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Start of Senior Year…

Well…

Senior year has started

Senior finally has begun and with it a new source for adventures. Adventures of the fun kind and the stressful kind specifically. There is also much time set aside for much needed spiritual + character growth.

Character growth?

Ah… well… ya know. I feel okay interacting with computers. There is not such a super high degree of variability with issues faced. The issue can usually be identified with a debugger and then removed. With people… I’ve gotten better. Its a life-long learning sort of thing, but I want to get a better handle of it this year before I start college.

Spiritual growth?

I set aside time each day to study a couple eastern philosophy. I’ll let you take a wild guess of what they are if you’ve read this blog longer than just this post.

Long story short. It requires a lot of contemplation of unwholesome (greed, hatred, delusion) acts and how to root them out permanently. It is an arduous process, and it is hard to tell when I’m making progress. I still find it a path worth taking.

Software Development

As much as I hate to admit it, I don’t think I am that good at building software. I may have a large repository of loosely connected technical principals (programming languages, game development, web development, etc), but the results are sporadic when it comes to the utility of the projects.

My plan is pretty drastic, but here is what it is.

I’m scrapping all the projects I started working on during the summer. Instead I’m going to set a goal to create one well developed project a month.

If there are multiple projects going on, my focus will be on the one which is of highest difficulty first.

Spark

In addition to the normal core classes you take in high school. I am part of a experiential learning tech program. We focus on building solutions to problems with technology. I plan on improving my ability to communicate and present within the class. Additionally, just growing my scope of knowledge within the technology space.

So that’s that.

– Michael Navazhylau

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The Last Year of High School…

I’ll be starting school tomorrow, and I thought that maybe writing a post about that sort of thing would be interesting. I already wrote about summer in general. You can read about that here or here

The last previous 3 years of high school

I don’t remember too much about freshmen and sophomore year except that I learned some Math, Science, English, History, and Spanish. Plus there was learning how to be less socially awkward. Trust me, I’m getting there :)

Junior year was the most impactful. I faced many challenges and saw how many flaws that are need of addressing. What I initially thought were simple interactions came to be something else I did not entirely expect. In the end, I was forced to swallow some hard truths that I am still working on internalizing even now.

It was also the first year I took Spark! Spark! was and still is a wonderful place that people can spend their time learning skills through experience rather then through a regular classroom setting. I think they call it experiential learning or something of that sort.

For the first time, I was able spend time learning programming and technology with others rather then alone on my computer like I usually do. The feeling of belonging to a community like that, well… It’s an incredible feeling.

Looking forward (i.e tomorrow and beyond)

There is no realistic way of being able to predict everything about the future. If that were the case, it would not be as fun :). So making the best of my capacities and potential, I’ll put forth the best efforts to be of help to others and academically diligent. I cannot foresee what difficulties await, but they will happen and come to pass.

There is always an easier route in any situation. But if does not equate to the same yield as the harder route, the harder route will probably be better in the long game even if it looks boring in the short game.

Good luck

This was more of a personal post. If any readers are returning to high school/college this fall, I wish them all the best of luck.

– Michael Navazhylau

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August 2018 Devlog 02: Building a Habit App but with RPG elements

Yo. It’s that bird. Mechasparrow. I’ve been doing some dev and making some tutorials.

What have I been coding this week?

Well I’m still kinda building the Scavenger hunt app, but I put that as second priority coding wise. The main application I’m working is called repeatic.

Repeatic is a habit task app with RPG elements.

What does this mean?

It means that as you complete certain tasks or solidify habits, you interact with a sort of game environment in the process. Kinda like Tamagotchi. You gain XP or lose health depending on how well you complete tasks and stay committed to habits.

How am I building it?

with JavaScript and React.JS

Whats the progress so far?

  • complete tasks
  • gain xp
  • create tasks

I plan on incorporating some pixel art aesthetics. Bad news… It’s going to be a lot of initially bad pixel art :D

That’s it so far. The repo is over at github

Other stuff

I completed another tutorial over on LiveEdu. LiveEdu is an online livestreaming programming education platform. I plan on starting to publish YouTube videos at some point.

Backend development has begun on the scavenger hunt application. So I would say maybe another good 70% to go regarding that app.

School starts less then one week from now… Pretty riveting IMO.

– Michael Navazhylau

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