categories / marginalia

Posts that are personal or site-related with no intentional enlightenment.


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September 20, 2017 / marginalia

Trying to add Disqus comments once again. I adjusted permalinks, since the old /:section/:year/:title/ structure seemed to confuse Disqus. Here’s hoping. I assigned aliases to content so that old links should work.

August 17, 2017 / marginalia
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June 14, 2017 / marginalia
sigh Disqus discussions are hooking up to the wrong URLs again. Assigning discussions for posts to URLs that don’t point anywhere. Working on it, and also looking at alternate discussion tools.
May 11, 2017 / marginalia
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March 28, 2017 / marginalia

I set up a space for myself in the basement. This is now where I keep my desktop - running Ubuntu at the moment. Easy enough to get at from the laptop upstairs. Maybe keep Irssi running in a Tmux session or something.

March 17, 2017 / marginalia
Disabling comments until I figure out why Disqus insists on loading the same discussion for all 2017 posts. Not crafts, just posts. I spent almost a week trying to figure this out, as multiple rounds of one day fixing followed by a couple days wondering if UrlMapper finished yet. Very frustrating. Comments are welcome via email or the social network links along each page.
March 13, 2017 / marginalia

I dunno, folks. Over the years I have seen so much outrage - sincere or feigned - on social media. Then there’s the echo chamber problem. Yeah. Nice thing about an RSS feed is that I’m guaranteed to see everything I subscribe to, but there’s no personal insult in unsubscribing.

I think maybe I could spend less time on Twitter and Facebook. Not give them up. They remain a source of great conversation. But this nonsense takes up brain that I just can’t spare. Some of my online friends cut themselves out completely, and they like it. Perhaps I should follow their example. Besides, each of them that moves on means one less bit of signal in the noise.

There is so much noise.

November 20, 2016 / marginalia

Another one of those “no I’m not dead” posts. Instead of writing I’ve been drawing quite a bit this year. The writing will resume. For now, enjoy a sample of my favorite sketches from the last several months.

June 21, 2016 / marginalia
Watching YAPCNA videos, and the most important to me today is Ed Finkler’s talk about mental health among developers. His OSMI project - Open Sourcing Mental Illness - aims to improve workplace and community awareness and resources for mental health. Good stuff. Many domains and communities need this effort, and his chosen community is tech. Worth checking out. And here are the slides for that talk. My name appears in a long list near the end, since I contributed towards the OSMI 2016 Fundraiser.
October 2, 2015 / marginalia
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March 23, 2015 / marginalia

I got bored of the old coolnamehere pages effectively sitting outside of the site because of the way Jekyll - and pretty much every other static blogging system - treats pages as secondary to posts. It makes sense, anyways. Once you stop bikeshedding about where to put content in your elaborate directory structure, it gets easier to add stuff.

October 3, 2014 / marginalia
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May 21, 2014 / marginalia
I’m not using Wordpress at the moment. Unless and until I change my mind, you should probably look here for the newest content.
May 15, 2014 / marginalia

I have been exploring GNU Emacs recently. As part of that exploration, I decided to use o-blog. Why? Well. I want to blog more. I want to use Emacs more. I got tired of my WordPress blog. o-blog sits on top of Org mode, which is the Killer App of Emacs for me. Org mode is amazing. o-blog is nifty, and relatively easy to get started with. I have fiddled with the o-blog templates to suit my tastes. I replaced browser-side Less CSS with a bit of Sass at build time. Eventually I’ll port the Wordpress posts to o-blog and maybe the old static pages to something involving org-mode.

April 12, 2014 / marginalia
March 20, 2014 / marginalia
John Davidson asked me to link to his Rails Tutorial pages. Seems reasonable enough. Exit links are just in a sidebar menu for now. I may give them their own page when I have a half-dozen or so.
December 26, 2013 / marginalia
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July 23, 2013 / marginalia

I’ve got a pretty nice flow here. It’s easy to make quick posts and have a mini blog along with the lengthy stuff - whenever I get around to those.

July 20, 2013 / marginalia
Yeah nothing to see here at the moment. I’m trying out BlogPress, since I want to start making more short posts. Most of them won’t be this short.
June 8, 2013 / marginalia
June 5, 2013 / marginalia

So I used to have another site. I also used to have a Yahoo email account. The domain name was registered under a Network Solutions account using the Yahoo account. All was well for years.