Kris Vanderwater's Blog

Drupal Core's Future and Current Problems

Recently, there has a been a LOT of discussion about the future of drupal core and some of its rather "legacy" modules. This is a good conversation to be having, however I think we are spending our efforts in the wrong place, or perhaps better, I think we have or priorities misaligned.

Wonderful Life

It's been a whole year plus since I last published anything on this blog. A LOT has happened in that time, namely Ju and I have had our second child (Kai) and he is doing great, however for those of you who have read our blog in the past, you'll know that the birth with Alaise did not go so well, and indeed we had a very similar experience this time.

Fatherhood

So last night was a doozy!  I think we've hit Lacey's first "growth spurt" because she kept Ju and I up and feeding her almost ever 1 1/2 - 2 hours last night.  It's amazing how much she can eat, she's so tiny!

My vantage point

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So, Ju's asleep, Alaise is fed, and I'm doing some work for a customer, and I look down, and Alaise is just SOOO cute, I had to try capturing my view of her from where I'm sitting now.  I hope you all like the photo.  :-)

The Hardest Night of my Life

October 22, 2009 my first born, a daughter, entered this world.  Alaise Noelle Vanderwater was greeted by her parents and grand parents (on both sides).  She's a big baby, 20 inches, with a 14+ inch head, 8 lbs 13 ounces.  Ju's labor went pretty well.  The epidural did wonders for her.  The delivery, on the other hand, was quite difficult, and the size of the baby required the doctor to make a bit of room for her to come down the canal via an episiotomy.

The Leftist Dilema

So, I try to keep up with our constantly changing world.  It's a very hard thing to do, but I spend so much time on a computer as it is, I try to set aside a little time (at least once a week if not more often) to bring myself up to date on things that interest me besides the web and technology.  Those things often include the state of matters in North/South Korea, and American politics.   Now Ju hates politics, and this is quite understandable, it's a dirty business with so many moving components as to make any political stance debatable by the opposing side.  In essence, there's never a "correct" answer, and this is, and should be, infuriating to all peoples on some level.

Seeing Circles

Well, today was technically my second official day back in the office.  I moved out quite some time ago now due to a number of different factors.  Home just became a better environment in which to get things done.  However, the demands on my time at the office have become greater and greater, and it just seemed impractical to stay at home any longer.  I'm back in the room with "the guys" by which I mean the development team.  I haven't been in the same room as them in probably 2+ years.  It's a nice change of pace being around people to get work done.  Even when I was in the office I wasn't really near other developers and I'm enjoying it.

The Dyson Story

So, I've wanted a Dyson vacuum cleaner for a very long time now.  The things is that they're just rather expensive, and I haven't felt like we could spring for that sort of an investment.  It's funny how your priorities change when you know there's going to be a little child crawling around on the floor with all the cat hair and only God knows what else.  Add to this the fact that we had sorta killed our previous vacuum (more on this later) and well... we were due a new one.

Ju at 12 Weeks

So, picture day was suppose to be 2 days ago (Saturday) however that didn't happen, so we made today picture day.  I really do enjoy picture day, though I'm not that big of a photographic enthusiast.  I think I find a camera to be a fickle piece of technology that will never reproduce the same results twice, but I try my best and this is what we've got!

First Blog

I've been wanting a place to call my own for a while now.  Blogging is one of those things I firmly believe you should really own for yourself, and so I've put off blogging about anything personal until I could get my own site going.  Of course this has the side effect of "never happening" because let's face it, I'm too busy.  However with the proposition of a new baby coming into my life shortly it seemed more important than ever that Ju and I have a place to blog about what's really going on in our lives.