Ever since my (now former) hosting provider, Greenqloud, changed directions back last September and shutdown its public cloud offering, my site has been in a state of limbo. My lack of any posts for over a year didn’t help the matter either. So I did what any rational person would(n’t) do. I yanked the cord, brushed up on my Ruby and Liquid, and rebuilt the whole thing from scratch.

That’s what you are seeing right now. A new site for a new year. Is it any better? Probably not. It’s different though, I’ll let you decide:

One of the earliest versions. Had a nifty time-to-read indicator. Pretty boring otherwise.
One of the earliest versions. Had a nifty time-to-read indicator. Pretty boring otherwise.
Previous version. It was heavily inspired by Trevor Bedford’s site. Spot the resemblance?
Previous version. It was heavily inspired by Trevor Bedford’s site. Spot the resemblance?

Best features of the new site? I really like that I now have the following things:

  • A dedicated photos section. I like having everything self-hosted and in one place.

  • The about page has the version information for the software used to build the site.

  • Both the HTML and PDF versions of my CV are perfectly synced up thanks to Pandoc.

  • The revision history of a post is extracted from git and shown under each one. Why? Because I can.

I’m also changing the focus of content on this website. I intend to use it as a running list of interesting software tweaks and solutions that I’ve found useful and I want to keep track of. I would also like to have more exploratory posts where I dive into interesting problems.

Most importantly, everyone’s favorite hypotrochoid is still featured on the site. New year, new site, same hypotrochoid.