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Sakura Season in Japan

April 24 2017

Sakura Season in Japan

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.

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Coping With The End

April 12 2017

Coping With The End

It could be that, from March 1997 to May 2003 at least, I was just too cool to indulge in the cheesy, teenage sci-fi fantasy of Buffy The Vampire Slayer but most likely, I was pre-occupied with work and other things and didn’t pay attention. Thank God for Hulu! I just binge-watched all seven seasons and now I’m wondering how to process “the end” so I can move on. This feeling of loss could explain the comic books and fan-fiction I’ve stumbled upon since my binge began.

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Betty’s Return

April 04 2017

Betty’s Return

My history with blogging began over 10 years ago while on my first overseas tour as a military spouse. Back then, before social media platforms took over, if you wanted to communicate with a large audience, you set up a blog.

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Publishing to Apple News… So Posh!

March 28 2017

They say if you’re serious about learning something, you should write about your experience. What I’ve discovered with coding is that if I talk out my problem OR write it out, it helps me to better see the whole picture and zero in on a solution.

The problem with blogging is that it’s such a chore sometimes. You write, write, write and get nothing in return. There’s no conversation or feedback or even help and the time spent building a community could be spent actually learning how to code. That’s where Apple News comes in. I signed up today—still waiting on approval—so that I can reach more people and hopefully become a better programmer.

101 Things To Do Around Sasebo

March 14 2017

A curious thing happened at Code Club last week. Patricia gave me a list of 101 Things To Do Around Sasebo… practically daring me to make a map! So I did!

First, I did the usual GitHub geoJSON map. Lame. And then I decided to follow a tutorial on MapBox for a store locator. Not gonna lie, the JavaScript really confused me. I did not understand any of it… but my map is super cute and I love it! I was so proud of my work that I sent a link to the gentleman who actually compiled the data of 101 things. He said it was awesome. My work here is done!

I want to share it with the local spouses but I think my feelings will be hurt if someone said it was lame. Ugh. Feelings suck.

Japan Adventure App

February 01 2017

Japan Adventure App

I used a tutorial created by the Rails Girls team in Los Angeles to create an “Adventure App” for Japan. The idea is to create a bucket list of things to see and do before being sent off to the next assignment.

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Pooching the Repository Name

February 01 2017

Pooching the Repository Name

I set up a repository on GitHub for an app I was working on that would allow users to create a collective bucket list for our city. I called it “sasebo-adventures” but as I got started I realized I didn’t want to limit the list to just Sasebo.

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Connecting the Rails Girls App with Amazon S3

January 20 2017

Connecting the Rails Girls App with Amazon S3

Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is a web service offered by Amazon Web Services. Amazon S3 provides storage through web services interfaces. It allows users running applications on Heroku to store and deliver images for their apps.

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App Evolution with Swift

December 30 2016

App Evolution with Swift

Learn how to make your first iOS app with Swift, and discover some of the more common pieces of the UIKit framework and how to use them with Swift.

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