The Joy of Middle School Theatre

Watched a middle school production of “Mulan Jr.” this afternoon. I think the audience had as much fun as the kids, especially when there was a technical problem with the music near the end that left them standing center stage with nothing to do after the defeat of the Huns. After about 20 seconds (which feels like forever on stage) Li Shang looks at the Emperor and says “so…how’s China?” to which the Emperor replies “better, now that you’re here,” but everyone was already laughing too hard by that point to hear the rest. The teacher had enough of the laughter from the cast and audience and leaned in from the side to kick off an acapella version of their song. Big finish, show’s over, then we all had to wait for the cast to gather onstage for their official cast photo, taken by a mom with her iPhone, before we could leave the bleachers. Middle School musical theatre is so good.

Gutenberg editor resources roundup

I got the chance to present a little bit about the new WordPress editor (Gutenberg) at the OKC WordPress Developer Group meetup this afternoon. I left there with more questions than I had thought of going into it, which is great, but still a bit unnerving. Thankfully, there are lots of really smart and dedicated folks working on the new editor, and have shared what they know already in blog posts, talks, and code. 👏 Here’s a few of the resources I found most helpful the past couple of weeks as I spent time learning, questioning, and figuring out what to share: The stages of grief (I reached “acceptance at WordCamp US 2017) The Gutenberg editor plugin to start testing your sites now. The Classic Editor plugin to restore the current editor experience. What’s new in Gutenberg? posts on the Make WordPress Core blog. Courses for learning Gutenberg (both user- and developer-focused) React-based block generator script (create-guten-block) Gutenberg talks from various WordCamps Gutenberg News Converting shortcodes to blocks (great way to get started with a real-world deliverable) The Gutenberg Handbook The Gutenberg code repo 10up’s “Ads in a Gutenberg World” post Bill Erickson shares his process in “Building a Gutenberg Block.” Not everyone is happy about the new editor. Iain Poulson shares some concerns. ACF announces support for Gutenberg in the next release. “Page Builders in a Gutenberg World” from the Beaver Builder team. Still some questions There were some questions I hadn’t anticipated or didn’t have a good (or even bad, in some cases) answer for. Those are the greatest. I’ll list them here and would love it if anyone who has an answer would leave it in the comments. What about Custom Post Types? Do they get Gutenberg support automatically? What happens to my custom meta boxes? How do I register them with Gutenberg? Can you nest blocks? What happens when you remove the comments surrounding blocks? Can you put multiple paragraphs into a single block? What about page builders? How does this work with WooCommerce?

A tip of my hat to friends and the Astros

I’ve been a Dodgers fan all my life. I remember being the only kid in my class, less than 80 miles from the Bay Area, rooting for LA in the 1988 World Series. I was really excited to finally get to see them win another one this year in an excellent series against Houston, so naturally when my friend Charleen — a proud native Houstonian — tweeted a friendly challenge, I accepted. You bring it, I'll wear it! 👒 — Morgan Estes (@morganestes) October 31, 2017 In hindsight, this is one reason why I don’t bet anymore. 🙂 Thirty–six minutes after game 7 finished, the hat was on its way. We didn’t know when we’d meet up, but the deal was that I’d wear my new hat at the next WordCamp we attended. I assumed it would probably somewhere in Texas next year, but with some unexpected travel, it turns out I and my family were able to make it to WordCamp US in Nashville. On the second day, I got to sport my new lid. It did the job. Over the rest of the day, I was congratulated on my team’s win and my nice hat by: Another Dodgers fan. ☹️ A Yankees fan. 😏 A heckler. 😶 A drunk dude yelling “GO ‘STROS!” on the sidewalk in downtown Nashville. 🙃 This hat’s going in my collection of good stories and good friends.

Understanding Art

​We recently took a family trip to the OKC Museum of Art to take advantage of free admission courtesy of Sonic and Metro Family magazine. We were short on time, but my daughter decided to take a sketchbook and make a check for everything she liked — plus one “O” for a thing she didn’t. She also spent time drawing a still life scene from memory, as we walked between exhibits. After looking at a lot of art that she liked, asking us questions, and making her checks, we came upon a sculpture titled “Tendon on Pallet.” She asked what it was, I read her the title, and we both shrugged. I wanted to take time to talk about what made art “art” but couldn’t find the right words, so the the best explanation I could give her was “you don’t have to understand it, just appreciate that someone created it.”