Thursday Brain drain

Not super impressed… I’ve waded through three sections of the second half of the course, and  I shouldn’t have started the last section.

I did take a bit of a break this morning to have a look at an issue I was having with the School’s RSS Feed.  For those of you who care read on, those who don’t, skip this paragraph..  So our announcement system (posted by teachers through a secure login) shows up on the school website muifalcons(dot)ca, as well as on the screens around the school and just recently a facebook page for the school. It’s been a great way to get the most amount of information out quickly, securely and frankly, Geeky.   Our announcements can also be posted in English, or Inuktitut Syllabics too.  I’ve gotten the announcements to convert to an RSS feed.  From there, IFTT.com picks it up and posts it to the school’s facebook page.  The problem I’m having is that for our website, I use a webfont to show the innuktitut syllabics.  Since the webfont doesn’t translate into the RSS feed, or shows in facebook, it will start showing  gibberish in place of the proper syllabics.  I started looking into Unicode (which will show properly on facebook and RSS feeds), and found inuktitutcomputing.ca .  They have a wonderful converter, which is implemented in javascript, but I couldn’t break it down and use the code in my own page – just couldn’t grasp how it was translating the regular characters into Unicode.  So, with this dead end, I went back to my course.

Introducing  Microsoft windows: hmmm… lets see this is the operating system that I’ve been using for the better part of two decades… If I need to be introduced to her, then we’ve got some problems.  Next was installing and configuring windows, which I’ve done many, many, many times before.  The tricky part is memorizing what each tab on what program and how to get to it all.  Normally I go searching, and eventually find what I need.  Yes, sometimes I look in places I don’t need to, but sometimes that’s better…. something about the journey, not the destination.

So optimizing windows isn’t thrilling, and I know I shouldn’t have started it this late, but I wanted to get it over with.  It shows on my test score, but it’s over now, and I will likely have to review the section before taking the cert. test.

With 5 sections to go, I don’t know what I’m looking forward to, but it’s not system or general troubleshooting.

Feeling rather terrible today, I was really jittery and unsettled thismorning.  I don’t know why, I don’t know how, or what is wrong, or how to fix it, but maybe I just need to play some music… hmm.. that just came to me.  Perhaps I have my Second Cousin Owen to thank.  Let’s try some piano improvisation to calm and soothe the caffeine and stress addled music \ computer teacher on the brink…

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