Many, many years ago, I promised myself that I wouldn’t create another home-brew system to manage my own web content. For a while, I did pretty well at keeping that promise. Then one day, well, I opened a text editor and got to work again. Oops. If you’re gonna fall off the wagon, it might as well be for a website.
This website—and the rest of my Intenet presence—is put together using a varity of tools and services including (but not necessarily limited to): Amazon Web Services, Git, GitHub, Heroku, ImageMagick, JQuery, Markdown, Middleman, Pobox, Rake, Exifr, RMagick, Twitter Bootstrap, Sass, and Ruby. Of course, all of these build on other tools and technologies, most of them open source. To say that my work here is supported by the work of thousands of others is an understatement.
The layout of the site is designed to scale responsively to browsers of different widths on different devices ranging from mobile phones up to desktop computers and accommodates Retina-class pixel doubled screens, such as the ones on the latest iPhones, iPads, and MacBook Pros. Massaging things for all cases continues and it’s never perfect, but it’s my goal to be 100% responsive.
Somewhat frequently asked questions
Why don’t you use WordPress or some other blog service?
WordPress is good stuff. I like it. I’ve used it in the past, as well as other web content tools and services such as MoveableType and Tumblr. I’ve been working on web software for a very long time, however, and I can’t seem to stop myself.
Can I get a copy of the code behind your site?
The codebase that runs this site is pretty heavily extended with my own code and isn’t set up to travel well. Even if I wanted to share the templates and such, things are set up to be used for someone else without a lot of work. Things are getting cleaner over time, but it’s not likely I’ll ever put in the amount of time that it would take to make it something that could be released. On the other hand, I would like to extract some of the more useful bits and get them back either into upstream open source projects or release as standalone components. Stay tuned on that front.
Can I get a copy of your templates?
The templates and such aren’t really portable and really, I’ve done a lot of work on it and it’s something that I do want to preserve as uniquely my own.
On the other hand, the website layout isn’t very complicated at all. Twitter Bootstrap does a lot of heavy lifting and I don’t get too complicated. if you like something you see here and you’re versed in HTML and CSS, view source and the browser inspector is your friend. Feel free to dive in and borrow ideas, just do us both a favor and make the result distinctly your own, OK?
Can I use an image of yours?
Very possibly. Many uses are allowed by default with no charge. Commercial usage fees can be negotiated. I also charge for pulling alternates or different resolutions. Please see my copyright page for more information.
At no time during the building of this website or its hosting were any bits, electrons, or packets harmed or asked to do anything immoral. This website is an equal opportunity consumer of compute resources. All arrays are indexed starting at zero.