Nothing else

 
A Bleak feeling today tied in part to a lack of creative activity and that whatever I did make would be worthless even so. Can I and should I break free of current habits and cycles to do more? The answer is a resounding maybe. And a partly envy of other persons who have people to spend time with in person, who seem to have fun and do things they enjoy midst even terror and a bleak desperation to survive. B Love is hard, and painful, and demands sacrifice. What am I willing to give up?

Only a week late

 
arly in the week a girl (probably early high school but maybe late primary school) asked for help finding varied sources to site for her assignment about the solar system and that was fun. She's asked a similar question about different schoolwork months back and it is not often I get asked to deploy that much educational assistance on a topic. Also interesting getting asked for help about a topic I've been relatively expert on when the appropriate response is not to display that - even if I had my...

The HAC Metric

 
Whenever I get a bit of free time, I start to wonder what I can do with it. Should I work on some code? Write a blog post? Draw something? Fix something around the house? The worst thing that can happen is that I'll end a weekend or holiday feeling it was wasted no matter what I do, and I guilt myself for days for my supposed laziness. I've written about organizing my weekend time before; organizing your off time for projects can work, but it's an incomplete method. It does nothing to help you decide...

Up and down

 
=== Ambiguity from 2017-07-13 === One of those days where I have a shift at the library starting from 17:00, so the whole day takes place in its shadow. Nonetheless I managed to achieve many of the goals I'd set for myself today. Mostly, preparation for that Pathfinder game I keep talking about. First of all, how easily I can get maps or other handout type pictures from the adventure PDFs. Turns out to be quite easy - just about as simple as right click -> save image. Editing in layers to do...

Old habits, long gone

 
=== A Lament From 2017-07-11 === Even though I'm glad not to be the weekend supervisor any more, and especially to be taking fewer shifts at the library in general (now, if only that would translate into "living my time off in a way I feel happier with") I'm still feeling frustrated at not breaking them of all their bad habits before my time was up. Mostly this bugs me because it's me who works Monday mornings and has to clean up after any errors - they're not major problems but it still causes me...

Building a custom migration in Drupal 8, Part 6: Custom Source Plugins

 
In the last post, we went beyond simple node migrations and leveraged the power of the Drupal 8 migration system to break up and reorganize our content into Paragraphs. We created a separate migration for each source field we wanted to convert into a paragraph entity, and then an additional migration that created nodes using the paragraphs. We used psudofields and some creative use of plugins to migrate things just the way we wanted. It sounds like we've handled everything, but we can still go further.

Two pieces a week apart

 
=== Monday === Maybe yesterday's post should have been split in two, to separate out the game talk from the workplace whining. In follow-up to that, it seems the person I was filling in for on Saturday is currently hospitalised. I won't write out my speculations as to why, but I hope she will soon be in good health. Latest surly rescue-cat is being sick at the moment. Has apparently been vomiting quite a bit. Checking on occasionally for status but mostly when I'm around is just sleeping and...

And now the weekend

 
Solitude brings memory and memory brings pain. Today, as has happened before, feeling that so much time has been lost to seeking stimulus, suppressing thought so as not to face hurt, and this must change. Yet, this revolution will not happen. The way of things will persist. Today at work - an unexpected shift, called at last minute to cover the afternoon - whenever I got moments to myself away from colleagues and from patrons I found myself fighting off sobbing. Maybe this was better than if I had...

An aspiration of fun

 
Note: The following was typed on 2017-06-15 For a long while I've been kicking around the idea of running a Star Wars sequel role-playing campaign using the Pathfinder ruleset and based on a story idea by Ami. Naturally I'd been referring to it as Starfinder until Paizo went and announced a game of that same name which at least should make a more convenient platform for actually playing it out. And especially lately I've been on enough of an RPG kick to take steps toward actually getting a group...

Building a custom migration in Drupal 8, Part 5: Paragraphs

 
In the last post, we migrated our uploaded images and attachments by creating a custom file migration. We explored the process section of our migration *.yml, and enhanced it with custom mappings. We leveraged Drupal 8's powerful process plugin system to even further customize our migrations. We found out we could chain migrations together through the migration_lookup plugin. Finally, we created and ran a simple node migration. So that's it, right? Series over? Heck no! In this part,