Luke got his 2 month vaccinations today (Luke Day 63) and was as brave as brave can be. Also the week that Game of Thrones is back (Season 7) so what better excuse to draw a dragon!
Being a QA engineer for most of my career along with my interest in programming I am particularly keen to get familiar with TDD.
Unit tests have always been a black box to me (and to many QA’s I’m sure) so it will be interesting to see how they written and where they can be improved.
I’ve got a lot of hobbies and interests and often want to do everything at once with the net result being I make little progress on any particular area. In addition I also want to achieve and go beyond my work goals.
For me this epitomizes my ‘Chimp Paradox‘. This was the main motivation for me in setting up this website and blog as it gives me an outlet to express and deal with this ‘conflict’ whilst at the same time putting a structure in place to be more productive in future.
Work and beyond
- Keep up to date on all things tech and programming (Fliboard)
- Training Videos (pluralsight)
- Reading (Safari Books) – see your saved queues
- Programming – The Plan
- Drawing – The Plan
In summary I want to…
- Keep up to date
- Read work related books
- Work on projects to build my technical knowledge in the context of work
- Be creative in your spare time
I created a new portfolio for learning paths I’d like to explore.
I think this will also provide extra motivation to succeed in my work and study when I see what can be achieved down the line.
Will blog on my experiences of DevOps in work along with progress on my personal projects
Not much time to spend on drawing this year and most of next until I get my Python Specialisation and Java training done. For the second half of 2018 the plan is to step up the drawing and Data Science.
Feel like I’ve made some progress with my drawing over the past couple of years; albeit in piecemeal fashion, but looking at making a more concerted effort within the next year.
So the plan is to continue doing some sketching and make progress with the following training materials (strike-through when done) :
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
- Beginners Guide to Sketching
- Figure Drawing for all it’s Worth
- ArtRage on Pluralsight (get familiar with digital)
- ArtRage TV
Get this training done (December 2018) and then time to start working on my personal projects in 2019.
This all ties in with my learning path
Map it Out
Python Specialisation-> Crash Course in Python -> Data Science (start January 2018)
Birth of Luke gives me a whole new purpose. He’s my inspiration to succeed in everything from work to my programming and drawing projects (and my golf – mission single figures – some day 🙂 ).
He inspires me to stay healthy so that I can cherish every moment and capture every milestone along the way
He inspires me to keep focus on what’s important and not waste the moment thinking about what was or worrying about what might be.
It starts with you Luke…let’s see how far we can go little man.