At 10/13/12 02:45 PM, egg82 wrote:
one of the many examples of me simply having too much free-time. I realize that it's quite rare for a person to have as much as I do, so I try not to let it go to waste. If I could give time away to someone else, believe me I would.
I wouldn't say that I have no free time but on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays I'm out of the house at 7am and don't get back until 6:30pm. It leaves me a little exhausted. The on the days off I have in between I just like to chill and do very little. It's those days that I'm trying to spend being more productive and there's no reason I shouldn't be. It's not like I have to spend the whole day doing work, but even if it's just a few hours, I'll be benefiting from it.
yeah, i'm way behind you class-wise.
Not that it matters though, really. I'm willing to bet that you probably know a good bit more than me when it comes to practical application of knowledge. Classes only teach you so much. Most of it (at least for me) is really only the basics. The idea being that it's enough of a building block to get you started and then you go off and invest your spare time building on what you've been taught. If I went through my entire degree without learning anything other than what they taught me, I'd have wasted 4 years.
There are many times where i've gone to bed with a huge headache and woken up not remembering anything i've learned.
See, I sort of have the opposite problem in a sense. I've mentioned this a few times, but towards the end of the summer I was coding a forum. When I was doing that I got really into it. I'd be tinkering about with it for hours each day. Then when I'd go to bed there was so many ideas rushing through my head that I couldn't sleep because I was thinking of ways to implement this and that or just thinking of what I could do to make things better. If I'm working on something that genuinely interests me, I get really into it.
I r poor, so I don't actually own anything fancy like an android. I have an iPod now, and that's pretty awesome :D
got it from my friend for my birthday, so the screen's cracked and it's pretty broken all-around, but hey it works ^.^
I've not got all that much cash to spare myself. The only reason I ended up with an Android is because my parents wanted to get me something useful last Christmas and they thought a new phone would be a good idea because prior to that, I was always using cheaper phones. Not that it bothered me. I don't use my phone enough to need something so fancy. If it can call and text, it's good enough for me.
of course, to develop for iOS you need to pay 200 FUCKING DOLLARS, so I suppose there's limitations any way you look at things.
Yea, that's quite a lot to ask for. I think Android has a one off fee (and it's nowhere near $200) if you want to publish apps to GooglePlay. Might be wrong there, but I'm pretty sure Android development isn't expensive at all.
when you put it that way it sounds very logical, but I wouldn't be able to do that and expect to maintain a passing grade.
Honestly I don't go for the whole "do this now" attitude .-.
Yea, there have been some classes that I have no interest in what so ever. Primarily those that focused on like theoretical logic and logical proofs. Not to mention some of the maths. Oh, and a class called Interaction Design. That felt like a waste of my time. It was basically about analysing products and stuff. I mean sure, it's useful to some people but I don't think I benefited from that class.
I mean, when you think about it from an outsider's perspective, programming means sitting at a desk staring at a screen all day, pulling your hair out trying to figure out what went wrong and eventually finding out it's a missing apostrophe or something.
I spend a good chunk of my day on a computer and I do enjoy programming and learning new things, I'm just not as fanatical about it as some of those guys are. I sometimes wish I was. I think the main reason for that is that I rarely find myself in a situation where I find myself wanting to write a program to help me complete a task or make something easier for me, where as they seem to have loads of ideas for things that could benefit them. One of my mates is an admin on Wikipedia, so I think he does some contributing to code for that and stuff. He wrote an IRC bot and has done a few other things. As far as I'm concerned, it's all impressive stuff.
The only way to get to their level is to learn. Keep asking them questions, it'll probably drive them nuts but at least you'll learn xD
Hah. The mate I previously mentioned seems to like when I ask questions. He's helped me out a lot and explained things to me that I was struggling to understand. Sometimes he can be a bit too technical though and it goes over my head, but he's taught me a lot.
I just need to find myself something to work on that grabs my interest. That thread on facepunch that I linked to a while back gives me some inspiration. Something a few of those guys seem to work on is terrain generation which, although I have no immediate use for that, interests me and makes me want to learn how it works.
Another thing I want to work on is my web development. I've come a long way with that recently but I'd still like to improve further. Only problem there is that I'd like to experiment with server side languages that aren't PHP. I'd like to have a shot with things like Ruby and Python but the free hosting I use only allows PHP, so I'd need to get my own VPS which I can't really afford to be spending money on each month. Even if I could, I doubt I'd be using it anywhere neat it's full potential. I've got apache running on my desktop, but it's not as fun developing something if other people can't interact with it.
There's also C. I've been meaning to buy The C Programming Language for a while and read through that but it's not the cheapest of books. I'd like to build on my C knowledge and then maybe look into something like C++ and venture into the world of games programming. Just to build something simple and see how well it holds my interest.
As you can see though, it's a real mixture of things I'd like to look into which always leaves me wondering where to start.