Drupal Daddy

The Summer of Drupal Daddy

As KarenS predicted, there have been many Drupal-free nights from me this summer, while my household adjusts to its newest member. Though thanks to Advomatic, my days have continued to be filled with Drupal.

Sabina Rose

For instance, I've been hard at work on Node Reference / Embed Media Browser (nrembrowser), the perhaps unfortunately named, but descriptive, module that does just what it says. I did a session for it in an earlier incarnation at Drupal Dojo, and have banged at it incessantly, until it's now just about ready for prime time! As I said in the session, that project is, I believe, a reasonable alternative for folks who want Media-like functionality for Drupal 6.

What makes it viable is its integration with WYSIWYG and Styles. Styles is a brainstorm I had during the development of Media, in which I tackled how to display wildly differing data (such as photos and videos) with a single field formatter. I've been refining the model in version 2 of the Drupal 6 version, where I've moved it into a class structure and made lots of improvements. Coming soon to Drupal 7...

And then there's Views Slideshow: Galleria, which makes it easy to create a Galleria slideshow in Drupal. And some refactoring of Embedded Media Field, version 3, in which we begin the migration to Drupal 7's Media, and bring some of its magic (of a unified storage system) back to 6...

But what I've been dying to tell you all is about my few, but precious, Drupal nights. Though it's gone from 12 hours or more a week to three, in the wee hours of the morning at that, I've still been banging away. However, I've changed directions entirely, following another passion of mine: games! And no, not playing them, making them... I've said too much already, as it's not quite ready for release. But suffice to say, I think it'll be fun, and of course, it'll be available through the good ol' GPL...

Drupal Dad's Day

Ashlin & Sabina

Father's Day is on June 20. Of course, with a second precious daughter in my life, this day will have even more meaning for me. Gwen recently asked me what I would like, which is always (for me) a difficult question to answer. So I gave it some thought, and came up with a list. In retrospect, I realized it all had to do with my endless pursuit of Drupal, so I thought I'd share that here for other Drupal Dads and their families to contemplate...

Diver's Slate

A diver's slate - What does that have to do with Drupal, you ask? Well, some of my best ideas come when I'm in the shower. Many of those have been lost forever, because I often promptly forget them by the time I've dried off. This particular gadget has an "infinite scroll", and (presumably with a USB connection) allows its entries to be scanned into a computer later. And if you get your best ideas when diving, its "phosphorescent writing surface illuminates notes during night dives".

Laptop glare guard

Laptop glare guard - This one is obvious. Would go great with a coupon for lunch at your favorite wireless hotspot...

Drupal Dojo on Second Monitor

A second montor (albeit a pricey gift) would help with any serious Drupaler's efficiency.

As I sit here in the wee hours of the morning composing this post with Sabina, hoping that 8Tracks will help her sleep, I'm also thinking a white noise generator might be a fantastic gift for new dads. I know we could have used one this month...

Though I have a full Drupal library, I need to finally list the obvious gift for Drupal Dads who might not have read some of the best Drupal books:

Pro Drupal Development

Using Drupal

and, of course,

Drupal Multimedia

What other ideas do you have for the perfect Drupal Dad's Day gift?

The Reason No Drupal from me Recently...

Sabina Rose

Sabina Rose
May 22, 2010
2:28 AM
8 lbs, 2 oz

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The Society for Venturism has chosen me as the recipient of its charity for this year, to hopefully offer me cryonic preservation when the time comes. And this month, Longecity, an excellent forum for the discussion of issues related to extending the lifespan of humans, has offered up a matching grant of up to a thousand dollars to help out! So help out! Please.