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
Paragraph Layouts and a Ham Sandwich

Build Highly Visual Long Form Content With Layout Paragraphs,   DrupalCon Portland 2022

 I've been partially offline of the last few days fighting a migraine. A lot is going on in the world and I got a bunch of mixed feelings when it comes to it. Generally speaking, I prefer a smaller Federal Government I prefer it to do less, I prefer that the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Government are laid out in the Constitution, just so the government can't arbitrarily create powers for itself. I want power to be at a State or local level. The closer the power is to me, the more likely I am to influence it.  I look to the Supreme Court as umpires, people who basically call balls and strikes. Is the Government allowed to do this? Is the Government restricted from doing that?

In the past when the topics of abortion and guns have come up, I've always taken the opinion that people who want to create laws around them should be amending the Constitution. If you what to add restrictions to guns, that's fine, we need to give Congress the ability to do so in a way we will know the extent of their powers.  Since nothing of healthcare is mentioned in the Constitution, if we want the Government to be involved in regulating any sort of healthcare, whether it's abortion or whether it's insurance, we need to amend the Constitution to allow the Federal Government to be involved in it.  The Supreme Court was right from a balls and strikes POV but there is a check on the Supreme Court, the People.....

For a long while I felt we needed a bit of a Constitutional Reboot. The founders gave us a tool for this, a Convention of States. The purpose of the convention would be to propose and ratify new amendments to the Constitution. We probably needed this for the better part of 150 years since the end of the Civil War.



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.