My website, an agglomerative mess, probably half-eaten by a gru

## The end of an era

Sunday, Nov 29, 2009

After a little more than a decade, the time has come to finally part with Mr Damage — for the last four years, maybe even five, I’ve done little more each year than just pay the registration and then get it running for a couple of days in the last weeks each January. The bike owes me nothing, the costs in time and money of cleaning it up and advertising to sell it probably wouldn’t be worth anything like what the recompense would be.

## Miscellaneous electrical problems

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Determined to keep Mr Damage running by riding it at least once a fortnight, and hopefully once a week, I rode to work yesterday. Tried to leave only to discover that the ignition switch had no effect. No amount of swearing or checking fuses would get power to the bike. Today I brought in the multimeter, spanners and screwdrivers and an optimistic attitude. Viking provided a few handy pointers on where RC17 electricals are likely to go wrong.

## Mr Damage returns

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006

## Motorbike photos

Monday, Jan 1, 0001

A couple of motorbike photos that tickled my fancy.

## Z250A

Monday, Jan 1, 0001

In the summer of 1985-1986 while doing my engineering “professional placement”, I worked with a group of guys who all rode motorbikes. They taught me to ride and sold me their old learner-bike, an oily, leaky Kawasaki Z250 which I then rode into the ground through lack of maintenance and a slow oil leak. It expired at 6 am one cold morning with a loud clanking sound on the Captains Flat road as I was heading to work.

# …The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

# …The Site

Vanity site? Technology experiment? Learning tool? Blog? Journal? Diary? Photo album? I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you…

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.

Its all been here a fairly long time. Like the papers on my desk, or the books on the bedside table, the pile just grew… and it all grew without much plan or structure. I try not to break URLs, so historical oddities abound.

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.

# …The ISP

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