Colophon & Code

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The technologies that now bring you my words were developed by many others. We make a long procession of bleary-eyed tinkerers led by our own curiosity to the end of our wits. Evidence of us appears everywhere you look, so look.

A great deal of digging down is involved in building up.

As of 2017, this blog is a lightweight collection of static files generated by metalsmith, but it was originally overengineered as follows:

The original back-end was written in python, using django, and served by apache. That application stack was heavily inspired by mozilla’s playdoh template for django. Webfaction still provides excellent hosting, and gandi still does domain name registration without being the least sketchy.

postgresql stored persistent data. I chose xapian as a search engine for haystack because it doesn’t require a memory-hungry back­ground process as does solr. varnish served cached content to ‘anonymous’ traffic, which are most of us.

With trivial exceptions, the adaptive/responsive front-end is still standard HTML5 and CSS3. There isn’t much JavaScript on the public site but the old editing interface used markdown and typogrify to preview content as the author writes it, which is a nice compromise to true WYSIWYG.

Typography is crucial to the design and my writing. I set headlines in Futura PT bold, summaries in Chaparral Pro italic, and body copy in Freight Sans Pro lightbook. Typefaces are served via typekit except for Lato, served by google fonts, which I use for ampersands: &  

I switched to ubuntu from windows 7 in late 2012 after having lost several nights sleep trying to figure out who stole my localhost. I have since switched to fledgling elementary os, which I much prefer to unity and gnome and KDE. I dual-boot windows 710 when I need to access adobe creative suite or skype video or my printer.

It’s finally happened. The neo-Luddites have come for our pudding.

– Caity Weaver

I support open source and open culture, although I criticize the fallacy of openness and the libertarian ethic behind many expressions of ‘free’ in the tech community. I am deeply interested in the psychological, social, and environmental impacts of tech­nology production and use.