Digital plumber reference && a well written piece on the imporance of the craft of building a website

Plumbers might get excited about PEX piping, but they also understand that their job is to ensure the water gets from the main to the faucet as expeditiously as before.

Water and data flow through pipes of their own, but whether data flows easily from server to client depends.

photo of click pen on a notebook

The Plan

I’ve really wanted to make the jump back to static and use @eleven_ty this time. Mostly to get more famliar with Node/JS, but also because I love the flexibility. This site currently runs on WordPress, but that experiment is beyond its use by date.

Wanting and doing are always two different things for me. I’ve been eyeing @paulrobertlloyd’s new site using Eleventy and noticed he’s using Liquid templates (which makes sense since he was on Jekyll previously.) Which got me to thinking—my jekyll-indieweb repo has quietly amassed 40 ⭐ and over a dozen forks. Maybe it’s time to update that first.

So that’s the plan. A complete rewrite of the markup/CSS with the goal to use css grid and have just enough design that it can stand on its own, but be a better starting point to customizing a personal site.

Jekyll supports Gem based themes now and GitHub hosted sites (gh-pages) can use themes that are public repositories. That should actually make it easier to start a new site, use the theme and be up and running with microformats2 and easily customize, without having to track updates/changes to the theme, as well as over ride default styles.

The theme will also be fully WCAG2AA along with updated mf2 through out.

From there, I will port the templates from Jekyll and use those same templates with Eleventy.

I will be making the switch on the repo soon, there is still a tagged release for the old version, but I doubt anyone is using the exact code at this point.

Also at some point my blog will make the switch, possibly first to Jekyll to work out webmentions and debug mf2, then Eleventy. I’m even contemplating making the move before I figure out how best to export old comments/reactions with that on the backlog. Maybe.

I was a high school yearbook editor in the late 80s. We did layouts by hand. Every page was signed off on by the section editor, head editor & advisor before being sent to publish. I can’t speak to college, but that wouldn’t have passed in my rural FL high school in 1984.

I feel like I’m getting to meet a long lost brother next week and I can barely contain myself. AND I get a chance to talk about something near & dear to my heart, open source & civic tech. So thankful for the opportunity.

So as parents are assessing report cards and schools are gearing up for tests that basically determine the school grade, guess what my partner’s school’s faculty meeting was about? Shooter drills.

To make sure they are not only locked in, but to make sure they aren’t in line of fire if shooter is firing through the door. That’s what our teachers are going home to think about today. Not how to help the kids suceed, but to make sure they know the line of sight through a door. Mind you, a whole wall of her classroom is windows, so that whole idea is completely out the window. But yeah, tell me more about how we can’t ban weapons of war.

sample flowchart with Mindnode

Simple Flowchart with Mindnode

I find myself more now than ever wanting to visualize a workflow before beginning to build it. Often that means a basic flow chart. But a simple digital tool that worked on Mac seemed elusive.

Until I began poking at Mindode more. I mentioned I started exploring it last month and it’s been a pleasure. Last night, poking around more, I realized you can add addtional “main nodes” and then connect them. You can also edit the line size of connector. The trick was ⌘ clicking each node, then ⌃ clicking for the dialog box to connect the nodes. The order you click the nodes determines the direction of the connection.screenshot showing how to connect two nodes in Mindnode

I’ve only scratched the surface but this all but solves my search and solidiies the app as an essential tool. Mindnode is available as part of a Setapp subscription.

I love biscuits.
I rarely make them cause I didn’t know how & rarely have buttermilk.
But I do make yogurt. Lo & behold @bravetart has the perfect recipe

this is an excellent piece on my Congresswoman Kathy Castor, whom I very much support. I know a lot of y’all have questions, so please read.

And the “Save the Bay” program her parents started? It worked. Tampa Bay is healthier now than when I was a kid living close to the east bay shore.

A lot of talk about online ads after latest round of news outlets laying off folks. Google this, Facebook that.

References to print & "glossy ads."

Here’s the thing, everybody loved the ad agency vibe in Mad Men. Where are those now? Why not better crafted, modern ads that do not distract from the reading experience? Quality over quantity. There are brilliant people doing amazing CSS animations—art really. Why not leverage that experience?

Just a thought.

The cool thing about having a blog hooked up to Twitter/social media is you can turn off distractions but still have a place to share thoughts and ideas. Maybe even write more than 280 characters sometimes.