To Do List

Well, the migration of from a crappy shared host to a Rackspace Cloud Server is complete. The blog is powered by an Arch Linux VPS running the Nginx webserver. The blog is a static site generated by Jekyll and comments are handled by Disqus. It's a pretty spiffy setup, I think.

The back end of things is mostly complete, but there's a lot I'd still like to do on the front end. This is the list so far:

  • Pump the templates through H5BP
  • Add some jQuery UI beautification
  • Improve site search (temporary search here)
  • Fix "related" content links (add categories/tags to posts)
  • Switch from Maruku to RDiscount to parse markdown so strikethrough works
  • Re-add Google Analytics stuff
  • New favicon
  • Add social widgety things
  • Add Google+ icon since sharethis doesn't seem to support it
  • Prettify the logo/nav stuff ?
  • Export comments from Textpattern to Disqus (kinda sorta done, having problems)
  • Fix "related posts" feature ?
  • Set up email

That's a start. I'm finding myself pretty stressed about my holiday break. I got so backed up last semester that I couldn't do much in the way of having fun or doing things that weren't work/school related. I'm still stuck with the 8-5 thing, but my evenings are my own again for a month or so, and I'm finding myself overwhelmed with all the things I want to do, so there's another long list I won't really get into here.

One major thing I want to do, though, is learn/experiment with hobby electronics. I've been following a lot of "hack" and "make" feeds for a while, and it's something I've always wanted to try but never really got around to doing (it's the sort of thing you wish people had gotten you into as a kid -- it just didn't happen for me). I think I'll start with some simple, cheap kits from Radio Shack, a cheap soldering iron and some wire (never soldered before in my life, so I thought I could practice just splicing wires), and hopefully graduate to a nice Arduino kit like this one by the end of the break.

We'll see how it goes. Wish me luck...

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