Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The W3C is the organisation that controls the very internet itself. Most know the W3C organise such things as the validation for HTML, PHP and CSS. They even organise what domain names should go with what and how exactly you should create your web pages. But there is a dark and shady secret that they hide.
To most the acronym W3C stands for World Wide Web Consortium, but few no it's true know its true identity. It is actually the World Wide Wizard Consortium and they control the world's internet through archaic and magical means. Those few web developers who realise this are magically silenced through a small php term that turns all their php into the words 'Silence is golden' (That's true shit, google that!). Though those few who are allowed to know this truth are given benifits. For example see this code that permeates the latest site I built:
"This bird is a familiar summoned and placed here in accordance to the W3C (World Wide Wizard Committee). It protects the page from malware and small rodents."
(unfortunately blogger blocks me from being able to show ascii art but you can see the source at http://www.new-growth.com/SYWTBAA/)
Thanks to the world wide wizard I can protect my web pages from more than just viruses!
The draw back of knowing this wonderful truth is the feeling of dread when you try to validate a web page. To your average web developer when they submit their page all they have running through their head is the thought of a small web program checking through some automated process checking for errors. In truth the W3C exist out of time, and every time a page is submitted the committee meets to discus the page.
These meetings can be benign with comments as "This page is fine, as long as they understand the danger of using the UTF-8 encoding" to "the fool, FOOL! Does he not understand the danger he is in?! name is deprecated term.. DEPRECATED!" and "Oh my god, he's using the alignment of text to centre an image!! Does he not understand the tear he could rip in SPACE AND TIME!".
For me writing a new page for the web is a dangerous and scary task.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
So after last I left off I graduated from university! Surprising I know, considering that failed / dropped out of one (1) IT degree, one (1) IT / Multimedia degree and two (2) multimedia degrees. I really thought that education and me just didn't get on till this multimedia degree at QANTM. Even more surprising was my track record at QANTM, go me!
The last day of university came and went and shortly after the graduation show came around. This was a chance for the students to show off what they had done over the last few years (or year if you were a diploma student) to potential employers! Although this course was pretty decently expensive I managed to convince my parents to cover my costs because of the track record of the uni. You see, when I started at QANTM they told me that at the last graduation show there was a whopping 95% employment rate from the graduation show. So we all thought it was a win win situation.
So during my graduation night not only did I manage to get one of the largest spaces in the entire bloody area, but I also had in my opinion the best display out the of the year level. Turns out it wasn't just in my opinion, but the opinion of the staff there when I was awarded "BEST IN SHOW" (I always knew I would do well as a show dog). So I returned home happy and triumphant, waiting for the job offer I knew I would get.
So it turns out in this case I was wrong...
So today I spent another day searching for work, another fifteen application for web design, database design and PHP developing jobs sent away. To my count I am now sitting at 60 odd applications sent away and I have had three email responses saying "Sorry but you didn't get the job's and one phone call telling me I could have the job if I turned up the next day (a day which I could not make no matter what).
So! That is basically life up to date (that was fast >.<), and you know what? With this lack of employment I could probably get back to blogging again (yay?)
Thursday, September 30, 2010
As promised here's some nice shots of the place I am internshiping at. Ok I lied they aren't nice, I in fact took them using the 1.3 mp web cam on my laptop
This is what the building looks like from the outside. I know, pretty damn sweet. The cars serve as a good reference to how god damn tall those front doors are.
This is the view in from the front doors to the art space that they always have open. At the moment it's some artist who plays around with aerial shots.
When those big double doors are not open this is the way you get in, a tiny tiny door at the front.
Here is the rear of that door with a fire hydrant for size reference. You may not be able to see but there medieval brackets for a large wooden beam to rest on to lock the doors at night.
The work area upstairs! Those macs you can see might as well be from the pre war era. They are so old
This last shot is so you can see those kick ass chains hanging from the wall in the background. They hang off the beam on the ceiling and I assume they were used for hauling heavy things around the substation.
See I told you I would post pictures =P
Yes the title is the truth, it does not lie! As I write this I am actually engaged in work. When I say work, I do not mean for myself or for university (although it does count towards my courses and it has been organised by uni). I am in fact at my internship and have a short period of time to right this as I am way ahead of the work they assign me. I know, it's amazing.
I'm stationed in an old electrical substation in Paddington (a trendy suburb north of the city in Brisbane). The company I am working for is called Artworker's Alliance and they arrange artistic ventures in Brisbane from workshops to exhibitions. This is an amazing opportunity for me as the two places I wanted to work were in gaming multimedia or local art community and I'm surprised to reach either of those fields so quickly. The substation itself is amazing and when I get home I will post some pictures of how pretty it is.
The work itself is interesting, although it wears me out so so quickly. Their website has been built from four seperate developer's ideas and is split between CSS, HTML, SQL and some file formate called TPL which I have never seen before (but seems to contain php code). In order to actually search the website's code in order to change things I had learn some new techniques such as using a program called Agent Ransack. This Agent is my best friend with the ability to search the code of any file from .exe to .jpg. I have to thank him for being so wonderful.
The actual website I am working on is here and that text down in the footer that has the address? That took me four hours to find in their database. I almost fell asleep while doing that, but it was still worth it.
In other news tomorrow I begin my work in the 48 hours game making competition. I am intending to keep at least a vague blog up as I work at Anger Issues Interactive but who knows how it will pan out. To be honest I am a little terrified about the prospect of this competition, but we will see how it goes.
Due to this competition this week's weekly web roundup will be canceled though =( Sorry guys.