Automating the deployment of my Hugo site

Note taken on [2020-04-11 Sat 16:27] Updated post and the cron job script + notes based on an illuminating conversation with R2robot in the Hugo IRC channel ##hugo. IRC rocks.. most of the time. This website is based off Hugo. The complete source is available as a Git repo at shrysr/sr-hugo. Currently, my only actions are to make changes to an Org source file and export the same via ox-hugo.

Some thoughts on hosting your own blog

This is an expansion to my response to a query on Linked in about getting off medium for publishing data science blog posts. To begin with, I believe the experience of setting up a self-hosted publishing platform including a LAMP stack for Wordpress, or to serve up a static website is worth the effort due to the lateral knowledge gained in tinkering with the command line and a remote server and the final satisfaction of having a system under your own control.

Back to RSS

Why use RSS? Off late, I had been relying more on email based content consumption. The phenomenally fast search and filtering capabilities that can be leveraged with mu4e make this easy. Even with all these filters, it is quite difficult to keep on top of news and information from different sources. It is actually inconvenient to mix important emails and correspondence with newsletters and the like, which arrive by the dozen(s) everyday.

Notes from the movie Whiplash

Whiplash: Wikipedia Whiplash is a fascinating movie on many levels regarding a topic that interests me deeply… How to progressively perform, and strive to become the very best in a chosen field. Personally, I found each step of the movie riveting and would recommend it to anybody who would find the above question even mildly interesting. The movie’s climax was immensely interesting, inspiring and supported by great acting. At any rate, the movie induced a blog post !

Incremental improvements can lead to significant gains

While reading the book Atomic Habits by James Clear, I was reflecting that my choice of embracing Emacs and progressively gaining mastery over it was intimately connected with the philosophy preached in the book. My efforts initially started out with a craving for a system to quantify and manage my tasks, habits, notes, blog writing, job applications and projects in a custom environment, and to be able to build toolkits of code to perform repetitive tasks.