6 I’ve been continuing to make jewelry in the small open spaces.

Spaces of time, that would be.

As you see, I went ahead and added more to the excessive bracelet, and I like it very much. Whimsical, maybe. It makes me feel summery when I wear it.

I will definitely wear it today, since I have some summery plans. Today I am visiting Suwanda with The Link, and I have been invited to a tapas bar in the late afternoon, if I can fit in enough work before then. Since I was looking after things for Client #3 for the past couple of days, I owe Client #6 another 15 hours for this week.  I don’t see this as a problem, since I have two days and must simply manage to fit in a couple of normal work days around my frenetic social schedule 😉 I would like to join the crowd at the tapas bar, though. I am rarely invited to do things like that, for some reason, and it would be exotic fun for me.6

It is also Amazon Vine day. People are being rotated out of the program, so I may not get to continue in it much longer. There is a lot of distress out there over this, since we weren’t told it would be temporary, but I say it’s a gift horse and we have no business looking it in the mouth. Still, the other old saying that comes to mind is “Make hay while the sun shines.” I will therefore be hovering vulture-like this month.

Speaking of Amazon, I got this week’s second Summer Challenge book from them, and I love it. I have been underwhelemed by the fiction I’m reading lately. No Nest for the Wicket is my first book for the week, and it is okay. I enjoy the series overall, and this book doesn’t veer off from witty and slightly wacky to completely absurd the way some of the books in the series do.

But my second book, Head First HTML with CSS and XHTML, is fantastic. True, the title is a bit daunting. And these books are expensive; it took me a while to convince myself to spend the money on it even though it’s tax-deductible. However, I would say without hesitation that you should get a book from this series if you need to learn any software at all. The book is designed to work well with the way humans actually learn things, and to make the subject entertaining.

I’ve been doing a bit of HTML here and there for a long time, and have a book on the subject, and have done some online tutuorials, but I think I can safely say that I did not fully understand it. You may have noticed that my approach to computer skills is on a “need to know” basis. When I need a new application, language, or software package for a job or a job interview, I jump right to it and get a quick idea of what I’m doing (especially if I have claimed to be able to use it already) and then I learn more about it as I go along.

Partly that’s because of time constraints, but partly I admit it is because I don’t care much. I use HTML when I need it to make the page do what I want. I find it useful to be able to read people’s code and see what they’re doing, or gauge the quality of their SEO. It’s not like I find it fun. In fact, to borrow a phrase from Head First, “the thought of writing a lot of code makes [me] feel bored and twitchy.” But I am truly enjoying this book, and finding all the stuff about why HTML works the way it does quite fascinating. They’re treating it as a language, and the book has exercises like a good foreign language book, rather than just having blocks of code you type into the computer and watch doing their stuff. I have only read the first four chapters, but already I find that I don’t have to use my cheat sheet as much, because it makes sense and is therefore more memorable.

The series has books on physics and statistics, too. They even have an audition process for those who want to write for the series. I am thinking that I may try to persuade Chanthaboune to audition with me to do one on music theory. I thought of English grammar, too.

I’ll be doing their C# next. The books are discounted at Amazon, but the website has a buy 2 get one free offer, and I am thinking that, while they have no book for any other software I currently need to learn, I might still take them up on their offer — physics for #2 son, who will be taking it next year, and statistics because…6

Oh, I don’t know. I guess because statistics is another of those things that I use without ever having fully understood it. Yesterday I had an email from Client #6 requesting a phone call, and had to turn him down because I was looking after Client #3.

May I just say that one of the things I love about working for Computer Guys is that they email and ask before  they call you on the phone?

Anyway, since we deferred the call to this morning, I took some time last night after choir practice to come up with creative ideas about how to determine whether or nor my work for him is useful. It involved statistical analysis of the data. I was looking at it as though I had my historian hat on and was tracking events, rather than having my ROI hat on. I emailed it off to him, and he responded with talk of algorithms.

That’s how us Computer Guys roll.

Oh, I crack myself up sometimes. Back to work.