I used to be in the military. There is one thing that almost any veteran will be able to speak on, and that is the physical training tests that are administered in order to remain in good graces with whatever branch one is a member of. The thing that I always despised was the running event.

Running does not excite me in the least. I do not desire to run unless I am chased, and I avoid the situation of being chased.

Yes, it is true that I was once on a cross-country team when I was young, but that was primarily because I had a crush on a member of said team, and the bar for joining was incredibly low. As it turned out, the focal point of my crush managed to always be about 10 to 20 yards faster than me.

Imagine that.

The two-mile run was the standard at the time, and I despised it with an unholy passion. But I do remember the ending every time I passed it, that part where it was the last lap, and I knew I had it in the bag, everything was a success and I could be pleased with the effort and get ready for life sans the physical training test for another year.

i did something cool

This was not that bad. The excitement and thrill were still there. A realisation that something brand new was happening.

I have gotten paper before, earned full on certifications which are all antiquated, outdated, and worthless now. This was not that. Where I have had most of my experience in networking and telecom systems, as well as cable headend systems and even working on weather equipment, that was all administration and support related things. This is a full on development language, and by earning it and using it, that helps me evolve into a developer, a creator, and the things that I have dreamed up are closer to being in my hand.

Having completed the course for Python3, and keeping in mind that this is only the beginning of the journey for me, I still feel like a big weight has been lifted off of me. The idea of if I can do this is no longer a question, now the question is all of the things I am going to do with it. I find that I look more clearly at some of the other issues I encounter in my current paying job differently because now I can find more clearly where problems come from, especially if they are related in any way to post install code.

Here we are at the very beginning of the next level of my development, and honestly, I am feeling pretty good about it all. There are so many things I want to put together and to experience the joy of creating and knowing that these small tools and creations might just be useful to someone later on.

Rei is calling me more and more every day, and I know that the closer I get to developing this system, the less actual administration work I will have to do on these systems and clusters because she will be doing it for me. That alone is worth the price of admission. I am wondering also how much of this I can carry over into my other workplace, and am confident that with my new love for zsh and the resulting scripting I will have to do for this new system, some of that can be translated into the other things I am formulating in my head that I can garner an improvement in speed and efficiency there as well.

enter the hiking dogs

It is a pain in the ass having to keep up multiple Linux systems without actually engineering them to handle some of their own load. Have you ever hiked with a dog? I did once, and she ended up with her own cute little pack because it was miserable carrying your own stuff and hers too when she was perfectly capable (and willing) to take her share of the work.

Python seems like it will fit me pretty well. It's extensible, can do incredible things, can interface with damned near anything, and is quite readable. If I have my expiration date where I want it, I'm about halfway through with this gig, and I should be able to get some really amazing and world-changing stuff done if I put my head to it.

So thanks to SoloLearn for their fine program. It was so much easier to pick up than Linux Academy.

In the meantime, I expended about five bucks into some note cards and push pins so that I can set the first iteration storyboard

for Rei. None of it will really have much to do with the AI/ML/DL aspect of her yet, but more into getting the system under control. I am still debating whether to convert her to Debian or try to weed out the package mess I have in Fedora. Arch is out of the question for me.

The shell scripting needs to happen to help her become an entity that can handle most administrative tasks, tell me what they are, and respond to other system stimuli that need to be responded to. This is all in zsh and Python3, which was why it was such a big deal to get this course certificate. It now proves that I'm serious about this and I'm not going to simply drop it after a few days or weeks.

I do have developing problems that are concerning me, and I also have to worry about some of the processing speed and what I have loaded. I put Plasma and KDE on and everything has tended to crawl like a Basic Training live-fire exercise, but slower and with much less desire to be useful.

What will be developed will need much scripting, and the actual engines may require more disk space, RAM, and who knows what else. I can't have this system going into deep thought because I asked it to list a directory or tell me file permissions. It also should not take longer to boot than I do to put on my clothes in the morning.

There are limits, expectations, and specifications.