In a Content Strategist's Shoes

 
Yesterday I finished reading Content Strategy for Mobile. It wasn’t a long book, and it’s 3 years old now, but it did provide a lot more insight into how to approach my presentation for Twin Cities Drupalcamp this year. When you think about Drupal content types, it’s easy to only think of them in terms of what you can do on Drupal itself. It’s a bit like making a template for documents. It allows you to type the content, specify what kinds of fields you can have and which are required. That...

A few things I've learned in the issue queue

 
“Big bang patches” are great -- at sprints When I started working on contrib modules, I often identified a broad-sweeping issue with the module and then worked on it with a single issue and a big patch. These patches were often tens of kilobytes in size and changed a lot of the module. This actually is more efficient in an admittedly limited number of circumstances. If you’re have a very busy schedule, the time it takes to break up large changes into smaller and smaller issues seems like a...

Because twitter is too small

 
“A burglar does not leave his shoeprint in the flowerbed in order for police to find the print and prove the shoe was his. (Quite the opposite, one suspects.) A document, such as a contract, email or a report, was not created in order to provide historians with something to study a century from now.” Wanting to write a little post about this from my readings in class because interested by how it disrupts the sense I have built up for myself about how sentences and punctuation should work...

Trice's Log: 2015-05-21

 
Finally answered the Malheurs' question about podcasts we listen to ('finally' - it was only yesterday morning). Left a few off because didn't want to flood, though. Mainly SF Crossing The Gulf, science news series like the Nature magazine podcast, and the story magazines like Escape Pod and Podcastle. And some I just can't recommend like Skeptic's Guide to the Universe partly for the often confrontational tone (and associated ablism) but especially what stands out is one of the host's periodic parodies...

Unnecessary Toys; North Shore Therapy

 
Test drove a Prius C over the weekend. It felt so much like my old car, but a hybrid. If I needed a car, and if it wasn't red, I might be driving again today. I also did some scooter shopping. While they're all conventional drive vehicles, the lower cost, and summer-only use encourages me to consider getting one. When bought used, they are only about $3k for a well-maintained bike. But mostly, the idea is stuck in my head because of something a housemate suggested to me: "You need North Shore...

But what if we made a list?

 
I miss programming. It was the last thing I was good at. Which is not to claim any particular demonstrable level of skill or aptitude. But that one class I took in 2012 I worked hard at, and I got good grades for my hard work. I miss having something I could work at and feel I was making progress in understanding and skill. Unfortunately I keep being too occupied with work and school or otherwise insufficiently self-directed - as well as lacking in inspiration - to pursue further development in learning...

Found thought objects

 
Current assignment - still the same assignment - is a pseudo-presentation for undergrad science students on the importance of records and archives. Consequently have been focusing reading on records practice in science, the use of records as evidence and the personal process of developing record-keeping style as part of being enculturated to a community of practice. Consequently consequently, was interested to listen to this Science Friday segment on part of the drive home. The show's Science Club...

Not asleep

 
Awake too early thanks to bad dreams. Dreams of a screaming, fist-pounding, equipment-endangering outburst of frustration and then having to put back on the happy, untroubled face for my family so they wouldn't condemn or press for explanation. The only part remaining I can put into words. Awake too early because I was awake and the sense of some dread, amorphous feeding presence made sleep too fearful. And because sleep had fled in the face of perhaps adrenaline. I would like to sleep more - I've...

And the world rewards you for it

 
It’s not that I’ve forgotten how to self-care, it’s that I’ve actively dismantled my ability for it, not just for days, weeks, or months, but years. There was a moment during high school where I went, “if I’m only worth my ability to work, then to hell with how I feel about it.” I became not only a hard worker, but an obsessive, relentless worker that forgot about vacations and most concepts of working hours. If it had to be done, I’d be the one to do it. This was fine for a...

Archiving session

 
Studying records and archives this semester. The first assignment for this class is to put together a presentation for undergraduate science students who are skeptical of the value of archives. Sadly it looks like archiving is rather more focused on communicative human artefacts than the preservation of broader information objects. Otherwise, I had been hoping to incorporate this video from the American Museum of Natural History as an illustration of why this work is important to their work.