A Flood Can Change Your Priorities

November 24, 2018

This is what my kitchen looked like on November 7th. To even call it a kitchen is a stretch, although there was still a microwave set up off to the side.

The last few months have been an interesting ride. In August I attended Decoupled Drupal Days and Drupal GovCon back to back and while both conferences were excellent, I found myself a little burnt out and itching to deliver something a little more concrete. Thankfully, that happened to align well with the opportunity to lead the development effort to rebuild my company's website. Coinciding with a substantial drop in output on this site, I dove headlong into converting hs2solutions.com to bounteous.com (new site, new brand, new everything!)

October came along, and with it was my first trip to BADCamp at the end of the month. The timing wasn't great as we were launching the new brand on November 5th, but I was looking forward to the conference and the travel. While there was still quite a bit of work to do, I felt like we were on track for launch.

So as I returned home from Berkley on October 28th I thought I had a pretty solid understanding of my priorities - a push to launch. The water line to my dishwasher disagreed, flooding my entire kitchen leading into the final week. As I saw the final touches on the website come together, I also had the joy of watching my kitchen come apart as the water damage was remediated. We made it though - we have a website, and while I don't have a kitchen, at least what remains is dry.

This roller coaster of a fall has given me some interesting perspective as I start looking ahead to next year. I'll typically be making grand plans for the next 365 days, but this year I'm a little more inclined to be flexible and allow myself to be led where my focus can have the most impact. More enhancements lie ahead for the Bounteous site, and my personal site could use a fresh coat of paint along with an update to the latest version of Gatsby. Drupal community wise I'm considering a little less travel and speaking and a little more contribution in code. The UI Patterns Pattern Lab module seems to be getting some renewed interest as UI Patterns recently had a stable release, so I'm going to see if I can add some requested improvements and hopefully bring that module stable as well. Or maybe the proverbial kitchen will flood again, who knows.

Whatever next year brings, I hope it is much drier and has a place to put my dishes.

October 16, 2018

First brew in collaboration with one of my neighbors. It came out pretty well. We got the water ratio wrong so it was a little thin, but the color and general flavor profile was pretty solid.

Most importantly, we came up with a bunch of elaborate names. We're calling our pretend brewery 'Antcolony Brewing' - a stretch, but this is a combination of two of our kids names - Anthony and Colin (get it?) The beer itself is called 'Coyote Defense League Pale Ale' due to the surprising Coyote problem we've had in the neighborhood this year.

Looking forward to another brew soon. Looking like something dark next time around.


Learning How to Adapt - Developing Up

September 11, 2018

Enjoyed listening back to this chat about adapting as a developer that I had with Mike Miles for his Developing Up podcast. We end up pretty far away from some of the traditional dev topics you might expect, but I think that is the improviser in me applying 'yes, and...' to our conversation. Mike does a great job reinforcing how some of my more tangential thoughts relate back to adaptability. Not to mention some great editing - you can hardly tell that we were talking at the end of a long day at a conference.


In The Garage: Joyce Manor Share The Scenes And Stories Behind Million Dollars To Kill Me

August 28, 2018

This January, they’re co-headlining the 3,700-cap Hollywood Palladium with Jeff Rosenstock, who they consider a fellow “last man standing” in their scene and the man responsible for Joyce Manor’s first paid gig in 2010. “As we were leaving, he asked ‘You guys get paid?'” Johnson recalls. “We’re like, it’s cool, we’re from around here, it’s fine. And he’s like no, no, no,” handing the band $100 out of his pocket.

Great profile in general, but this moment between two of my favorite bands stuck with me. Amazing to see Rosenstock give them what I'd imagine to be a non-trivial amount of money at the time just because he feels strongly that people should be compensated for their work. And I love that this impulsive moment also sticks with Joyce Manor eight years later as co-headliners. While I've never just handed someone $100, I can only hope that back in my improv days or now in the open source community I've had some small moments that have stuck with folks.


July 26, 2018

Current status: enjoying the beach.