SHUFFLE

Wow, what a week! We are in a global pandemic that’s got most things shut down for the time being and we don’t know how long it will be like this. Might I suggest checking out a web application I made? I’m pretty proud of it; it’s only been two months since I started bootcamp and already I’m able to deploy a working application?!

Shuffle is a visual horoscope generator and even though it is in its infancy, I’m super proud of the work I did with my group. I learned a lot about working remotely and with new platforms. I also got to flex the soft skills I learned at Evergreen regarding collaboration, working across differences, personal engagement, linking theory with practical application, and of course bringing together a bunch of weird stuff to make a cohesive idea that is unique yet approachable and relatable.

I’m not gonna lie, this week of working on Shuffle (while getting used to being a remote student and using Zoom for EVERYTHING) was very tough. It was a group project so I was communicating with my team through Jitsi, Slack, Zoom, Trello, and Github. Our assignment was to come up with an idea (on the spot in class!), figure out which APIs we wanted to use (having just learned about APIs), and get an okay from the teacher to move forward. We had to fight a little for our idea because it doesn’t solve a “real world problem.” But during these covid-19 times it seemed ridiculous to make a “find a restaurant in your town” or local meetup app. I figured everyone would do a recipe app (two groups did). But more than anything I wanted it to be F-U-N and something lots of people I know would want to use.

I immediately took the lead on front-end, layout, and design. In four hours I got the look of it ready to go using HTML and CSS and some Javascript; and my awesome teammates made it functional. I had a blast making it and problem-solving the bits and pieces. I’m really getting somewhere!

Through this process we realized there aren’t many good horoscope APIs out there, or really many reliable APIs in general. Maybe we’re just bad at searching APIs? The exciting thing for me is that we’re going to learn how to build our own API in the next few weeks. I can’t wait. Gonna be brainstorming on ideas for that in the next few days.

More and more as I go along I realize that my actual dream job, or the closest I can imagine to it now, is in web design. There’s no way I’m just a logic-driven programmer. The idea of competing with tons of bootcamp grads to get a job in tech and then working in an office is not appealing to me. I want to blend all my strengths, skills, and passions into a unique position. Sometimes I think one will have to be created for me. I have no idea what it would take to get there, but here I am, putting one foot in front of the other.

I know I love design, color, texture, textiles/weaving, domestic life, illustration, percussion, and pipe organs. What does this add up to, LOL.

Female Orgasn

In other news, but somehow related to everything else I’m doing/thinking/making, I’m working on a series of music videos for organ songs that I’m making with my Roland keyboard, which has tons of organ sounds. The project is called “Female Orgasn.” Here’s my first one, it’s the intro and is called “Female Orgasn #1.”

Hoping this doesn’t erroneously violate YouTube’s community guidelines while workers are off-duty for covid!!

This vid was shot on my dumb phone and I’m fine with it. The next one will surely be a thundering, minor-chords-only number, and the video will be of me weaving cloth. It’s already in the works, stay tuned!

Back to tech talk: part of me can’t believe I invested in this bootcamp when programming and developing might not *actually* be my thing, but another part of me knows this is a huge, powerful step my path, and that maybe it will be the hardest part? And learning Photoshop and Adobe and stuff later will be a breeze in comparison? Either way it’s a bold move and I’m sure to feel some sense of accomplishment and confidence upon completion. I don’t regret signing up for this at all, and besides, there’s no room to get fussy about that now. I just have to keep doing my ideas, stay excited about them, be diligent even when I’m not excited, take care of myself, and follow where the path leads. The only way I’ll know where it goes will be to look back at it later and see its twists and turns, and how far I’ve come.

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