Still a Student, After All (I Will Never Stop)The Student Life, Thoughts · November 5, 2014, Wednesday
Hello! 😀 Guess what? I’ve almost completely recovered. Such a good feeling!
I have completed an article for a client today and done some social media work for them, so I feel good and accomplished. Now, time to update my personal blog and have some fun with my Character Blogs, too. Yup!
So, today’s post is about studying. Oh, I know some of you will make a face and say, “nooo, studying is awful! All that yucky homework to get done, bleh!”.
Well, I know there are teachers out there who make it really hard to enjoy a subject (been there, done that), but that’s not the ‘studying’ I’m referring to.
I used to be a university student until 2012. Computer Science undergraduate. I was really slow to progress on exams, though, because in addition to my health issues I had almost no background in Mathematics and computer architecture, so everything was new to me and I had to absorb it bit by bit.
Never mind, I told myself, I love it so much that it doesn’t matter how long I take to graduate, as long as I DO graduate, right?
Some people around me had different thoughts about the matter, though. Long story short, there was this strong idea that paying several years of tuition (albeit I paid half of it with my own money) for a student with health issues who doesn’t make steady progress wasn’t a good idea, so I was strongly pressured to quit.
[NOTE: I know I shouldn’t have cared about that idea, but not being financially independent and the excess stress and pressure added to my ‘malfunctioning’ and made studying almost impossible.]
I didn’t quit, though— I just put my studies on hold. I don’t pay tuition anymore, but my university ID is still active, so while I can’t take exams, I can still use the library and the CS lab.
I keep in touch with my old classmates, I attend to student reunions (in semi-incognito, as I can’t participate actively) and I give and get advice on subjects.
I still study. I attend lectures every time I can drop by the faculty, I study lecture materials that professors put online and I email professors who know my story and agreed to keep an open channel with me. (They also hope I’ll be back as a full- or part-time student, some day!)
So you see, I’m still a student, after all. And I will never stop being one.
It’s not just my university. I keep studying thanks to free materials from MIT’s Open Courseware and public course pages, and websites like Coursera and Udacity that let you enroll to university-grade courses for free.
Some people now know they can’t do anything to stop me.
Besides, I’m a freelancer thanks to my multi-area studies. I tend to use what I learn, so it’s thanks to the notions of Linguistics if I can write a better English and do better text translations for clients; and it’s thanks to Automata Theory if I learned to recognize patterns behind a language (natural or artificial) and understand programming better.
And if I’m starting to get a name in the freelance marketing field, it’s because I studied Marketing and SEO on my own.
So this is really it: I can be taken out of university but, in a way, university can’t be taken out of me.
This is who I am, and I love it.
Domains, Coupons and A Crazy Head. Yep, That’s Me!Thoughts · July 19, 2014, Saturday
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DomainPromoCodes.com. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you check my Archives, there’s a post about the reasons that led me to buy and mantain over 200 domains across the years.
My friends Georgie and Jhoice know how crazy I can get on that matter. 😉 Thing is — it’s not really about going crazy about domains or developing a compulsive obsession for digital shopping.
No, it’s more about imagination.
Look at the navbar above — under the main navigation menu for Honey-Babe.net, I have another bar with ‘Featured Characters’ and ‘W.I.P. Characters’ — that is, character blogs (role-play) where I let my imagination run wild and create new universes.
Don’t think I spend that much. I don’t.
I don’t because I make massive use of coupon codes at any registrar I run into. 😉 Just to bring an example to the table, every time I get an idea for a new character blog and I want to register a new domain, I load up DomainPromo Codes.com (one of my favorites, really) and pick the best coupon at hand.
GoDaddy is not my favorite registrar, but I use it often for first-year registrations because its coupon codes make it very cheap. Right now, GoDaddy is offering a heck of a coupon at $1.99 for a new .COM domain! 😉 There, that’s a kind of coupon I’d use right away for a character blog.
Code is cjc199 if you’re interested.
But it’s not just Characters…
Heh no. I have registered domains for several personal and work projects over the last two years. I don’t want to spoil W.I.P. stuff, but among the things there’s a free advertising community that will probably help bring some ethics back into the world of blogging. Not sure how it will go, but so far people I told about liked the idea.
For business, .BIZ domains look great. 🙂 Right now, NameCheap has a sale for .BIZ domains:
Get .BIZ domain + Business email plan for only $1.99 for the first year
Also, both .BIZ and .US without additionals services cost $0.98.
If you had to buy business domains on a budget, wouldn’t you take advantage of offers like these? ^_^
And Name.com? Ah, I don’t need coupon codes there. I’m a member of their Investor Club since I registered (and keep) 151 domains with them! 😀
A bit of advice
Don’t buy domains on a whim — wait for a good coupon to be released before you purchase! You will save a lot of money and the return on investment (ROI) for the domain will be higher, whether that’s a name you need for business or for a personal project.
Question: How much did you spend on a domain name last time you bought one?
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Dear Sister Mileva MarićThoughts · September 4, 2013, Wednesday
Welcome to Luana.me sweethearts! From now on this blog will host my most personal entries,
whilst Honey-Babe.net stays as my art, design and hobby blog (2017 EDIT: H-B.net is now closed).
So, this first post is especially dedicated to a wonderful woman from the past, Mileva Marić, first wife to Albert Einstein, physicist and woman of great moral values. You can read more about her at PBS.
Besides the fact she was a genius – albeit unrecognized – it was her personal story to attract me, a story that resembles my own under so many aspects (which I won’t mention here) that she feels like a sister to me, no longer just an historical character. Every time I reread Einstein’s biography by Walter Isaacson, I pay particular attention to the passages where Mileva is mentioned or portrayed.
Einstein made her suffer all through her earthly life, as a woman, as a wife and as a human being, so the least I could do for her was requesting a requiem Mass to remember her and pray for her soul. She’s very dear to my heart and I honestly can’t understand how and why Albert Einstein, a man of such great intellectual virtues, would depreciate a woman like Mileva after years of happy engagement and then marriage. Mileva was a brilliant physicist, a skilled Math student, a sensitive woman and a romantic albeit realist soul. She stayed by Albert’s side no matter the troubles she lived because of her looks (she was considered an ugly woman), her birth defects (a problem with her leg) and Einstein’s parents, especially his mother, who did not approve of her and considered her the ruin of her son’s life and career. She endured that all out of sincere love, a love that lasted until her very death; and until the very last day of her life, she wanted Albert happy.
What hurts me the most is that she died alone. 🙁 Perhaps one of her sons (or maybe both of them) she had with Einstein were by her sickbed before she exhaled the last breath; I want to hope so. But it was a sad end anyway.
I want Mileva to know that, no matter she died more than seventy years ago, there’s a sister on Earth who loves her. That’s me, and I want to hope I’m not alone.