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Fatherhood, Life, Uncategorized

Brosius

aka “Lil’ Bro”

Well… after considering it for a little more than a year, with Martha’s health at a better place than it’s been in years and seeming pretty stable, there’s one less dog at PACC.

Brosius is a two year old Border Terrier that our family fell in love with last Saturday.

I think it took about 2 minutes to decide to adopt him. It’s been a really enjoyable several days with Lil’ Bro. He’s so calm and has been really well behaved; even plays well with other dogs!* We’re all learning a ton and it’s been really fun watching the kids interact with him.

* dogs involved are already proven to be amazing dogs. We may have cheated.

Apologies to I+M for the bombardment of questions via text message – you’ve been a huge help! Thank you so much!

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Uncategorized

Deep Blue

I subscribe to a newsletter called Versioning from the informa-taining folks at SitePoint. There was a gem in this morning’s issue that I had to share:

Deep Blue

This is the most surreal news you’ll read today. Scientists have found an underground resevoir of water three times the volume of the world’s oceans. It’s inside a blue rock called ringwoodite, 700kms underground, in the earth’s mantle. And a ragtag group of oil rig workers, led by Bruce Willis, is going down after it. In theaters this Summer – The Core 2: This Time It’s Hydrological.

I busted a gut!

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Life

Career Day Thank You Notes

Career Day was in full swing at my children’s school yesterday. Despite having to follow a helicopter pilot in one of the rooms, I had great fun speaking in 2nd, 3rd, and 6th grade classes. We talked about what IT stands for, helping sad/stressed-out users, wet computers, loud servers and switches, designing forms, and building websites.

When I came home from work this evening, I found a large yellow envelope on my desk that contained letters from my daughter’s 2nd grade class. They all began…

Dear Mr. Bishop,

Thank you for teaching us technology. My favorite part was when you told us about I.T. project manager and I liked when you told us what you do. I liked when you showed us a picture of your family. We really appreciate your kindness.

From,
N.

I like your job it is cool. Thank you for teashing us! :) My favorit part was when you showed us the tangled wires. You are good at your job. You are awsome.

Sincerely,
C.

Thank you fore taking your time teaching us abot technology. My favrot part was when you showed the pitcher of the cofie. I liked the time when teached us. I liked lisining to what you were saying. I really had a great time.

Your friend,
R.

Thank you for teaching us about your job. My favorite part was when you told us about I.T. It was fun learning about your job.

From,
G.

The last one in the envelope was started differently…

Dear Daddy,

Thank you for speaking to my class about your job. I love you. Do you think coding is hard? [heart drawing] html hehe! What does I.T. stand for? My favorite part was when you showed a little bit of coding. Is it ok that I call you I.T. guy? Can’t wait to see you tonight.

With lots of love I.T. guy,
Abby

[ahem] Who put this wet stuff in both of my eyes?

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Fatherhood, Life, Reading

Beginning The Black Axe

After picking up The Black Axe yesterday, the kids asked to start reading it together tonight in place of their normal reading session in their own beds.

Abby was so excited when I said, “Yes,” she ran and got the other two Mouse Guard books we have – just to have them near her.

I enjoy listening to my kids read. I really enjoy reading with them. And I love reading Mouse Guard books with them. When we read Mouse Guard, the kids usually select a mice or two to ‘read lines’ for. So, any time they have dialog, they’ll pipe up and read – despite difficult yet lovely lettering as well as rich vocabulary – with great enthusiasm and competence. Martha and I love to see and hear it. It feels like spectacle and probably adds a lot of wonder to what are already emotionally charged stories.

So, a heartfelt thank you, David Peterson, for amazing storytime adventures. – the Bishops

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Fatherhood, Life

Free Comic Book Day

We’re fortunate to live in a city where there were multiple stores participating in Free Comic Book Day yesterday. We managed to hit two – Heroes & Villains and Charlie’s Comics – before needing to grab lunch and triggering the ‘you just ate? you should nap’ sensation.

I’d read something in a local paper about needing to show up early due to lines forming outside the store… but I foolishly underestimated how large a line that’d be. We showed up about thirty minutes after the event started and found a huge line. Thankfully, we were all sunscreen’d up!IMG_1415_m

Joey made some new friends while we waited. We’ve run into stormtroopers before, but I think this may have been his first time standing next to an Imperial TIE Pilot. He was pretty jazzed about that. Forgot to ask if these folks were part of Tucson’s branch of the 501st. Unfortunately, Abby hid from me every time I tried to catch her in a photo.IMG_1416_m IMG_1420_m

The staff at Heroes & Villains prepped a few craft options for attendees. Joey and Abby skipped making superhero masks and opted for felt lightsaber hilts for otter pops. They couldn’t wait to get home and try them out.IMG_1422_m IMG_1424_m

After we left Heroes & Villains, we headed around the  block to Charlie’s Comics. It’s a smaller store and had a much calmer atmosphere, but still had a lot of people inside enjoying the day. Martha even ran into an elementary school classmate who’s now a published comic book artist and was doing sketches in the store. I was too distracted by how genuine, excited, and likable Charlie was to remember to take pictures. While it’s really far away from home, I plan to make it back over there to thank him for his hospitality. If you live near his shop on the east side of town, please go keep him in business!

