I've put up some new galleries. Some of them contain pictures that are kind of old -- I have a lot of images to go through, and my plan is to put up new stuff alternated with older images I have never processed.
The latest galleries include some shots I took around town, my friend Rick having a good time, phone pix I took during a performance by Peg's fire dancing troupe, and finally, a ton of pictures from my trip to New Orleans, back in 2015.
I have made - yet again - another website.
After many years of developing with Drupal, this one is based on a platform called Bludit. Apparently there is some rule that says web platforms MUST have weird, made-up names.
I discovered Bludit when my wife asked if I could make a quick simple site for her new side gig as a Zumba instructor. Drupal would have worked, but it's overkill when all she needed were a few pages. Drupal uses a database to store its content and settings, whereas Bludit uses JSON stored in flat files. I made her new site fairly quickly: Zumba with Peg, and realized this platform would be great for her OTHER side gig as a fire dancer: Aries Fire Arts. Obviously, my wife is much cooler than I am.
Bludit is a fairly new platform, but is very configurable and a number of useful add-ons and themes have been written for it, so I thought I would learn more about it by getting under the hood and figuring out how to use it for my own site. I still like Drupal, but it's always good to learn about new tools.
I am not sure I will be able to turn them into viable plugins, but I have already written an RSS feed aggregator using the SimplePie library - see the news page. Drupal has a nice Feed Aggregator module that I have been using for years, and I have become addicted to having all that stuff collected on my own website.
I also put together a pile of nonsense that will hopefully make putting photo galleries up on the site easy to do and nice to look at. So far, there are two -- pictures from a 2016 New Year's Day hike with the Tumbleweeds, and a sampling of shots from my phone that I processed while learning darktable.
Finally, in case you are curious about the title of this post (and sub-heading for the site), as well as the charming image that accompanies it (that's Squid Vicious, by the way), it's just left over from the test pages and posts I was using to figure out how the Bludit system works. I had to make up titles for things like 'Some Junk', 'More Junk', etc. I needed images to throw into the mix - Squid Vicious is something I drew way back in the day when I lived in Brooklyn. (I'm so, so very old. Sigh.)
The title and image have grown on me, and I just feel like keeping them around.