked to people about how startup companies work. I’ve written code in PHP, learned a bit of Ruby and Python, and utilized CSS/HTML/XHTML skills in building or assisting with several websites.
Now all the hard work is getting close to paying off. I’m pushing hard to find a new job in this field. I’m incredibly close to reaching my goal of finding a new job by the end of August. Only a few days left, but I’ve been interviewing for a web developer position. If all goes well, I’ll be in a whole new world by Fall.
Update: I should have more news by next Wednesday.
If you stop by my site instead of reading this through Google Reader or your crazy RSS-to-email bash script (I’m talking to you, Patrick), you’ll be able to see my fancy new design.
The biggest change is the header image where I’ve done away with the nothing that was there before and replaced it with some sexy Tengwar Quenya fonts and a lovely moon.
I tweaked the rest of the design, too. This probably isn’t the final rendering as there’s still more I’d like to do, but this is definitely sufficient for today.
Today, I’ve found potential job opportunities through Twitter and made important networking connections through Facebook. Don’t neglect the social web in your job hunt. Networking has stronger roots when the connection begins in person, but the internet can be a great asset in expanding your reach.
Having four-hundred friends or followers on your social network of choice won’t help you. Knowing the friends you have, who they know, and what they can provide will help you.
Apparently, ukulele music is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. According to the article “Those Four Irresistible Strings” in the New York Times, the ukulele is experiencing it’s third era of popularity due in part to the a YouTube video in 2006 of Jake Shimabukuru playing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Jake Shimabukuru – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Another popular ukulele tune recently is Israel Kamakawiwoâ€™ole rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Israel Kamakawiwoâ€™ole – Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Tip #1: To thicken any pasta-from-a-box meal, break a packet of ramen and mix it into the pasta for the last few minutes you cook it. This can add a lot more pasta to the meal without you having to go for a second pasta-in-a-box at ten times the cost.
(Hat tip to 4L for teaching me this trick during the Summer of the Bat back in ’03.)