DCI Banks and the Case of the Catastrophic Emotional Errors

 
[This post is talking about the DCI Banks episode "Friend of the Devil" and anyone reading who wants to avoid spoilers for that story would be advised to avoid reading this post. Also, the subject of the crimes is mostly violent rape and murder.] Last night I watched an episode of DCI Banks which struck me as very pro-police. I mean, you could probably safely assume that any mystery series in which the protagonists are police who solve crimes is going to be pro-police but in this case it seemed quite...

Or maybe that's zombies?

 
Falling in love is a lot like being sick First there's the denial phase, refusal to admit the possibility Then the sleepless, feverish nights, thoughts in chaos Finally you emerge, thought processes reconfigured for the new...

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...

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. Drupal has two primary CLI tools, drush, and Drupal Console. These tools allow you to reinitialize the site, clear internal caches, install modules, and generate module code. You...

Planning a Docker Environment for Drupal Module Development

 
Yesterday I found myself puzzling over a problem that I've been wanting to solve ever since I started teaching myself Docker.  One of the big problems I have when working with Drupal module development is that I need an environment in which to test the modules. I've tried a number of different things over the years. I've installed LAMP on Linux or Acquia Dev Desktop on Mac OS. I eventually started using a few different Vagrant-managed Virtual Machines before switching to Docker...

Ditching the Fitbit Flex after Three Years

 
After three years and four bands, I think I may be done with my Fitbit Flex.  It's not that I hadn't enjoyed it. At first, the additional data about my activity was interesting, and several times it did encourage me to get in additional walking. The silent alarm turned out to be the best feature of the device. The week-long battery life still leaves it as a competitive device in the wearable field -- quite an achievement three years after it was introduced! For three years the thing lived on my...

Hobbying

 
[Wrote this on Wednesday; some additions before posting Friday due to the passage of time] I think I must have mentioned the acquisition of fragmentary older archives of SETI Radio (now Are We Alone?) previously because memory says I have written of starting the podcast listening over again and going through an initial set of Planetary Radio alone. It continues to irk me that I do not have access to the full, original run of Are We Alone? from 2002 because I do remember seeing those listed in...

Lost Time

 
[Wrote this on Wednesday; posting now on Friday] Last week finally finished my placement so now theoretically have a bit more time for living in. In truth of course I am rather bad at that. Too easy to let time-passers from when I cannot do much else filter into the spaces when I could be making more use of myself Been feeling listless and hurt, selfishly no doubt. But as so often it feels like the appropriate solution is to distance myself from others. Perhaps especially with both work and school...

Weekend Observations

 
This weekend seemed to be oddly one of the better weekends I've had in quite some time. I feel that certain things were accomplished, while not feeling "I didn't have a weekend". What was different this time than all those other weekends as of late? Two Day Structure Thinking about it now, late Sunday afternoon, I realized that I fell into a structure that worked well for me while living alone. Saturday is for errands, chores, and things that need to be done around the house. Sunday is for...

Tiredy-tired

 
Just finished the first week of my student placement. Going okay except for being very tired of an evening, and needing to sleep early in order to be rested and wake early enough to get there - am not used to working full-time hours. Which would not be a problem except I have an assignment due Monday next week and little energy to be working on it. Hope I will manage anyway. Is nice to be taking public transport again - getting a lot of reading done on the buses and trains - but that is always a...