HTML Update

First HTML Update

This is my first update in my quest to expand my HTML knowledge. Jon Duckett’s book is quite useful and wonderfully designed. I couldn’t have wished for a better resource to aid me. As you might notice, I can now add sub-heading and divide my posts by section now. Hopefully, I will become more methodical and logical in my musings to support a more structured post.

Random Thoughts

Yesterday, a close friend came to me with a problem. In the name of confidentiality, I won’t talk about it here, but it did get me thinking about my future and my life. When I was kid, I always wanted to do something really BIG, whether it was writing a book, making a movie, starting a band and producing music. Anything producing content for an audience was a noble calling in my mind, because those types of projects affected people (or they were at least meant to). There was always a goal I was working towards, some prize always seated on a pedestal atop a mountain that I had to climb, simply because that is what one does when a mountain is encountered.

This past year was my first at the University of Central Florida, and I was allowed to meet many amazing people that were unique and very different from who I thought I was. They all had plans and goals and mountains they wanted to climb in their lives, which just underlined a growing crisis in my own life. I had no mountains I wanted to climb. There was no goal in sight because I didn’t know what I wanted to do in my life. I didn’t know who I was or who I wanted to be. I still don’t, and that is what I’ve been struggling with these past few months. Living with no direction is a dangerous place to find oneself, because it inspires stagnation. The one thing I am certain of in regards to my life is the great evil of boredom. I don’t want to be bored or idle, because I believe we are on this earth to produce and send our content out into the world. Idleness is in direct conflict with our task of creation. Perhaps the next few months with show me what I’m supposed to be working towards, but until that time, I will continue to learn and study and post here for my own edification.

So here’s to finding our identities…

Kevin’s Famous Chili

I have an interesting thing! Today, a friend and I prepared Kevin’s Famous Chili from a recipe handed down by Malones for generations. The recipe we used was compiled on the YouTube cooking channel, Binging with Babish. Naturally, Kevin’s Famous Chili finds its origin in NBC’s popular television show, “The Office”, as the “best thing [Kevin] does”.

After about 8 hours of preparation and another four hours of cooking, the chili was completed with minor modifications to the recipe based on taste and the fact that we aren’t old enough to purchase the lager necessary. The chili was good, but only so. It failed to satisfy in the way I had come to expect from Kevin’s explanation. Undercooking the onions and preparing a garlic paste gave the chili a collection of very strong flavors. We included sweet Italian sausage to give the chili a more intricate taste, but coupled with the brown sugar (of which we probably added too much), the chili had an overwhelming sweet taste. Unfortunately, the sweetness distracted me from the unique flavor of the toasted ancho.

Overall, the dish was a confusing blend of flavors dominated by what was meant to be a mere undertone but became a meddlesome, sweet tyrant. In future attempts, it would be wise to cut back on the complexity of the dish to avoid the catastrophe of several competing flavors.

 

Here goes nothing….

Hello, information sink known as the Internet. I realize this will just become part of the ever-flowing surge of content that moves through Internet and is buried by the next great surge of content, but I believe having this blog will force me to invest in a project I’ve been meaning to start for months.

This blog will be a recorded history of my attempt to learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery with Jon Duckett’s books, HTML&CSS and JavaScript&jQuery. As I progess through the books, I will be implementing what I learn into the blog for practice and design purposes.

On a side note, if I have anything else about which I’d like to write or anything I think is interesting, I won’t hesitate to share it with this blog. I don’t want to pigeonhole this blog, because I’ve no clue what ideas might strike me in the future. So here’s to the future of this blog. May it be interesting or at least entertaining.