Indigo Spot

Migrated to GitLab

Even though the new workflow was working well, I decided to move the repository for Indigo Spot to GitLab from GitHub. Why? Because GitLab provides unlimited private repositories free of charge, so rather than pay $7 USD per month for private repositories, I decided to move to the service that provides that free of charge for developers. I am not sure how sustainable GitLab’s business model is at the moment, but I am going to see how things pan out. So far, their service has been steady and reliable as with GitHub.

Netlify and Hugo and GitHub. Oh my!

It seems that casting about for a CMS solution to this site has thrown me for a huge loop lately. In wanting to clear up extraneous subscription fees, I decided to cancel the Wordpress.com hosting for Indigo Spot. I also did not want to go back to self-hosted WordPress (or any CMS) on AWS or Google Cloud. Since GitHub finally added HTTPS for custom domains to their GitHub Pages hosting, I thought that might be a good landing spot. I migrated the site to Jekyll and moved it on to GitHub; however, I was not pleased with Jekyll overall, so I pulled the site down entirely to mull things over.

I decided to revisit Hugo, and while looking for a good solution to use for hosting a Hugo-generated site on S3 or another static cloud storage solution, I stumbled upon Netlify again. It turns out that managing a Hugo site on Netlify is dead simple and integrated well with the existing GitHub repository. Within minutes, the site was moved and deployed on Netlify. It is now live again. I believe here it will stay for some time as developing the site with Hugo has been fun, and Netlify makes it so easy to update and deploy without having to add additional overhead or steps to my workflow. We shall see how long this can last…

Virtue

“The virtue of a person is measured not by his outstanding efforts, but by his everyday behavior.”

—Blaise Pascal

The Indispensable Man

Sometime when you’re feeling important;
Sometime when your ego’s in bloom;
Sometime when you take it for granted,
You’re the best qualified in the room:
Sometime when you feel that your going,
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions,
And see how they humble your soul.

Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining,
Is a measure of how much you’ll be missed.
You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you’ll find that in no time,
It looks quite the same as before.

The moral of this quaint example,
Is to do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There’s no indispensable man.

—Saxon White Kessinger

On Habits

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit is persistence in practice.”
— Octavia Butler