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Some backend and implementation details about this site. Current as of January 14, 2020.

  • WordPress is used for the backend CMS, and has been since Nov. 16, 2006. CMS systems used prior to that point were (in rough order): TypePad, MovableType, and NewsPro (which no longer has a web presence; its successor Coranto does, but doesn’t appear to still be in active development).
    • Theme: SemPress
    • Plugins:
      • Akismet: Comment spam protection
      • Buttons to Edit Next/Previous Post: Does what it says on the tin, a convenience in the admin interface
      • Classic Editor: Keeping it simple so I don’t have to use the new Gutenberg WYSIWYG editor
      • Disable Emojis: Removes WordPress’s replace-emoji-with-images JavaScript bloat in favor of actual emoji
      • Duplicate Post: Does what it says on the tin, a convenience in the admin interface
      • IndieWeb: Enables IndieWeb identity verification, among other things provided by these additional related plugins (which I’m exploring and playing with, and it may be that not all get regularly used and may eventually disappear):
      • Insert Headers and Footers: Allows adding custom info to headers and footers, sometimes useful for verifying ownership of a site, among other things
      • jetpack-markdown: Just the Markdown part of WordPress’s Jetpack plugin (apparently this one wasn’t kosher, as it’s no longer available for download due to “guideline violation”)
      • Posted Today: Adds a shortcode to generate lists of posts published on a date in earlier years
      • Term Management Tools: Improves tag and category management options
      • WordPress Force HTTPS: Does what it says on the tin
      • WP Super Cache: Generates a static cache to improve site load performance
      • XML-RPC OC: Works around a WP bug so that posts submitted via XML-RPC publish with comments open
  • Posts are written/edited and sent to WordPress using the following tools:
    • Markdown: The text-based formatting language in which all posts are written
    • MarsEdit: Blog post publishing from macOS
    • Micro.blog: A micro-blogging service, existing somewhere between Twitter and WordPress (I’m here)
    • Pinboard: Social bookmarking (I’m here)
    • IFTTT: Automatically pipes new Pinboard bookmarks to my blog, and new blog posts to my Twitter and Tumblr accounts

The Archives

My own personal WayBack Machine. I’ve been active online since 1991, when I first got access to email and command-line FTP and Usenet access through the VAX systems at the University of Alaska Anchorage during my first, abortive attempt at higher education, and have had my own website online since 1995, in the very early days of the web. Here and there as I redesigned or moved from one ISP to another I saved archives of my site at the time, and have kept those archives online as a testament to those early days.

Keep in mind, these sites were designed in earlier years for earlier browsers, so some aspects may be somewhat broken on modern browsers.

  • February 27, 1996: “Netscape 2.0 Enhanced.”

  • February 14, 1997: Redesigned. Featured one of the first incarnations of a Gigs Music Theatre site, though it’s just a single page here.

  • April 21, 1997: A few months later. A little less content, as I started to focus on expanding the Gig’s page. Design is the same.

  • March 30, 1998: Same design, but the Gig’s page has evolved into a full-fledged site by this point.

  • July 5, 2002: Four years later, and the last time I did a full site archive.