seventyfour twelve thirtyone

At it again

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A long Easter weekend and the sun is out, so we decided to rent a container and have a go at the dirt mountain in the front of the garden. We filled the whole thing (about 7m3) and moved just over half of what we have. so I guess next Friday, there will be an empty container again on the drive way.

The office

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Looks like this these days. Haven’t seen the other one in 5 weeks now, I think. Already loosing count.

But we keep in touch every morning with Teams, a microphone and a webcam. Not really the same and longing actually to meet the collegues. But it keeps us safe and hopefully we will get rid of this virus sooner.

And back to WordPress

I read a lot last year about how amazing it is to build your website with a static-site-generator. Meaning you can have all your posts in Markdown and you just commit it with Git to a repository and a few commands to publish it online.

Tufte CSS is in my opinion the best layout there is for blogging, writing, …

The main reason is that I wanted to have a site that has the Tufte CSS implemented. And I was a bit too lazy to make something for WordPress (’cause there wasn’t).

So I started with Jekyll. Found a good Tufte theme and started implementing. But once you imported 1000+ posts from the old WordPress site, you start noticing how slow the building of the site becomes. So, after some searching I ended up with Hugo. Again, same procedure of finding a theme and learning how to set up everything. This time is was ay faster to build and I decided to run with it.

But…. eventually I realised it really didn’t fit my workflow. Since most of what I present here is photo-based material, it gets a bit difficult to publish wherever and whenever I want because I only have the hugo software on my work machine (Linux based). And all the photos (from all the iPhones and camera) are imported to the home machine where we have Lightroom installed. Sometimes I just want to edit in VSCO on the iPhone and publish. So somehow it has to get transferred to my work machine to get published. And that is just a too big of a bottleneck for me.

So I just went back to good old WordPress. I just put the time in to make a themebased on Tufte CSS. And now I just have to get all the old content back. Luckily there is a Lightroom plugin to export photos directly to WordPress…

Keeping that social distance

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I just have to get out and bike a bit every now and then to not go insane. It’s been 2,5 weeks now since I have been in the office. First week I was sick in bed myself, but now I have been working from home for the last 1,5 weeks. And I’m wondering when it will end.

The crisis

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I don’t get it. The government says there is no need to panic, but still. The shops are raided for pasta, rice and toilet paper.Doesn’t look like it. But then again who cares or??

Not bad

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And back to this. Not bad at all. Looks like spring is around the corner. If just the temperatures would go up
a bit more, all would be fine.

And no, we never see a sunset over the water from our place.

In these times of the flu

Yip, as COVID-19 makes it’s tour around the world, yours truly is locked down to his own bed as well. The usual suspects are there: headache, aching muscles, body temperature playing yoyo. But my lungs are fine. And… I was in Milan before COVID-19 got there.

Snow this late??

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No winter for the last couple of months. And now when we are waiting for spring to show up in its full glory we get snow??

Deceipt in the first game of the year

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And so it began again. The pre-season has started and the first training game is over and done.

The photo on the other hand is a bit misleading. All sunny and blue skies, but it was really windy and chilly. There was a storm brewing since Friday afternoon. This was taken on the Saturday afternoon, but at the time we left home, it was pooring down hail!!! And about 20 minutes after this photo it was dark, raining and a new hailstorm. The game even got stopped for a few minutes and the girls could shelter from the rain.

Eventually we just had to harden it out in wind and weather. The game ended in a justified 2-2 score. Everybody was happy and tired, so the rest of the day was spent in a sofa…

Playing mechanic

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It’s part of the commuting life. You could turn in your bike to a bike shop and pay for it. But the bikes get abused so much during the dark time of the year by rain, mud, snow and ice.

The problem is that I don’t know all this stuff. But….. that’s where youtube comes in handy. 20 years ago you had to go as an apprentice during the weekends to learn all this. Now it’s all a click away. Some favorites:

And when you make a mistake, you just start all over. The advantage of having 2 bikes, I guess. Always one ready to bike with and one to tinker with….

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