Dipping toes back into a pool – architecting

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Once upon a time I ate, breathed, and slept a certain codebase, and I almost got good with it. But what with one thing and another I let the skills rust for a long while, got off the jogging machine.

Now I am tentatively trying the water, different pools and different area – although still a CRUD for all that (or not). In my case all I wanted was a robust api to a set of relatively simple data store objects which are inter-related – the one is a library of the other which are containers for the third.

Every part of that ‘simple’ description is now in flux.

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Except the robust api framework – Slim. As far as I am aware there are very few (actually, zero) http apis which are as stable, fast, and extensible. The onion model is brilliant. And, importantly, there is a large base of code in the wild to draw on for inspiration.

Beyond Slim, though… my data models have become increasingly weird and complex. I may be storing the rendered objects, rather than data. Some of the data objects which should be relative are now potentially independent. And depending on the point of view, the containers may also be libraries. And there are binary blobs. Somehow I need to consider the binary blobs.

Feeping creature
by Sandy87

The big issue to begin with, though, is authentication. And the attendant issues of security. Which has me trawling back through some old code I wrote.

I should likely trim back, and by that I mean take a machete to, the feeping creaturism and set a minimal spec and achieve it.

La Poste

For the past few months I have been contributing my bits to the international postal system by writing lettres and cards. The best thing about it is a few of the people I wrote to have written back. Continue reading “La Poste”

Homey pleasures

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The smell of hot cotton towels, fresh from the dryer, as I fold them.

Stack of folded linens.
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Just purchased a single complete set of towels to outfit all five bathrooms of the house at one time. By my accounting this means 6 bath towels, and at least 5 hand towels and wash cloths. Luckily there is Ikea: $90 including a couple spare hand towels (which in my experience are the ones which A) get dirty fastest, and B) are rather likely to get permanently stained.)

So the first step after buying them was washing, drying, folding, and now they will be put away until I need the house in guest-presentable fashion.

Brouillant, not quite so rampant

Stylized astrological symbol Leo
Leo Major and Leo Minor constellations
“Leo Major and Leo Minor”, plate 20 in Urania’s Mirror, a set of celestial cards accompanied by A familiar treatise on astronomy … by Jehoshaphat Aspin. London. Astronomical chart, 1 print on layered paper board : etching, hand-colored. US Library of Congress, via Commons.Wikimedia.Org

The younger cat spent the night at the Vet last night. Tonight she is home, feeling perhaps a bit fragile, but quite as obstreperous as usual come meal time. Hence her name.

It amuses me to think of her pretending to be Leo, the astrological symbol.

Side project – obituary transcriber

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One of my hobbies is working with the MNGenWeb Project, specifically I manage the Marshall County web genealogy information site.

Or, that is, I would be managing the site, but all the time I have available for that is being eaten by transcribing hundreds of obituaries into WordPress and manually linking them to cemetery entries. And if I ever complete that task I have a couple thousand headstone images to upload and link appropriately.

Which is why I would really really like to build an api for cemeteries/memorials which could store all this information and retrieve it on demand.