".. i shoulda learned to play them drums..."
i've just developed a theory that I must possess some type of eight-year metamorphosis cycle. what the heck am i talking about: metamorphosis? well, allow me to explain.
my first, albeit fleeting, infatuation with programming consumed me in about 1987 when I excelled in Basic programming in an Intro to Comp-Sci class in Jr High-School (and even earlier if we'll consider the ol' Commodore 64 [or was it the VIC-20?] and a few little "which-way books"-inspired, basic IF, THEN, GOTO scripts in which i had my big brothers maneuvering about in some silly little text-based world i created! amusing to think how boring it must have been considering there must only have been 2 (or very limited) options for each next step (can't recall how that language worked exactly... and it couldn't have had a db attached, right.... not on audio cassette, as i didn't even own a floppy drive! heehee-- ah, ... but i digress...), but when i became facinated with learning to play guitar, it consumed me so thoroughly that i must have abandoned all else as i barely have any other memories from that era other than something guitar, band, or music-related. i've been a private guitar instructor since circa 1989 (actually-- since before that, but who's counting, right?), and i've dabbled in web design since about 1997, so i guess it would make sense that it would take another 8 years for me to put the two together, huh?
Guitar - by J. Sabarese
it's not really "there" yet-- by that i mean it's not nearly to the point i want it to be ultimately-- sure, i have something published now, and i've had guitar stuff, such as my student schedule, published for several years-- but i never really sat down and tried to do a nice, dedicated guitar page complete w/ specific sections about resource links, tabs, theory, etc., and now that i'm getting the hang of this web design/ development thing finally, i think i'm ready to apply it to guitar-- what i'd really like to do (now don't go and steal my idea, freak!) is to acquire some digital video clips, apply them to a curriculum associated directly or indirectly with my favorite music theory book, Edly's Music Theory for Practical People, and stick 'em on-line for y'all peeps to chew on. Ed R, kind gent that he is, gave me permission to do so, upon his approved review of the material, so i'm very glad of that! Mr Ed'ly's theory books are very easy to understand, so anyone out there struggling w/ music theory should give one of Ed's books at least a glance before you put it away-- i'll be you decide that you want to spend more time with it, and you'll probably even learn a thing or two!
if you have an interest in guitar, learning to play an instrument, or music in general-- there's at least a slight possiblity that something on my guitar page will interest you.
please, if you visit my little on-line Guitar instruction work-in-progress, then do me the honor of returning momentarily to provide me suggestions for improvement, as i realize i need 'em!
it's difficult to believe that another year is drawing to a close. wow!.. it's going to be 2006 -- six whole years since the "Y2K bug" scare! isn't that funny!?
Well, i just wanted to write this little update so I could look back on my feelings about a few new things which are on the horizon in my world.
I'm most excited about the first one on that list-- not because it is any more important to me than the others in terms of content, or my relationship w/ that client-- but because it is going to be my first genuine Web Application developed for public use! The Cata "Trip Planner" will be a new, efficient and easy way for CATA's public bus transportation service patrons to find their way around town on the several bus routes. Once this application is in place and used regularly, I hope to gain more Web Application clients as the development of this type of web service is my true passion in terms of Web Services in general.
I'm also very excited to design the web site for Galaxy, the Arts division of IU10 of State College. As an Educator, Private Music Tutor, and an Artist (musician: guitarist), this project is special to me because, when I was in high-school, I was in a special education program for the "gifted" which was administered by the Intermediate Unit 1 of my home-town, I am inspired to do a really good job on the design / creativity end of this project.
The skydivers web site will be a unique project for me in that it will be the first web site I'll develop for a client whose web site content will be largely of a subject matter with which i have no real-world experience. I hope to make this web site also a web application site, like the CATA site, to use PHP and a MySQL database for storing this tandem skydiving company's client info, periodic updates, and also to provide a place for their clients to schedule tandem jumps and process credit cards and other payment methods for the purpose of purchasing those scheduled jumps.
Once I have sucessfully completed these projects, I'll be ready to advertise my services-- and that's a very exciting step for me!
Come back in a few weeks from this date to check for updates on my progress!