July 03 2017
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!”
July 03 2017
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.
July 03 2017
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.
June 04 2017
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.
May 23 2017
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.
May 23 2017
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.
May 22 2017
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
May 04 2017
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.
April 23 2017
Predictions for peak season start weeks before the first bloom. This may be an understatement but sakura season in Japan is kind of a big deal. The bloom is celebrated with festivals and picnics in the park. Local shops sell cherry blossom themed umbrellas and rain coats and anything else you can think of. Starbucks sells cherry blossom drinks, coffee beans, mugs, and water bottles. (Those go fast and make excellent, if not pricey, gifts for friends and family abroad.) Line, a popular messaging app in Japan, even joins in with a shower of blossoms that fall over your chat window.