Thursday, September 15, 2016

It always comes back to WordPress

I've tried Geeklog, Joomla, Drupal (which I have an unreasonable dislike for, and I can't tell you why) and several other CMSes, but WordPress just has everything. Everything. With a few plugins, you can make it perfect for just about anything. I use it for my personal blog/linkblog/saving of favorite articles, and it does everything I want and a few things I didn't know I wanted before I installed them.

However, I really like Geeklog and Joomla. I want to give them a proper chance. My only problem is that the export/import options aren't nearly as elegant as WordPress is, and that annoys me. Yes, I can import/export them both, but I think it should be easy. Exporting and importing should be the easiest thing in the world, or people become afraid to try new software because they fear losing all their old information.

So, the Open Source Project continues. I've been learning the ins and outs of Joomla, as well as installing a ton of WordPress plugins to try out various functions (WordPress can replace a feed reader! Sort of!). I also played around with miniflux's code (I know they are about not letting sites like Twitter and Facebook have access to your data, but I added a Wallabag and Shaarli share button for my own convenience), because it's practically the perfect RSS reader, it really is. I know that Tiny Tiny RSS is amazing, but the creator is known for being a, difficult to talk to, and I appreciate kindness on the internet in all its forms.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Open Source Projects

I've been playing around with OSS (open-source software) and trying to increase my knowledge of basic PHP/Javascript/possibly Python (although so far, I am not doing very well with it. But I persevere!). I'm keeping track of my adventures in code via bookmarks here (using one of my successes, Shaarli).

It's not a complete list, but I'm working on it. I've installed/uninstalled so much stuff over the past few weeks that it's hard to keep track of the non-successes. (Screw you, non-successes.) I've had great successes with RSS readers, CMS software and photo galleries, so expect to see a lot of that in the bookmarks.

I still am entirely incapable of using WordPress for blogging, because I get distracted by the shiny, shiny plugins. I have an offline copy of it installed that I use to track books/save bookmarks, but even with that one I get lost in a timesink of plugins and themes. Damn you, WordPress.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

1  When is Charles Xavier coming back? And Uatu? I miss the Watcher. Nick Fury's head isn't big enough to be a good Watcher.

2.  When Charles comes back, can Legion come with him? X-Men: Legacy was the first time he was really interesting. Same with Rogue. I hope his show is as good.

3.  Speaking of Rogue, has she forgotten she used to be a terrorist? She's awfully judgey when it comes to other people's past mistakes.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

things i've learned from 'the mayor of casterbridge' by thomas hardy

as always, spoilers for really old books

  • if your husband tries to sell you at the county fair, you don’t have to go with whomever buys you. not even if he paid five whole shillings! not even if he paid SIX. especially not if everyone else at the fair isn’t taking him seriously because he’s drunk as all get-out and also an asshole

Saturday, June 4, 2016

I want to do a sandwich tour of the world

Am tearing my way through Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown on Netflix. If someone doesn't get me a cubano soon, I will figuratively lose my shit.

You shall be mine, sandwich. [epicurious]