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Programming oftentimes feels like trudging through the soupy bogs of Kantian logic and Pythagorean mathematics. It can be frustrating, to say the least, to train your subjective human mind to operate and/or communicate with an entity that only reads and understands objectively. Luckily, there is frontend development, specifically CSS that allows programmers integrate styling and flair to their web applications in order that their users don’t feel like they’re chained in the basement of some GeoCities webpage with a 15 second MIDI song on repeat. All jokes aside, CSS provides a developer a much needed break from the harsh realities…

We all know the tropes of performative magic. Be it a person in Victorian garb pulling a rabbit out of their unusually tall hat or your uncle you only see once every three years picking out the card you selected in secret at the kitchen table, magic is a way to bypass basic human deduction in a way that seems otherworldly. But we all know it’s a trick of the mind — a carefully crafted illusion designed to distract a viewer for enough time to complete another task, which would otherwise seem impossible. For the third project at the Flatiron…

Ten years is a long time. Flora grows, people change, buildings decay, mountains weather, and memory fades — all things bow to the relentless deluge of time. This is not the case, however, with the foundational bedrock of the web: HTML and CSS. Hypertext Markup Language and Cascading Style Sheets work like Butch and Sundance to allow the user not only to see information, but also to interact with any information a programmer wishes to display. For my second class project with the Flatiron School for Software Development, I was required to build a web application using Sinatra, which is…

At this point in my Flatiron School Software Development curriculum, comfort zones are seemingly born for the sole purpose of being destroyed. This, though I’ve learned, is a good thing. For my first CLI (Command Line Interface) project I would be building my own functional program essentially from scratch. On top of that, I had to implement something called an API. And just like that my comfort zone was murdered, and I was on what Kenny Loggins likes to call the “Highway to the Danger Zone.” But, much like everything else on this new journey, I had to take it…

Photo credit: Irene Simmon, 2019

I have long been haunted by the mythical, oftentimes outright false, narrative of the American West. We’ve all heard the stories, seen the films, and dissected the hypocrisies and evils that lay intrinsically intertwined within the American self. As a person who finds solace and truth in the search for something greater in this life, I sometimes find myself enamored the core values this great myth elicits: the promise of a new life and the adventure of searching for it. However, I realize that it is just a that: a myth. It is an opiate for the masses, but unlike…

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