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Every Lane

New Drupal Modules - 2 June 2019 - 8:37pm

See README on github:
https://github.com/aaronbauman/everylane

All issues and development happening there.

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Promet Source: The Buyer’s Journey as a Leadership Model

Planet Drupal - 2 June 2019 - 6:44pm
Astute marketers have stepped up to the concept of the Buyer’s Journey.  Taking the time to understand the full range of client personas and to gain empathy for the distinct phases that clients progress through as they explore and compare solutions, is now a key component of the marketing mix. Let’s look at the potential for applying the concept of the Buyer’s Journey to a new leadership model that can serve as an essential resource for setting employees up for success. First: a review of how understanding the Buyer's Journey is at the core of marketing effectiveness.
Categories: Drupal

Numerology Calculator

New Drupal Modules - 2 June 2019 - 12:11am

Simply put, numerology is the study of the mystical relationship between our life and numbers. It is based on the numerical calculation of letters in names, with each letter having a corresponding number in numerology. ... Just enter your name and date of birth to obtain the secrets related to your life and future.

Categories: Drupal

Panel

New Drupal Modules - 1 June 2019 - 11:40pm

A simple Drupal 8 module to be used as a control panel for site administrators.

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Arweave Revisions

New Drupal Modules - 1 June 2019 - 9:51pm

Provides plug-and-play capability for users to save node revisions to the Arweave Permaweb.

Simply enable the module and users will be able to add their Arweave wallet key - which they can get for free - to their profile. They'll then be given the choice to save revisions to Arweave - that can be forever retrieved - when saving any type of content.

Future Features
  • Wallet key upload
  • Revisions list per node
  • Revert to revision
  • Encrypted revisions
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DrupalEasy: DrupalEasy Podcast 219 - AmyJune Hineline - Contribution Tour 2019

Planet Drupal - 1 June 2019 - 3:52am

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AmyJune Hineline, Open Source Community Ambassador at Kanopi Studios joins Mike Anello to talk about her upcoming Contribution Tour 2019, as she visits numerous Drupal and WordPress events to help train new contributors.

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Video Game Deep Cuts: The Outer Wilds Of A Void City

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 31 May 2019 - 3:52pm

This week's roundup includes a look at the intriguing triple-I (sorry!) titles Outer Wilds & Void Bastards, as well as the role of the city in games, bringing back Bubsy, & more. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Mediacurrent: Improve Your Remote Work Productivity With the ‘Shutdown Ritual’

Planet Drupal - 31 May 2019 - 12:58pm

For all its benefits, working remote— as most of our Mediacurrent team does— still has its challenges. 

The one that people ask me about the most is, "how do you keep any kind of work / life balance when your work and home are inseparable?" For me, the answer to this has been what I call my "shutdown ritual." It's basically just how I try to end my workday every day, but I've found putting some thought into a routine has helped a lot to make my evenings more relaxing and my mornings more productive.

In this post, I'm going to cover:

  • what a shutdown ritual is
  • the benefits  of having a shutdown ritual
  • my specific shutdown ritual
What is a shutdown ritual?

So first, what is a shutdown ritual?

A shutdown ritual is a set routine of actions that you perform at the end of each work day to finalize your day and signify that your work day is done.

I got this concept from an excellent book called Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport. 

His core argument in the book is that the most valuable skill in our economy is deep focused work and that is becoming increasingly rare. If you want to set yourself apart, cultivating a deep work ethic is the way to go. He outlines several rules and guidelines you can follow to start cultivating this habit.

One of the tools he recommends is the shutdown ritual.

The bare outline of the shutdown routine that he outlines in Deep Work is:

  1. update all todo lists
  2. read over the todo lists in their entirety (reprioritizing items as necessary)
  3. review the calendar for the next two weeks, make sure any todos required for events are on the todo list
  4. write down a plan for the next day
  5. close everything on your computer
  6. say a magic phrase, like "Shutdown complete" or "I'm outta here"

Newport also discusses the shutdown ritual briefly on his blog: Drastically Reduce Stress with a Work Shutdown Ritual.

