Casual Hex

Uncertain about goals, impulsive in online activities.

Templating Stage

I am at the templating stage of my new design for the Pelican version of this site. Very rusty with programming logic so it's taking much longer than I would have guessed weeks ago. But it's getting there. Jinja2 is pretty spiffy. Every time I think I'm stuck, the answer ends up making a lot of sense. So I get it, I'm just s-l-o-w.

I also threw in my towel with ZSH early last night. It was a spontaneous decision that took the rest of my evening as I dug into what I could do with it. Wow! I love it. I've got Oh My ZSH installed with it now, but I may switch to Prezto or go it alone. ZSH is awesome, in and of itself.

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.