Sean Reiser

Hi I'm Seán Reiser, this is my Personal Blog

“A person is what they think about all day long”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Lunchtime Learning
Migrations and some Chinese Food

Wordpress to Drupal 8 Migration: A Look at Process Plugins,  Drupal Ashville 2021

 I had a few  positive calls today! It looks like the drought that I've been going through professionally may be coming to an end. I've been fighting for too long to pick up small gigs just to get along .  The impact of the pandemic has had an impact on me not just financially but also a mentally. I tend to value myself as a person based on what I contribute professionally. So the fact of the work I've been getting hasn't been challenging technically nor rewarding financially has had me down for a while now. I know people are far worse off than I am, but I really need the project to give me a purpose which I feel like I've lacked for while.


You know how every video conference call now begins with a round of "can you see me?" and "can you hear me?". I am deathly afraid that I'll have a call with somebody name Tommy and  break into this song.

Cloudflare Outage

2:30 AM My alarms go off letting me know that all the sites I manage are down.  I try to log into my servers and can I things look OK but quiet.  I try to log into Linode's web interface it's down hmmm....

2:40 AM  Looks like 1/2 the internet is down.  I’m glad that my clients aren’t awake to be calling me.  I’m pretty sure it’s Cloudflare.

2:50AM Yup Cloudflare just posted an outage.

3:20 AM Cloudflare just posted that they've implemented a fix.

3:40 AM Sites are coming online.

We're off to a great day!

While organizing some things while the internet is down, I found this old post.  Enough time (around 10 years) has passed that I feel I can post it here.

And in today's Stupidity... my largest client is in the middle of putting up a Spanish language mini site. We had a native Spanish speaker on staff write the content, after he translated it we had we had a firm copy edit it before it was put onto the staging site.

This afternoon I got an email from a senior person:

"There's something wrong with the Spanish Language page. There are all these upside down question marks and many of the N's have funny marks above them. I think something is corrupt. YOU NEED TO GET THIS FIXED BEFORE I CAN SHOW IT TO THE DIRECTOR AND GET HER APPROVAL"

When I die, I can tell St Peter that I've already spent my time in purgatory.
Head palm

Lunchtime Learning
Advanced Views and a Ham Sandwich 

Views Cookbook - Advanced Recipes for Every Web Occasion,  DrupalCon North America 2021

 To ne, this is very encouraging news. I've been watching the numbers and generally speaking, based on the 7 day average, there are 8 to 10 times more cases than there was a year ago, but the number of deaths remain constant.  The virus is getting weaker and treatments are getting more effective.  


Because of the holiday, I'm taking a light work day.  Have a few AM calls, but I'm not coding and am skipping Lunchtime Learning for the day.

As part pf trying to make Facebook work for me, I'm just trying the better separate the wheat from the chaff on Facebook. I have 3 populations of Facebook "Friends":

  1. People who I want to see every one of their posts, no matter the algorithm thinks.
  2. People I am ambivalent about. Sp I'll take what the algorithm gives me.
  3. People who's posts I really don't care to see, but I need to have on here for political reasons.

So I know I can unfollow people in category 3 and category 2 takes care of itself.  
It's Category 1 that's the problem. When I'm limited on time or energy it's all I want to see and I don't want the algorithm involved. 100 years ago, you could filter your news feed by custom list which would meet my need, so I tried seperating them into a list but  I forgot FB took away this feature. Back to the drawing board



I just have to say it,,,,


POTUS In a Bicycle Accident

As a first step towards making Twitter manageable I just unfollowed 300 people, around a third of the people I was following.  The culling may continue.


Anne and I were awoken a little after 6 this morning to the sound of beeps and boops coming through the bedroom window.  We thought it might have been coming from the basement (the hot water heater or the boiler).  I went outside to investigate, and see if I needed to call the super. Instead I find this guy, beeping, clicking and booping.  After a few mins he flew off.  Thanks for the alarm clock, buddy.

Someone sent me this post obviously this bird is Mozzy and being looked for I have texted the person with my address.

Update, as I was posting this Mozzy's owner called me. I promise to call him if I see the bird again. He said several people of called him claiming to have the bird where they didn't I guess they were looking for some sort of reward. That's rather disgusting behavior.

Obviously if you're local and see him, reach out to him, he is concerned.


LOST - 6/16/22 - FLUSHING-AUBURNDALE Last seen on Utopia Parkway between 39th & 37th Ave - “Mozzy” - 917-428-4510

Posted by Queens Lost & Found Pets - QLFP on Friday, June 17, 2022




Ever since it came out, I prefer to simpler Naked version of Let it Be over the original Phil Spector wall of sound version.

Lunchtime Learning
Content Editor Experience and a Spaghetti & Meatballs

Improving the content editor experience in Drupal, Florida DrupalCamp 2022


 Finally made some progress on the feed system. Got everything installed in dev, added a few feeds and I've got stuff importing.

To support title-less feeds, in the mapping for the feed I just put a constant on the title, and then in hook_entity_presave, I'm testing to see if the feed item title is populated and if not I grab the first 200 characters of the feed item description.  

Next I need to build some a View to support the River of News style interface.

 It was 92° outside in NYC today and hit 85 in the apartment, I made it to 3PM before I decided to put on the air conditioner, set to 78°. I think it's going to be a long summer and with ever-increasing energy predators I would have to be very cautious about using the A/C. But my rule of thumb always is if my hand is so damp that my trackpad no longer can see it it's time to put on the air conditioner..