Musings about plain text

THIS POST IS A WORK IN PROGRESS

One of the things I want to do is write more. Being easily distracted I want a plain text system where I can just write down what I am thinking without worrying too much about formatting ,etc

What I want to write about is programming (Python, R), statics, data analysis and still be able to read what I wrote ten, twenty years from now. If its worth reading is another question :-(

Plain text is the tool for this, in particular Markdown. Since I like the Python programming language, the blogging system Pelican is the tool for me.

I believe the combination of Markdown and Pelican will mean my plaintext data, unlike a twenty year old wordstar file will always be retrievable. .. Now if only I had something worthwile to write that I will still want to see in twenty years.

How to set up the system

First up a big thanks to MacDrifter. I am just catching up to him.

I am writing down what I need to do to get my website up to the standard I want and MacDrifter has not just already done it, but has written articles on how to do it. As I am reading through his experiences, some (OK, most) of what he has said I have now taken to be what I need

I particulary like the look of the MacDrifter site. What I want on my site is:

  1. A column at the right where I put

    • My link list of sites that I like
    • My latest pinboard links (so I can remember what I bookmarked)
    • A Tag cloud (it looks cool)
  2. On the Header I want:

    • About Me
    • Colophon
    • Projects
    • Archive

For the footer. I love the Plumage theme ... worth well copying!

  1. For each article or post:

I don't want categories. I like tags much more

Title time, and a link to the Multimarkdown file which produced the post

So for this post if I wrote it at 2am on May 2nd, 2014 I would want the post header to be

Automating Pelican Posts
too early on May 02, 2014 by Stephen

Where time is

    :::text
    Midnight to 7am ... too early on
    7am to Midday ... morning of
    12:01pm to 6pm ... afternoon of
    18:01 to Midnight ... evening of

hmm, maybe not ... but this is my initial plan.

Useful links from MacDrifter that I will be using a guide to getting my site up and running:

More of MacDrifter:

These are good too: