Hurricane Irma has basically come and gone across Florida and moved on to her sweet by and by. Meanwhile, a small segment of humanity is awaiting the return of their power.
Learning about regular expressions and how they are utilized to validate user input with forms. I remember some time last year when I first saw regular expressions and how they were referred to as Regex. It seemed very complex. Turns out its not difficult to grasp.
A great deal of wisdom lies before me as I work my way through my Cisco Routing and Switching course. There is so much that is new to me, and that I do not know. So my attempts are valiant. I am often close to the right answer, yet far away by so little. The wisdom comes into play where I study my errors and work to note, recall, and exercise my deficiencies, which are many at this time. But that is okay. I am completely new to this field.
Pinsker: You started at Meatingplace in 2008. How have you seen the industry change since then?
Keefe: Coming here from a marketing publication was very interesting, because the meat industry has traditionally not done almost any sort of marketing, nor has it had to: Ninety-six percent of consumers in the United States eat some sort of meat at least occasionally, and it used to be that they bought whatever package of ground beef was at the store. That obviously has changed. There’s a whole segment of the industry that has gone very heavily into marketing points of differentiation, whether that’s no antibiotics, or free-range, or whatever it is that these buzzwords mean—and they mostly don't mean what consumers think they mean. Still, the vast majority of products moving through the system and into people's shopping carts are conventionally raised and not particularly marketed to anybody.
But now you have a greater awareness of how communication can make a difference. You still have an industry that says, “We don't have to communicate to anybody, because we haven't done that in 250 years.” And that's the cultural part of the industry that puts it at a disadvantage when faced with criticism from the folks who would say, “You're raising the animals inhumanely,” or “Everybody should be vegan,” or whatever it is the anti-meat folks are saying at any particular time. The meat industry has a difficult time—it's better than it used to be—but it's had a difficult time responding, because culturally it just never has had to.
Pinsker: Can you elaborate on why people in the industry are resistant to responding to these, as you say, anti-meat folks?
Keefe: There are a lot of reasons that there’s resistance. But fundamentally, one thing about people in the meat industry is that they’re not going to be in the meat industry by accident. It’s a self-selecting group. People who work in the meat industry, whether it is on the line or in the small butcher shop, or on the ranches, or in the big processing plants with all kinds of robots and things, they're in the business because they see what they’re doing as something more than just making meat products. They see themselves as feeding people, feeding the world, feeding their community.
I think there’s a stereotype of the laconic farmer who doesn't say much, the Fargokind of character, and there’s a bit of that in the meat industry as well, because of its ag roots. The folks in the industry tend to be people who let their actions and the work that they do speak for them. There’s been a resistance of feeling like, “Well, I don't have to explain myself,” although this is changing as people are aging out of the industry and younger people are coming in.
And the other thing is that people in the industry know the science. They’re in the barns with the birds, or with the animals, and they know how the birds wind up on the shackles, on the production line. They’ve got degrees in this, and they know what the meat science is, and they know what antibiotics are for, and why they’re used. So a lot of people in the industry wonder why they have to defend themselves when people who do not know as much as they do about the science of meat processing are telling them they’re wrong.
Pinsker: What do people say when they hear what you do for a living?
Keefe: People don't ever ask me about my work! I tell people I work for a meat magazine and the conversation ends. So there’s a little bit of pent-up energy in talking about what we do.
Pinsker: What do you think is at the bottom of that?
Keefe: Well, it’s a squeamish process. Have you ever seen the eyelashes on a cow? I mean, they’re just adorable. Big eyes, and these long lashes—how can you do anything to harm this little creature? I get it. Even people who really love meat don’t want to talk about how it gets to their plate.
I used to "fill the void"--that is, silence--with some digital form of occupation. Whether it be reading an article on my phone, watching YouTube, or yeah, even listening to a podcast, I would find that my mind has been over stimulated. And technically, all that occupation in-between the things I should be doing is what is draining not only my mental resources, but especially my resolve to be productive.
Manoush's podcast, Note to Self, has been a Godsend for about a year now. It has helped me to build an awareness about how my digital life has impacted me IRL, which means in real life. The video below is worth a watch! I think it is the summation of all her hard work to explore what it means to be human in this fast-growing and endless digital age.
