Settling In

Hey everybody.

Don't worry. I didn't forget about my biweekly report. I've just been superbusy what with changing apartments and starting this new position.

So far, I like what I'm doing which mostly involves cramming my head full of web development knowledge. In the last two weeks, I have learned HTML, CSS, and a smattering of Drupal. Along with that, I contributed to a 15 page report on Net Nanny software. Right now, I'm getting set to start working on my first website: a redesign for the NYC-based nonprofit Concrete Safaris. Later, I think we're going to reorganize our content management system for the main site.

Did I mention that I'm in Columbus, too? All of the staff is getting together for a work retreat (the key word is "work") where we can meet each other, set our priorities for the larger picture of what we are working towards, and have some fun bonding over BBQ in the evenings.

My forecast for this upcoming year is that I am going to enjoy it for the most part and, along with that, learn a lot. Most of the first couple month's is to get into the right mindset and understand the jargon that those steeped in technology take for granted. I think I want to use the wiki as a way to give an idea about what I have learned and also use it as a way to clarify things that might not otherwise be completely transparent (ex. What is a wiki?)

I hope everyone else is doing well.


Comment from Kevin Palmer on July 10, 2007 - 9:58am

Nice job on picking up the web stuff so fast! Adding a basics section to the wiki is a great idea. Especially coming from someone who's just getting his head around it, you'd be a perfect candidate to make it as accessible as possible.

Comment from Ross Musselman on July 16, 2007 - 11:45am


If Dave hasn't already recommended it to you, The Zen of CSS Design is a great gem for exploding your knowledge of CSS. Here's a link to the website

I also want to second Kevin's commendation of your thoughts about developing the wiki. You have a great grasp on what we ought to be doing.


Ross Musselman