Hunger started to set in and I remembered that Lucky Wishbone was on the way home (sorta ;)). So we stopped in for some of Tucson’s best chicken/steak fingers and fries. It was the kids’ first time and they were in heaven.IMG_1432_m

In the end we didn’t find some of the comics we were hoping for, but had a great time hanging out together and getting to do something we don’t normally do – come home with a big pile of new comic books!IMG_1439_m

And finally, Joey was able to ignite his Otter Pop Light Saber!IMG_1435_m

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Dev, WordPress

GuestAdditions and Subtraction

Like many WordPress developers lately my day starts and ends with Varying Vagrant Vagrants. VVV’s really worth a look if you’re still working with MAMP, WAMP, XXAMP, or something similar. Truth.

Sidenote: vvv-site-wizard

Alison Barrett‘s vvv-site-wizard tool is the hotness. And despite what was preached at our local WP meetup… It does work on Windows.

Problem 1: guest additions do not match!

VVV relies on VirtualBox and Vagrant. I encountered some trouble w/ a sub-part of the puzzle this afternoon and I figured I’d share my adventure. Over the last couple days, I’d been noticing this fly by in the console during my morning vagrant up

do not match

Me: “Crap. Maybe I should think about updating that… I guess.”

Thankfully, there’s a plugin for that – vagrant-vbguest!

Solution 1: update guestadditions w/ vagrant-vbguest plugin

Whee! Success!

GuestAdditions 4.3.10 running --- OK.

But-

Fuuuuu...

Problem 2: now folders don’t mount

My VirtualBox GuestAdditions were successfully updated to 4.3.10. Unfortunately, there’s a known bug in that version that prevents mounting shared folders (Note: this will be fixed in 4.3.11). Subtraction. It’s what I literally uttered as an expletive this afternoon. Had I run across the vagrant-vbguest Issue before installing, I would have waited.

At this point, now my vvv environment wouldn’t fully load w/ a vagrant up.

Solution 2: a new symlink!

Thankfully, the fix for this subtraction was found in that GitHub issue I linked above. Felix Rabeprovided (and cited) a solution that worked perfectly for me.

vagrant ssh

In my case, it was opening a PuTTY session to the vagrant box.

sudo ln -s /opt/VBoxGuestAdditions-4.3.10/lib/VBoxGuestAdditions /usr/lib/VBoxGuestAdditions
logout

Then, outside the VM:

vagrant reload

For me, it reloaded successfully, but my dev sites weren’t functioning (MySQL failures) until I ran:

vagrant provision

I was back up and running!

TL;DR

Discovered a problem that wasn’t really affecting me. Decided to fix it; caused major breakage – halting my work day.

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Creative, Dev

RWD Summit 2014

Thanks to my employer, I was able to spend the last three days furiously scrawling notes at hole while attending the Responsive Web Design Summit put on by Environments for Humans.

What an incredible event! #RWDSummit

Surprise!

I knew I’d be learning a ton over those three days as I’ve only really dabbled in RWD up to this point. What I didn’t expect: the session about Email to ROCK! I’ve struggled w/ getting emails to look right in various email clients in the past, and at this point, the thought of Outlook still using Word as it’s HTML rendering engine makes me want to vomit. Justine Jordan opened with really positive and surprisingly contagious attitude about the task. For me, she renewed the importance of focusing on well-crafted emails and for my users and offered up some really useful tips and techniques. Let’s just say I’m looking forward to re-watching this session when they release the videos.

Other Highlights

Brad Frost’s Atomic Design talk coupled with Dave Olsen’s Pattern Lab elaboration the next morning. Brilliant.

Perhaps due to inconsistent bandwith capabilities of different presenters, audio drops and video freezes were strangely common for the sessions. Pausing the screen was an approach usually taken to resolve the issue. Dave Rupert’s purposeful freezeframe was a hoot to stare at for the rest of his talk!
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OMGLOL! New (to me) placeholder image service: NiceNiceJPG

And not to sound like a Rupert fanboy, but when he gets his “View the Source, Luke!” shirt printed, I’ll be first in line to pick it up.

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