And when I can do not one of these things, it is likely because I am responding to email at work, solving problems, and putting out fires that I didn't create. Or at last, I am in bed asleep.
But trust me, I am working my butt off daily to learn my webdev tools with fierce diligence and discipline daily.
When the code does not work and you have checked it fifty times over, remember:
"How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?" -Sherlock Holmes, from the "The Sign of Four"
I told myself two contradicting things at once. There can't be an issue, but the code does not work.
A missing quotation mark. Do you see it?
Switched to Ubuntu
After long and careful consideration I decided to switch from Apple to Linux for web development. Particularly, I chose Ubuntu because it appears to be the most suitable for a web developer. It is light, fast, and a good introductory Linux distribution to learn, especially in preparation for transitioning to a professional level, such as Kali.
Recently I made a return to veganism. It is a slow and impure return, in truth. I think that it is okay because it is out of true necessity for lack of enough hardy plant-based food choices rich in protein and fiber at our dining facility in order to support overall physical fitness and resilience. Sometimes I have to squeeze in fish for greater sustenance due to this intensely hot middle eastern region of the world in which I am a temporary resident with its physical demands for many more months to come. In the process of revising and defining my values for why I have chosen veganism, I want to share with you that it is due in part to the research and the subsequent term and definition coined by Melanie Joy.
My return toward veganism was sparked by a combination of two films. The first is one I watched recently called Okja, directed by Bong Joon Ho (one of my favorite Korean filmmakers). It was a great film. But I did not enjoy it-- not because of its entertainment value, but because of its message. And that is what made the film great. It was released on June 18, 2017, on Netflix three months after a shocking documentary film that was similar in tone with Okja's subtle message, also released on Netflix on March 7, 2017, called What the Health.
Since having seen both these films, I purchased a book that I am presently waiting to arrive in the mail that was written by Melanie Joy, Ph.D., titled "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism." That is a pretty forward title! When I get it and work my way through it I will share my thoughts.
As a thinker, I am among the minority who have pondered the question of why we eat certain animals since having begun a series of awakenings about our world and as an American citizen. My vegan-ish-ism began roughly a decade ago during my earlier years as a music educator at an elementary school. We were singing a song called "Peanut Butter" that taught how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The question of animals came up during the lesson's discussion about where food comes from as the song also addresses the origins of the sandwich ingredients. The most remarkable thing happened while we talked and shared. (This was a lesson for kindergarteners. It was a cross-domain type of lesson of teaching procedural--algorithmic--thinking and metacognition. Who said music doesn't incorporate mathematical principles?) I asked where does the grape jelly come from and where does the peanut butter come from. The students were absolutely stumped as to where they both came from after exclaiming that they came from the store and I had told them, yes, but that is not where they originally began.
Long story short, the conversation evolved into questions of other foods because the kids were astounded to learn that peanuts grow in the ground and that grape jelly comes from grapes (assuming what is sold in stores are natural preserves). Ever so excitedly they asked for more reveals. They asked about hamburgers and I said we are eating cows. They asked about hot dogs and I said we could be eating cow, pig, or a combination of the two. They asked about chicken, but then I teased them about that one because it was obvious. We all got a laugh. But it wasn't until later that I encountered this same conversation in 2013 with my first-grade class, that it hit me. Why do we eat certain animals and not others? What is so different between the pig and the dog in terms of the value of life? Or what is the difference between the horse and the cow and their essence, value, and experience with pain? Why aren't hamsters an American delicacy? (I don't want them to be.) Why aren't plants an American delicacy? Is there any scientific necessity as to why we slaughter and eat such a narrow group of animals? I too believe it is belief and not based on necessity at all for why so many people of the world consume meat.
I think it is worth noting, however, that anti-carnism doesn't logically follow from eating animals. To the contrary, I see a more immediate step for the consumption of other animal species because of and beyond the arbitrary few we do consume, and then none at all. Yet this claim is probably a step to the right on the spectrum that could be one vestigial bias within myself towards a carnistic culture rearing its head? What's more is that even the idea of eating a wider range of animals raises even more absurdity.