Why do a shutdown ritual?

One of Newport's biggest criticisms of modern workers is that we're always on, and because of this, our attention and energy is too dispersed. We can get notifications or just compulsively check Slack or email, even outside of work hours. But deep work requires disciplined attention and energy. If you want to do deep work during the day, you need to make sure you are not constantly doing shallow work (even off the clock). 

Benefit 1: A defined ending

One of the main benefits of the shutdown ritual is having a well-defined end of the workday. Once the shutdown ritual is done, work is done. Don't think about it. Don't worry about it. Don't check email. Don't look at Slack. If you want to be your most productive self, you need to take a complete break until the next work day.

Now it's time to do all the relaxing evening things like feeding your kids and washing the dishes.

When I tell people I work from home, a majority of them say something like, "You must feel like you're working all the time" or "How do you separate your work life from home life?" and I have certainly found it to be a bigger challenge to turn off at the end of the day since I don't really leave "the office." The shutdown ritual helps define the end of the workday and the beginning of being fully present at home.

It has helped me be more productive during the day and helped me have more focused attention with the family after work.

Benefit 2: Confidence in the ending

The important part about the steps in the shutdown routine is giving you confidence that everything you needed to do is done. 

If you're like me, you might be washing the dishes and still be debugging code in your head. Or you might suddenly remember an important email you were supposed to respond to and didn't. Or you might start thinking about a meeting on your schedule tomorrow that you're anxious about.

But the steps of your shutdown ritual should help you capture all these thoughts before you end your workday. You want to capture them and write them down somewhere, so they aren't floating around in your brain all night. 

Sometimes, you might be in the middle of your shutdown ritual and remember something that can't wait until tomorrow. That's fine, go ahead and do it and then start your shutdown ritual over.

Because once your shutdown ritual is over, and a work worry comes into your head, you want to be confident to say to yourself: 

I went through the shutdown ritual. I know that everything important has already been accounted for. Therefore, there is no need to worry.

And move on with your night.

Benefit 3: Having an anchor for other habits

The last benefit I'll mention is that having a shutdown ritual at the end of the day can be a helpful anchor for other habits.

If you have a well-established habit like a shutdown routine, you can leverage it to help establish other habits. James Clear calls this Habit stacking. The idea is that by pairing a new habit with one that already exists, you make it more likely to stick to a new habit.

Some examples of habit stacking with the shutdown ritual:

  • after my shutdown ritual, I will take 5 deep breaths and smile
  • after my shutdown ritual, I will put on my workout clothes and go to the gym
  • after my shutdown ritual, I will call a friend
     

A shutdown ritual can help you end your workday productively and launch a new habit or hobby to make the rest of your life even better as well!

My Shutdown Ritual

Here's what my shutdown ritual looks like. At 5:15pm everyday, I get a friendly message from slackbot to start my shutdown ritual. 

You can set a reminder in Slack like this:

/remind me to 

Time to start your shutdown ritual!

- reconcile timesheet
- check email for anything requiring urgent response
- add new / outstanding tasks to todo list
- check JIRA
- skim task lists
- check calendar for tomorrow
- make a rough plan for the next day

Shut down complete

every weekday at 5:15pm

For me, this is actually about 45 minutes before the end of my workday. I used to have the reminder for 15 minutes before I signed off, but I could never get to a stopping point and do the shutdown in 15 minutes. 45 minutes gives me enough time to start looking for an exit in my current work and to go through the routine.

Here is what is on my shutdown ritual list:

  • reconcile timesheet
  • check email for anything requiring urgent response
  • check JIRA
  • add new / outstanding tasks to todo list
  • skim task lists
  • check calendar for tomorrow
  • make a rough plan for the next day
     

Reconcile Timesheets

I take a look at my time tracking software and make sure all my time is accounted for.

Check Email

I go through my email inbox, responding to anything that is really urgent, and adding tasks to Todoist for anything that is not. My goal is to delete as many as possible.

Check JIRA

I open up JIRA to see what tasks are assigned to me, and add them to Todoist, if they aren't already there. I sometimes remember things I said I was going to do but didn't (like update a ticket or assign to someone else) so if I can quickly do that I will.

Skim Todo lists

This gives me a broad view of what's going on. Sometimes I notice a glaring error or remember something that completely slipped my mind, so I add that here. I also sometimes reorder things based on how priorities changed throughout the day.

Check Calendar

Next, I check my calendar for tomorrow. Do I have any meetings tomorrow that I have a deliverable for? Did I complete the deliverable? Any conflicts?

Make a rough plan for the next day

The last item on my list is making a rough plan for the next day. This really sets me up for success in the morning, and helps prevent a slow, groggy start to the work day. Sometimes I make my plan in Todoist just by setting due dates for todos for tomorrow and putting them in the order I want. Other times I have a simple text file where I make a list. It kind of depends on what projects I'm on and the kind of work I'm doing from week to week.

Shut down

I close all applications on my computer. I put the computer to sleep or shut it down. Sometimes I say "shutdown complete"

Sometimes here I tidy up my desk.

I start singing "It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood" and change into my house sweater and house shoes.

The work day is done. I'll be back tomorrow. 

And that's how I end my days productively with the shutdown ritual.

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Payum Payument

New Drupal Modules - 31 May 2019 - 12:51pm
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Drupal Association blog: Once again, we are adding a little color for Pride Month

Planet Drupal - 31 May 2019 - 10:11am

In June last year, we changed our Drupal Association logo on social media platforms to add a little color for Pride Month and I am really happy to say we will be doing the same again this year.

Since last year, we have introduced better tools for understanding the demographic groups in Drupal and I asked for a report on that. Quite rightly, I don’t have access myself - it is very much locked down. I was interested to see that, of those confirmed users who have filled something into the field (including “none” or “prefer not to answer”), 15.8% have indicated they identify as LGBTQIA. That’s far more than I expected!

We would love to continue to improve our statistics; we're asking everyone to complete the data in the demographics field, even if that is to click “none” - it’s a totally valid and useful response. Go to your user profile, click edit, and find it in the “Personal information” tab.

Finally, whilst the Drupal Association is an educational non-profit and does not advocate policy, I have been personally reminded this week of the extraordinary bravery, friendship, and sheer commitment to overcome challenges by people in the LGBTQIA community and I wanted to help celebrate that in any way we can.

You are strong and you are beautiful. Thank you for being you.

Categories: Drupal

Language Fallback Fix

New Drupal Modules - 31 May 2019 - 9:09am

This module does nothing on its own. Combined with an upcoming version of Search API including #1960684: Allow filtering by "Language (with fallback)", it allows to index content entities where not every language has a fallback.

Categories: Drupal

Hook 42: Search and Facets and Queries, Oh My!

Planet Drupal - 31 May 2019 - 8:24am
Search and Facets and Queries, Oh My! Lindsey Gemmill Fri, 05/31/2019 - 15:24
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Part 2, Putting into play - On narrative from a cognitive perspective I - by Katarina Gyllenback

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 31 May 2019 - 7:49am
"Putting into play" is part of more than a one-year-long project which goal is to explain from a cognitive and narrative perspective the mind and hands-on approach to the design of an engaging and dynamic game system.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Drudesk: Interesting option for news websites on Drupal — featured news collections

Planet Drupal - 31 May 2019 - 7:46am

Drupal is a great choice for media websites. This is due to easy content editing, flexible moderation workflows, advanced media handling, and much more.

And, of course, media and news websites on Drupal can enjoy unlimited content display options for. Today, we would like to show you one of them that we implemented for our customer’s Drupal website — so-called featured news collections, aka grouped news.

