I used to look puzzled at BASIC way, way back in computer club…
…and never thought I would be learning to code. That is for those other, smarter, stronger, talented, brave, younameit people, not this tiny village, horse farm kid from northern Europe. But that's also what I thought before I bought a loud and shiny motorcycle and learned how to take the motor out; picked up the bass, joined a heavy rock band and moved to NYC; …somehow it turned out it was for me after all, so why did coding still seem unimaginable? Well, the math thing, I failed all classes and scraped by on art and languages, like a proper lady.
Then, one day a nice person told me that Railsgirls is coming to town and that was it. I was left dizzy with an intense desire to understand what just happened: "I can build stuff with my favorite machines? Oh, it's so on…"
(and when hesitant to enter at a Ruby conference, I imagine all in black Rock T-shirts and it's just another Metal show)
"Sit up straight! Take your breaks! Do not mess with your muscles! They will win…and your desk IS trying to kill you!" I really, really mean it and wish somebody would have told me to stop ignoring my body and to check out my Trigger Points. After spending years in pain and $100 and up per session (that, no health insurance thing) on chiropractic, acupuncture, massages and anything else promising relief, I have found the only thing that works for me. It's not a quick fix, it does take patience, but it is amazing when you find the spots that make you cringe and feel better after working on them.
More links for your research pleasure here…
The surprisingly social animal.
(don't try this all alone)
I got myself Tweetdeck and started out following anybody related to Rails, Ruby, Frontend and reading anything that looked interesting. Good to limit the time spent there, but great over coffee.
There could be beer:
Great bunch of Rubyists, probably one in your town
Great bunch of Appmakers
Learning is popping up all over:
They did it:
Food for thought: