While this site has cycled it's tech stack a few times, it's always been built on the hard work of the open source community. While it's entirety is available on github, I would like to recognize the tools I am using now, as well as others I have used through the years, to build this site.

Version 9 (current)

2022 - Current

Turns out, as much I enjoy building apps with Svelte, it's just really hard to beat straight HTML and CSS for a website. So, I moved it to 11ty and I've tried to spend some time deprogramming some of my learned habits from building with frameworks. it's been a lot of fun.

Version 8

2020 - 2022

This release was about trying a new platform. I've heard lots of good things about Svelte, so I am giving it a try. Some of the tooling that isn't specific to this site has been moved over to the uses page.

Version 7

2018 - 2020

I decided home grown static site generators are a pain, so I switched gears and went with Gatsby. This is also the first version in a while where I got out of the business of operations work for the site. I'm now using Netlify (after an aborted attempt to get it working in serverless fashion with AWS Lambdas and S3).

Version 6 (current)

2016 - 2018

This was a home grown version of a static site generator, because, why not? I stripped down the visual style on this version (or, more accurately, I didn't bother building it back in).

Version 5

2012 - 2016

This is the current version of the site and represents a lot of the go-tos in my current toolkit. I have tried several different static site generators, starting off with Octopress, tried out Github Pages, a bunch of aborted attempts of rolling my own, and eventually have settled on Hugo. Here's my current set of tools:

Version 4

2009 - 2012

This is where this site gets a bit more relevant. I rebuilt this site several times and went from Wordpress (self hosted) -> Tumblr -> Wordpress (hosted) -> Django -> Rails -> Node (express). I believed I needed a big, powerful site to host all of my dynamic content. Hindsight is truly 20/20.

Version 3

2005 - 2009

Aaahh, the discovery of Wordpress. The main topics here were more focused on food recipes and slow pitch softball. The one post that is preserved from this era is the Bidet post. Still my most popular post, ever.

Version 2

2003 - 2005

Movable Type. Aaahh... that was fun. I launched in this time. I have some, terrible, terrible blog posts that are not worth preserving, hence they are not here. This was before I was fully aware how long things would be on the internet.

Version 1

2001 - 2003

This was just built on blogger. I recall almost nothing about this site and there is, thankfully, no content available from it. This actually predates the domain.