Categories: Drupal

Extended Fiction in Game Design: Dark Souls - by Austin Anderson

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 31 May 2019 - 7:44am
Part of my honors thesis on extended fiction in game design, this blog post contains the section on Dark Souls, providing analysis of the themes and mechanics of the game and how they extend the fiction to include the other players.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

I'm a game developer struggling with mental health - by Marina Diez

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 31 May 2019 - 7:26am
In the last times, I've been aware of the fact that so many professionals in the games industry are struggling with mental health in one way or another. In this post, I tell my own experience for making myself a place in this field.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Currency PrivatBank Rates

New Drupal Modules - 31 May 2019 - 7:13am

This module provides Currency with currency exchange rates through Privatbank.ua, which are updated continually every day.

Works only with UAH currency.

Possible exchange rates:

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FAQ on a bill (S1629) proposing The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act - by Brandon Huffman

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 31 May 2019 - 7:11am
A bill was introduced in the US Senate dubbed The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act. It is a misguided attempt to regulate loot boxes and pay-to-win mechanics out of the video game industry. Here's an overview on how it might affect you.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Horizon: Zero Dawn Design Analysis - by Stanislav Costiuc

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 31 May 2019 - 7:07am
A look at different facets of Horizon: Zero Dawn and what Guerrilla has done to create a wholesome, engaging experience.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Mediacurrent: What’s New in Rain 3.0

Planet Drupal - 31 May 2019 - 6:06am

Mediacurrent created the Rain Install Profile to build fast, consistent Drupal websites and improve the editorial experience. Rain expedites website creation, configuration, and deployment.

The Mediacurrent development team is pleased to announce some new updates to the Rain distribution in version 3.0. We have now made Drupal project template easier to use and maintain by splitting Rain content features (all of which are optional) from the main “base” package. This allows developers flexibility in which features they use while still pre-configuring modules that jump-start development.

There are some key changes that we will highlight here:

  1. The Rain package has now been split and renamed to mediacurrent/rain and mediacurrent/rain_features respectively. The latter repository now contains all the optional content features and their dependencies while the base package pre-configures the base installation.
  2. An UPDATE doc has been added to the Rain repository which explains in detail how to update from the 2x branch to 3x. This document will be kept up to date with any future changes that require manual changes or explanation.
  3. A few new dependencies have been added while several less frequently used dependencies have been removed. The UPDATE doc gives further details on what was added or removed and how to upgrade.

Note that the Drupal-project template is only used for provisioning new projects. Any project that currently uses the 2x version of the Rain distribution will not break or be forced to update. Updates to 2x will continue through to Drupal core 8.8 but then be sunset in favor of the 3x branch. Overall the process of updating from 2x to 3x should be relatively painless. 

If you experience any problems updating please file an issue in the official Rain project queue on Drupal.org: https://www.drupal.org/project/rain.

Installing Rain 3.0

To install the Rain distribution, we recommend you leverage our Drupal project template which includes a VM and Guardr security along with the Rain install profile and other tools.

Our recent article entitled “Drupal 8 Rain & GatsbyJS Integration” covered how to install Rain using the project template so we will recap the first step here which remains the same in version 3.0.

First you will want to create a repository wherever you typically host your Git projects (i.e. Github, Bitbucket or Gitlab). Once you have that setup you can clone Mediacurrent’s repo and point the origin back to your Git repo.

Example:

git remote set-url origin git@bitbucket.org:mediacurrent/shortcode_project.git

Next, you will want to initialize the project. You can do that by running the following commands with your local host name and IP.

Example:

composer install

composer drupal-scaffold

./scripts/hobson project:init example.mcdev 192.168.50.4

Finally, to build the project and run the install you can simply run “./scripts/build.sh” which runs composer install as well as the Drupal install. Note that the project README has more detailed instructions but this will give you an idea how to get up and running quickly.

Video Tutorial for Installing Rain

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