Friday, 18 November 2016

How I became a metal-head

About a year ago, I was your 'average' kind of kid. The kinda kid who likes Hip Hop, wants to be famous, and making a living out of making music. While some of these goals did come true for me, others obviously did not. For starters, I manage to come up with a cool name that no one else has except me "Megga Tym". Secondly, I made quite a few mix tapes (7 or 8) on this name. Over a 100 songs since 2012, I had produced and recorded. And lastly, if you drop my name on your search engine, I'm pretty sure you'd get a lot of hits.

Whilst I got better each day at making music, I realized, I can't do this forever, or in this case for my whole life. Even though Hip Hop is very popular, I didn't sit quite well being known as 'another rapper' no matter has better I sounded than most, I still wouldn't. And so I gave it up the beginning of 2015. This of course is one of the reasons, not the only.

And then, same year, I watched this movie School of Rock. I enjoyed its sound tracks so much that I had to find out more. And then I stumbled upon these bands:
  • Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Motorhead & Ramones 
After hearing Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, Ace of Spades, I Ain't A Nice Guy, Highway To Hell, Back In Black, My Brain is Hanging Upside Down, I got totally hooked. Couple months after that I met this dude which I did not ask who his name was, but definitely had to take a picture with. It's not the shirt... he looks like Robert Plant to me.

I been so hooked that, not only did I give up on Hip Hop, I stopped listening to it altogether. Now I listening to...Metal!! To be specific on the sub-genres, I'm a fan of: Deathcore, Metalcore, Post-Hardcore/Punk, a little bit of Black Metal, and the classics of course.

Favorite Bands 

Love and Death

Wolves At The Gate

Demon Hunter
System Of A Down

Impending Doom

 And many more...

Of course you don't just love metal and then move on with your life. This is especially true when you're in a place where you only know one person who likes metal, which happens to be yourself. You either get the "weird looks", the hate, head shakes, rebukes (I'm a Christian) or sympathy for liking the "devil's music". But this is a subject for another day.

Thanks for coming here dude!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Workload brought by The Wired Martian

After deploying the wired martian website, I can gladly say that it brought me the attention I've always wanted. And I don't mean compliments, I talking about the recognition of my skills and talents as a Web Developer and Graphic Designer.

Everyone who had a look my website said they like it, but were they willing to hire my services, that was my main concern. And the answer was "Yes". I've had quite a dozen of requests from people starting up businesses who wanted to have their logos, posters, letter head and mini websites done. The workload has been so massive that I created the image you see above that expresses how much more of myself I need.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Wired Martian blog

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After a month of code frustrations from trying to build a website with MEAN (JavaScript software stack) that a friend of mine introduced me to, I finally merged victorious. Initially, I had built my application using .NET MVC, and it was almost complete and working perfectly, until he (my friend) asked me why am I using .NET MVC to build my app. I understood what he meant!  He started opening up his Command Line, typing commands that made him look like a hacker, and that was enough for me to want in.

And so I abandoned my MVC app and made it open-source, the source code is available on GitHub, continue from there. Just 2 days after that "unfortunate" event, my monitor started looking like the bottom picture, and it wasn't "just" about showing off to peers (other students), but I actually knew what I was doing.

After doing that for 2 weeks, I was finally done with step 1. Then I deployed my NodeJS website on Heroku mid of last month (September), I was sure a blog would be the last step to a complete developer website. Unfortunately, being a MEAN ninja, I couldn't build a blog and MEAN being a new stack, few resources covering the subject were available.

Then I realized, blogger let's your customize both the HTML and CSS of their templates, and I was in business. One thing I wasn't willing to settle for was having a blog that I didn't write not even one tag on its HTML. And so after tackling that for 2 days, I finally arrived at something I could settle  for; a blog that has the look and theme of the wired martian website.

And with that, all I'm stuck with is maintenance...