Code push scheduled for Sunday night

Apr. 27th, 2017 03:03 pm
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[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 8pm PDT / 11pm EDT / 3am UTC on Sunday, Apr 30 (or May 1 for you transatlantic types.).

I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things [staff profile] denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.

To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!

If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to [site community profile] changelog and [community profile] changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.

We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!

Band meme

Apr. 26th, 2017 11:45 am
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A meme, via [personal profile] zyzyly , that seemed fun to do. Nine performers/bands i've seen perform live and one i haven't.



  1. Phillip Glass
  2. Laurie Anderson
  3. Devo
  4. Metallica
  5. Journey
  6. Patti Smith
  7. Bob Dillion
  8. Pink Floyd
  9. Rush
  10. Queensryche
Feel free to guess the one i haven't seen. And the two that i slept through. 



Last week's post that lingered

Apr. 26th, 2017 11:41 am
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In, "Oy, that backfired!" news, i asked my boss for some additional work. (Not bluntly, not, "i need a few more deadlines to stop procrastinating.") Instead i got some praise for how i advised a reinterpretation of requirements (so that it was consistent with current infrastructure instead of a change that would be ridiculously expensive to support). The praise was in the form of, "If you just sat there in North Carolina for the rest of the year, that one comment would pay for you -- not that i want you to do that."

My inner six year old really didn't need to hear that.

--== ∞ ==--

California plant life doesn't go through the volume of growth as occurs here. There's a native plant closely related to sunflowers, Smallanthus uvedalius, that was growing at the edge of the yard when we moved in. It grows eight to ten foot tall from a tuber in ... must be 6 weeks? I'm astounded. I've transplanted some from where they are at the edge of the woods near where the previous owners had their garden plot to the base of the tall tulip poplar that stands alone near the side of the house.

The tallness of the tulip poplar is accentuated by the absence of lower branches. It clearly had company as the cluster of stumps reveals. And, as the sprouting of the stumps shows, i think the trees were part of efforts to make the house salable. I would not be surprised if "you need more natural light" was a bit of the consideration. Some of the trees were quite close, though, so there's that. Some small spurs have leafed out on the naked trunk, so i am in hopes that the tree will someday look a little less naked. On the other hand, it shades the garden for a bit in the afternoon. I suppose i will welcome that as the moment when i can say to myself, quick, get some work in before it's back in the full glare.

I don't know if i've written about the extent that the yard seems like it was abandoned. We find things like full bags of rotted manure just sitting in places. Off the back deck, in the back yard are toys for children and dogs, clothing, broken windchimes, grilling tools. I imagine a grandmother telling a crying child that the toy is gone and there's no getting it back. It's like flotsam and jetsam swept off into the great ocean jungle. I've speculated about why everything was abandoned, and my initial theories of failed health don't hold up. I have a new theory: a fear of ticks.

Ugh.

--== ∞ ==--

We've had a nice rain come through, and it's cooled off. Just a few degrees cooler at night seems to make a difference in whether i sleep through the night or not. Huzzah for programmable thermostats.

Tree sparrow

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:26 am
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tree sparrow

Happy to see a tree sparrow at my feeder this morning (and lucky to have my camera at hand). That red-brown cap is quite eye-catching "in person."

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Apr. 24th, 2017 08:09 pm
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merganser

Merganser from a walk a week ago. The brown crest says merganser, but the body markings are unusually vivid.

green backed heron

Green backed heron from tonight. Greens keep their necks scrunched down and then magically stretch them out to strike at a fish.

Time for a change

Apr. 24th, 2017 11:51 am
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Joined an Expanse community - [community profile] rocinante - earlier this morning, and fell in love with the journal style so completely that I had to steal it for myself. ;-)

Trying something new

Apr. 24th, 2017 12:33 pm
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I'm a church organist, so Sunday is always my big day. So my 'weekend' is generally the rest of Sunday plus Monday. I don't cook on Sunday, but I generally expect and am expected to cook Monday dinner, and that messes up my 'day off' plans pretty often. So recently I've told my husband I would make sure one of several pantry-to-table meals would be available for Sunday or Monday, and on the other day we'll fend for ourselves.

So... today I am going to hang out at the house, doing the stuff I want to do. I'll eat dinner early... and then I will leave the house just before my husband comes home, and go walking until sunset. My day already feels longer in a good and relaxed way.
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[personal profile] jasra posted this copy-and-paste support meme:

My door is always open. The house is usually half clean. Coffee/Tea could be on in minutes, and the chairs are a comfy place of peace and non-judgment. Anyone who needs to chat is welcome anytime. It's no good suffering in silence. There is always food in the fridge, coffee/tea in the cupboard, and a listening ear or shoulder to cry on. I will always be here & you are always welcome!!

