About This Site...

This is version 3.0 of my web site.

For this incarnation, I decided to use Middleman , a Ruby-based static site generator. I use Middleman to build content, run the content through the Middleman compiler and then push the generated HTML pages to my site’s public directory.

I use a number of web tools to create various effects on the site. See the “Generated by” section of the footnotes at the bottom of this page for a complete list.

I have decided to continue using the Wordpress blog tool even though Middleman has some very powerful built-in blogging features. Wordpress is a hugely popular web framework, it suits my purposes, and there are WP CSS themes and plugins galore.

Web site hosting is done by NearlyFreeSpeech.net . NFSN is a no-frills, DIY metered service web hosting company. I’ve been with them since 2004. It costs me about $15 a year to run the site, plus another $10 for annual domain registration. It doesn’t get any cheaper. The “down side”: you get to do everything yourself, so you need to be a combination web developer and sys admin.

The pictures on the site are from cool places we have visited at various times. Site photography and gallery images by De’Lynne Salley, all rights reserved.

The source code for this site is publicly available at my GitHub location. "As-is", have fun.

This site has been tested against the following web browsers:

  • Safari Version 12.0
  • Firefox 65 - I use Firefox and its developer version
  • Opera 58.0 - I have been using Opera for awhile now, and I'm liking it a lot.
  • Brave 0.61 - My latest browser experiment. A lot of interesting privacy hooks built in.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, probably works OK with version 10 as well.

I do not use Google Chrome . I do not care to have my keystrokes sent to the NSA , but version 68 seems to be OK.

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Privacy Policy...

Here is some information about cookies and privacy on the site. I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t want to go into legalese, so it’s real simple:

  1. I don’t collect any personal or financial information at this site.
  2. I am running a vanilla-flavored, out-of-the-box configuration of Google Analytics, just to see if anybody is visiting the site.
  3. Cookies created in your browser are from Google Analytics. As of this writing, the cookies are _ga, _gat and _gid. You can read about cookies here . There are also some WordPress cookies generated as a result of visiting the blog.
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Acknowledgements...

Real Men give credit where credit is due. Thanks to:

  • all of my professional colleagues over the past 40 years, who are too numerous to mention. Thanks for your support and for all the happy hours (pun intended).
  • the Middleman team for putting together a very nice Ruby-based static site generator. It’s been fun. Thanks!
  • I'm no longer a fan of Twitter (or any social media to be honest), but the Twitter Bootstrap team has done a great job in building a remarkable CSS styling framework for those of us with no sense of aesthetics. If the site looks good, it's due to Bootstrap.
  • my wife De’Lynne who is a great photographer and artist. All of the images on the site and the oil paintings in the gallery are her creations.
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