Deliverance Day August ’12
I’m having a really good day. It’s deliverance day at work – what we used to call FedEx day until the event got too well-known and some big corporation took issue with their name gaining eponymity. Seems a waste. Anyway, the guys who originated this call it ShipIt now, but my office is calling ours ‘deliverance’, in honour of delivering stuff and dueling banjos. My last project was Kittycam, which was good fun. This time, I’m doing something that actually involves what I do in my day job.
Doug and I are working on a sort-of project tracker, but not so serious and boring. I’ll write more about it when we’ve got screenshots. I’m excited to have a reason to touch something made with Ruby on Rails, Sass and Bootstrap. I’ve not been interested up until this point – something I’ve felt guilty about as a website maker, cos if you’re into it, you’d naturally get pumped, right? So I figured I was over web stuff and ready to get out, but now that my hands are dirty and I know I have a fixed deadline, confirmed objectives and space to do it my way, I’m feeling the love again.
Anyway, today, in just a short 4 hour period, I managed to:
- Learn about and use Google Web Fonts
- Design a logo from scratch and have it production-ready
- Code (just a wee bit) in Ruby
- Learn and use some CSS3, Sass and Bootstrap
- Draft and edit website copy
All this new-fangled technology is so easy to use, a n00b can run with it in half a day. I am happy and this is a big deal.
It won’t mean much to anyone, but it’s a huge YAY! for me. I’ve not been in love with my trade for a long time; that stuff we call “par for the course” has worn me out. I know resilient professionals should be able to handle things like moving targets, clients from hell and ignorant remarks about the discipline – but nobody wakes up looking forward to the factors that make their job less fun or meaningful.
Today I’m enjoying the taste of web without that naff stuff. I feel like 15-year-old Sandy again, sitting at Dad’s computer all night, making her first web page. The only thing missing is Mum bringing me midnight milo and a meat pie.