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- Oct 6, 2019
My Dad spent an afternoon teaching me HTML when I was 12 and changed the course of my life forever. I mean, he taught me a lot of things that didn't end up sticking (seems I've forgotten everything I was taught about cars except for how an alternator works), but growing up with computers in the house and a parent that worked in tech was huge. More recently, he's been a great resource as he's been an entrepreneur/freelancer since he was younger than I am now, and has had great advice.
We talk on the phone every few weeks and he'll ask me what I've been up to, what I've been building, etc, and I'll tell him, and recently he mentioned that he's been feeling kind of burned out on anything tech related, that everything is moving too fast, that every time we talk there's a new acronym he's never heard of. Then yesterday he mentioned he needs a website for his youtube channel which is taking off (he makes 4x my rent per month on patreon, and he's only been doing it for a year) ...and asked what the newest best layout tool was, he's heard something about CSS floats?
So I told him all the virtues of CSS grid and a note about flexbox and made a quick codepen so he could see how it worked etc, and then said I'd do something pro bono for him as a portfolio piece if he felt his time was better suited spent elsewhere, and he said thanks but no, he should do it himself so he can update it. And I'm going to let him do that. I'll take a look when he's done and carefully point out anything disastrous I see but yeah. At the end of the day his DIY spirit which he taught to me is going to probably cost him money. I'm just sad about it is all.