I’m helping to clean up, fix up and conserve the environment. Come along to the ‘Operation Oakleigh’ Clean Up Day and help us to make Oakleigh shine. There will be a free BBQ for volunteers and prizes to be won.
So says the effusive little introduction from the co-ordinator of the “Cleanup Oakleigh” group of “Cleanup Australia Day.” What, you didn’t know that it was “Cleanup Australia Day” today?
No, not the famous ranting video clip of Microsoft’s Steve Balmer.
Saturday morning disturbed by chainsaws again. The one big eucalypt tree that we can see from our back window, the one big tree for a couple of streets around, the one big tree that always has magpies warbling and lorikeets shrieking from the branches — well the tree’s gone now, cut down and pulped up. The old house and garden will go soon, to be replaced by yet another pair of big-as-you-can-build two-storey brick boxes, the rest of the block covered in concrete car-parking, white pebbles and tidy-little evergreen shrubs in pots.
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.