WMAU conference

Heading to the airport soon, to fly to Sydney for the WMAU Community Conference. I’m looking forward to meeting new people, and finding out more about what’s going on around the country. It’s pretty rare that we all get together — it’s never happened since I’ve been involved in Wikimedia stuff. Australia’s a bit too big, really.

More Hall documents

Yesterday I received from my dad the following copies of transcripts:

Building WordPress assets

Today I was just finally getting around to (maybe) updating my WordPress theme, and couldn’t for the life of me remember what the deal was with the new Node-based build system. So I went looking, only to find this posted on the Core blog today:

In May 2018 we’ve introduced a build step to WordPress core development as preparation to WordPress 5.0. While these changes never ended up in 5.0, the idea was to reorganize the way the JavaScript in WordPress is managed and structured so that it would be easier to include Gutenberg.

Since then, it was no longer possible to run WordPress from the src folder. This gave some issues, especially with developing WordPress core PHP. Today, @atimmer committed a patch which allows developers to build into src again.

So I do still have to build the assets, but it seems that PHP development can once again happen from the normal directory.

Maybe it’s a good thing that I’ve neglected WP development this last year or so?

Checksums for Flickr photos

I’ve been working a bit on PhpFlickr CLI lately, which is my little tool for interacting with Flickr. So far, it only adds checksums to photos (as machine tags), as a precursor to making a duplicate-finder for Flickr. I also want to use the checksums for adding links to and from Wikimedia Commons (so that photos I’ve uploaded there are linked to their versions on Flickr, and on Flickr they’re linked to Commons).

In a café in Berkeley

Is the internet a good place to start typing random thoughts? It feels like it’s probably not, because of all the “taken out of context”, “recalled in future years and laughed at”, and “what’s the point no one will see it” responses. But it also feels like random beginnings and unplanned words are the only things that will ever lead to more coherent and useful words, and that putting them out in the great wash of the online world is slightly better than hiding them away in a notebook in my own bottom drawer. I do write lots and lots of words that only I will ever see, and they’re usually pretty unpolished. I don’t think that what I put on this blog or Twitter or anywhere else is particularly good, but I do at least attempt to finish sentences and thoughts, and fix typos. Maybe that’s all I mean: that uploading ideas makes the brain follow through and express them, and in doing that there’s a surprising amount of satisfaction.