Musings

Teach Yourself

I am wondering if I should have gone into computers for a career. I took a deductive logic class and loved it, and in that class we learned FOL (first order logic), which is very similar to computer programming.

I’ve been learning html and css. In fact, this morning I spent hours working on building a website based of CSS (cascading style sheets) and html, and I was so thouroughly enjoying myself I didn’t want to stop. I love learning how to put the code together and building up a finished product that actually looks really good. I’m building myself a website, and I love it. I could spend every minute on it.

I haven’t taken a web design class and no one has really taught me–it’s all online tutorials and a book on CSS I checked out on the library. And a lot of trial and error. I’ve learned a lot from wanting something–for example, a menu on the top of the page–and then trying to figure out how to do it. Sometimes everything is squished together or lined up wrong, but I manipulate until I get it right. It’s fun. And I’ve learned that you can learn without taking a class. You can teach yourself. It’s a great way to learn. You can go at your own pace, learn exactly what you want, and you never get graded. All you need is a book, the internet, and determination.

On a mostly unrelated note, I learned the other day that i.e. and e.g. do not mean the same thing. E.g. means “for example”, but i.e. means “in other words,” or “that is to say.” That is another thing I learned when I was teaching myself how to copy edit online.

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