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


A little Galileo to clear out the cobwebs and get the day going,0

While I'm looking for more work I'm going to spend an hour or so a day doing lunchtime learning, reviewing videos from recent DrupalCons and DrupalCamps while I eat my lunch. Usually I use these videos as a resource when I'm working on a project I need to learn a particular topic to get a job done. This is going to be less directed than that, this will be a proactive approach to unguided learning.

To try to keep myself accountable I'm just gonna post links to the videos on watching right here on the blog.

Lunchtime Learning
Accessibility and a Hot Dog

Accessibility is a Moving TargetDrupal GovCon 2021

An interesting talk, we're not specifically Drupal or developer focused it provided a number of things to think about when it comes to accessibility on websites. Not just the technical ends not just a basics of website navigation, alt tags on images or adding closed captions to videos but content strategy as well and other things I might not have thought about.

Project Clean Slate Pt 2: Content Discovery

So, now that I have my blog the way I'd like it next thing I have to think about is what I'm missing now that I'm not on Facebook anymore. I'm finding that I was relying far too much on Facebook to discover content, which just isn't satisfying and doesn't expose me to various points of you.  

Back in 2013 I had built a nice feed processing system for myself and allowed me to have the flexibility to have a river of news type stream for general news add an inbox style interface for feeds that were far more important to me, things related to Drupal, or feeds from personal friends, these were feeds that I wanted to read every post.  In 2016, when I put in the blog over to Drupal 8, the feeds module wasn't ready for prime time. At first I used The Old Reader as a substitute for my home built feed reader, but as I used Facebook more and more, I relied on it for my news and information. I always planned on rebuilding my feed reader when the module was ready to be used but you know what they say about cobblers and their children's shoes.

Well that ends now, the next project I'm working on is rebuilding that feed reader.  It should take around a week,  As I did with the log rebuild, I'll be posting updates along the way so you can all see what I'm doing. When all is said and done, I'll probably post a video demoing the functionality.

Whether or not LaMDA is sentient, we are rapidly approaching a day where we will have artificial life. Now is the time to consider how we treat that life. I don't want to just quote from Star Trek: The Next Generations, Measure of a Man, but one has to wonder if a computer is sentient, does it have a soul? And quite frankly, do we?

A couple of folks asked about the song I referenced in this post.  It's from a rock opera by Avantasia, German supergroup metal opera project created by Tobias Sammea.  Check them out,  

The lead singer in this video is Amanda Somerville, from a number of European metal groups including  the all woman fronted symphonic metal cover band, Exit Eden



Just pushed some code to automatically create a day node and attach new notes the the most recent day node as they are published, as I suggested on Thursday.  It worked in test, this will confirm it works in live.

Edit: Works as designed.

Laptop w/ Stickers

I find mental blocks to be interesting.  I often use lando on top of docker  to do local web development.  Here's the problem, I'm more a Babylon 5 fan than a Star Wars fan (no disrespect to SW or its super fans) so unless I'm really thinking. I'll say "Londo" instead of "Lando".  I feel that in every interview I say at least once "Londo, I mean Lando" and hang a lantern on it by making a B5 vs SW reference.  It's always a little awkward and I wonder what interviewers think.  I think I need an hypnotist to get inside my head and fix it.


I've said it before I'll say it again

"Just buy an electric car to avoid paying high gas prices" sounds a lot like "Let them eat cake".
Head palm

Since the workers were rescued I can say that I'm reminded of the old joke about the person who fell into a var at a brewery:

Old man O'Malley had worked down at the brewery for years, but one day he just wasn't paying attention and he tripped on the walkway and fell over into the beer vat and drowned. The foreman thought it should be his job to inform the Widow O'Malley of her old man's death. He showed up at the front door and rang the bell. When she came to the door, he said, "I'm sorry to tell you, but your poor husband passed away at work today when he fell into the vat and drowned." She wept and covered her face with her apron and after a time, between sobs, she asked, "Tell me, did he suffer?" "Knowing Brian O'Malley as well as I did, I don't think so," said the foreman, "He got out three times to go to the men's room."

Launching the new blog today!


The timeline format including posts from before the blog relaunch can be found here.

Made some minor updates to look and feel of the listing page.

Now that I have a proof of concept up and running which I'm pretty happy with, I need to go ahead and add some automation b to the creation process. Right now I need to create a daily node every day and then as I create posts during the day I need to manually attach them to the daily node. Ideally, after I create a post it would attach it to today's daily node, if a daily node didn't exist for today it would create that as well. Although I built thanks so you can change what days posts appear on, I think 85% sign of the time it would be the use case.

All this is possible and rather easy, I just wanted to make sure I was happy with the process before I spent time on the automation. This is probably tomorrow's task.

I'm the person who skips using kiosks to order or pay at stores if a cashier is available. I realize that the more we use self checkouts and the like the more likely we are to layoff lower skilled workers for who don't have as many options in the workforce. Last year a number of people who will be replaced by robots were considered the "Heroes of the Pandemic" like delivery people, healthcare workers, and maintenance workers.

This springs up the problem I've been worried about for a while. With the advances in technology, we are rapidly approaching a time where we no longer need the majority of society to work to provide with the needs and wants of that society.  For a person in the lower or middle class, we use work to prove their value to society and how they should be compensated. In a world where there is little work, how do we prove a person's worth?

I rarely post on such things but since someone asked me today I thought I'd let you all know my thoughts on guns and abortion.  I don't know if it's interesting or not but my opinions on both are almost exactly the same:

  1. They should both be legal with some minimal regulation.
  2. They should both be safe.
  3. They should both be really used (at least on humans).
  4. They should be a method of last resort.
  5. People shouldn't be proud of using them.

I believe if we use the resources we spend fighting guns or abortion and instead get it all towards education would be far better off. If we make either illegal it won't stop the tragedies from happening.

If we make abortions illegal, they'll be back alley abortions again. All we will be doing is criminalizing them.  However if that money is spent on sexual education and easier access to contraception, they'll be far less abortion.

If we make guns illegal, they'll just be more guns smuggled in from other sources. However, if we spent money investigating why we have an epidemic of anger in this country we would be far better off. The problem is n't the gun, it's the anger and hate that people hold inside. If we figure out why that's happening  and address it, they'll be for less murder.

 Finally got around watching the Apple keynote from yesterday, I'm particularly interested in the updates to dictation on both the iPhone and macOS. Since the pandemic I've been using dictation more and more both for my emails and when I'm writing long documents with whether it be a blog post, or site specifications partially because it tends to be faster than typing and partially because between my carpal tunnel syndrome and some cramping I've been getting in my hands for a while, it's far less painful to dictate rather than type. I guess I'm saving my hands for coding instead of just typing. I don't know what I'd wind up doing if I want to back to working in a shared office space, I'll have to drop off that bridge when I get to it.

Since I have the blog on my mind, I wonder if dictation makes creating posts easier when I'm out and about. I tend not to write from my phone only because of the small keyboard, I was never really comfortable with it. I can imagine though pulling up my phone hitting create a  post indicating something small when necessary.