Learning New Skills with Code Academy

I’ve been using Code Academy for a while now and figured maybe I should post about it. I’ve been taking several of the courses to learn to programming languages and skills. I sometimes use it to brush up on things I haven’t done in a while.

The courses are divided into a few main categories, such as Web Development, Languages, Tools, APIs, and Data Analytics. I spend most of my time in the Languages section where you can learn HTML, Javascript, Python, Ruby, SQL and PHP. It would be nice if they would add support for mobile development languages and tools, but it’s still a really good selection.

This is a kind-of cheesy video about how one guy used Code Academy to transform his career. Like I said, kind of cheesy but still pretty good example of why programming skills are so important.

Is Thiel Serious?

I don’t usually post about politics, but how can Peter Thiel be for real?

According to the New York Times, he is going to donate $1.25 million in support of Donald Trump.

Giving this much money to Donald Trump at this point is just stupid. Although it’s a drop in the bucket for a mega-wealthy guy like Peter Thiel (he’s worth $2.7 Billion), it’s crazy.

That money could be a lot better spent. You know, on me.

Guide To Early Poptropica


Early Poptropica is the very first island to appear in Poptropica. On it, the islands earliest residers ask you to help them locate 3 poached things: a swine, a bucket, and a signal flag.

Appearance in Early Poptropica

When you climb down from the blimp, you ‘ll find yourself on Main Street. You can walk inside the Pop Art Museum to browse a number of different paintings and talk with some famous artists. Meet other players inside the two multi-player rooms: the Soda Pop Shop and the Arcade.

If you are itching to begin your explorations, you can first try jumping up the Water Tower. The Signal Flag that you need to retrieve for the Early Poptropicans is way up at the top but it’s not accessible yet. You ‘ll also see an open manhole. Before you go down into that dark hole, you’re going to need something to help navigate down there. It’s spooky and dark inside that hole and some light will really help.

The Old Part of Town

Go right on Main Street to get to Early Poptropica. Here’s where you ‘ll find the first occupants of Early Poptropica. After you talk with each of the inhabitants, you ‘ll discover that three things have been stolen: a pig, a flag and a bucket for their well.

This is where you ‘ll be able to pick up a handy glow stick. You can find the Glow Stick up in the top left part of the area, which you can reach by jumping from platform to platform. Grab the Glow Stick and it will go into your backpack.

Back to the Beginning

Now that you have the Glow Stick, it’s time to explore that manhole. Jump down to the very bottom. You don’t really need to avoid the spiders here. Keep falling all the way to the very bottom. You ‘ll land just fine. Then hop over the green spider and move straight away to get the prized porker. Touch the pig to add it to your inventory. You might be tempted to exit the manhole now, but there’s more to be found down there. Get past the green spider again and enter the tunnel on your left.

Because you have the glow stick, you ‘ll be able to navigate your way through the dark passages. When you find a rope, go up. Keep climbing until you locate the Golden Egg. As you go, you ‘ll see a few clues written on the wall to let you know if you’re going the right way. When you find the Golden Egg, touch it to add it to your items.

After you get the Egg, travel upward to find an exit, and you ‘ll find yourself in front of Poptropica Towers.

Taking a Peek at the Towers

So now you have the Pig, but you still need the Bucket and the Flag. Since you’re at Poptropica Towers, you want to begin exploring the city street lined with tall buildings. Jump to the ledge of the first building on the right and climb up to the rooftop. Travel from building top to building top, bouncing off clotheslines to help you. When you reach the blue building, climb to the very top, which looks like a rooftop restaurant. Next go up the vine.

Land of the Purple Giant

You ‘ll soon find yourself way up in the clouds above Poptropica. Head right until you see a huge pair of giant’s feet. Click on them to talk to the giant. He will accept your Golden Egg as payment to enter his vegetable garden. You’ll find the bucket among the enormous veggies.

