Mike Helms' Homework 7 Assignment

Welcome to my homework 7 assignment. While this page may look a bit plain, it is an attempt to code in simple XHTML 1.0 Transitional. I am coding this by hand in EditPad Pro and will be testing it in Firefox. I will also test this on Apple's Safari browser to ensure compatibility.

But back to business ... my name is Michael Helms. I just became a Junior at NC State and am majoring in English with a minor in Computer Science. Prior to attending NCSU I completed 32 credit hours at Durham Technical Community College. I also did a 2 year associates degree in geology at Fleming College in 1997 and 1998, and two years of an anthropology/Canadian Native Studies double honors degree at Trent University in 1993 through 1995. I chose to do an English degree this time around because I have always enjoyed creative writing and wanted to spend more time reading the classics; specifically, early and middle English literature.

I've been attending college and university on and off since 1993, so I've got plenty of "breaks" to remember! The most memorable break was probably the summer after I finished my geology degree at Fleming College. I immediately started working for an oil exploration company in the Gulf of Mexico, but didn't last too long there as it was a long way from home. I then got a job as an environmental geologist with Kodiak Environmental, which became my first real career (and it was a lot closer to home).

Here's a few links I enjoy visiting:

An Image Link

And now, an ordered list of the top 5 reasons why I don't like college basketball:

  1. I grew up in Canada, where basketball isn't all that popular. Sure, we have the Toronto Raptors, but they are a distant fourth place (in terms of popularity) to the Maple Leafs, the Blue Jays and the Argonauts.
  2. College sports isn't the "religion" in Ontario that it is in North Carolina - probably, in part, because we have professional sports teams from most of the major sports franchises.
  3. Since I'm not from North Carolina, I don't really have any strong feelings about one college over another. I decided to go to NCSU because it is close to where I work.
  4. I'm not really a supporter of college sports; the idea of typecasting kids as role models and celebrities just because they can put a ball in a hoop is antithetical to higher education, in my opinion.
  5. Most importantly: I'd rather be riding my motorcycle.

And lastly: a few images.

Ducati S2R
My Ducait Monster S2R
(and what I'd rather do than watch college basketball)
Mercedes at Home
Back in Ontario in 2008
(parked in the same parking lot I used to park in
when I worked as a geologist)
And in case you're wondering ... this code was indeed written by hand, but it was run through my favorite HTML formatting utility to ensure readability. It was also validated with the W3C Markup Validation Service tool. This ensured that I didn't have any booboos. It also reminded me that XHTML 1.0 Transitional requires a meta Content-Type tag in the <head> to be compliant. I also took liberty with the target="_blank" attribute in my links, because I hate having links to external sites open in the same window.