Country of the Blind

 
On Wednesday was listening to the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company's adaptation of The Country of the Blind part 1, by H. G. Wells (part 2 of 2 here). I suppose I'd call it a horror story, because it serves to illustrate 1) that in a society constructed around what we regard as disability, an abled person will not necessarily find emself in a position of automatic superiority because the others are not structurally disadvantaged relative to em, and might even be in a position of advantage, and, 2)

Alternatively

 
Lately been seeing, again, conversation about the song "Baby Its Cold Outside" and people explaining period context and significance to indicate that this song, often interpreted as being about rape, is not 'really' or originally so. One thing: analysis of the historical cultural context of art is valuable and informative, and may lead us to re-evaluate works we thought we already understood. Two thing: culture changes, and as it changes so does the reception of art. The song "Baby Its Cold...

Thinking about RPG sourcebooks as antidotes to the blank page.

 
If I want to invent a town for an adventure or a story, and am unsure how to characterise it, having something like the Pathfinder Gamemastery Guide describing kinds of attributes a settlement might have is useful - it turns that blank page into some brainstorming categories. On the other hand, if I have a strong idea already, I may not find such an aid useful, or only to round out some forgotten details. But we'd also want to be wary of the alternate trap - letting the design aid constrain ideas...

Kruge day

 
Today was a bit of a Kruge day at the library (6 seconds of video provided as reference). I seem to love those hectic days with puzzles and problems piling up atop each other so that we dash between them and have to unwind time to trace where we were at. And it helped that there was a new casual on her third-ever shift at the library to train, and otherwise was working with the weekend supervisor who I had trained some months back. Seems to have been good for my ego to be regarded as in-charge...

Twice in a Lifetime

 
Of course I ended up going to bed shortly after finishing that last journal entry without having posted it anywhere. A lag time of at least a day seems currently endemic. Did end up staying home. Even managed to get docted - got some advice (rest, lots of fluids, don't fill this antibiotic prescription unless certain conditions are met), and a note of incapacity to work for today and tomorrow. Am feeling a bit better. Feeling like resting today and tomorow will give me a good chance of not...

Sunday on a Monday

 
Sick today and yesterday. Not much energy for doing or thinking. Currently looking like I'll have to take tomorrow off work and maybe more but we shall see how it turns out. Always, always. "We shall see". Haven't made any project progress since that last post but at least I can try and do some journalling here. This isn't one of the goals I put on those cards but I would like to make this into a habit. Wanted to make those other activities into habits too, which is why it's especially annoying to...

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...