Jill's Flash project-- 12/18/08

Six entries in a row... and then I skip a week!
(Just wander in from Holidailies? There's an introduction to the main characters down towards the bottom of the page... just scroll down.)

So, I've mentioned that Jill and I were taking a course in Flash animation at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and some of you have asked to see what we were doing. Well, the final project for the course was to create a Web page using Flash. It had to have three functional buttons and scrollable text in a window within the page and a photo gallery with thumbnails that would bring up large pictures. Well, my project remains incomplete -- between work and our upstairs renovation project (ripping up wall-to-wall carpeting, painting, having hardwood flooring installed -- in two bedrooms and our upstairs hallway -- and the flooring having been delivered weeks ago -- stacked in the living room -- and after putting off the installers again and again -- and finally scheduling installation for December 22nd and 23rd) I did not complete my final project -- on the theory that, having paid for the course out of my own pocket and not needing a good grade to get reimbursement (as a "continuing ed" course it is not eligible for payment by my employer) and since our home renovation project involves a cash outlay that is easily a dozen times the tuition cost for the Flash course (and that is taking into account that the hardwood flooring was on a 20% off sale), it only made sense to put the flooring project ahead of the Flash project. Never fear. Eventually I do intend to complete the project and, when I do, I will put it online here.

In the meanwhile, here is an image of Jill's project -- and if you click on it, it will bring up her project. Please note that you need to have software that will play a Flash .swf file (which almost everyone does have these days) and you may want to pass if you have a dial-up connection because the swf file about half a megabyte and so could take a couple of minutes to download, depending on your connection speed. I think she did a really good job on it.

An introduction for those of you wandering in here from Holidailies for the first time: I'm just a middle-aged guy (but somehow I hit 65 on my last birthday) who lives in Rhode Island with my wife Nancy (a middle-school math teacher), daughter Gillian ("Jill" -- 26 yr old baker and part-time college student), son Jeremy (23 yr old restaurant cook and part-time college student), and Tiger (senior citizen cat). Eldest child Adam lives in New York City with his wife Leah and our grandsons Sam and Milo. I'm a programmer/systems analyst who got involved with software training and instructional design. I currently work from home doing quality assurance and editing on course material for both classroom courses and Web- based training courses for a very big computer company. I've been writing this online journal since 1996.

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