Tech Friday: Playing with HUGO, a fast static site generator (SSG)

Posted By on October 30, 2020


While doing some “self” tech-oriented education this past week, I ended up distracted after a friend tweeted and shared some information on “static site generators (SSGs)” .. so off down the “HUGO” rabbit hole I went (thanks A LOT Scott, #sarcasm – LINK to his Hugo powered Bilik.Family website).    

I’ve never really worked with any SSGs, but have admired just how efficient websites using them can be. HugoDemoI’ve either created basic websites a page at a time or worked with Content Management Systems (CMS) … so found the information interesting. What is particularly attractive is just how fast, security and efficient they are in servings up the static web pages once generated. Coming from the pre-high speed Internet days, I’ve always work to keep coding clean, image sizes down and video compressed. I’ve worked with, and mostly tinkered with, different cache options on my CMS sites … so making pages faster is right up my alley.

Anyway, after installing HUGO on one of my Linux boxes (HugoDemo), I started thinking about how these static sight generators might be one of the better options for a Raspberry Pi as a home-based webserver. No real purpose for customers yet, but for me it is still a geeky kind-of fun.

The 2020 Presidential Campaign season has been ugly

Posted By on October 29, 2020

After all the hate during the 2016 Trump vs Clinton election, most Americans were relieved the contentious campaigning was finally over … but it was not. The political left, assisted by much of the media, celebrities and activists, continued to encourage elected Democrats to fight on, impeach President Trump on fabricated information and “resist” any and everything the president and his administration wanted to accomplish (amazing the administration was so successful in so many areas). President Trump for his part, didn’t go out of his way to mend hurt egos or repair civility … and stood up to the attacks by continuing the adversarial rhetoric as if the 2016 TrumpBiden2020campaign battle was continuing.

Fast forward to 2020 and we are in the same, if not more, divisive boat. Half the country wants Trump to continue his agenda for 4 more years and half wants him out by any means necessary. Frankly it does not seem to matter to the left who is running against him? I’m not sure they really even care who is running on the opposing ticket?

In my opinion, former VP Joe Biden isn’t the politician he once was when it comes to his cognitive abilities. He, like many at age 78, is slowing down. His 47 years in politics may give him name recognition, but very few can list his leadership accomplishments with a positive tone. He represents the political class in Washington DC (the swamp) and clearly has shifted his positions based on what voter block he is trying to attract. That does not make he unusual as a politician, but should make all voting for him suspect when it comes to where he actually will stand and govern. I’ve concluded that if you want a bigger, more invasive Federal government requiring higher taxes to fund from citizens … then you’ll likely prefer Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Prepare to give more of your money directly or indirectly to the government as well as more of your individual liberties. It is just a fact, if our country votes to move toward to the political left (the Socialist, Marxist, Communist direction), individual citizens will lose freedom.

I’ve never been an “all or none” kind of guy. Without a doubt I support Republicans over Democrats based on philosophical reasoning … but know both parties have huge flaws. Still, as a believer in a smaller Federal government, whose role as I see it, should primarily oversee the security of our nation from foreign and domestic threats. It should create economic stability for free market capitalism to thrive growing jobs and our economy, balance our country’s budget when possible and give our businesses trade, tax and intellectual property protection from each other and especially from competitors on the global stage. Just as I try in my own business and family budget … run a tight ship and don’t waste money. Wherever possible, let states and local governments compete with each other (laboratories of democracy) and let their voters choose how they want to be taxed and serviced in their own communities. Yet I’m not so naïve to know that this requires oversight; we’re all susceptible to wanting more control, being monopolistic and drifting into prejudicial unconstitutional behavior. History shows that this often happens when groups of people or corporations gain control and impose their ways over others for power or money or both.


  Never realized how difficult it would be to find an illustration that best represented how “I see” the political spectrum in the United States … this one comes close.

Let’s hope that whichever party gain more power and control in 2020, that they are believers in this country, free people to do the right thing with a little guidance, stand with Constitution and founding principles of our country. I hope they put America and Americans before their political desire for power or desire to reshape the United States.