To be clear, I do not advocate we eat more animals beyond the main staples of American life. As it is, I am not pleased with the inhumane treatment of the animals we already eat and would implore we all move away from it whenever and wherever possible. Did the animals die in fear and terror? Are they healthy before slaughter? What are we actually consuming? How do we so easily suspend our suspicion and skepticism about food in general?
Also, while I most certainly have 30-plus years of cultural programming to crave animal food products at the mere scent with a ravenous ferocity, I want to live a fuller life that avoids the carcinogenic side effects from the consumption of animals.
As a final thought, I will never seek to shame others for their choice to enjoy Whataburger, Steak n' Shake, Chick-fil-a, or a nice home-cooked beef stew. Nor do I aim to shame one who at least wants to enjoy a nice egg-filled breakfast. After all, the argument is that this is about ideology. Therefore, far be it from me to force my beliefs onto the plate of my fellow man and woman?
After much nutty searching high and low through my system files, I realized that I answered my own question in my previous post. It is all more neatly and conveniently bundled together. All I had to do was open the terminal and execute: 'mysql -u -p.'
I have been working with a great software resource for web application development created by apachefriends.org. I think it is amazing! However, I am currently having trouble with their latest release of XAMPP version 7.1.7. It's great because it comes with MariaDB, PHP, and Perl. I haven't gotten around to Perl because I don't need it at the present. But the database and PHP are vital right now.
The older version that I have been using up until just two days ago has suddenly decided to die. It was easy to use because the files were located in one place with the application's folder itself. So any special configuration was easy to administer, after which I could press on with what I needed to accomplish. Version 7.1.7 is now this seemingly impenetrable bundle that I am having to figure out. All I want to do is access MariaDB through the terminal on MacOS just as easily as I did with the previous version I was utilizing.
I am working the issue. Meanwhile, if anyone is reading this, please throw any guidance you may have. Thanks!
"I heard you deleted the Internet from your phone. And that you deleted Twitter and Instagram and e-mail. No way that's true, right?
It is! Whenever you check for a new post on Instagram or whenever you go on The New York Times to see if there's a new thing, it's not even about the content. It's just about seeing a new thing. You get addicted to that feeling. You're not going to be able to control yourself. So the only way to fight that is to take yourself out of the equation and remove all these things. What happens is, eventually you forget about it. You don't care anymore. When I first took the browser off my phone, I'm like, [gasp] How am I gonna look stuff up? But most of the shit you look up, it's not stuff you need to know. All those websites you read while you're in a cab, you don't need to look at any of that stuff. It's better to just sit and be in your own head for a minute. I wanted to stop that thing where I get home and look at websites for an hour and a half, checking to see if there's a new thing. And read a book instead. I've been doing it for a couple months, and it's worked. I'm reading, like, three books right now. I'm putting something in my mind. It feels so much better than just reading the Internet and not remembering anything.
What about important news and politics?
I was reading all this Trump stuff, and it doesn't feel like we're reading news for the reason we used to, which was to get a better sense of what's going on in the world and to enrich yourself by being aware. It seems like we're reading wrestling rumors. It's like reading about what happened on Monday Night Raw. When you take a step back, it all just seems so sensationalized. Trump's gonna get impeached! No, he's not. None of that shit's happening. But you are going to read all the articles. So if you take yourself out of it, you're not infected with this toxicity all the time. Also, guess what? Everything is fine! I'm not out of the loop on anything. Like, if something real is going down, I'll find out about it.
Yeah, but take yesterday's insane breaking story, for example.
Wait, tell me what it is. I don't even know if I know what it is.
You didn't hear about Pence stepping down?
Mike Pence stepped down yesterday?!
Dude! Yes. Mike Pence is no longer the vice president. He resigned because of the Russia investigation.
Wait, wait, wait. That really happened?!
No. It didn't.
Okay, see! [laughs]
But that could happen! And you could have missed it.
No, see, I would have found out now—like, now. I would have found out, and then I'd be like, Wow, that's crazy.
