Shifting My Paradigms

Now is the winter of our discontent.

I’m working on a one-two punch for updating my blog. First and foremost is to remove the barriers to writing and be able to thoughtlessly (on many levels) throw words up there.

Part one then involves moving away from self-hosting and WordPress. It’s been good to me, and a good teacher. But too often it feels like in order to write anything, I have to fiddle with settings to fix up what I’m trying to do. Plus the whole place looks like cobwebs should be cluttering up an attic untouched in three years.

Now I’m looking into Squarespace for hosting and content management and web design all in one. It looks sharp and comes highly recommended by other bloggers. Then all design and updates are handled from their end. My concerns are that since it’s not at my own hosting, I’ll need to weasel in some regular backups and photo storage of my own. They shouldn’t be difficult to add into that system, really. And frankly it’ll be less on my plate than the list of to-do items for the current setup.

To go with this background change is a methodology change. The old setup was based around working on a single device in a single way. As I’ve become more of a digital nomad (I usually refer to the iPad and computer as my wife’s) and nary possess a device only my own, my ways for getting text down need to be flexible.

The goal right now is to get a couple choice apps tied to text files in Dropbox folders that exist on the Mac, the iPad, and my phone. At any point, I can start my tapping with whatever is in my hands at the time.

Related to this new workflow is my attempt to use Markdown as my new writing language. It’s meant to be an intuitive coding style that translates directly into HTML, the code of the Internet. Easy to put in links and emphasis and quotes without longer strips of code to get in the way. Markdown saves and operates in plain text, a format that survives the technological ages. I could write a post in a text file here and send it backward or forward in time by 30 years and it’ll still be plenty readable. Although 30 years ago, http might look a little funky, but at least in Markdown the text just looks like a citation.

My basic framework is to draft in individual text files in Dropbox. These will be written in Markdown format. Then when time to publish, I’ll copy and paste it directly into Squarespace and hit publish.

I’m still deciding how to handle my images. Gotta get back to putting up pictures of the kidlets, right? My current thought is to host them at my standard hosting space right now and link to them there. That keeps me from relying on an outside source to hold the pictures, even if they’re always only copies from my well backed up originals at home.

This post was written entirely on an iPad in my favorite writing program, iA Writer. Favorite on Mac and iOS alike. Now to paste it into the Squarespace app and see how it turns out!

My lovely family at a Twins game on September 9th, 2012.
My lovely family at a Twins game on September 9th, 2012.

Edit 2012.09.24
I have since had to copy/paste from the test blogging format to the fully imported (kinda) Fry Side blog. I’ll keep trying to devise refined workflow, but I think that I’m onto something viable.

Simpsons Conventional Wisdom

Rewatching two decade old episodes of The Simpsons means I am privy to the culture of the mid nineties. And it is still amazing how little the world changes.

In this slice of wisdom, Bart’s elephant Stampy visits the RNC and the DNC.

I feel that way still. I’ve never felt comfortable under the tent of either party. Since coming of age during the Bush Junior presidency, his failed economics and watching the Ailes and religious culture warriors hijacked the Republican Party has sent me furthest from their camp.

Democrats have become who I side with by default. Though they definitely are not my natural inclination, at least they are the party of inclusion. Supporting the 19th Amendment (women), the 1st Amendment (speech and secularity), the 4th Amendment (due process), the 2nd Amendment (bear arms), the Civil Rights Acts, etc. Though I’ll be the first to admit that Obama’s administration has fallen ridiculously short on the 4th. And I was plenty offended by the bullshit vote at the convention injecting God into the platform without a two-thirds majority. Yet still, I’ll take people who work with facts and reality and are willing to make a bargain.

The Democrats’ willingness to bargain and compromise and include all views does bite them in the ass, hence the inability to govern effectively. I know, because that’s how I try to operate. Everyone should have a say, everyone can get a little something from the deal. Trying to deal with those who reject science, reject compromise, reject a difference of opinion being allowed to exist. Failure is almost inevitable.

Let us never forget that our dear nation and home was built upon shitty, shitty compromises. A lot of them. At every turn. And still, here we are. Better off and further forward than we dreamed 30, 50, 100 years ago.

Of course, all this is really just an exaggerated form of my original caption to these:

Yup.

Shifting My Paradigms

Now is the winter of our discontent.

I’m working on a one-two punch for updating my blog. First and foremost is to remove the barriers to writing and be able to thoughtlessly (on many levels) throw words up there.

