Archive for October, 2008

I Know What I Know

I’m making a Web site. Flash is the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to learn.

Making something in flash is like chemistry. Technically, everything goes together, but if you don’t get the sequence right it won’t work. Leave out one seemingly insignificant part and the whole thing either falls apart or blows up in your face.

“It wont be that hard,” I thought. “I know technology.”

Hah, what an idiot.

I downloaded a partial slideshow script, thinking I would just see how everything worked and start crankin’ away on my own. I now realize that it was akin to me buying a CHEM 510 book to try and figure out the structure of complex aomic chains when I didn’t even know the difference between carbon and ionic bonds.

I find myself resorting to Jim’s “duct tape” method far too often. You know, when you don’t know how to fix something the right way so you just wrap a few layers of duct tape around it.

Case and point: I wanted to make a rectangle fade out. Motion tween? What the hell is that? No, I think I’ll just make 26 keyframes, put the rectangle on all of them and change the alpha on each one until it’s faded out.

I’m probably adding countless hours of work for myself, but I’ll be damned if I’m not learning.

But the good news is that a new web site is the light at the end of the tunnel.





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