Shifting To The Extreme

The Trump Administration is definitely practicing a well-known deal-making strategy – start by asking for much more than where you are willing to end up. This is obvious in their sustained, outrageous, acts that move the political discussion far to the right. Any reconciliation achieved ends up being more to the right of the spectrum, and gives GOP members of Congress some cover to say, “Look, we made him behave moderately.”

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Where Obama Failed

A part of Trump’s success would be because Obama’s administration did not do enough – even without being critical of his administration, it’s possible to hypothesize that specific actions could have changed the narrative just that little bit.

He could have pursued a better foreign policy in Syria; he could have jailed more bankers; he could have made ARRA into a bigger stimulus package, or let it run a bit longer; etc.

At any rate, it’s worth it to me to keep track of specific reports of what did not go well in the Obama years. So here goes.

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What Came Out of the Women’s March

Jan 21 – pretty successful day for left wing protests. Possibly largest mass protest in the US, coordinated across dozens of cities…

Here are some things that are worth tracking over time:

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How Complex Is It To ‘Re-skin’ WordPress Pages

Someone asked me this recently, and further explained themselves:

I have a WordPress template that I’m using and I want to completely re-design a couple of pages (visual changes only). I can create the front-end layouts, but I’m interested in learning about how complex/lengthy the process can be to implement said front-end layout, or if it’s a fairly minimal task.

Here’s what I said back: It depends on how familiar with frameworks where the front-end is generated on the server-side (HAML with Ruby, say, as another example.) WordPress uses PHP based server-side rendering – Continue reading “How Complex Is It To ‘Re-skin’ WordPress Pages”

Docker Compose Steps

Quick note to remind myself how to re-run my Docker containers:

  1. Is my Docker Compose part of a network? Make sure all required services are running elsewhere.
  2. Did I change anything in the build steps? (E.g., with Rails, did I change the Gemfile?) – run docker-compose build --no-cache
  3. Clean things up: Run an rm step that can remove exited containers.

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