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'Twas a good day

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That was a rather good day.

It's the first day of our vacation. Next week We go to DC for some sightseeing and for me to attend the Drupal GovCon event for a few days. I'll be giving a presentation on one of my favorite topics (open source software) and running a code sprint for the Metatag module (plugin) for Drupal that I maintain.

This morning Jen surprised us with blueberry scones. We had quite the chuckle as she made them as I first thought she was making traditional American biscuits to go with breakfast; she joked about adding cheese and I suggested garlic too. So then when she poured in a cup of blueberries it took me a moment to get the vision of garlic, cheese and blueberry biscuits out of my head X-) They were quite tasty in the end, and yes they were blueberry scones and not the unholy concoction my imagine invented.

I then met someone locally who was just starting to learn Drupal, and told him about the Keene Drupal user group meetings that I help run with a friend.

I finished reading an excellent interview with an historian who has been researching the revisionist theory that the Irish indentured servitude of the past was in any way similar to the slavery of black people in the USA. Needless to say, while indentured servitude did happen, it was far removed from the treatment of black people throughout this country's history. The interview is well worth reading, especially if you've ever heard that "Irish slavery" fable/lie/meme that has been doing the rounds for a few years.

At dinnertime we were playing hangman, taking turns around the table to both run and play the game. When it was Liam (who's nine) to take his turn to run the game, he picked a word, drew out the structure and placeholders for the characters, which had seven letters. Before we began Jen asked him if he was sure he was spelling the word correctly, to which he replied in the affirmative. Jen went first and picked 'a', which he said the word didn't have. She then asked him again to make sure he had the word correct, and again he said he did. Just as it was about to be my turn, Liam paused for a second and asked to everyone - "how do you spell 'skeleton'?" Several minutes of laughing later .. he had to pick a different word and start again ;-)

We then rounded off the evening with some tickle-tag chasing each other around the house.

That was a very good day :-)

While I'm not strictly going to start keeping my "three positive things" journal going again, with some prodding from Jen I've decided to start blogging about the good things in life again.

Rough plan for planning to port a site to Drupal 8

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I have a small freelance client whose site I've offered to port to D8 pro-bono as a learning exercise for myself and a friend who's learning Drupal. It'll take a number of months to do, even though architecturally it's a small site, but that's fine. My very first step was to create an initial plan on what steps we'd need to do to to plan the site build. Seeing as this list ended up being completely generic, I figured I'd share it.

A plan for planning a site migration to Drupal 8

  • Create site architecture plan
  • Create content type plan
  • Create vocabularies plan
  • Create data migration plan
  • Create theming plan
  • Identify what contrib work needs to be done
  • Identify what custom work needs to be done

And that's it! But it at least gives us a plan on how to start planning our work.

I'll try to post more info as we go.

Three positive things, day fifty eight (catching up)

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(posting a few days late)

Thursday happened.

The first positive thing was someone posting a link to an (NSFW) interview with Amanda Palmer and two others that was part of her book tour from last year. I didn't know much of her before that, but I the interview left me very interested and wanting to know more of her work. Which led to..

The second positive thing was discovering that Ms Palmer had posted a full concert of her and some support artists from this past June.

The third thing Drupal training with my #awesomewife and her friend. Tonight we spent a lot of time talking about some things so only worked on text formats and some basic HTML, we'll get into images next time.

Three positive things, day fifty seven (catching up)

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(posting a few days late)

Today was Wednesday and that meant...

The first positive thing was Kian picking up a potato from a box of spuds his mum had brought home from the store, and then just running around the house with it. I don't know whether to blame that on some genetic memory of his Irish heritage that tells him potatoes are important, or he was just being a toddler, but either way.. lol!

The second positive thing was doing a security release for a Drupal plugin/module I maintain. I'm always impressed by how much emphasis the Drupal community places on security, and it's always a pleasure to be a part of it.

The third positive thing was going bowling with my friend and coworker, Matt Goodwin, and our families. We actually focused even less on the bowling this time that we did last time, but we still had fun.

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