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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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New Oscilloscope

Since I was very small, I wanted an oscilloscope.

As a child in the 80s, this was a nearly impossible want. New ones were unthinkably expensive, while used ones were rare in working condition. I eventually did get my then tiny hands on a clunky, heavy, rack mounted unit with a screen the same color as Thai iced tea. It never worked, of course, but I didn't figure that out until years later. Eventually, it ended up in the bin with a lot of my childhood things.

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This week's theme is plumbing

  • Dishwasher not cleaning – Mitigated. Water wasn’t hot enough led to a build up of nasty and a partial trap clog.
  • Kitchen sink sprayer leaking – Replaced. Original one that came with tap always had a dodgy connection.
  • Bathtub mystery leaking – Failed section of tub caulk replaced. Good to know I can pull that off now. The water damage to the floor remains and has always been a known problem in this house.
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Docker Circular Import Hell

Lately I've been stuck on a particular problem with my Docker container projects. Generally, I need three containers to run Drupal: A web server container, a database container, and a container to host any CLI tools. The latter isn't necessary, but it's very, very useful when working with Drupal core and module code.

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