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Robert Douglass, Horn Player: The Archive

on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 00:47

This is an archive of all of the important extant performances from my time as a horn player prior to moving to Germany. I am very happy to have them. They remind me both how beautiful and amazing the music is, and also how damned hard the art is. Thank you to all the musicians on these recordings who played with me. I loved this part of my life dearly, and as such I love you.

Orchestration, Code, Deployment, Infrastructure

on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:43

Managing code is a solved problem. Git plus Github are everything we need and more. Docker and LXC containers, plus Ansible, Puppet, Chef, on IaaS like AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure provide previously unimaginable possibles for deploying services onto consistent infrastructure. Yet no web application is really whole without data, and, in fact the code, data, and infrastructure all need to fit together in exactly the right way, or you don't have an application, you have an unholy mess.

Robert Douglass takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Köln

on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 18:23

Baris Wanschers called me out, and here it is, my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Thank you to the Drupal Community for 10 years of prosperity: I hope you take this challenge too, and find it in your heart to give to or a charitable organizations of your choice.

I want to show you a photograph

on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 23:50

"I want to show you a photograph." 

She got her glasses, sat down next to me.

"This is what great photography looks like."

"Why?" she asked, after a pause.

"Well, look at it. The lonliness. The disconnection. The only connection between them is the unbearable weight they're carrying inside of them."

A longer pause. I continue: "In a moment they'll have disappeared, slipped out of view, into the mist, never to be seen again. This photo, where you see so little, says so much."

YouTube Data API v3 : How to get $DEVELOPER_KEY

on Wed, 12/25/2013 - 22:43

In the PHP example code for Google's YouTube Data API v3 there is a variable that calls for a developer key. Without this key the example code won't work, but getting that key is not obvious due to recent changes in the cloud console interface. Here's how you get it.

First, the name of the key that you're looking for isn't "developer key" anymore, it's an "API key" for "Public Access". This is opposed to the OAuth credentials. If you want to do something that requires authenticated access, you'll need the OAuth credentials. For searching and listing videos, you don't.

My contribution to the DrupalCon opening session

on Sun, 09/29/2013 - 13:48

I wasn't in Prague on the first day of DrupalCon, but that didn't stop me from contributing to the opening session. Here is the "song" that I "sang", with all of the lyrics. Enjoy!

Commerce Kickstart available on Pantheon

on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 17:45
Pantheon is a great company with great product. They make hosting Drupal sites easy, and you can try out their service for free. I've enjoyed watching their company grow, and they make great contributions to Drupal overall. 
Commerce Guys is a great company with a great product. We make getting started selling online with Drupal a breeze, and I've had a blast being part of the products team responsible for Commerce Kickstart.

Mother and daughter with cancer at the same time - family of six in need

on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 08:26

My cousin and her eldest daughter were both diagnosed with cancer. Their medical bills have skyrocketed to $60,000 that they still have to pay. They're a family of 8, and they need help. If you can find it in your hearts (and wallets) to give, please do.


Kimiko at the German championships for weight lifting

on Mon, 10/26/2009 - 12:45

She placed 5th out of 9 in the up-to 63Kg weight class with a total of 130Kg in the two disciplines (55Kg snatch, 75Kg clean/jerk).