Sean Reiser

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I’ve been upset by the evolution of outdoor dining first a table on the street, then a tarp over it. Followed by 3 plywood walls and a tarp. Next we have plywood buildings w/ windows (some glass, some plexiglass), a door, heating and a/c.

Now we’re building multilevel structures with rooftop alfresco dining. I wonder if they’ll be an elevator for ADA compliance.

This is not outdoor dining.

Edit:  I'm sure these "buildings' are being built by bus boys and fry cooks and predict someone will die when one of these things collapse in the next year.

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As a libertarian,I believe that you have a right not to take any vaccine.

As a libertarian, I believe you are responsible for your own actions and if you choose not to take a free-to-you vaccine, you understand that society has no responsiblity to take care of you if you get ill. This is not punishment nor cruel, we can't allow the hospitals to become overcrrowed again and jeopardize the care of patients with other conditions due to your stupodity.

(Of couuse this doesn't apply to folka who can't take a vaccine for medical reasons).

 

Lately I've been on a number of interviews and a common question seems to be, "What are your favorite modules?"  I seem to be misunderstanding the question.  

You see, I'll answer that question with a few minute soliloquy on a module like the convert bundles module and how it saved me a bunch of time  on a project where I had to merge a number of redundant content types.  Or how useful twig tweak was when I was trying to insert a block into the middle of a views listing.  Maybe discuss how I use Twig Debugger and Config Split to have twig debugging turned on in a dev region but turned off in live yet still have a common services.yml checked Into git.   You see to me "favorite" is an ephemeral thing, often tied into the problem I'm trying to solve at that moment.  And I felt an answer like this shows not just that I know a list of modules, but how I use them and helps the interviewer know my thought process.

When I answer this way, I get what feels like a combination of confusion and disappointment off the interviewer.  So I worked up the nerve on a recent interview to say, "I don't think I gave you what you want there, did I?".  She replied:

Most People Mention Views or Webform.

I immediately knew where the problem was.  I am interpreting "favorite" as "modules you have a passion for" not "modules you use on almost every build".  It's funny I have been asked "What modules do you use a lot?" and my answer to that is, "Views, Webforms, Paragraphs, Metatag, Media, starting to use Layout Builder, etc.".  But to me these are very different questions.  Much like if someone asks what my favorite beverage is, I don't mention water, although it should be the beverage I should drink most.

I also have to admit, when it comes to modules. I've become spoiled.  I start 90% of my builds with a custom install profile, based on Varbase.  I've configured a number of popular modules and don't think about them.

Either way, I live and learn.  

 

Sign of Old Age #81

You want to do something you've done in the past but you've forgotten what you did. You google it and the 2nd link is an article you wrote on your own blog with detailed steps.

On days like this when things aren't going well on a project I am reminded of the infamous words Sr Mary Benedict, my 6th, 7th and 8th grade teacher:

"Reiser, you're going to die of starvation in a gutter alone and penniless and no one will love you".

And people wonder why I say guilt, fear and shame are my primary motivations in life.

Happy St Valentine's Day. The day we commemorate St. Valentine massacring people with his bow and arrow by making out.

You know how they say that in best relationships you're always learning something new about your partner?  I know I mentioned that Anne and I have been watching the rebooted BSG.  We got to the end of Season 3 tonight. And I learned that Anne does not know the lyrics to All Along The Watchtower.

 

In a Facebook covid survivors group someone posted "I heard someone died from the vaccine". Here was my response:

I don't know if someone did but I'm sure someone will die from the vaccine, probably through an allergic reaction. The math says the the risk of dying from the disease is MUCH HIGHER than dying from the vaccine. We've all had this disease, many of us are long haulers dealing the the effects months later. As I'm sitting here 10 months later sill having issues climbing the stairs, I don't know what the long them effects of this disease are on me.

It's risk assessment. On average 10 people die from taking low dose aspirin a day, but it saves more lives for folks with cardiac issues. 100 people will die in car accidents today, but we have decided that the benefits of faster travel outweigh the risk. Nothing is perfectly safe. Everything has risk. The question is, "Do the benefits outweigh the risks".

Disclaimer : I'm a Computer Programmer so you should speak to your Doctor to see if you have additional risks before taking it, especially if you have problems with vaccines, medicines or have other medical conditions.

I just had a first round interview for a gig with a nonprofit. The method of the interview was interesting, they were using an application called Sonru. You use your phone to record video answers to questions. A text question appears (eg: “Why do you want to work for this company”) you have 30 seconds to read the question, and think of an answer and then your camera turns on and a timer starts and you have to complete your answer in 3 mins after which point I assume the camera gets cut off, you can stop the camera sooner, if you’re finished. Then the next question pops up. There were 20 questions so I spent a little over an hour going through the process. You can’t stop the process once you start. There were some practice question to familiarize yourself with the platform and format. In addition to the general interview skills we all need, and the 2020 skills we’ve had to learn about presenting to camera, lighting, the best angle to be at on camera, this required a few new skills:

  • The ability to use as much as of that 3 minutes without going over. Before I got into the interview, I didn’t know the expected length of the answers, I think if I did I would’ve grabbed that list of common interview questions and crafted responses that I could do in 2:30. Not a script, but an outline. I mean I have answers for those questions, most of us do, but I haven’t timed them out. If I can answer it in a minute and half, I never looked to pad the answer with more information to get closer to 3:00. Also if something is a strength so I spend 3:30 mins answering it, I never looked to trim it.
  • How to use the clock but not let it freak you out. In my head I broke up the 3 mins into a few sections: In the first minute I tried to answer the question at a high level. The next minute I’d site a specific example from my career. I used the last bit of time to try and sum up. On some of the questions, I had he sensation that I was Keanu in Speed defusing the bomb which was ticking down. I had to keep that in check so it didn’t alter my speech patterns.
  • The ability not to rely on the interviewer. Whenever I interview, I watch the interviewer for hints. (Did what I say strike a note with him, so I should emphasize it? Is that skill I mentioned something they don’t need so I shouldn’t mention it again., etc). When asked a technical question I'll try to answer as simply as possible and ask If they'd like more detail. I try to find a way to get the interviewers to discuss the problems then need solved. This way I can tell them how I solved similar problems at other organizations.

It felt like I was on the British Game Show, “Just A Minute”. For those who don’t know Just a minute is a game show where a contestant needs to talk for a minute on a topic without without hesitation, repetition or deviation. It’s actually very hard, especially to people who aren’t seasoned public speakers. The questions should have been phrased “Without hesitation, repetition or deviation tell me why you want to work for this organization and your 3 minutes begin….. now”.

Thankfully I had a hand on my stammering and stuttering... a few umms and ahhs but nothing that you wouldn't expect from the format. I think it went OK. Just … different but a sign of things to come.