If you want to, could at least one friend please copy and re-post (not share)? I'm trying to demonstrate that someone is always listening! We need more love 💛


My version:

If we are friends, my home is always open to you for a hug, a chat, a cat to pet, a cuppa, a meal, or a couch to crash on for a night or two. Stairs and cats and baby mean my space won't be accessible to everyone, but we will all do our very best to be welcoming and supportive in every other way.

If you have been harmed or kicked out of your home and need a safe place to go, I will gladly provide that safe place or help you find another one.

I'm always up late. (Always.) If you need someone to talk to late at night, call or text or DM/PM me.

My spoons and time can be pretty limited. But I care a lot about helping other people, and will always do as much as I can. And you can count on me to be clear and compassionate when setting boundaries, so you never have to worry whether you're being a bother or intruding or taking resources I don't have to spare.

Feel free to post and share your own version if you're able to help others who are in need. 💚

Lunch

Apr. 21st, 2017 12:59 pm
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And i ate my first pea pod while in the yard!


(Thought i had reduced the size on that image!)

Sari not sorry

Apr. 20th, 2017 03:45 pm
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So the new sari I ordered on Monday arrived today.

OMG YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS THING. )

Aftermath

Apr. 20th, 2017 07:46 am
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After getting Nala safely indoors Tuesday, we both spent the day nibbling and napping. Late in the afternoon I got a text from my friend Jen inviting me to a movie. Hubby and I had already arranged to have dinner out, so I invited Jen to join us before the movie. Good food, good movie and good company did a lot to restore me.

Onwards to the next thing, which is Holy Humor Sunday at my church. Fun for me, as I get to go off the beaten path musically. I'll be playing Fawkes' Theme from Harry Potter-- hey, resurrection! And either the Star Wars main theme or one of the other celebration themes from the series. Still need one more piece, but hey, I have 2 whole hours to pin it down! (Hmm, maybe Maria's wedding march from The Sound of Music.) We also do some hymn texts especially for the day, or sing standard texts to the "wrong" tunes. Last year we swapped words/tunes of Amazing Grace and O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing-- try it!

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!

Wednesday ramblings

Apr. 19th, 2017 08:54 am
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Continue to feel disrupted by the absence of my laptop. Happily, the mirror i made of the system mounts on my desktop machine, and i can use my work laptop to access the interface from my lollygag locations. Better than nothing.

Taxes completed in time, after some confusion from the software regarding the multistate taxes. I resent the confusion because the software should have warned us it wasn't what we needed. Pfft. Christine's parents must have had drama every tax time because she's always had huge anxiety around taxes. My family's tradition was to procrastinate. Hm. So, clearly we keep to how we were raised.

At work, my team builds the systems that support authentication into the various services The Whale [1] offers. We're doing work to become compliant with a number of certification systems, most of which require us to amp-up our minimal password management. "Ah-ha," said our security analyst, "why don't we just buy a system that already does this. That would save this money." I in turn shudder at the thought of how much work it would be to integrate with such a thing, if we could find one that meets our requirements. Yesterday evening and this morning i wrote up the requirements for such a theoretic money saving system. I think it makes clear how much integration work is required. I don't know if it made clear some of the maintenance risks. I felt a certain sense of pride as i reviewed the requirements: we've done a great deal of good work.

Yesterday evening's yard mowing was pleasant. I was a little concerned because the east yard seems to be a urban center for ground dwelling bees. I don't think the mowing disrupted them too much. I didn't mow much of the low growing bunch grass that my sister says is a native. We love this grass! I'm delighted how well it integrates with violets. It's not a dense carpet like lawn grasses and it has a coarse texture, but maintenance is low.

A video of the bees from this weekend is at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwP9rg2b1QL3aHBJcDJmT1Z3eVk/view?usp=sharing for at least the next week or so (probably months). (Pfft, the low sun doesn't do my shadow any favors.)

Boy, do we need rain. It keeps being promised. I think i'm going to do a flood of the areas between the beds today. Here's an attempt an an ascii diagram to depict how the soil is loose beneath the level of the paths between the beds, so flooding the paths causes draining into the sub soil of the beds. I find that the water gets pulled up into the bed above the path level after some hours. Eventually, i'll come up with something more efficient, but i think the flooding beats a sprinkler at this point.
           
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I'd set my mind to disliking the azaleas up close to the house so i could remove them as a fire hazard. One of them, though, is a glorious deep pink with large blossoms, just out my work window. The salmon color shrub doesn't appeal to me, and one that is cotton candy pink is still only buds. I think i'll be able to want that one gone. It seems propagation of the bright pink one from cuttings would be feasible, so there's that.


[1] Haven't used that pseudonym in a long while. It's due to the scale difference between my original library services employer and the company we merged with, now noted as "largest online public access catalog in the world."

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