Review: Star Trek, The Lost Years

 
Like most fans, there are few Star Trek novels I keep telling myself I should get around to reading. Sarek. Imazadi. But the book I most looked forward to reading and procrastinated the most was The Lost Years. The cover and the blurb on the back make some great promises. It seduces you with that compelling gap between the last episode of The Original Series (TOS) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (TMP). How did Kirk end up in the admiralty, even after he swore he’d never be taken out of the...

A dotdate???

 
Keep starting rambling journal entries with the intention of posting them, and they keep getting away or being abandoned for having lost relevance. Before this one suffers the same fate, as it is in strong danger of, I shall morph it into a bullet point list of what is going on in my life currently. The government is trying to balance the budget by clawing back money from welfare recipients, so they contacted me to the effect of claiming I owe them more than $900 from 2012. Filed an...

Dropwhale 2.0 RC2

 
For the last few months I've been working on a rewrite of Dropwhale, my Docker-based testing harness for Drupal 8 modules. While I didn't intend to spend most of my weekend on it, I'm pleased with the progress it's made.  The improvements The first, and perhaps biggest change is that it's now based on Nginx and PHP-FPM. I've wanted to switch to Nginx for some time now, but it's been difficult for me to make the transition from Apache. I spent several weekends and evenings teaching myself the...

Why I wasn't at BADCamp last weekend

 
You may have noticed I wasn't at Bay Area Drupal Camp last weekend. If you were following the camp closely or my social media account, you might have expected otherwise. When the accepted sessions were announced, my talk "Ride the Whale: Docker for Drupalists" was on the list. Then, a week before the camp, it was nowhere to be found on the schedule. What happened was a combination of unexpected circumstances and the relentless progression of the hourglass. An unexpected acceptance First of all, I...

I don’t want your unlimited vacation policy

 
Having recently (and unexpectedly) found myself on the job market, I’ve been thinking a bit about the relationship between employers and employees. There’s always this question at the end of an interview in which you’re asked, “Do you have any questions for me?” In the past, I’ve answered rather meekly, not wanting to ask anything for fear I’d come across as a “demanding prospect” and that would take me out of the potential pool of applicants. Seasoned professionals would argue,

Docker from Scratch, Part 6: CLI Containers and Helper Scripts

 
In the last post, we got our database container up and running. Combined with our web server container, we should have everything we need to get our application running, right? Well, kinda. For many applications, it’s useful to have one more container to act as a command line interface. That way, we can run whatever scripts or utilities our application requires. Building the CLI Container We’ll start off our CLI container just like with all our other containers, but adding a new cli...

Things lost, things found

 
Haven't had much space to write in. Work has been keeping me busy (when I finish tomorrow and finally get a few days off, I will have been working for 22 of 26 days) and I am so behind on school I've been trying to put all my home energies into that. Been neglecting story-writing, cooking and cleaning, personal projects, near any entertainment I can't leave in the background without demanding focus. Not that it does me much good. Still behind, possibly even farther behind than I was. Until the end of...

"You shouldn't need a case"

 
A few weeks ago this opinion wandered across my social media streams. At first, it seems level-headed and sensible. The more I think about it however, the more short-sighted it seems. If you've never needed a case, or never had problems holding your smartphone, it might be easy to think that your experience applies to everyone. Your experience isn’t universal, people are complicated. I, for example, might never really need a case for my phones. I'm fairly careful with them, mind where I put...