Fired off into Jobland

Tjobbiehe good word is in! I got a jobbie! Well, it’s a two month internshippie, but the plan is to turn it into a full-time dev position once the internship is over. I’ll be finishing out the last three weeks of the General Assembly cohort that I’ve been a Developer in Residence for since June and begin my internship after that.

I’ll be working as a dev intern for The History Project, a start-up in Oakland that allows you to preserve memories and tell stories through gathering various media on a digital timeline. The site currently up is the beta version and V2 should be launched at the end of September. I’m excited to get started and contribute to a meaningful project! There’s an intimate team that I’ll be working with and learning from and the environment there seems really great. I feel like I really lucked out here! (Did I mention it’s in Oakland?!)

For the past six months, I’ve been focused on learning Javascript, Node, and Ruby on Rails, along with other accessory libraries and frameworks. The History Project uses a pretty different stack than anything I’ve been working with so I’m going to dive in and learn as much as I can for the next three weeks before starting the job. The backend runs on PHP, so I’m beginning with Codecademy’s PHP tutorial course. I also need to familiarize myself with Masonry.js for building grids and Vis.js for timeline visualization. It seems like a lot to take on, but if there’s anything I learned from my code bootcamp experience, it’s that I can learn just about anything and I can learn it fast!

Hello world!

…hi! This is my first post of what I hope to be many. Where to start? I guess I should begin with a bit about myself. My background is in photography and, after three years of living in New Orleans and pursuing that, I returned to the Bay Area. At another crossroads with a hazy future in front of me and no map, I decided to make a new path and give this coding thing a shot. I took General Assembly San Francisco’s Web Development Immersive course, a twelve week full stack bootcamp, and I completed several web apps and projects there while learning HTML/CSS/JavaScript, Node.js, Ruby on Rails, and a whole lot more. I followed that up with a Developer in Residence position in GA’S next cohort, which has three weeks left. I am currently in the depths of a job search, eager to begin my life as a real developer!

This is my most recent project (pattern courtesy of plasticlittlecovers on Etsy). The irony of it hit me one night, as I was avoiding all my responsibilities and cross-stitching this instead.

A side passion of mine has always been crafting of all sorts. I fell in love with cross-stitching the first time a got a little kit with a basic hummingbird pattern. It’s so wonderfully tedious! Off and on for the last few years, I’ve completed projects then forgotten about it. In the last couple months, though, I discovered the world of ironic patterns on Etsy. I bought one and would come home from work and immediately sit down, fire up Netflix, and get right to stitching. I was hooked! After finishing that project, I bought five more patterns and am working through those right now. My friend requested a custom design, so I’m looking into making my own pattern for him.

Well, there you have it. The brief history of my life that has led me to this moment of starting a blog about cross-stitching and coding. Keep coming back for updates on my dev and stitch projects, musings on the strange SF world of tech and start-ups, code and crafting how-to’s, and stories about the terrors of job searching.