You heard me, for realsies. I even got to self-create security violations, but thankfully as the app works now it doesn’t include usernames. Unless you’re capable of inferring. Then, yeah, definitely an issue.
I love you, internet, you’re a great outlet for all of my weird.
But first? Fries. Three nights in a row, my husband has eaten out for dinner due to working crazy hours recently (poor, handsome bastard). Since he knows the secret to a happy marriage is food, he brought me home left over fries. Now, I love fries. When I was a kid and I got fries from McDonald’s, I would happily eat those hot, salty, death sticks as soon as I could get my fingers on them.
I ate them before my cheeseburger. Not because I didn’t love the hot, cheesy, non-compostable burger as much as the death sticks, but because the death sticks would gradually develop a weird texture and consistency as they grew cold. This is especially true with fries that will actually decompose over time such as those that you get from a sit down restaurant. That crispy, crunchy, delicious starchy stick just turns into a cold, lumpy, limp, soft wad. It’s like coal in your stocking on Christmas. Complete disappointment unless you happen to live in a town running on coal power that is running low, and for Christmas you want to give everyone around you warmth again.
So I tried a few solutions. One: microwave. BAD idea. Ten times as soggy. Two: oven. Took way too long. Still quite soggy. Three: Toaster oven. Still soggy, but warm fast. This may have been improved if I could cook directly on the toaster rack without complete and utter fear of causing a small fire. This may have been a fear exacerbated by the quantity of “in case of fire!” signs all over my toaster oven, I admit, but also fries slide through thin cracks quite easily so it may also just be a common sense thing that I wish didn’t exist.
I tried to think of other food gifts that came home as bad as fries. Don’t get me wrong, anything that is a starch to which you add sauce isn’t great (burgers, sandwiches, etc), but a quick run in the toaster oven can fix all of those. Fries though, too thin to be toaster ovened without aluminum foil. Tis truly a shame. If anyone has a leftover fry solution, let me know, cause I have quite a bit left.
(Side note: Dear Husband, if you happen to read this, please don’t take this to mean that I do not appreciate the lumpy food gift, but rather that I am desperately seeking a way to improve my enjoyment of the lumpy food gift as google has not provided an answer that works with the cookware we currently own. This was a pretty close answer though.)
Now onto the programming portion of our lecture. A couple months ago I followed a django tutorial that told me I made a web app, and once I finished the site I had loaded congratulated me for my amazing endurance for all of the 5 minutes it took, but I knew the truth. I knew I had accomplished nothing. When I attempted to make my own web app at that point, my brain laughed at me and called me names, so I knew I had more work ahead of me.
I have an idea for a program I want to make for some of my old teacher buddies to make life a bit easier, and while I have an idea of the kinds of data I need and some of the objects, I decided it’d probably be better to start with something a little simpler. There were a good dozen plus websites going through MEAN stack tutorials creating a to-do list (the “Hello World” of web dev), and a few making chat programs. I decided to be awkward and make a chat program where you talk to yourself and no one else. Why? It felt right and had the kind of functionality I knew would be a good stepping stone into the future. It also allowed some really awkward test cycles where I posed as Batman and used the classic trilogy throat-tearing voice every time I posted a test. It made the whole experience feel way more epic.
Here’s a link to the outcome. More importantly, here’s a link to all my testing posts. It gets weird in all the right ways with Batman, Joker, and Robin being the stars of my tester accounts. This page would look a lot less awkward if I tagged the users who post, but since, again, my intent is to only see MY posts alone when I sign in, I don’t see this as an issue.
I think my next step will be to start working a bit more on the app I’d like to build for my teacher friends. I’ll need to plan out what it needs to do and how it will work a bit more first so I can get my MVC on.