Navigating the Airplane Graveyard

Continue moving right until you find the Aircraft Graveyard. You can not use some of the airplanes right here, however, if you look meticulously, you will find a Jet Pack. This is simply what you must get to high places– like the top of the Water Tower, where the Signal Flag is waiting for you.

Get back to Main Street as soon as possible. Next, use the Jet Pack to fly to the top of the Water Tower. To fly, move your cursor until you see a green up-arrow. Hold your mouse button down to move up. Now move left or right. When you reach the top of the tower, click on the Flag to add it to your items.

Make Your Deliveries

The three missing items are now all in your posession. Head back to Early Poptropica. (You can fly if you want to, but you will have to walk between Main Street and Early Poptropica.)

Talk to all the three settlers who were lacking items. When you do, the things shall be taken from your Inventory and returned to their former owners. Once you return the Signal Flag, a boat will reach the boat dock. Consult the person on the boat, and he will reward you with an Early Poptropica Medallion. Great job!

Poptropica Super Power Island Step By Step

Here is a guide to Poptropica Super Power Island. If you desire the guide with screenshots, please visit my Poptropica site. Let Us go to Superb Power island. When you arrive, go to the right and go inside the Comic Shop. You’ll see a nerdy looking man on the right-side of the shop dressed like a geek. Discuss to him and learn if he has anything other than comic guides. He can give you a novel called The Superhero’s Handbook which he wrote. You can study it and keep the novel in your stock.

Leave the comic shop and visit the next retailer on the correct, the Capes and Masks shop. Walk to the left and find the man with the scissors and speak to him. He can give you An Excellent Hero idcard which identifies you as a superhero and monitors all the villains that you just have conquered. On one other side of the store is a row of mannequins that have distinct costumes on them. Snap on them to pick your costume. It is possible to mix and match bits from all the various costumes.

OK, next go from the Conceals and Capes store and check out the left. Cross through the water and you will arrive on an isle with a prison guard that’s a huge green meteorite that crashed in to it. Speak to the penitentiary warden. Ask him about the escaped prisoners and he can hand you something called the, Super Villain Files. It’s possible for you to look through these documents to see all the super-villains which you must capture. Then talk with the woman wearing the lab coat and she provides you anti-energy handcuffs, which are designed to let you catch super-villains. When you get those items, it really is time to capture some supervillains! Go all the way to the until you get to a sign that states Downtown. Snap the sign to head to the next area. It’s a brief one. Walk to the correct and after that snap on the following sign and you will arrive at Main Street. Talk with the policemen who are standing outside of the banking and they will tell you that Copycat, one of the super-villains who escaped the jail, is inside.

Enter the banking and go left, where Copy-Cat is standing. She’ll make a lot copies of herself and each among the copies will conceal in another location in the bank. She will also fall a smoke grenade on the earth and you may simply have about one minute until there’s an excessive amount of smoke in the bank for you yourself to respire. You’ve got to capture all the copies of her before there’s too much smoke in the banking. Simply walk over each copy of her to make it go poof and vanish. You Will need certainly to jump up a small to capture all of the copies. Use the elevator on the radical right to get to the upper level.

When you get to the last copy-cat, you are going to capture her and you will see a newspaper announcing her capture. You Will be delivered back to the jail and you will see her again behind bars. If you examine your Super Hero ID card in your stock, you’ll see that you have one sticker in your villains conquered section. Now it’s time to capture more!

Go back to Main Street and after that go all of the way to the right until you’re able to some Subway sign. Snap on the steps to go down into the Stop. Keep in touch with the policemen in the subway Station and they’ll tell you they demand assistance finding Speeding Spike. Go inside the train after which walk every one of the way to the right, where you’ll be able to see Racing Spike holding a bag of cash. Capturing him is clear-cut. Simply keep bound over him when he makes an effort to hit you with the bag of cash. He’ll keep going to the left to different train automobiles and when you can keep getting him to skip you he’ll get so exhausted outside that he sits down on a floor. When he does that, walk up to him to put up the cuffs and deliver him straight back to jail.

