3AM Thoughts: So Many Things to Learn, So Little Time

First of all, I really find it hard to settle. I usually look for new things to learn, yet there are circumstances that are inevitable. A lot time are taken up travelling to work. Yet if you don’t go to work, you lose your job. Though you have a lot of options beside your current job or going to work, the options cannot give you the current salary you have or higher, need to “earn” it. So we go to work. You are in a very controlled environment, so there are a lot of logs going on, filtering and blocking. The work you are into is yet satisfying but taken a lot of your time.

Weekends be like, with your family. But this is the only time you can explore further your capabilities. Especially if you are in the industry that is fast paced and evolving every minute.

You are not required to have this knowledge in a lifetime, yet you can’t settle. Taking yourself in the highest high you can get, yet before you know it, you splat back to where you came from.

There is indeed a lot to learn, yet so little time. A lot of things to explore, then reality takes you back. Reality itself is not the enemy but the time. Like in the famous lines of a popular series, “the climb is all there is.”  Time is not in your side when you reach 30’s, this is the time you need to settle, you need something to focus on and reach, deal with it. Time is not your friend anymore, but will it hold you from reaching what you wanted to do? Do it, just do it. Do it in any way possible. Knowledge is always there, ready for the taking. “Only the ladder is real… “. Climb it, climb it as high as you can. Climb it like you never climb before. Or somebody else’s will.

Life is a never ending learning. Never ending climbing, walking, climb again and occasionally running. Sometimes life can be a large ocean, you need to learn to swim. Life that we have now is how we define it. We define our own lives. Learn how to deal with it, that sometimes you are in a dry land, you will brought to a very wide body of water. Adapting is also one of the things you need to learn, adapting is survival and survival is sometimes really sucks. It sucks sometimes that you don’t know whose you are breathing right now. Maybe it’s your boss’ air that you breathe and then became toxic.

Life could be sometimes a bridge. Crossing it and you find yourself in another bridge. Life could be a loop. Could be anything. Could be your dog, your wife, children, brother or mother. Defining what is life sometimes could be answered when you are dying or in your 70’s or your 80’s if you are that lucky. Sometimes you learn a lot when you are approaching on your end days. Still learning on my 70’s not a problem.

Learning, it is a game changer. It would depends on how will you use it, how will you take it? How will you spend it? Learning life and life learning are all relative to time. You work on what you love and the rest is secondary.

Design and Functionality: The Struggle is Real

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If you are a fullstack developer there will be times that you are inspired to work on design but in the long run the functionality sometimes suffers or could be vice versa. There are also times that the design itself has lack of space for a required functionality small details sometimes would be a big challenge.

In my current situation as a support, you will have a little voice in the whole process of improvement of the software. Especially in international companies, where in there are a lot of managers and approvers that will be needing their say on to how we can move forward with your requests.

Technically design and functionality are two inseparable tandem. Design indeed important in the long run. Initially this is critical, what is a good software is if it does not work with the user. Design’s importance to a software is end to end. To where be the user would be “wow” about is the design, the user will not actually use it if the interface is not appealing. Functionality is important as well when you catch the attention of the user. But satisfaction will fall down if it does not work, literally. Functionality can always be improved in between during run. All in all they are inseparable duo. You cannot focus on one while the other suffers, there should be an equal treatment on this both.

I understand the struggle on these both parts that I am once a full stack developer. From ground up I can do it. Since we only have a small team to start with, there is no QA team to really mince the project per fibre on what is good and bad on the software. Luckily we have a good presenter.

There are times that I am logically inclined but not creative enough to start the project. Which is bad since the start of the project are the mock ups.

From my posts 8 years ago, I referred to a post as well of a well-known artist in the field of graphic designing. He only says there in his post that having a unique style is not only way to success, but to interpret the needs of the client or a particular audience. What is the relevance of this topic in the design vs. functionality dilemma here? As I said it they were inseparable the whole web development project is both design and functionality, and the interpretation of the developer to the given project is the key to really pull off a good project. Either you need to work with the other designers or developers for your occasional “down time” is not so bad. The important is that you and your client is aligned with the expectation of the project.

Happy Coding.

Captain America: Civil War – The Movie Review

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This is highly anticipated for most fans, they will definitely blog this and insert their expert thought about this movie. The movie is highly anticipated that Marvel should really do this. But not as expected this should be an “Avengers” story arc. Here what I thought initially why they did it under Cap.

Conspiracy – Captain America’s story arc in the movie is more of espionage and government concerns. Being accountable with the disaster every time they assemble is a large concern in global scale.

Winter Soldier – This is where the story evolves. Cap’s involvement with the winter soldier, his hope that Barnes will remember him as Steve Rogers.

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The movie really focuses on major parts of Cap’s life and its theme from the start. To be have a more consistent approach, they put it in Cap’s story instead of Avengers’.

With that in mind, shall we go to the review?

Here are the bad parts:

Light representation to where Zemo is coming from: There is nothing in the world can surpass the sadness and loneliness losing your whole family in a major catastrophe. It’s just not presented in the movie as heavy as Whiplash losing everything because of Stark. It just affects me on how the actor delivered his final words with T’chala.

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Recruitment Scenes: It’s just did not synched to my system why they need someone like Spider-man or to why Hawkeye joins Cap. It violates some of the character traits of the hero. They put it in a very very light note.

Cap’s Reaction when Stark learned about his Parents: This violate everything about Captain America. Stark’s reaction is just normal for someone that is looking for justice. Captain America is more like a Filipino to me when he reacted like that.

Those are the major parts of the movie that really disappoints me. What are the good parts then?

T’chala is King: This major bad ass really took the whole movie. He is the King enough said. One of the best parts that you need to see it in the movies.

Best Action Sequence: I noticed that every time an Avengers movie is shown, they always have this hero vs. hero scene and the sequence and the choreography of the fight scenes here are splendid.

Here Comes the Spider: It’s really not his entrance that made it. On how good Spiderman fighting together with the big boys.

Team Cap and The Big Ant Man: The humour and the coordination of Team Cap is the one that make me “woooooohhhWWW!” The timing the majestic fighting stance of Cap, the coordination of hawkeye and the ant-man. A lot of collaboration there with the ant-man.

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Overall, the verdict is superb! Captain America: Civil War receives 4 star from me.

From what is here is not an expert opinion these are frustration of an old timer comic book reader and criticism of a fan. See for yourself you will enjoy it!