Part one then involves moving away from self-hosting and WordPress. It’s been good to me, and a good teacher. But too often it feels like in order to write anything, I have to fiddle with settings to fix up what I’m trying to do. Plus the whole place looks like cobwebs should be cluttering up an attic untouched in three years.

Now I’m looking into Squarespace for hosting and content management and web design all in one. It looks sharp and comes highly recommended by other bloggers. Then all design and updates are handled from their end. My concerns are that since it’s not at my own hosting, I’ll need to weasel in some regular backups and photo storage of my own. They shouldn’t be difficult to add into that system, really. And frankly it’ll be less on my plate than the list of to-do items for the current setup.

To go with this background change is a methodology change. The old setup was based around working on a single device in a single way. As I’ve become more of a digital nomad (I usually refer to the iPad and computer as my wife’s) and nary possess a device only my own, my ways for getting text down need to be flexible.

The goal right now is to get a couple choice apps tied to text files in Dropbox folders that exist on the Mac, the iPad, and my phone. At any point, I can start my tapping with whatever is in my hands at the time.

Related to this new workflow is my attempt to use [Markdown](http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/) as my new writing language. It’s meant to be an intuitive coding style that translates directly into HTML, the code of the Internet. Easy to put in links and emphasis and quotes without longer strips of code to get in the way. Markdown saves and operates in plain text, a format that survives the technological ages. I could write a post in a text file here and send it backward or forward in time by 30 years and it’ll still be plenty readable. Although 30 years ago, *http* might look a little funky, but at least in Markdown the text just looks like a citation.

My basic framework is to draft in individual text files in Dropbox. These will be written in Markdown format. Then when time to publish, I’ll copy and paste it directly into Squarespace and hit publish.

I’m still deciding how to handle my images. Gotta get back to putting up pictures of the kidlets, right? My current thought is to host them at my standard hosting space right now and link to them there. That keeps me from relying on an outside source to hold the pictures, even if they’re always only copies from my well backed up originals at home.

This post was written entirely on an iPad in my favorite writing program, iA Writer. Favorite on Mac and iOS alike. Now to paste it into the Squarespace app and see how it turns out!

Speaking Of…

Sheesh, life certainly is uncanny sometimes. Just as soon as I write a post mentioning a holiday tradition about Peanuts, others are enjoying the tradition as well.
Because one certainly cannot know enough, here is The Real Story Behind A Charlie Brown Christmas (and why it almost wasn’t shown).

When CBS executives previewed A Charlie Brown Christmas, they were vastly underwhelmed. There was just so much wrong with it. There was not enough action. It moved too slow. The voices had been done by real kids, not adult actors. There was no laugh track. And Linus read from the Gospel of Luke in one scene.

Workin’ in a Coal Mine…

Work is going fine (but not dandy as well, let’s not go overboard). But there are lulls combined with preparations for working non-student days. Those teacher days give me a chance to do maintenance on the labs without them being strewn about the building. Still, it is the lull combined with preparation that let me send mass emails to our staff.

Good Afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen!

It’s time for another installment of Mr Fryer’s Wild Laptop Round-Up! I hope everyone is as excited as I am. Don’t forget to bring your hats so you can hold onto them! This event should be even better than the wildly successful Great Laptop Return Race of ought-six.

So yes, basically to participate, all you amazing staff and teachers have to do is bring back all computers by 3 pm Thursday afternoon to be entered. The winners of the Wild Laptop Round-Up will receive free passes to avoid the following show: ‘Fryer’s Cheesed and Will Hunt Me Down Like a Dog’.

Those of you needing computers over the weekend, they will be ready by 3 pm Friday.

Toodles folks! Can’t wait to see y’all again at Mr Fryer’s Wild Laptop Round-Up!

Yes, I’ve already gotten one of the computers back.

Indexing, Please Wait…

Still no legitimate posting right now. My paper is still being written, and not on its own, so I skirt my standard thinking (about skirts, usually) and find something light and funny. So here is Indexed (found via Mental Floss). Who would have thought I’d even find something to bring it all back to the Ed Psych paper I’m writing. Well, sorta:
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Car update: my amazing father in law got the Princess back up and running for the time being, so now it is a slightly less urgent search for a new vehicle. Anyone selling a Focus Wagon with under 50,000 miles on it? I’ll give you a burrito!