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Wooden Mallet

 
With the weather getting somewhat cooling in Minnesota, I've had a renewed interest in working on projects outside the confines of a screen and keyboard. Woodworking was one of my first hobbies. I was fortunate to grow up with a functional wood shop in the garage. It wasn't anything out of The New Yankee Workshop, but there was a bench, a few saws, sander, and some hand tools. It was enough to make a few small projects when the urge struck me. It wasn't until a couple of years ago that I decided I...

Deploying Web stacks DRY-ly with Ansible, Part 2: Users and Logins

 
In the last part we began by setting up the core infrastructure necessary to stand up a new server using automation and Continuous Integration. A Gitlab instance serves as the repository, with Gitlab CI connecting to the target server to deploy playbooks and execute Ansible. Our playbooks were surprisingly sparse due to the fact we relied on Ansible Roles to do most of the heavy lifting. Now, all we need to do is push code to our infrastructure repository, and CI will configure the server for us.

Deploying Web stacks DRY-ly with Ansible, Part 1: Infrastructure

 
I've been working on a new site for the last several months. It runs great locally, but when I started thinking of putting it on a live server, I ran into a series of problems. I was hoping that I could simply upgrade my web server from PHP 5.6 to PHP 7, then deploy my Drupal 8 site in place. Sounds simple, right? unfortunately, PHP 7 introduced compatibility-breaking changes which caused problems for my old, Drupal 7-powered site. If I wanted to install both PHP 5.6 and PHP 7 on the same server, I...

Nothing

 
Haven't written anything here all week. Too much going on. Too much uncertain. Am I dumped? Not dumped? Am I moving to Canada, the USA, Europe? Staying here? Right now it looks like Canada is the place that will be attempted, although I rather expect that will fail. My professional accomplishments indicate I can work well and stably enough but I find it hard to believe anyone would want me. Surely they'd want more of an economic star. However I feel about the USA, I doubt that's any longer an...

Desperation

 
I need to write something. That's a small determination within my power. I believe it is? Even though I'm putting a lot of my personal-time energy into getting to grips with Pathfinder and making that game happen I should be able to spare at least some time this week to compose words. That doesn't seem like too much to ask of myself. Next weekend, a week from now, I want to be able to say I've written some fiction. Even if it is only a handful of words. Even if they get deleted or replaced the very next...

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...