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Apr 13, 2019 01:00:03

I'm starting a school

by @brianball PATRON | 471 words | 421💌

Brian Ball

Total posts: 421💌
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Who do I think I am to be starting a school?

Hi, I'm Brian. I'm a lifelong learner, father, husband, brother, son, entrepreneur ( just means I have a difficult time building other people's ideas ) and more.

I love programming and today's modern tools.

In college, there was a year I thought, forget this tech stuff. I'm poor, these Apple computers are expensive - and I'll just study Psychology. It's easy, there are lots of pretty women in my class and the discussions are interesting.

So, I took a break from computers for about a year.

Then, I realized, man, I'm really wanting to be on computers. They can do amazing things. So, I took out a student loan and bought a Mac. It was expensive. But, the money was easy to get and I didn't have much parental guidance ( because I didn't ask for any ).

As I got back into computers, It was hard. Configuring things, getting software to build -- it wasn't easy. It was probably 1,000 times harder back then. Did I give up? Not at all.

I decided from that time, I'm never going to fall behind on technology again. Alas, here I am at 47 and I still am falling behind -- though I spend almost all day, every day on my machine. It's amazing.

So, why am I starting a school?

Lambda School and the founder Austen Allred is inspiring me. He's a young guy. He's scrappy. He's going to make things happen and change lives. I totally believe that his persistence and tenacity will create some awesome results.

Quincy Larson - the founder of FreeCodeCamp and I are friends. I was hanging out with him when it was new. I met him at a Meetup in San Francisco. He'd run ( literally ) from place to place around town with his laptop. He's inspiring. He also inspired lots of people to get involved.

I've learned how to code - but I want to change lives. I want people to be better for having crossed my path -- not just build some little tool that people can use and save a few minutes of their precious time. I don't want to just entertain people with fun YouTube videos. ( though I'd love to be able to -- and it's probably that I don't think I could that I don't even want to admit that it's what I'd really love to do )

But, I love teaching. I love questioning and debating and helping people think bigger, divergent thoughts. 

If I share an idea and they respond: "Hmmm.. that's cool. I'd have never thought of it like that." that puts a huge smile on my face.

So, this is the first post. I started on April 11th, 2019 -- and I'll be updating this collection as I go.

Wish me luck. Say hi. I'll need any and all help I can get.

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    I want people to be better for having crossed my path -- not just build some little tool that people can use and save a few minutes of their precious time.
    What matters is always beyond the tool, that's the power of programming.

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Apr 14, 2019 01:01:02
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    @brianball Sounds amazing! I'm actually an educator at a public higher institute, and have a company that invested in a company called Coded (joincoded.com), which offers coding bootcamps, as well as an online coding academy in Arabic.

    My degree is in Internet computing, and I used to program, but didn't master the craft and always felt that I was being inefficient. I tried doing online courses multiple times, but most courses are broken: they focus on language basics, without giving you a sense of how things come together in a project.

    I strongly believe in project-driven learning, and to give people a sense of what the outcome will look like from the very beginning (example: use Bootstrap from day one to have people design a few nice-looking screens, THEN dissect the languages to learn how to customize interfaces).

    Best of luck, and I look forward to seeing your progress!

    Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Apr 13, 2019 13:46:16
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      @haideralmosawi - you are my kind of audience. shoot me an email: buildstuff.co at gmail

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 13, 2019 12:11:43
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    @brianball So exciting! :D Best of luck! I'm quite curious to read more about your journey with this venture.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 13, 2019 12:08:34
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      @basilesamel - I don't need luck as much as awesome people telling me what to build next ;-) hint- hint

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 13, 2019 12:12:02
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      @brianball hit me up on Telegram

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 13, 2019 21:31:50
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      @brianball @basilesamel

      Excited to see what the two of you cook up. This is like Metro Boomin and Gucci in the studio together.

      Abe avatar Abe | Apr 15, 2019 00:48:29
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      @brianball @abrahamKim haha :P I wish!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 15, 2019 00:58:02
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