But you're choosing to be uninformed.
I'm not choosing ignorance. I'm choosing to not watch wrestling."
Read the full article here.
I stumbled upon the work of David Foster Wallace just this week. How I wish I had found his works earlier in my life. It is sad that we lost such a great man and beautiful mind. I purchased his very long book, Infinite Jest. But I will not start it until about October. I'm currently wanting to work through another book I ordered on carnism.
I downloaded Eclipse, installed it, and later decided to stick with NetBeans.
The last completed 8-week session (late March through May) of my Software Development and Security degree ended with me successfully passing my Network Security course while having failed my first software development course (SDEV300). I had a bad session. I failed. I was not ready for it. I did not prepare enough. I was not prepared enough.
There was a lot of content that was assumed the student would know. This is not excuse-making. It is a factual observation. And while my introductory and intermediate programming courses in Java were generally thorough, even to a fault--information overload--it was jumbling all together in my head. SDEV300 was basically focused on web development from a holistic approach, meaning both backend and frontend, which is not bad. Further, it did not really emphasize one over the other. However, it was a rough and tumble, Project number x: These are your 3,389-bullet point tasks. These are the expected deliverables. Here's a pinch of examples. Now go! Build an empire!! This isn't to say that such an approach is necessarily bad. But, oh man! There I was, sitting at my desk at home feeling like a Looney Toons character who survived one of those comic ACME TNT explosions. Face blackened, hair singed and stiffly sculpted opposite the direction of the blast. More specifically, the assignment was Road Runner, and I was Wile E. Coyote. Just busted and miserable.
So, I dare say that if you decide to enroll with University of Maryland University College come armed with proficient knowledge in an object-oriented programming language, and familiarization with Unix and MySQL. The courses are quick and skip over a lot of detail and/or supplies a firehose worth of information that you are expected to consume, assimilate, and apply usually to four-to-five projects in eight weeks. That is pretty fast!
How am I overcoming this failure?
Above all, I am definitely not beating myself up over this. You take risks. You do your best. But sometimes or perhaps with all things new and attempted, that is not enough. Or what you thought was good and working was bad and wrong. I'm over it. There is no time to waste. Striving and rejecting any notion that I cannot make it as a software engineer and web developer. I refuse indulge this!
I am driven.
I have all of my project instructions and the work I created to fulfill them. I am reviewing my errors as well as my gaps in knowledge as I work through the supplementary text I mentioned one blog post ago: Rubber To The Road. While I ardently attempted to pull discreet information from the book in the throes of the course session, I actually needed more time to consume the book cover to cover. Like math, the knowledge for any particular language is scaffolded and somewhat procedural in terms of their unique syntax rules, and unique functions. With that said, knowing data structures and algorithms will set up any learner for success no matter the language.
In short, these are my weaknesses. (If you detect anything else I should add to this list, please feel free to leave a comment.)
Remediation Learning Goals
- Code more. Do projects start to finish, no matter how small.
- Learn PHP basics; syntax and idiosyncratic functions.
- Learn how to put all the technologies together to create dynamic web content and applications.
- Learn data structures and algorithms, how to use them, and when which is appropriate for the problem at hand.
- I am proficient in HTML and CSS. But I definitely want to learn more best practices in terms of web good design.
It is currently the end of July. I will be retaking SDEV300 in mid-October of this year. Between now and then, I have established a dense schedule of remediation in order to meet these learning goals above.
So far, so good.
This is important for later.
I have created a rigorous learning schedule for myself to remediate some web development knowledge that I lack. If you don't know, find out. And that is exactly what I am doing all the way until my SDEV course start date late this fall.
I'm using this text (below) to get myself prepared for the course and downloading a free IDE to aid my learning--Eclipse PDT. Mere text editors won't do. An IDE will speed my learning.
I am a novice programmer. My journey into the programming world began in high school in 1996 where I began a class learning Basic. All I remember is that I hated it, went to my guidance counselor, and switched to chorus. Here I am twenty-one years later, a student at University of Maryland University College earning a second bachelors in Software Development and Security.
This is my only space to share as I learn and work my way through to a more advance programmer. :)