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Unplanned photo tour

Walked thru parts of Riehen and Chrischona today. The weather was better than expected. Took lots of flower snapshots for the boring flower snapshot set. So boring they easily qualify.

I found this sign on my way back to my bicycle:

der schönste ort der welt

Made me smile.


I continued exploring Jekyll (see yesterday’s post). Bin gespannt.


Further snapshots:

soooo boring
sooo boring
for the boring flower snapsot collection
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Building websites with Jekyll, Github Pages

This post has made me very curious. They use a different stack:

Jekyll for page templates and static file generation
HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files
GitHub Pages static HTTP server
Supplemented with external APIs where necessary

I guess, you can convert WordPress to static HTML. I found this description.

Looking a little further, there’s this setup using Really Static.

Why static HTML? HTML is secure and faster.

Speed: Any web server, will serve html files a lot faster than PHP generated files.
Security: If you are serving just static files, there is no way to hack your site.

Here’s a thread on the same at Quora

And using the WordPress static output plugin

Nice to know I could offer a flat static HTML version of this site.

I will have a longer look at Jekyll.

BTW, one year ago I tweeted about something similar:

Any experience? Opinions? Further resources to look at?


Kamikaze wasp

While cycling this morning – on my way to church – a wasp flew directly into my face and stung me on my lower lip. Somehow I managed to remove the stinger. Luckily I am not allergic. I used my bottle of ice water to cool the sting.

Natural remedies:

  • place a slice of onion on the sting
  • make a paste of baking soda and water to reduce the itch

Wi-fi fridge

Do we need this?

Looks like more and more machines are built to auto-transmit signals back to the manufacturer.


Shooting like a pro

Took part in a photo shooting at the day job. I learnt a lot by watching a pro.

Lighting – using indirect flash and white boards to bounce the light.

Tethered shooting – to position the photo and to check the lighting and sharpness on a larger screen.

Quantity – the photographer took 28 GB for 10 photos. We tried 40 to 50 photos per theme.

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Nchenga as seen from space

nchenga as seen from space



timeless tea for health and quality life

Slow start to a beautiful day. Listening to and sipping Chicco d’oro coffee and reading my way thru awesome Twitter people and browsing thru Flickr. 2 laptops, 1 iPod Touch, 1 Blackberry, and 1 Canon digicam all within close distance.

Generation screen.

It’s caturday.

Planning to head to the swimming pool later. Loading my iPod with podcasts. Lack of time will always be an outcome in a capitalist environment. Days like this are pure luxury.

Links to read:
Link 1: Yesterday I stumbled across this HBR blog post on the disciplined pursuit of less. Some interesting questions to think about…

  • “What am I deeply passionate about?”
  • “What taps my talent?”
  • “What meets a significant need in the world?”
  • “If I did not have this opportunity, how much would I be willing to sacrifice in order to obtain it?”

Link 2: A trend I have been following for years – the emerging new opportunities in Africa as a result of mobile and web technology – is now being recognized.

Even in small markets like Malawi, software companies are emerging. Developers such as:

Link 3: Strong passwords are not enough. We need to invest more time in securing our online passwords. See this how-to at Lifehacker and this post by Matt Cutts. More hassle. More work.

And Facebook only allows me to enter one cell phone, automatically removing the cell phone on my other Facebook account; apparently one person = one Facebook account = one cell phone number. I currently have 4 Facebook accounts. But on the upside, I may never need to spend energy on resolving this, cos Facebook may become irrelevant… n’est-ce pas? How one botched IPO can change the outlook of a company, is quite mind-boggling.

Music: My favourite band this summer is Boy. Love their sound.

Buon weekend. And please feel free to leave a comment.