This week continues to be a multi-directional cornacopia of semi-related tasks that do very little to compliment one another.
Experimenting with lightweight CMS this morning for about a half hour.
The latest trend seems to be decoupling the CMS from the database back end and storing data within nested files somehow. Which is an interesting concept and I’ve seen two different projects utilizing it, Grav and Pico, and that’s neat.
I’m also curious about October CMS, Bolt, PageKit, and Ghost.
For now, I’m focused on experimenting with Pico and Perch CMS.
I’ve installed dev directories on the main andrewkirksey.com site and have just enough time to check and see if Pico does what it says it will, which is work out of the box without installation.
I’ll have to leave the perch install alone until tomorrow morning. But I can’t wait to see how it’s assembled. Perch is developed in part by Rachel Andrew, the developer of the web-grid css specifications which we’ve sorely needed. I’m in the process of getting up to speed with them because the WordPress Dependency habits have left a lot of coding in the hands of others. I couldn’t help but notice just how rusty I had become while working on the updates to my portfolio earlier this year.
Specifications that I love in theory, but holding me back is the specter of browser plugins like Grammarly which utilize DOM injection scripts to inject code into pages whenever their interface is interacted with, decimating the HTML structure grid layouts depend upon to work correctly.
I uninstalled Grammarly and provided concerned feedback to their development team as a result of this aggressive, browser hijack behavior I haven’t seen since IE6. The second being is that it sucks. Learning how to write is more useful than falling back on that tool.
First up, making clarity changes to client logo and making progress on the branding guideline document that should seamlessly integrate into the production workflow once everything is sussed out.
Later I’ll be evaluating Adobe Audition Stereo conversion to mono which seemed to resolve a question I’ve had about how simple mixing down multiple files might be, when generated by the VR3D Microphone.
Buzzsprout hosting is apparently cutting off our available episodes to 5 all together a issue that exists on our main buzzsprout landing page, and in all of the podcast directories. This is a significant problem, I’ve filed a ticket, and I’m waiting for feedback but I’m not encouraged. Their back end should have a way of dealing with this, but alas.
Instead of troubleshooting this further I’m tempted to just move over to LibSys and be done with it since it’s an integral component to the 2020 podcasting plan.
Also, podcast related, working to develop podcast storytelling aspects, and installing webcam app server to laptop today.