LA Dodgers win surreal World Series in 2020 #COVID19

Posted By on October 28, 2020

As one newspaper reported, it has been “the weird­est year in base­ball his­tory.” The World Series ended Tues­day night with the Los Angeles Dodgers winning the 2020 MLB season’s in game 6 of the World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays were out played with strong pitching by the Dodgers, and although I had totally checked out of the MLB season early on due to polarization the sport over our flag, anthem and protest movement in support of a Marxist-based political organization, I have paid attention to the scores in the playoffs and World Series (just refused to watch – my wimpy protest regarding injecting politics in sports).

After the 3-1 win, the Dodgers gath­ered on the field for the tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion, but just when I thought the “unattended games” in a neutral field couldn’t get any weirder, we find out that the Dodgers team—third base­man Justin Turner left the game af­ter the sev­enth in­ning be­cause of a positive coro­n­avirus test. No ex­pla­na­tion for his de­par­ure had been announced while the game was in progress, but yet he still ended up back on the field for the celebration (supposed to have been in isolation).

How fitting to end the 2020 MLB season on a COVID19 note, but my congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers for making it to the end of the season … although as a fan, it was hardly a successful or enjoyable one. Let’s hope for a bit more sanity next year.

Ellerie was dedicated at Waterville Community Church

Posted By on October 27, 2020


Although in the “time of COVID19 things are different when it comes to gatherings, going to church, keeping a distance and wearing masks, we did get together with the Oostra family for Ellerie’s baby dedication. It seems like just yesterday we were together for Annalyn’s, but now she is a big sister. She has such a great personality – and sure makes her Bompa smile. CarsonRandyDrewBarbChurch201025KatelynEllerieBrendaChurch201025

Ellerie is now 8-months plus and pays close attention to her big sister. She is at the age of wanting to be either with her mom or dad almost all the time, but can be entertained for a few minutes without a tear. This too shall pass.” 

We remained in our spaced-apart rows for much of the service and even Katelyn, Drew, Annalyn and Ellerie didn’t go forward as usual, but stood at their seat while a photo of the family was projected on the screen (photo below) and for the live-video broadcast of the Waterville Community Church service (YouTube archived). They did have photos after the service where they removed their face mask for a few minutes.



Just how many years do you need to be wrong?

Posted By on October 26, 2020

Generally, I prefer not to spread propaganda and campaign advertising, but Americans do need to vote with their eyes open. Not everyone’s family is getting paid millions by the Chinese like the Bidens.

Music Monday: Edgar Winter Group – Free Ride

Posted By on October 26, 2020

EdgarWinterGroupTOCOANIf the Edgar Winter Group performing “Free Ride” doesn’t make you at minimum tap your toe or move some part of your body a little bit … then I suspect your life is near its end. The song and group are just another in the long Music Monday list from the 1970s. That’s not to say a lot of the artists who peaked in the 1970s stopped performing, but in my opinion that is when they Edgar_Winter_Group_with_Rick_Derringer_1975were either creating or playing their best music.

Free Ride” was written in 1972 by Dan Hartman who also sang lead on the groups top 15 hit in 1973. The single version differs from the album cut in that it “contains a significantly brighter guitar track (that opens the song only on the left channel), added harmonics, a fuzz bass added to the bridge and other changes that contrast sharply with the "dry" LP mix. Most classic rock radio stations play the LP version.” (this one was engineered by Jim Reeves).

  Edgar Winter Group – Free Ride | 1973

Dilemma: What to do with my aging, shredded faux leather, tired foam, squeaking and generally falling apart office chair

Posted By on October 25, 2020

The office chair I’ve used for the passed couple decades has seen better days, but it is still my favorite. The sturdy build is better than most OldOfficeChair201023I’ve seen, the arm pivots up out of the way for desk-work and easily sliding up to type, write, read or clean around. The size fits me well even though the foam has long-ago required an extra cushion and the faux leather has nearly shredded away on the front and sides. I’m sure most people would say, just replace it … they are not that expensive. Unfortunately after looking around, I can’t find one with the sturdiness and features (sturdy pivot arms) and I’m not sure upgrading to an expensive chair at this point is something I want to do?

This leads me to my dilemma, do I take this one apart and attempt to re-foam, re-upholster, fix worn squeaky parts or bother to add premium wheels? Should I attempt to save a 20 year old run-of-the-mill office chair? Hm .. a dilemma.

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