Go straight back all the way to the proper and also this time go past the tube Station stairs to get to the town Park. When you arrive, you will see that Sir Rebral is standing on top of a damaged statue. You figure out that he is controlling stone that fly upward from the ground and follow you till they strike you, when you go near him. You need to place yourself so which you can bound to avert them ( they’ll nonetheless follow you ) and then get your self on the other side of Sir Rebral therefore the stone hit him instead. This will make him angry and then parts of the earth will start turning up. The next step will be to see the light gray stone that you can push. Transfer this rock along with among the locations where the earth turns up so the stone will fly up into the air and strike Sir Rebral. This will knock him down and stun him so you’re able to walk up to him and get him with the handcuffs. You Will return back to the prison where you’ll be able to see him securely in jail.

Return to the city Park and go in the community washroom. There’s a hole next to among the lavatories. Go down the hole to enter into the sewers. Walk around to the left and you will see a brown wheel. Snap it therefore that you move downwards while sitting on the stage underneath and the water will drain. When it ceases, head to the proper till you are able to some platforms. Bound up those and you’ll locate another wheel. Turn it to get the water rise again part way. Swim to the left until you find another wheel and the water will rise again. Go to the left one more time and you will discover a door that you just can enter. Go through the do or and Ratman will be within. Bound around the top-right corner of the Sewer Room while averting the rats, and you will see a red wheel. Click on it to show it, and it’ll spatter water over the Ratman and his flies. Ratman will be knocked out and the flies which are humming around him will begin following you. If they touch you, you are going to get stung so you would like to try to get to Ratman really quickly. Click on him to handcuff him and deliver him straight back to jail.

Head straight back to City Park and go all the manner to the right. You might see a hint for the Junkyard. Follow that sign to go inside. When you arrive, you’ll see Crusher standing in addition to a pile of trash. Speak to the cops there and they’ll tell you they’re unable to get him. Great thing you’re a mega Hero here to save the day again. You’re going to steal to slip past him twice, to defeat Crusher. Get-up together with the oil and head completely to the right barrels then jump onto the stage where he’s standing and operate right past him. You’ll get to your crane. Jump up the crane until you are capable to the cab at the very top and snap it. Then haul the magnet control lever. The crane will release a heavy refrigerator that’ll fall on Crusher. But he throws it at you, knocking you back down and lifts it away. And now he’s’s truly nutty. You Have got to steal past Crusher still another time, but now he’s hurling empty oil barrels at you and they’ll knock you down if you get strike. As you go try to get back to the crane still another time without becoming hit by the oil barrels. When you get completely back to the cab of the crane, click and drag the magnet lever again to show it back on. The magnet will choose up Crusher then crush him level! Then you’re able to safely go down to where he’s and place the handcuffs back on him. Crusher is returning to jail!

Go back to the primary area and look at to the telephone booth, that may be ringing. Reply it and you’ll be given a new superpower. Now you’ve the skill to fly! Select the flght icon in the lower-left corner to fly upwards into the air.

Visit the Downtown area and fly-up to the really top of the Skyscraper then go up. You Will see Betty Jetty sitting along with an antenna. She is going to taunt you and fly-away. Ensure your flight electricity is activated and chase after her. She will throw green energy balls at you. Each and every time you dodge them, you’ll get only a little closer to her and in the end you will end up close enough to capture her. It is possible to only avoid the green energy balls she throws by going away display each and every time they come near you.

After you capture her, she’ll taunt you again, and Ned will appear and knock her over. Now you’ll be able to set the handcuffs on her behalf and she is caught and put-back in jail.

When you speak to the warden, he will say that he gave the isle medallion to Ned Noodlehead for capturing Betty Jetty. You’re able to convince Ned to give it to you by first going to the hot dog seller in City Park. Talk with the seller and he’ll give you a hot-dog. Afterward return back to the comic book store and talk to Ned Noodlehead. He can offer to trade you the medallion for a hot-dog. Do the commerce and you’ll complete this assignment. Congratulations!