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I have a terrible admission to make- I’ve never voted in a midterm election. In fact, I didn’t even vote in the last presidential election. That’s a really difficult thing to admit since I consider myself “political”. As I sit here and watch the results trickle in, I recognize that I have been the biggest political hypocrite most of my adult life.

I’d get on my little political soapbox and talk about the rights of women, minorities, and the underprivileged. I’d avoid arguments and go on to say that voting doesn’t matter that much because the “change” of politics never…


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At the ripe old age of 32, I have spent nearly half my life working. This, in and of itself, is really no big deal- it’s not unusual for teenagers to get part time jobs and spend the following years working in some capacity. I don’t think my story is unique, but the amount of work and the return has compelled me to approach my financial and career situations with a certain amount of transparency- perhaps even approaching a level of outspokenness that usually would be frowned upon.

You see- I grew up poor. Now my folks make a decent…


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It’s important to understand how hoisting can affect scope. There’s two parts to hoisting that affect how are declarations are scoped- variable hoisting and function hoisting. Starting with variable declaration, it is important to note that with ES6 and the introduction of let and const, variable hoisting also had new, unique behavior. When using var to declare your variables, the JavaScript engine treats all declarations as though they are within the global scope regardless of where they were actually declared. This is essentially hoisting the variable to the top level. It is important to note that this changes when we…


How I tackle things that suck, bad luck, and other impossible tasks

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Suffering through another foul week where a myriad of bullshit was flung into a nearby fan, I’ve found myself “in it” and in a heck of a rut. Being that I am a self-damning overachiever, this rut seems infinitely worse than it really is. I think the real trouble can be found in the fact that things have been so tumultuous, so busy, and so stressful that I haven’t been able to properly take stock, assess what I’m doing and what I’m going to do, and just allow myself that enormous, all encompassing sigh.

There has never been a single…


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Note: MVP does not have sprinkles.

I am nearing the end of my web development immersive. I started taking the course in January and all my curriculum is self paced and on-line which is fantastic for my work schedule but has become an intense strain on my already abysmal budget. I am currently working on my fourth portfolio project. After this there is only two short sections of curriculum and one last project- the end is indeed in sight.

In approaching this project, I had some very big ambitions. My app will eventually be deployed as part of the website at the museum I work for…


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I got the opportunity to leave work a little early this week and took the opportunity to bring my little dog, George, on a midday walk around the neighborhood. Our typical route is a little more than a mile which is roughly 50% housing and 50% underdeveloped commercial property- mostly vacant land. The weather was gorgeous, both George and I were in good spirits, and clad in running shoes and harness, we set out to walk the loop.

This particular afternoon, our walk would be cut short. Ranking high among the most hated calls a person could receive- even amongst…


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I find that JavaScript is one of the most in-demand, integrated, dynamic, and incredibly useful languages of the web. I first encountered JavaScript about a year ago taking a short, introductory course. I recall struggling with it then and asking one of my instructors, “Is there ever a point when you just get it?” Because I was starting to feel like I wasn’t going to get there.

A year later and more than three-quarters of the way through a very intense bootcamp, I’m still wondering the same thing. …


Today I was able to spend a few hours on Web Development Curriculum, take the dog for a walk, run to the grocery store and pet store, see my sister, clean my bathroom, shower, make dinner, and return to curriculum. For a normal person- even a highly motivated one- this day seems like a successful one. It was very productive. Unfortunately, for me by the time I was returning to my school work around 6:30 I found myself in panic mode. Why was I unable to find more time to do more things? …

Erin Walker

Web Developer with a backend in the arts. Lover of animals and plants. Writer of code and life.

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