Fantastic sunny Sunday so number one son and I went out for a ride, north through Oakleigh to Scotchman’s creek and then along to the Huntingdale Wetlands. Some fun zooming around on the gravel road and slippery mud single track and then stopped to watch the pukeko1 and work out where next…
He suggested checking for nearby geocaches and I was suprised to find that we were within 50m of one!
A final ride for the 2017 coffeeneuring challenge and I almost thought I wasn’t going to make it over the weekend and would have to bend the rules. I’d thought I’d be going out for a longer ride alone, as it was we had a shorter one with the family. So over the three weeks, the rides were short short long, short long, short short. Which in Morse code is “U-A-I”.
Odd how interests seem to align. A guy who is on a mailing list that I joined about some software I’m interested in turns out to be interested in photography and so I start following him on Flickr, then a recent photo of his of a geocache rekindles my interest in GPS and geocaching… I know the Garmin Edge 305 is no use in finding a location, but it could keep track of how I got to them.
Suspicious activity on Yarra Boulevard? Three men alight from a car, mysterious devices in their hands, they pace back and forth around the phone booth… Terrorists? Bomb squad? Drug deal? No, I think they’re geocachers! ET Phone Home sounds very much like the location.
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.