My presence on this blogging site has not been as prevalent as my presence utilizing Linux and as I write this I am down to one more day remaining on what has been a very productive vacation. Now the word productive has various meanings to others and when I think of the word productive I am speaking largely in relations to the experiences that I have learned in the past week.
If we were to flashback one week ago today I had no experiences with Python. If we were to flashback one week ago today I had no experiences with Scratch. However, what I have learned in the past week has been instrumental in what I need to continue to study if I want to make a career out of my daily experiences with Linux.
Some of you reading this may be scratching your head trying to contemplate what it is that I mean by this but I can tell you that if I was not utilizing Linux and say I was stuck with Windows. Well, there is no way that I would be where I am today in trying to learn Python or even working on creating a simple game for my young girls to play.
Prior to this past week I have been very involved in trying to answer questions on Ubuntu Forums but as the week progressed I found myself trying to focus in on my Python studies. It was not until I stumbled across Learn Python The Hard Way that my interests had been peaked, however, I find myself working on each lesson.
The more scripting I was growing accustomed to the more I had an inkling to design a game for my girls to play. For whatever reasons (the Linux forces at hand), my wife was kind enough to stop by the local book store and what did I find? There was the ideal magazine (Linux User) and on the front cover in clear sight was about designing a game using Scratch in under 60 minutes. I could almost hear the Angels singing as my eyes read the words and I knew that I knew that this was the magazine my hard-earned cash would be exchanged for. By doing some simple Google prodding I was able to find a website that provides tutorials for Scratch and once again I must say I am ecstatic at what I learned this week and the opportunities that have come about.
It is now Saturday night and I am currently watching Matilda with my beautiful girls anxiously anticipating when they are in bed so I can begin construction on their new game. A new game that has been made possible by Linux, made possible by all of the supporters of Open Source Software, all made possible the day I broke the Windows chains and took my first step towards freedom with Linux.