Friday, July 19, 2013

Finished My JavasScript Class!

Well, I haven't finished my blog postings about the Colorado Trip (I have seven more days to go...) because I've been hard at work finishing up my JavaScript class. It was definitely a challenging, but a good experience and I will be using many of the skills I learned on future websites. For my final project in the class, I had to create a portfolio of some of the techniques I learned (similar to the Actionscript Portfolio I made a couple of months ago). I had to create a photo gallery, a tutorial of one of my favorite JavaScript applications from the class, a form that validates the information the user fills in, and a dropdown menu.

The photo gallery. View it here.

A side note about browsers: All browsers work a little bit differently and some behave better when it comes to design and functionality. Firefox and Chrome are better browser choices than Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari. When you view sites in Firefox or Chrome, you are most likely seeing what the web designer/developer actually intended. Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera, however, have a tendency to do strange things, especially if you are using an older version. Firefox and Chrome are also the browsers that most web designers/developers use. If you use Internet Explorer or Safari as your web browser on a regular basis, I highly recommend that you stop using them and download Firefox or Chrome.

My tutorial on how to create a sortable table using JavaScript. The sections of highlighted code your see are created using JavaScript code called SyntaxHighlighter. View the tutorial here.

My user information form. It checks to see whether you have entered valid zip code values, etc. Feel free to try it out. Your information will not actually be submitted to a server or a mailing list, however, it's just for demonstration purposes :).

My drop down menu.

Now, back to work on my blog about day three of the Colorado trip!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Ryan Tree Music Video is Out!

Remember the music video I wrote about in May where I was running from zombies? It is finished and has been posted to Youtube. Check it out!

Colorado Adventure 2013: Day 2

On Saturday, Bill and I had planned to visit another cliff  dwelling on the other side of Mesa Verde, but my stomach just wasn't having it. After eating spicy chili the night before, still not being used to the high altitude (it can cause nausea), and spending about half an hour driving on a winding road on the way to our tour, I ended up being the girl puking by the side of the road. At least I was in pretty scenery! LOL

Anyway, this is what I had for lunch after we gave up on the last tour. I smuggled SO many saltines in my purse...

On our way out, we drove to the highest point in the park to see the view.

You'll be laughing at this "high" elevation later.
This is another area that had experienced a past forest fire. Ignore the weird tags on this image. My Thinglink plugin is having some kind of weird malfunction that I have no control over :/
One of the informational signs.

This was a cool view. All I could think at this lookout point was how badly I wanted to be in those distant mountains and see some pine trees.

The panoramic view from the top.

After visiting the highest point at Mesa Verde National Park, Bill and I started on the next leg of our trip. We decided to head through Durango and take the Million Dollar Highway on our way to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

Somewhere past Durango. It all looks fake after this. It reminded Bill and I a lot of Alaska.


The bug beard so far.

We stopped at Molas Pass to take some pictures. We were at our highest elevation so far at 10,910 ft. I had to walk up a small hill to take these pictures. My heart was racing!

These were everywhere in Colorado.
There are a couple of tiny mountain paradises you pass though on the Million Dollar Highway. One of them is Silverton. It's perfectly nestled a the base of these mountains and it's a pretty town.
I snapped some shots from the car as we drove through.

Many of the small towns on the route were started by miners and you see a lot of historical mining structures along the drive.

The volcanic rock poking out of the tree tops reminds me a lot of the rock colors in Yellowstone.
I love the tunnels through the rock.
Ouray is amazing. This is the other mountain paradise you drive through on the route. Just beautiful. Bill and I were obsessed and wanted to come back.
This building says it all.

We made it to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison right at sunset. I managed to snap some shots with the last bit of light.

This canyon is really quite shocking when you first see it. It comes up with absolutely no warning and the walls are craggly, dark, and jagged. They look like something that belongs in Mordor. I was very into it! It's also very deep. The drop is around 2,000 feet at this point.

Bill and I got some late sunset shots at sunset point. The Canyon was carved by the Gunnison River. It's lit up by the sunlight in this picture.

Check back for Day 3: Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Daylight, the Continental Divide, and Aspen.