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Pi Day!

No, it’s not March 14th, but it’s still PI DAY!!!  Today, my Raspberry Pi and user guide arrived in the mail! I’m super excited about this one…I know it uses Python and I’m hoping that this will be a good way to get some practice.  The Comp Sci program I’m in does not have a python class, but I know that a lot of animation companies look for it, so I definitely want to stay sharp.



Now I just have to get it hooked up and get going! 🙂

Steve Jobs


On October 5th, 2011, Steve Jobs passed away.  I remember where I was when I found out…living in Florida, having just started my job at Walt Disney World the day before, and I remember being sad.   He had been responsible for some of the products that defined my generation– the iPod, the iPhone, and even this MacBook I’m using right now to type this post.

In the five years since his death, we have seen some pretty incredible things.  Siri, who is personally responsible for me not being lost most of the day, was released the day before he passed.  We’ve seen tablets get smaller and phones get bigger.  We’ve seen a watch make us feel like secret agents.  We’ve even seen the return of Jobs’ least-favorite thing, the stylus (now chicly named the Apple Pencil ), and we’re about to meet the end of headphone jacks.  As Tim Cook continues to navigate the company through rough waters, fans of Steve Jobs’ innovative legacy can only watch and wait to see what happens next, always looking forward to that one more thing.

Rest in Peace, Steve.

Hello, World!

1  public class Hello{
2      public static void main(String[] args){
3          System.out.println(“Hello, World!”);
4      }
5  }

Hello, World!  

If the title hadn’t tipped you off, I’m a coder, and I’m a lady.  My path to computer science has been a little convoluted, but one of those things where the journey was necessary.  I didn’t study computer science when I was an undergraduate.  Instead, I fell in love with computer animation and chased that dream as far as I could– studying media production and graphics/animation.  Five years later, I found myself in a fairly successful career trajectory in broadcast journalism, but that’s not really what I wanted.  I wanted to be an animator.  And what do computer animators need?  Computer Programming.

So I packed up my stuff and left New York City.  It was a terrifying decision but ultimately it was the right one.  A few months later, I started taking classes to earn a Computer Programming Certificate from NCSU.  It’s been a wild year, and so far I am loving my classes.  Will this lead to an animation career?  Maybe, but even if it doesn’t, I know it’s going to take me someplace wonderful.