Process Learning

You know, it's really weird to realize that while you're good at what you do and the final outcome works, the process you learned isn't correct. That's essentially what I've been learning in this degree: what the correct process is for designing things. So for practice, I downloaded Balsmiq and played with that to work out a new layout for here.

Yeah, that's really weird to do!! I used it for work and it will hopefully be helpful, but I'm so used to doing layout and design TOGETHER that making the base wireframe layout without designing the graphical look just feels alien to me. My process in the past has been I see a layout framework that I like, I go into whatever graphics program I'm using and start building. Choosing color scheme, placing elements, etc. I never did a wireframe before because I already know (mostly) what the actual layout framework was. Sometimes I'd find that certain changes needed to be made for the site I'm making it for, but I always did that with the design elements because it helped me see it better. Which may be why doing a wireframe first feels weird. Without having that color and design elements to use, I have trouble seeing where it all goes. This has bled over to ALL the sites I do, which is making it harder to make them. (well, that, and learning HTML5)

Still, it's a learning process and maybe it'll feel more comfortable the more I do it. Or, maybe it will only feel comfortable when I'm working on other people's websites. We'll see.

08/30/16 12:11, by , Categories: dubird.net

Book Report - Silence

Haven't done one in a while, but there were a few things about this one that bugged me.

Silence is one of the latest in the SERRAted Edge series, and one co-authored by Mercedes Lackey. Now, I loved the first few in the series, and while most of her books are aimed at younger audiences than I am, I like the stories. She does a good job with making the characters people, and they're good quick lunch reads. However, some of her recent books haven't been as good, and this one is probably the worst of hers that I've read. Granted, it was co-authored, so I have no idea how much of that was her and how much was the other author, but yeah. While the actual premise of the book was good and had potential, it was presented very poorly. Spoilers ahead, as usual. Also, trying something new; added reaction .gifs for the hell of it. Let me know if it's annoying or amusing. ^_^

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06/24/16 16:44, by , Categories: dubird.net, Book Reports , Tags:

Future posts?

You know, I honestly have no idea how many people actually SEE these posts. My guess is zero, but you never know, there may be some random person with nothing better to do visiting from time to time saying "why the hell doesn't she post more Dear Customers!!" I do link posts I do to Twitter and sometimes Facebook, which has gathered me a few comments. But I've yet to do something I consider a really good post. I tried, and I've written some that were fun and still amuse me. But most of what I've done has pretty much fallen flat. And I'm ok with that, honestly. I'm just doing this for fun, not to try and feel important or whatever. I hesitate to call this a 'blog', though. I guess TECHNICALLY it is, but this is mostly a place I can jot down ideas, occasional game reviews and random shit, not a serious blog with actual well-written posts. *If you want that, check the sidebar, there's some good ones there* But I find myself wondering why I'm keeping this as a blog. I could convert this back to a random static page site again. It would relieve me of the pressure of constructing posts, which would make me feel less guilty about it. After all, back in 1996 there weren't really any blogs and having a personal website was a BIG DEAL and you were considered tech-savvy if you had one! Now, though, it seems that if you don't have a witty or informative blog, you shouldn't bother. Even fan sites are dying out, which I find kinda sad. I met some neat people through the gwg, and despite it not being popular anymore, I'm still determined to keep it online! But again, that's not a blog type site. It was never meant to be, and it never will be. I'm not going to force that kind of change on a site that is clearly not appropriate for it!

So why do I keep it up for this site? I think part is the desire to connect to people. Just because I'm an introvert doesn't mean I don't want any social contact. In fact, online social contact is easier for me to deal with. *don't have to feel bad that I can't look people in the eye!* Despite the fact that I'm horrible at keeping in touch with people, I still try to connect. I think all of us need some kind of interpersonal connections in their lives; we are social creatures after all. And since I'm really bad at it in real life, online seems to be a better method for me.

Another part of it is that I do actually want to write, but rather suck at it so this is a way to try and improve. You know, when I get around to actually POSTING something! I have ideas; in fact, I have a draft here of parts of posts that I've never been able to articulate and finish. *though I keep hoping I will!* I've tried different approaches, but it occurred to me that I was trying to copy someone else's style and that never works. I need to find my own voice, something I have always had trouble with. A personal blog is supposed to be a way for me to do so, but so far I've had no luck.

So, does that mean future posts will all be thoughtful, well-written posts? Fuck no, you really don't know me at all, do you? But I have found myself working on some random ideas that are mostly serious, so I'll throw those out from time to time. And I will still do Dear Customers because even though I don't work at a print shop anymore *and thus, have lots of different customers*, I still have to deal with people at work that say or do things that make me feel like banging my head on the desk. But I will do my best to throw in longer posts from time to time and see how that goes. I can't promise what they'll be, but as I've said in the past, I'm just going for entertaining. Even if the 'entertaining' part is me being an idiot. After all, this is my take on 'hey, look at me!'. One I like better because people aren't actually LOOKING at me! XD

06/17/16 12:43, by , Categories: dubird.net, News, blog, personal , Tags: , ,

Upgrade and downgrade?

So, upgraded to the new version of b2evo. Not sure I like the interface as much, but I'll probably get used to it. Wish there was a way to make it default to a particular blog instead of starting on the base dashboard.

However, there's something wrong with the skin I use. I don't know what at this point in time. If I can't find it, I'll probably have to remake it. Whee. Of course, that begs the question, do I redo the layout itself or remake the previous one?? Decisions, decisions! XD

Edit: never mind! One file was causing the issue. Of course, now the javascript parts don't work, such as the Procrastination games. Seeing if I can get an answer on how to put that part back in. ><

01/14/16 00:01, by , Categories: dubird.net, News

Top 5 Dating Questions - Answered Truthfully

So, ran across another Shine article, this one being about top dating questions that were apparently asked. While I find it hard to believe that someone actually asked some of these, I found their answers to be a bit silly. So I figured, if all they're going to do is recycle crap advice from previous articles, someone should take a stab at honesty. *ProTip: don't come to me for dating advice.*

Question 1: If I'm So Awesome, Why Am I Still Single?
Probably because you're not all that awesome. Unless your awesomeness factor is off the scale (as measured by your peers, not you), then you can't rely on that to get you a date. Try upping your interesting factor or your cash factor. Both of those will help.

Question 2: How Do I Get a Cutie to Ask Me Out?
Have you tried wearing a sign? I hear neon is coming back in style, so that's an option. Just make sure it doesn't actually say 'desperate' on it. You're trying to be subtle!

Question 3: Why Do I Keep Attracting Losers?
Check to make sure your sign doesn't say something like "Losers Apply Here". If you're not wearing your sign, try picking up guys when you're not drunk. Alcohol is the Loser's mating call, and they will respond from across a large room.

Question 4: How Do I Get a Guy I'm Not Interested in to Leave Me Alone? TASERs speak louder than words. If that doesn't work, Cosmo has plenty of tips. Granted, they're for getting back at your boyfriend when he's being a dick, but most of them will translate to this situation pretty easily.

Question 5: How Do I Keep Dating When I'm so Bored, Frustrated, Rejected, Hopeless?
The same way as everyone else: by going to the bar. You'll find plenty more in your boat, and while it might not make for a pleasant evening, at least you'll have company! Of course, the other option is not to date for a while and focus on things you like doing, but that won't get you laid.
07/23/12 11:44, by , Categories: dubird.net , Tags: , ,