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Welcome.

Eons ago, when the Web was a new thing and people still capitalized Web, consarn it, ISPs tended to provide free file space for people to have little personal Web sites. Back in those days, one did so with whatever FTP client one could find, what we now know as static HTML files (but not CSS, not yet anyway), and lots and lots of dialup modem noise.

And, yes, I had one, back on what then was called GTE.net. In fact, I was a “Charter Subscriber” to that ISP.

HTML code from a 1997 Web site

Yet, as that free-file-space thing gradually went away, so, too, did many personal sites—mine among them.

Over the years, database-driven content management systems (CMSs) like WordPress appeared. They provide click-and-drag ease in building a personal site, but they tend to be security nightmares unless properly maintained, which many aren’t. They also introduce a great deal of technical overhead.

And then there are creatures like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, which for all too many people have become the only Web-based locations for ordinary folks’ thoughts. Of course, all these platforms want is to grab your information, show you ads, and—particularly in the case of Facebook—contribute to the dumbing-down of your culture and the political polarization of your society. What’s the harm??!?

(Don’t worry. This site is, and will remain, apolitical by design unless we’re nearing World War III or something along those lines. Maybe even then, since I doubt my little ol’ site is going to stop The Really Big One.)

Anyway, it seemed a lot of the fun had gone out of puttering around on the Web and actually creating content. Then—first among the techno-cognoscenti and, more recently, among us ordinary folks—came Web sites powered by static site generators (SSGs) and written in Markdown. I found them a source of curiosity at first but gradually became more interested in the prospect, especially as I learned more about their technical advantages; and, so, here we are.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you find this site a source of various little nuggets of helpful info, and occasionally a laugh or two—even if I hadn’t intended it, but especially if I had.

Again, welcome.

Posts

Back to Nunjucks for my Eleventy site

Taking a course of lesser resistance

Why I’ve decided for now to backtrack from JavaScript-only templating in Eleventy.

Coherence and COVID-19

Trying to grasp the new reality

What one thinks when “Well, that escalated quickly” becomes a gross understatement.

Some Sirius(XM) thoughts

Radio, and more, from on high

Some pros and cons of having SiriusXM.

Welcome, sweet little early bird

Plans, schmans

The new grandchild arrives, and on her own timeline.

YouTube TV and the RSNs flap

Is the pyramid near collapse?

A tale of shrinking options for cord-cutters who love TV sports.

Mixed nuts • February, 2020

Here and there, frick and frack, yadda and yadda

Another sampling of my random thoughts—lucky you.

So much for heroes

The Big Picture regarding big pictures

A few days of dithering over images leads to a clean break.

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