It’s very hard to focus sometimes. But then a bug report comes along, makes sense, and a path forward is clear. It’s a nice feeling, especially on a Friday afternoon.
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.
Yesterday I received from my dad the following copies of transcripts:
- Letter from W.S. Hall to his sister Sarah Bracher, c.1863
- The Murray District of Western Australia by Ronald Richards 1978, pp.260–262 re James Anderton Hall getting lost in the bush
- Conversation with Alan Wilson, Joan Salom, and Margaret Wilson, 1993-05-02 (17 pages)
- Conversation with Judith Hall, Constance Berryman, Margaret Wilson, and Joan Salom, 1977-01-20 (20 pages)
- C.B. Berryman 1983 (10 pages)
- C.B. Berryman family history (6 pages)
- Interview with Joan Salom, 1978-10-13, with notes by Judith Hall (18 pages)
- Account of the schooner Ethel being caught in a cyclone (4 pages)
- Part of H.M. Wilson’s talk on opening of Cossack Museum (pages 7–11 only)
It’s Christmas morning, which means it must be time to hack on some code! Huzza!
(I still haven’t figured out how to get WordPress to show posts in their local timezones. As an interim fix, I’ve set this site to show in UTC, but perhaps that’s just more confusing.)
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:
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?
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).
I can’t believe how well I’ve been sleeping this week. It’s such a nice feeling to wake up and find that it’s morning and not the middle of the night for once.
Firefox gave me an OPML file of all my feeds. I imported it into my feed reader, who’s feed was one of the live bookmarks. Now I think it will all implode as it eats it’s own tail…
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.