Section updated on 5/21/2018.

What’s in a name?

The journal’s name came from the Japanese martial art Ninpo (忍法) 1, more commonly known outside Japan as Ninjutsu (忍術). Some say that Ninjutsu is a subcategory of Ninpo, but whatever it is, they can be interchangeable with one another. We just tend to be a lot more stealthy with our expertise, and we survive through continuous learning and practice like real ninjas did in the past.

We all know what a ninja is, and because of the term, many developers and programmers in the digital programming industry tend to call these experts as “ninjas,” in addition to other terms such as “rock stars” or “superstars.” I’ve studied the Japanese language back in college for four years, and knowing a good general knowledge of Japanese pop culture, I went ahead and had a little wordplay with the term ninja. The Japanese word hito (人) has another reading: jin. So I combined “ninpo” with “jin” to make its meaning identical to “ninja” and the -eous part would make it sound like a compound word with genius. I could have spelled it “Ninpojinius,” but it didn’t look attractive to the eyes. Therefore, that’s where the site’s name came from.

There’s also another legitimate word for ninja: shinobi, but a good number of people already know what a shinobi is, and I as an artist would like to be as original as possible, so I omitted the idea and stuck to Ninpojineous.

As of January 2017, I have transferred this site to its own domain, ninpojineous.ninja. I had to use the .ninja extension because it would only make the ninpojineous made-up title more sense, in a way.

I’m not really a ninja…

… but I wish I was one. That’s why I made this online journal blog with a made-up name.

I like to build things— artsy things of all kinds. One day this site may have its own portfolio, but I may want to add a few of them (the ones related, of course) to my portfolio instead. For now, this is just a chronicle of my journeys through building stuff from scratch, whether it may be an upcoming web project, app, or something a lot more traditional like origami, for example. This is also a chronicle of my lone educational journey in web development, my dream field, as well as discoveries and essays of the things I’ve learned through these classes.

I also like to write stories, but they are more focused on its own separate site. Lately, I’ve begun to write a series of flash fiction, now featured on my writing site.

I swore myself never to write tutorials ever

… and yet, here I am, writing tutorials.

Back in the heydays of hobbyist web designing 2, graphic resources and tutorials were a huge hit. I used to frequent sites like Celestial Star 3, as well as I joined forum communities like them. There were plenty of simple tutorials to give would-be hobbyists an early start, from basic HTML and CSS to a bit more advanced stuff like PHP and Javascript. But, alas, times have changed and so were the people behind these sites.

I didn’t want to write tutorials back then because of then-popular sites like these. In addition, the tutorials that they offered were, much as I hate to admit it, all the same. In short, they offered tutorials of the same exact subjects (such as PHP includes, link rollovers, etc.) and nothing much any different from one another. I didn’t want to be one of those sites that offered stuff already offered by others. Plus, I didn’t have that much confidence in launching one in the first place.

Hobbyist web designing today have been in a balance of still hot and fading to non-existence, so to speak. We all move on into different things, with others just wanting to own a blog, others moving on to other interests, others becoming lazy and relying on specific social media communities to display their work, so on and so forth. On the other hand, there are those who are still holding on and continuing the tradition of fansites and shrines.

When I opened this journal, a tutorial section was never in my mind. But because there are so many new technologies out there that would make building websites a lot simpler and easier for those who want to get into them that I felt it’s now necessary to introduce them. You won’t be seeing any simple HTML/CSS/Javascript/PHP tutorials like the others I’ve mentioned because there’s just plenty of them already. You can even sign up for an account for free online classes like Codeacademy to learn them now. Instead, you’ll be seeing tutorials of tools and tricks not often seen in “handmade” fansites and shrines. Even though they’re already common among web development professionals, I feel that these tutorials would be something fresh and new for hobbyists and eventually, get into them too.

… and who am I?

I’m just an adult lady still trying to find her way through life and to try to incorporate that path with the things I love. I may have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications, but at the same time, I’m also aiming a lot higher for success. I opened this journal to chronicle my own process in getting there, while at the same time, share all my interests and what I’ve learned to those interested.

I also maintain a personal blog, where I talk about stuff unrelated to anything I write on this site. It’s just a general blog where I just write about anything else, as well as a commentary blog about anything on a whim. I have plenty of other sites that I build, and if you’re curious, you can check out my portfolio or my collective.

The NINPOJineous would be a work-in-progress blog, so yes, you will see something out of the ordinary around here. That’s expected.

My tools of the trade…

  • VS Code – premier code editor. From time to time, BracketsNotepad++, Atom, and Sublime Text 3.
  • FileZilla – my FTP client of choice. From time to time, Cyberduck.
  • Adobe CC – most, if not all, of my digital graphics work is created by this awesome suite.
  • WordPress – still the best blogging/CMS platform to me. WordPress is 💖. When away from the laptop, there’s the Android app of it from my phone (and Kindle).
  • Grammarly – because my English isn’t “fluent,” according to literary experts. I have the Chrome extension and the desktop app installed.
  • CMDer – a portable console emulator for Windows. Much better than its standard CMD or PowerShell. I use this to push/upload all my files and code to my GitHub.

This here journal was built by…

  • WordPress
  • This is a child theme, built on Themify‘s Bold parent theme and framework, powered by Themify Builder.
  • A couple of WordPress plugins, contributed by the WordPress community
  • Google Fonts
  • Font Awesome
  • Some featured images provided by Pixabay

Don’t forget to read the Disclaimers and Terms of Use and the aFAQs. Thank you! 🎵

On the sidenote…

  1. the exact spelling if we’re talking about the literal romanized reading of the kana is ninpou.
  2. I’m referring to those who are into building shrines and fansites, especially those in the anime/manga and video games fandom.
  3. It hasn’t been updated for several years now…

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