Date: Monday June 13th, 2016
So far, I’ve revealed a little about myself but not what I do in terms of academia & work. Today I’ll start.
I am a novice programmer1. You might have picked up on hints: the title of my first entry, the way I write the majority of my tags (first word lowercase, rest uppercase, no spaces), and the strange habit of starting with the date and exact time.
I am an extremely logical thinker. I tend to think of the world in “if-then” statements. Even while talking to people, I form tree diagrams of the directions in which a conversation can go depending on what I say. Have you played anything by “Telltale Games,” perhaps Game of Thrones2? Well that’s an accurate representation of my mind during a conversation. I also have a crazy level of attention to detail, as a blogger yesterday found out for her benefit. In programming3, a single misplaced/missing character can demolish your program and without an IDE you’ll be hard pressed to find it. A missing semicolon, bracket, or any improper syntax and the program will either refuse to compile or throw an error. Sometimes the smallest thing can drive me insane; now you know why. XD
For this post, I was on the lookout for a good list of traits needed for programmers. Most were more specific than I wanted and included too many details about the workplace but after a few minutes, I stumbled on the perfect one4. I will write briefly about each trait.
- Patience – This goes in my list of top three general traits. Many have said that I’m a great listener. I can even listen to a good song for hours straight. Patience is so ingrained in me that it’s almost second nature. As you read my future posts, this will be evident.
- Courage – I’ve always been an introvert but courage was one thing I never lacked. Also refer to future posts. In the meantime, Entry #6 can serve as an example.
- Passion – This entire blog, my goals, and my life serve as an example of this, but check out my post yesterday if you haven’t!
- Creativity – Because I have a knowledge in a variety of areas, I make connections between ideas that others may not see. I enjoy finding unorthodox solutions. For example, have a look this short article I wrote last winter. I also appreciate the arts. If you haven’t already, check out “Renaissance Man” for a song I composed.
- Logic – Thought of this one before I found the list 😛
Fun fact: I write my blog posts in the text editor of the “wp-admin” section of WordPress. I type in much of the HTML myself. Curious how I indent the list? Today is your lucky day! In the list tag (ul or ol), insert style=”padding-left: 30px;” in the blank space.
<ul _____> (List elements) </ul>
This evening, I was trying to remember an epic theme song that popped into my head. It’s such a great song but I couldn’t remember anything about where or when I’d heard it. Then the context slowly filled in; I heard it about five years ago in a high school history class. I saw images from the movie in my head but I couldn’t have remembered it’s name if my life depended on it. Why am I telling you this? I want to show you just how fragmented my thoughts are when they enter my head and how hard I work to write these posts. Here’s exactly what I Googled to find the song: old american vs natives movie epic theme song…I almost don’t want to include this because it’s so bad. Could literally refer to any number of great movies. Guess I got lucky…another of my top three general traits. 😉
The movie you ask? The Last of the Mohicans. Three hour loop of the song below! I planned on including the original 2-minute song, but I liked the picture in this video better ^.^
To awkward endings, Pulkit
French: Comment t’appelles-tu? – What’s your name? (More common way of asking for a name in France. Thanks to my roommate from bringing this to my attention.)
Ça va?(!) – How are you? & I’m good! (Depending on if you’re asking or responding)
Latin: Quid est nōmen tibi? – What’s your name?