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Update #2 (October 2017)

Happy October, readers! We’ve finally hit Fall (although the heat in D.C. would make you think otherwise), and it’s time for me to make a general update post for what I’ve been doing and what plans I have for the blog in upcoming posts.

Education

I’m continuing to do well in college, a few weeks ago I had the honor of being included in my University’s Dean’s List! I worked really hard to achieve this, as you can see from my drop in posts since mid summer. Now I’m finally taking a course that is directly relevant to major in IT. The course is called Information Technology and Society and is mainly centered around examining the ethics of Computer Science and the way consumer electronics and online services affect people around the world. This subject is really important because I ascribe to the idea that you need to understand how humans and society as a whole functions in order to produce effective software. After all, If I were to work as a software consultant in my career path, I need to be able to determine what kind of functionality suits my clients needs the best. It’s also crucial to know how ethics applies to the field of Computer Science, so I’m very excited to learn more about that during this course.

During my spare time, I’ve been researching material related to programming so I can build my coding skill set:

So for the month of October, my goal is to increase posting frequency so all of you can enjoy more helpful insight and content about art and programming. This week I’d like to write and release a post explaining how I’m going to handle reviews so I can establish a consistent format. I want to make sure that my reviews are top quality to help you figure out what’s worth your money and what isn’t. After that, I would like to release the 2nd episode of Adventures in Programming now that i’m gaining a better grasp of the basics of Python. After that I hope to cap things of with a review of Sonmez’s book.

So, to finish off this post, I’d like to mention that if you want to get the latest updates on posts, follow me on Twitter and Pinterest, or subscribe to the site’s mailing list. I’d also like to announce that I’m active on reddit as u/PaintArcturus so be sure to head on over there and r/Blogging to contact me if you have anything to say. I’m very happy to receive any comments and suggestions on this site or either of the mentioned platforms, so don’t be shy!

That’s it for today.

Update #1

Hello readers, It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve spent the last month focusing on getting back in school and working on my job portfolio, so I didn’t have much time to write. Fortunately, I’m back into the swing of things and will now be able to post more frequently in the foreseeable future.

 

Here’s some stuff that happened since mid-June:

  • I turned 25 in early July!
  • I got my hands on a new digital drawing tablet
  • I achieved a 4.00 GPA during my first session at Uni (which I fully intend to maintain, mind you)
  • I’m now looking to join the NBSE

I started my second session of Uni Classes last week. I’m now attending a class that’s relevant to my major called Developing Professional Communications. It mainly focuses on the proper usage of Office programs. Which is obviously going to be important for software engineering, because you need to be able to communicate and network properly with your team and whatever company or institution you work for. My professor for the course is a pretty well accomplished software programmer I feel I’m going to learn a lot from him. I could say I already have, since now my current resume and profile has improved.

 

Now, on to what I’ll be working on for the site:

  • Episode 2 of both Adventures in Art Adventures in Programming will release this week. Expect me to talk about the tools I use for Art and my progress in learning Python
  • Some reviews: The aforementioned tablet I received this month is a an Intuos Art: Pen & Touch and I can’t wait to express my thoughts on it soon. I’m also planning to order John Sonmez’s new book, The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide this week. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to review that since it’s a very long book (nearly 800 pages!), but I’d love to offer my perspective of it as a newbie in the field to help others see if it’s worth it.
  • I’d like to start a sub series in mid to late August covering accomplished artists and programmers

That’s all I have to say for now. Thanks for reading, and be sure to follow @paintotk on Twitter to get updates on new posts as they’re made!