The Way Is The Goal

Author: robino (page 1 of 32)

Meanwhile we still write

It is passed time to update this blog, and I might just have found the way to do this! I finally managed to update this blog simply by using an editor on my laptop, and using some commands afterwards. Mind you, this ain’t some static site generator, this is a WordPress installation, you know the world’s most used CMS but also somewhat the most annoying. Well, WordPress just got somewhat easier and nicer – thanks to this great hack.

So what is happening? Well I was busy today designing a workflow for my friend Jorge who is going to write the long due moneyless-book. I really needed to have a workflow that would be based on markdown file-editing, while using a git repository so I could give frequent feedback. And with the markdown files we could easily generate html and pdf files when we want them.

Writing a book means you don’t want to end up with one superlarge file in some word-processor. This would easily become a big cumbersome, especially if you want to share and collaborate with others. Therefore, you really want to have e.g. an outline of sections in a sidebar, collapsible content, a build-in file browser, and a nice user interface that is build to make you type.

Best markdown editor ever

And while doing all that I fell in love with the editor I choose, which is Typora. This editor seems to be a great, uhm, ~~wonderful~~ amazing markdown editor (and mind you, I never use this oversaturated word ‘amazing’). This is something I have been looking for since like… f-o-r-e-v-e-r. And not only it has a beautiful interface, it actually makes me want to write.

While designing the new workflow for the book, it made me think what if I can finally realize my personal web-editing dream? This dream is simple: To edit all posts and pages simply through my own personal editor of choice, and not through a bloated webinterfaces (plus without migrating my 20+ websites to a different cms such as Hugo or Grav). Realizing this dream would finally make my professional work much easier again and, above all, more fun!

So I searched and found some new plugins that sync wordpress posts and pages with git repositorities. So that’s it. I finally do not have visit the website admin interface anymore, any longer. I just pull the content to my local machine, I write, and the pull. 1 second later the website has been updated. What’s only missing now, is an automatic push upon saving the document.

So who knows I might just keep on going and add new nonsensical stuff here 🙂

It’s the rainbow season

Meanwhile back home it’s the occasional rain and sunshine that helps us getting through the wide tunnel of grayness and cumbersome times. The month march is always a hit or miss, and we definitely came back home when the cold was still present.

As such there was no need for coffee as the cold winds from the east blew my eyes wide awake, in the early mornings when bringing Novi back to his first days of Kindergarten. We did miss it, but at the same time obviously- we didn’t.

Rainbows only come after, before the Summer kicks in. When the rain meets the sun. That’s what I call hope. Or is it wishful thinking. Rain how I missed you. You make me long for the sun. The sun that I so much despise in the desert.

From Coast to Coast

From one part of the country to the other, Mexico is not a small country. It’s huge. And to travel from one part to the other is not done overnight. Especially if there’s family in between. But we did it. Slowly.

We started in Cancun but we’re in Mazatlan now, at the Pacific side of Mexico. It’s nice to be at the beach again. It’s different here than on the other side. Less Europeans than in Cancun (obviously). More Gringo’s. But also more Mexicans, which is good. Tourism is also a lot older here.

The beach is nice, not as pretty as the Caribbean but it’s good to swim. The waves are not so huge as they are more south in Chiapas – where we were 2 years ago. But it’s so to say pretty pacific and tranquil. And Novi is enjoying it very much too.

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