Welcome to my sweet little garden on the outskirts of the interweb. This site's name is inspired by an Ian McEwan novel, "The Cement Garden". Here you will find personal writings, a few amateur essays, some art of mine (that is, if I ever get around to uploading it), and links to resources that I find rewarding and/or interesting. This site is a constant work in progress, and to be frank, the only pages that work are the ones marked 'New'! If you find yourself lost, clicking the pixel in the header will lead you home...
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I'm by no means a programmer, although I once had plans to transfer to a university as a CS major. One day I want to revisit learning C++, however studying CS in college was quite alienating. I did not have much in common with my peers in terms of values, goals, and drive. I'm pretty "tech-critical", and although I've picked up a few things, I don't really care to learn about the newest technology nor to be a part of it.
My mom majored in CS and now manages databases at our local community college, and used to work at Intel, so I have had a lot of exposure to programming at a young age. My dad even tried to get me to go to a bootcamp for Python in middle school, because at the time Python was this easy, up-and-coming programming language which had a lucrative job market. I never went to the camp, by the way. Trying to 'get' me to do stuff because of the money is pretty futile. It was really my mom who got me interested in CS: "Programming is an art, the language you use to speak to the computer," she'd say. Optimizing programs, finding the easiest and most efficient way to write them – being an "architect" – is the part of CS that appealed to me.
I used to customize my profile on Deviantart with HTML when I was younger, then I moved on to making and editing Tumblr themes. This is rather embarrassing, but I would mess around with others' themes to the point where it didn't even look like their code anymore, and I'm pretty sure a prolific coder vagued me about it... It haunts me & I wonder if they added that new rule in their TOS because of me. Then, in 2019 or so, I would copy Carrd source codes onto Neocities and edit them there, because I didn't want to pay for extra features. It was very inefficent! To this day I wonder why I never sat down and read/watched tutorials (especially since this complete HTMLCSS course is only 11 hours), it's good to start from the fundamentals when learning anything– but I suppose I have trouble learning in the traditional way. My friend is taking an introductory Web Design class and even then, he's learning things I don't know... my own incompetence amazes me.