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Grabbing Instagram pics without using the API

For this here site you're reading this on, I wanted to very simply grab the latest few Instagram pics I'd taken and display them as a background image on the homepage jumbotron. I dug into the Instagram API which seems like it would've worked, but it also...

Moving to 11ty

My last entry was all about moving to Metalsmith and a static site generator. Well, Metalsmith, for all its strengths, wasn't a good fit for my little blog. All the plugins necessary for RSS, pagination, twig templates, and more made a simple SSG build...

Leaving Drupal. Indy Web FTW

It's been several years since I've blogged consistently. But I rediscovered my love of web technologies with the Indy Web Movement and static site generators. This new site is built with wonderful static HTML! Just like when I was in high school, building...

Optimizing Atomicast

I run a little internet podcast along with a buddy of mine, and found that as we collected more episodes, site load times slowed down. This was unacceptable. Came in at just under 2.5 megs for 1 page load. This was clearly unacceptable, and the problem...

So how'd that happen?

Many years ago I was an artist. In high school, I dreamed of nothing more than being an illustrator. My ultimate goal was comic books, but greeting cards, flyers, etc.... I didn't care. I just wanted to draw.  I got realistic though. I'm not a good...

I give up.

I tried to embrace the Android lifestyle. [I gave it my best shot][1], but I couldn't ever get used to it. For a rundown on why... The camera. Man, it sucked. Even after Google's updates that "improved" it, the quality was never up to the quality of my...

Digital Ocean and Drupal, part II

[My previous entry][1] covered some of the pitfalls of setting up Drupal on Digital Ocean, but I found every 2-3 days my Drupal droplet would need mySQL restarted. It's not the end of the world, but it's very annoying.  I found I [wasn't the only...

Ash on Jeopardy

Pragmatic Optimism

So, our family is going through a bit of a rough time at the moment, and in my own little way the issues we're tackling are making me ask bigger questions about life in general.  I've always been sort of a cynical guy. I used to really assume the...

I have little to say.

But, in an effort to continue the new year's resolution of blogging, I'm going to try to blog even when there's nothing blogworthy to blog about.  We've had some bad news and stressful times in my family lately. We've been incredibly fortunate that...

The Home Office

Illinois was getting a bit too cold for me, so I jetted off to sunny California to visit my employer for the first time. It only took a few hours for me to go from "I don't know if I can do this job..." to "Yeah, I can totally do this job". In the few...

New Year's Resolutions.

I do this about every year, and this year is no different.  **Lose Weight.** No shit, everyone has this goal. This year isn't spectacularly different from any of the other years I've tried and failed to lose weight, but I figure the battle has to be...

Switching from iPhone to Android

I've been an iPhone guy since the very first iPhone. I fell in love with the interface, the usability, the functionality. I was an iPhone lover before the App Store, before the SDK. I paid $600 for that phone, plus ETF fees from Verizon to switch over to...

Digital Ocean and Drupal

I've used Drupal in many situations and on many servers throughout the world, but I'm having a love affair with Digital Ocean in a big way. Learning more about the command line has been a goal of mine for a while, and diving head first into Digital Ocean,...

jQuery Fun

I've been learning a lot lately about jQuery, and in an effort to learn more I put together a couple Github repos that may be useful. The first is a fixed-menu scroller. They're all the rage these days. As the menu hits the top of the screen, it stays...

Ok, so here's the deal.

It turns out that I just really suck at blogging. I've tried and failed many times to make this a "thing", supplementing my notoriously bad memory so I can at least look back and reflect, even if the memories themselves are long gone. I've accepted my...

Mars

I don't try to hide my lack of formal education, and I'm certainly not what many people would describe as book smart. But I'll be damned if I'm not totally blown away by science and NASA and space exploration lately. Its almost enough to make me want to do...

On being a new dad

So far its been four weeks, and we've managed to keep our baby alive and mostly happy in that time. As new parents I suppose that's about as good as it gets.  Daisy changes and grows every day. Hill and I get so proud when she does new things, even...

Baby daddy

It's been a long few weeks, but following the unfortunate demise of my hard drive my little girl, Daisy, was born.  She's been a great baby so far, leaving me with few complaints that many new fathers have. She sleeps pretty well, relatively...

Death of an iMac

I've been preoccupied with hobbies lately. I get excited at the prospect of free time and how to fill it being a productive member of society. Unfortunately one of my productive days where I was going to work on my website was thwarted by my iMac's hard...