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"It has been a shockingly long time..."

Posted: 13 May, 2020

To be honest, I might even go further and say it's been a disgustingly long time since I posted here.

There are a few reasons, but the obvious elephant in the room is the political situation. I decided quite quickly that I wasn't going to wade further into the Brexit shambles, having watched miserably as good friends espoused views completely at odds with my own. I think, for both sides, this is now taking on the sort of religious connotations that make further discussion largely pointless. Belief is as belief does.

To that end, I've removed a lot of my previous politically leaning posts, and I'll be, more or less, keeping this blog politics-free for the foreseeable.

The second reason, and probably more pertinent, is my own laziness. Since its re-incarnation in 2015 the blog has been running on Jekyll, a Ruby powered, static-site generator. This setup was great initially, and then kinda OK, mostly. Problems started happening when I updated Linux versions, or tried to run it on Windows, and newer packages started causing me grief. Or something would break. Or my templates needed updating. Or GitHub reported a security issue.

In short, it got more and more temperamental, and I got less and less arsed.

This has been bugging me for a while. And, finally, the itch was strong enough for me to do something about it. I still have things to say ;D

So I’ve written my own site-generator, which I’ll write up later this week.

The blog’s back, baby.