I’ve been working on customizing my tumblr the past week some, and I want to say, it’s cool, I can do some cool things, but there is a lack of resources to my disposal when it comes to learning how to customize my tumblr. There is no book that goes step by step on the basics, I haven’t seen any blogs or videos that do this. Their docs to “customize” tumblr look more like an api. Where are the basics? Where is a broken down object model? These are the things that I need, maybe I just need to look harder.
I’ve been thinking a lot about programmer styles lately, and trying to figure out what type of programmer I am. I read the top articles on google that come up with the “types of programmers,” and I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t want to be a single “type.” I would like to take the goods of all the types and be that, but I know that can never be. If I “had” to classify myself as one, I would say it would have to be #8 on this page, it really stuck with me as I was reading.
If my blog is displaying things weirdly for you, that isn’t an accident. I am learning to write my own Tumblr theme, and I’m posting my current progress up to keep the fire alive. Since I began looking at Tumblr, I always had it in my mind to learn how their themes worked. I wanted to create my own. I had wanted to do this in wordpress, but never got around to it…Instead of letting this opportunity pass me by, I figured I would just start doing it. I’m going to be updating this site as I progress, so you should see a bunch of changes. I hope it will help me get this done faster. I’m excited, and in the past few hours I’ve learned a whole bunch! I have an idea of what I want my Tumblr to look like, and I hope that I can make it happen. Cheers!
Last night I was thinking about the “addiction” to gambling. I was walking around the casino after watching “Rango” and watching a bunch of people playing slots. I saw this old lady playing, and every time she would get a wild, she would rub the screen, as if it was a genie bottle about to bring her a room full of gold coins. It was sad. Then I began thinking about why I spend money in the slot machines. At first, I tried to convince myself that it was field study, which I do believe it party is, but really what I boiled it down to was “the excitement of winning.” Since I’ve been here in Vegas, I’ve probably put $200 bucks into slot machines. I’ve probably netted -$50. There are times when I’ve lost 40 bucks, and theres times when I’ve lost $20. The thing that makes me keep coming back is every now and then, you turn $20 bucks into $100 or $50 bucks. When that happens, the world dissolves, I can feel the drug working in my system. I feel I can lift a car. I can understand why those old ladies rub the screen. To them it’s a grandchild, bringing joy into the world, and sometimes havok. I do enjoy playing slots, the excitement, visual entertainment, the social aspects, and possibility of winning all add up to a good time. I just don’t see how people can risk their car payments or rent checks on something that could so easily disappear. I think the thing that helps is to view slots as “entertainment” rather than the “lottery.” This distinction can help you from blowing your money and leaving the casino feeling wronged. Lets get real, if the casino didn’t make money, there wouldn’t be a casino.
I’ve been learning a lot lately, and I’ve been reflecting on how I learn best. First off, I’m a visual learner, with some kinetic learning. But the main thing I’ve been thinking about is how I go through obsessed periods of time studying one thing. My general way is to delve deep into programming or art for a couple weeks or months at a time, and not come out until I’m so bored with it I have to. Like recently I’ve been head first into photography and art. I haven’t programmed anything outside of work in months…I need to keep from going that far away from the subject where I forget things…This causes setbacks, and I eventually waste more time “re-learning” what I’ve already learned. I’m going to program some, and hopefully I woln’t forget about drawing in the meantime…
“This actually happened to one of the most famous photographers of our time, Garry Winogrand. When Winogrand prematurely died of cancer in 1984 at age 56, he left behind a mind-boggling legacy. His survivors found 2,500 rolls of exposed but undeveloped black-and-white film, plus another 6,500 rolls that had been developed but not proofed, plus another 3,000 rolls that had been developed and proofed but not edited. Almost all of these 12,000 rolls of film were pumped through his Leicas during the last six years of his life. That adds up to about 432,000 pictures that Winogrand took but never saw.”—http://www.halfhill.com/proof.html
Tonight we had a larger model than normal. It was so great to forget all the curves and lines I normally draw and have to focus on the fundamentals that are so easy to forget. I actually drew really well tonight, and I think it’s safe to say that I’m making good progress…I will not stop. I will not stop…
These last few drawings I forgot to post up. There from “Downtown Draw.” It’s a sweet venue to draw, an old art-co-op. They are joined with the coffee shop, “The Beat” if you go there, make sure to check out the 1.00 PBR’s after 7, and the $2 slap and tickle sandwich.