For anyone who has dealt with an empty string(""), Null, vbNull, Nothing, or isEmpty in ASP or VB, you know my frustration of having to try to keep them all straight. So today I took a few minutes and wrote up a little guide to help me keep it all straight. Hopefully it helps someone else like it has already helped me. It is available as a PDF.
ASP(VB) Nulls Suck
The internet needs our help
I don't blog enough. Plain and simple, I just don't blog enough. But I'll be damned if I don't want the ability to do so, and for my internet to work the way it should; open, free, easy to access, etc. The internet is a beautiful thing, and coding for it pays my bills, and allows me to take wonderful trips each year, and we are at risk of losing it all. Please, take the time, read the Battle for Net Neutrality site, and do everything you can to spread the word, and make it known that we cannot have the internet ruined.
Today I had a co-worker/friend throw a party for me for my 21st birthday that is coming up next week. It amazes me that someone who started out a a scary boss, who got me in trouble for joking around at work, could turn into someone that is a great co-worker and great friend. Someone who I work so well with, someone who no matter the task, I feel confident that we can get done. We are very good for one another when it comes to work, and it translates very well to our friendship.
Our interests may not always line up, and we argue just like all good friends do, but at the end of each day I am glad she is around in all the situations of my life. She is always such a tremendous help to me. Thanks for that if you happen to read this. To everyone else, let this be a lesson that no one is perfect, but always try to surround yourself with non-toxic people. People who are important to you, and who show that importance back to you in a way that you know could never be faked.
Make sure you surround yourself with people who influence you to do good things with you life, to pursue the things that you know, and love. Be around people who make you smile, who know the things you like, and respect them regardless if they like them or not. Surround yourself with people who you know you can trust, and who are willing to trust you too. Be around good people, people who let you be whoever and whatever you want to be, and encourage and help you in any way they can to make sure you achieve your goals. Be around people like Shannon, who push you just enough to make sure that you always succeed, who believes in you no matter how much you don't believe in yourself.
So today, I decided to start a new project. After an hour or so of delibration, I believe the route I am going to go is a recipe collection "web app". I intend to update this post once a day, at the end of the day, for 1 week. By the end of the week, I plan to have the site in working condition, with user accounts, and the ability to add recipes to your account, and to share these recipes out to the current "main" social networks.
So here I sit, 20 years old, with a full time job in my dream field, making enough money to fully support myself, to pay all of my bills, and still cover most, if not all, of my various wants and desires. I sit here and think to myself about so many different things. Things that I could do to make my life easier, to make the company I work for more successful, to be a happier person all around, but yet, it seems no matter how much I think on the topic, I never seem to advance at all. When I first started my job, every day was a struggle, every day I would come in, and it was a challenge for me. I was constantly teaching myself new things, new ways to do things so I could do my job better. But now, due to circumstances that are well out of my control, I feel stuck. I feel as if everytime I try to make a decision, or try to make an improvement, I hit some hypothetical wall that stops me dead in my tracks. I just can't figure it out.
I try to start a new personal project, like creating a new project management system for our internal use, and it all is going well, and then I get overwhelmed by something else and just stop. I don't know what causes it, and I really don't know how to fix it. Deep down I have this desire to kick ass on this project, to really make something amazing that will be used, and will be a massive improvment over what we currently have. However, I just can't seem to push myself to do it. I just can't encourage myself to get up, and do it. More than anything I wish I could. I wish I could find that motivation to kick myself in the ass again, and really start churning out new things, but for some reason I can't.
I don't know if it is because I have so many ideas that every one just keeps conflicting with all the rest, so I get nothing done. I know that I have a problem, and I know that I want to fix it. I just simply don't know how.
So it's officially one month until I fly for the first time. I am traveling to New York for a 6 day vacation, and we have a lot planned, including visiting Chinatown, The Chrysler Building, and Central Park.
I am not sure how to feel about flying, one side of me is extremely excited, while the other side is scared to death. It seems like it will be an awesome experience, but I just have never done it before. Once I get there I am sure I will have a blast, and will want to stay longer.
We are planning on visiting many different attractions, including Grand Central Station, The Botanical Gardens, NBC Studios, one of the zoos, maybe the aquarium, The Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building.
Windows 8 Beta Review
Here is my in depth, Windows 8 beta review. It sucks. My desktop is NOT a tablet, contrary to whatever Microsoft may think, so don't give me an exact copy of your tablet OS for my desktop. While having two 24" touch screen monitors would be cool, I don't have them, which makes Windows 8 sucks. It is difficult to navigate without a touch screen, and they change core things that should never be changed on a windows machine (ex: no start menu). Also, the integration of the Xbox crap, really? It's a PC, not a console, and not a tablet. Apps, a notification center,everything is powered through your Microsoft account, and not even Solitaire works correctly. I had very high hopes for this, and though it is the first public beta, it sucks. As a tablet OS, it would be awesome, but keep this away from any and all PC's, end of story.
Welcome to my new website!
Thanks for dropping by! Today is the day that I finally place this website live to the world. I spent forever picking a design that I was happy with, and it seems every time I come back to make any change, no matter how small or quick, I want to just keep changing and updating, so hopefully by placing this live, I will no longer have that temptation. However, I will still be updating this site frequently, but not with color changes and image updates. Feel free to check me out on any of the social sites listed above, or find out more about me and who I am. If you have any suggestions, or just want to get in touch with me, feel free to contact me.