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Hello, Courage!

July 17 2017

Hello, Courage!

I recently discovered PyLadies Remote. PyLadies is “an international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community.” They have a “remote” or online group for women who don’t live near an established group… that’s me!

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Hello, Sasebo!

July 04 2017

Hello, Sasebo!

A few months ago, I started working on a Rails Girls App tutorial... again. This time, the tutorial was modified by the Rails Girls team in LA to create a bucket list that I thought would be really useful to my American community in southern Japan. I called it “Japan Adventure App” but eventually changed it to “Hello, Sasebo!

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Hello, Atsugi!

July 04 2017

Hello, Atsugi!

Japan is a beautiful country with an impressive highway system peppered with robust rest areas that make car travel easy and comfortable. What they do not have is a chain of hotels friendly to four-legged family members. This has been a difficult adjustment for our family. Our boys love road trips. George loves watching the world go by from the back seat window and Cesar loves hotel beds and room service. We’ve missed that in Japan.

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Ahoy, USS Giffords!

July 04 2017

Ahoy, USS Giffords!

Earlier this week, the Navy commissioned USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and much ado was made over the fact that she was named after a living person. I could point out that Carl Vinson, also a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, was still living when he had an aircraft carrier named after him but I suspect, based on tweets and comments left on news articles, that it wouldn’t matter.

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Hello, Nagasaki!

June 05 2017

Hello, Nagasaki!

When we found out we were moving to Kyushu, I promptly added the Nagasaki Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum to my bucket list. I am ashamed to say it took two years for us to make the short drive down to Nagasaki to experience this part of our shared history. Shame aside, it was every bit as moving as I expected it to be.

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Custom Domains With Heroku

May 23 2017

Custom Domains With Heroku

I dreamed I asked someone to get me a fingernail. Just one. With clear nail polish. That’s weird, right? I mean, I almost never wear nail polish… and, you know, I have all my fingernails sooo an extra one would be just so unnecessarily excessive. So strange. Anyway, this wasn’t supposed to be about fingernails. I wanted to write about custom domains.

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What’s Next?

May 23 2017

What’s Next?

Do you use the Day One App? I do… sometimes… when I remember. A couple of weeks ago, Day One reminded me of an entry I made two years ago to mark our safe arrival in Japan. We spent a month traveling from Washington D.C. (to Biloxi, to White Sands, to San Diego, to Joshua Tree, to the Grand Canyon, to Moab, to San Francisco, to the Redwoods) to Seattle for our flight. The boys loved sleeping on hotel beds and spending 24/7 with their two favorite people. George loved being in the car, watching the world go by, as we traveled from one destination to the next. We had a great time but I was so relieved to be in Japan and ready to settle down.

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Rejoice! A New App

May 23 2017

Rejoice! A New App

Frontend styling doesn’t appeal to me as much as the backend work. I think this is pretty obvious in my completed (sort of) app using the Hello Web App tutorial. You can see it here: https://rejoicecinema.herokuapp.com/. It looks… 1998-ish, no? At least, there are no animated gif background images so, yeah. There’s that. #silverlining

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Hello Web App Tutorial

May 05 2017

Hello Web App Tutorial

A few weeks ago, I ordered Hello Web App, a book written for “non-programmers” to “design and build your own custom web app using Python and Django.” I thought it might be a fun project for my local code club to work on as a group… and who knows? Maybe we can use what we learn to build a website for our club to showcase our work and encourage others to join us.

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