Talent

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
-Pablo Picasso

Talent is not something that everyone understands. Talent used to be a unit of measurement and it refers now to a gift or unique characteristic that a person has. In a society so in love with individuality, why is it that so many people don`t feel special or like they have talent. Why is it that a lot of people that are special in one way or another strive so hard to just be normal?

Many superheroes sometimes see their abilities as a burden. They hide behind masks, a secret identity, a custom. Is is to bad to have a superpower? If anyone had an extraordinary ability would we really just put them in a lab go be studied? Was Michael Jordan ever taken by scientist against is will to see how he could “fly.”

I believe that we are all special. I believe every human being has something to show us. I also believe that all of us are capable of greatness. I think it is a personal decision once we know we have a talent to develop it into something useful. Then again, I am getting into the topic of responsibility and we all know that today`s world think of it as something obsolete.

Knowledge is something that can be acquired, but talent is something we are born with. Make sure your talents are something that make you happy and make you feel special and not something that you put away and forget about.

Flowcharts

When I was going to college I used to dread having to do a flowchart before I wrote a program. I did not understand why I had to write something down that I thought I had all figured out in my head. I thought that every single one of those shapes were just an excuse to make me work extra. Flowcharts have really made a difference on how I program.

I have worked with several people that did not go to school for programming but just picked it up while working for a company. Some of them have been pretty good programmers, but others have had a real issue with logic. Flowcharts help you map out logic and they are an important tool when trying to improve any existing process.

I worked as a Process Analyst, and while the title at first was just that I did get to work improving some processes that were already implemented in the company. Some of them were closely related to software, some were just processes that mapped how the company did business. Every meeting that I had with a team that wanted to improve one of their process started with me drawing out a flowchart of their current process. It was amazing how much of the process was not clear to people at different levels of the organization, or how some people simply did not understand the flow of the process. We were able to not only improve the processes but also find huge flaws on the flow by simply mapping it.

I think that making a flowchart of what you are going to program is a very good idea if it is a process that you have never worked with or you are not completely sure on the business logic. Many times when I have been stuck working through some logic, drawing a flowchart has help me figure out where the error in my logic is.

When you inherit code from someone else, it can be a nightmare to understand the way the thought. You might be the person that thinks in positives while the person before you think in negatives. Also there are programmers that love to over complicate simple tasks by either writing long functions or over nesting decisions. Don`t be too affraid at this code because you are going to have to work with it eventually. The simplest way to figure things out is to write a simple flow chart that will map the process. You do not have to map the whole program just the parts that are complicated or causing you problems.

Programming languages aim to simplify the way you write code. They complete your code, let you overload operators and even assign the result of a comparison like do we have any records of that type. For example,

if RecordCount > 0 then
Button.Visible = True
Else
Button.Visible = False

can be written in some languages simply as

Button.Visible = (RecordCount > 0)

When I encounter a piece of code that does not have the if then else statement written out, I understand what it means but it is harder to visualize in my head. The example above is pretty straight forward but think about how complex a comparison can become or what property it could be affecting. Drawing out the flow chart with all of the decisions makes it easier to visualize all of the options that are available and helps you determine the true flow of the program.

If you are ever stuck with a piece of logic and one of your programs or websites is not doing what it is supposed to be doing try drawing a flowchart and trust me, it will help with debugging.

8 Random Facts

Box1715 who was tagged by Chacha (LMAO @ the name… you have been tagged by Chacha, now you must dance) who I would love to read, but my eyes are still hurting from the first attempt… to do 8 random facts.

This is going to be harder than I thought, I have already done the 100 things about me and just about every personality test there is… I even have a porn name (LOL). But Lets just play.

First the rules (you can skip them, it says… give 8 facts, tag 8 people by leaving them messages… but I will comply).

1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here are the random facts about me!

I…

  • drink more water than pop now (used to be addicted to vitamin P aka Pepsi).
  • traveled internationally this year already.
  • have to wear an undershirt almost every day.
  • was taught by Franciscan Monks.
  • am scared of the dentist.
  • drink hot cocoa even though I do not like chocolate.
  • have been on a land vehicle going faster than 140 MPH.
  • will own a Wii soon.

And I am tagging!!!! Bea, Berry, Big Orange Michael, Daniel, Kelly, Mark L, MikeP and Becky.

Spiderman 3 (*)

Spiderman 3 does not suck, it blows, and not a little… it blows hard. I do not even know where to start with this mess called a movie. I guess we should first talk about what was actually good. The movie`s CGI was very well done. The humor that was injected into the movie also worked, even though it was almost too random. There was a couple of moments with some jump out of your sit surprises that were also a nice touch.

I read somewhere that this movie cost about 500 million dollars including the advertising campaign and I do believe it. I think they spent about 300 million in tears alone, the other 200 were to make Spiderman emo. The movie was very poorly edited making the action look like the filler that the drama was supposed to be. It really bothers me when a movie insults my intelligence and Spiderman 3 did just that. I know that revenge is wrong, I do not need every character in the movie sound like a PSA about how bad it is. I also do not need actors with lines that feel read out of a cue card and there was quite a bit of that. Did these people prepare for the roles?

Venom is such a cool character, and having Tofer play it had the potential to make it memorable. While they did try to build the character, they failed miserably. We did not have a chance to either hate or like the guy, it was almost like we had to just laugh at him but not quite engage him. Sandman was another story… he could have been completely CGI and I would have probably been more impressed with a drawing delivering the lines.

Peter Parker from the first two movies was gone, and not just due to the transformation when he came in contact with the alien substance. He did so many things that were not showing his human side but his stupid side. He also became a “celebrity” drunk with fame, which I guess could be a cliche for our times, that should only be reserved by a superhero like the flash. Mary Jane was the girl next door even in the second movie, but in this one she turned into someone that they tried to make you feel sorry for. She did not fight emotionally for Spiderman at all… she expected him to use his super powers to read her mind. Their relationship started to feel very superficial and lacked the depth that it was built up in the other movies.

I also felt like I was watching a Mexican Novela from all the tears. I think every character cried at least a couple of times, and Spiderman was either crying or fixing his hair to look emo. It was also a horrible version of emo, it was more of an 80`s emo than a My Chemical Romance emo.

The movie was also full of stock scenes from the walking down the street to a cool song while doing a little dance, to the cooking and dancing on the kitchen scene. I was very disappointed that creativity was sacrificed and I don`t even know for what. It was so bad at the end that when I was supposed to be crying because of loss I was laughing at the comment my friend made… “He should have totally have said B.F.F. (Best Friends Forever).” Save your money, I even wasted money to go see it on the IMAX and it is not even worth the rental. Pardon me, I need to go puke.

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Spiderman 3.

Viernes Feast

Appetizer
Name something you would not want to own.
I think is time for a new motorcycle! I have a KANSAS license now! Woohoo.
I guess I am overexcited about the bike. Something I do not want to own… I guess a dog, after losing my dog, I have not wanted to own a dog anymore. (The dog did not pass, it is just not mine anymore after my divorce).

Soup
Describe your hair (texture, color, length, etc.).
Soft, Brown, Short. You can just see it on the webcam ->

Salad
Finish this sentence: I’ll never forget ___________.
911, like the Challenger tragedy it is a moment frozen in time for me.

Main Course
Which famous person would you like to be for one day? Why?
The Pope, I want to have a party in the Vatican… lol. Actually besides the potential powers, I think going to their library has to be awesome.

Dessert
Write one sentence about yourself that includes one thing that is true and another thing that is not.
I have been to New York and hated it, but not as much as I hated California when I visited.

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