Casual Hex

Uncertain about goals, impulsive in online activities.

Updated My Stuff

I have a My Stuff page linked from my About page that lists some of my favorite software and my hardware setup. I updated it today to add Dash and Workflow. Also added, the 27-inch Retina iMac I upgraded to in November.

Absolutely Dash-ing

Dash icon

I've been using Kapeli's Dash since the first version appeared on the Mac App Store. It's a fantastic programming documentation set manager. At some point a paid option was added that delivered more features, and I gladly purchased the upgrade. Here's the thing though, I knew Dash was awesome with document sets. I depend on it for that purpose all of the time. But somehow I failed to notice one other awesome feature– one that is listed right in the application description:

Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash stores snippets of code and instantly searches offline documentation sets for 150+ APIs (for a full list, see below). You can even generate your own docsets or request docsets to be included.

The emphasis above is my own. I've been using another code snippet manager for a while. But it hasn't been updated in at least a year and it crashes a lot. So this morning I started digging around to find a replacement. The top suggestion to my search was Dash. Huh? What? Yep. I opened Dash and there it all was. It even has shortcuts like TextExpander. I don't know how I never noticed a (now) pretty obvious part of a great application, but now there's even more to love about Dash than before.

Grand Ol' Christmas

We had a wonderful Christmas. The kids couldn't be happier with the gifts that Santa delivered. The two younger kids got their first bicycles and are itching to get out and learn out to ride them. Only two video games in all were received– LEGO: The Lord of The Rings for our son, and three Sims 3 expansions for our daughter. That's some kind of rarity in this household.

The older boys received a bunch of incredibly fun boardgames:

If you're into dice and card games all four of these were a hit in our family.

I'm finally on the mend from whatever illness I have had. The kids and Christina came down with flu-like yuckiness early last week. I did my best to avoid them, but that's hard to do with family, and in the end I got it too. Luckily I didn't have it as rough as them. We were all more than well enough to enjoy Christmas together though. For that, I'm very thankful.

Now that the holidays are winding down, I'll be digging deep into getting my Pelican-based site up and running. One last piece in "How am I going to do this?" with Pelican was solved this afternoon with a lucky Google search. I think I have everything I need now. I just need to tweak the theme I'm working on a bit more before I kill off this Ghost site and make the switch. I am so ready to break away from the confines of a blogging system that is far from as ready for usage as I thought it was.

Happy New Year to all!

Calling It Off With Semantics

As soon as I write something claiming I'm using something, you can be sure that I will regret saying such five minutes later.

I'm still very (very) sure that I'm going with Pelican. But that bit about me using Semantic UI? No. No. No. Heck no. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but Semantic UI is not for me. At all. I spent the whole day yesterday digging into Semantic UI and learning about it, and when I figured it all out I got a flash of myself fighting with its design and class labeling every time I wanted to do something different from what the Semantic devs are doing. I don't think like them. That's really all I can say is wrong with Semantic UI. It's a nice package with lots of power under the hood with easy access. But it's not for me. I loved playing with Gulp, and Less and all sorts of things with Semantic UI, but I'm not a logical linguist master or whatever when it comes to thinking out css labels and such.

I'm playing with Pure now. No gulp, no Less, no fancy stuff at all. I miss 'em and could add it in either or both myself, but for now, going lightweight and being closer to the code feels more comfortable to me. I should have known to try out Pure earlier. I depended on YUI often before I stepped away from the web six years ago.

Ghost vs Pelican Decision Made

I think I've gotten Ghost out of my system. It's nice, very nice, in certain areas. It's easy to use, that's for sure. But the more I play with Pelican, the more I see that I can do more with Pelican than I can with Ghost. Neither come in pretty little packages ready to go, with all the niceties a person could want. I'm fine with that. The difference is that I find it easier to add what I want to Pelican and make it do what I want, how I want. With Ghost, I'm fighting every step of the way to figure out how to do something. Not cool. It may simply be that Pelican fits the way my brain is wired better.

With Pelican, I'm using Semantic UI for the layout and style. I'm rather new to the idea of all the stuff that goes into fancy frameworks. I'm used to writing everything line by line in a text editor. But this whole Node, Gulp, building with variables thing… it's quite fascinating.