My #100DaysOfCode Ground Rules

So, I can’t guarantee that I will be able to do this in 100 straight days. But I will knock out 100 days.

I will be working in Python. I was hoping for some suggestions to look in to, as what coding I have learned so far is Python. But that is ok.

I will be working in an Ubuntu Budgie VM running on VirtualBox. Hopefully, somewhere mid 100 days, I will be getting a refurb laptop that I will just load this on natively.

I will probably pick projects and frameworks at random, but I plan on using SQLite for database purposes unless I start work on something that calls for a different implementation.

I will document my thought process here.

As per the #100DaysOfCode website, I will reach out to a couple of people every day I post.

If you are reading anything I’m doing and have requests/suggestions along the way, please reach out on my Twitter, @_anal0g.

Here’s to the next 100-ish days!

#100DaysOfCode

I want to undertake a project.

I don’t just want to learn a coding language. I don’t just want to say “here is what I learned.”

I learn differently. I process information differently.

So I want to pick a coding language, learn something, and provide the insight in to my learning. (For some background on why this is such a different thing, read this blog post.)

I’ve solicited for ideas from my network about what language to use for this. So far, I’ve only received on suggestion. Python. We’ll see if I receive any other suggestions before I make a decision which language to dig in to.

Lessons On Painting

So this first piece, Shizuka, started out with the swath of the darker yellow. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at first. I just knew that it looked like I swiped a bunch of mustard across the canvas.

I titled it Shizuka, because that is Japanese for peace and calm.

Falls Of Ddiddorol

The second piece was Falls Of Ddiddorol. This one started out with a definite plan. I was going to spray paint the entire canvas silver. That got accomplished. Then I was going to do a series of lines, arranged in height and gradient, to look like a cityscape. The lines? They looked like a kindergartner had busted out with the water colors. I wasn’t impressed with it. But this is where it morphed to.

The left waterfall, I painted one level, let it dry, then painted the next. The waterfall on the right, I got impatient towards the end, and you can see where the blue and white mixed.

The waterfalls were done almost entirely with sponge brushes, which are attributed to the specific look of the texture.

The name, Falls Of Ddiddorol, translates out to some effect as Interesting Falls. Ddiddorol is Welsh. I’m a fan of using Welsh when I’m looking for a more epic fantasy word or name.

I especially like Falls Of Ddiddorol because it shows off my love of impressionism. It is my own flavor of impressionism. I still prefer to let my layers dry. It gives me a little bit more control over the paint.

I definitely like bold color. It’s not that I don’t like subtle color, because I do. But for a painting, to me, boldness is braveness.

One thing is for sure, so far I’ve had no plan with painting. So that means I’ll be interested to see where the next one takes me.

Patience

So, I didn’t necessarily say that my learning and projects would be limited to technology. While I’ve always had a logical mind, I also have an artistic soul. Those two elements make everything in life hard to reconcile.

I find it easier to work on patience while on an artistic endeavor. The rules are not seemingly baked in like when working in the logical realm.

I’ve been trying drawing, but I’m just not doing work that I am satisfied with. So, I have made the pivot to painting. I started out with a piece that was supposed to be a lot of line work. Well, very quickly, it became obvious my line work could be attributed to a 2nd grader. So I pivoted on my idea. Started enjoying what I was creating, but had to let layers dry to create the effect I want.

This is definitely a more natural approach to patience for me. We will see how it pays off moving forward.