Using Now to publish a static site

I had heard of Now (https://zeit.co) but hadn't tried it until today. It's nifty. So nifty that I'm using it to publish this site (notes.baty.net). I simply type "now" while in the directory these static files are in and it just happens. SSL included.

The thing that wasn't immediately obvious was that each time you deploy, a new URL is used. This means that the alias needs to be updated each time. Seemed inconvenient, and some digging revealed that putting the default alias in a now.json file does the trick.

So in my case, the Tinderbox "Stamp" looks like this...

runCommand("cd /Users/jbaty/Dropbox/@Archive/@Notes/notes.baty.net/ \\
 && now && now alias")

What if no one reads this?

I ask myself, "What if no one reads what I write here?" The answer is that it doesn't matter. I share my writing publically on the off chance that someone might bump into it and find it useful. More importantly, I write so that I can revisit things later. Sometimes years later.

I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. -- Joan Didion

What about Evernote?

Yes, I abandoned Evernote years ago. But what if? :)

I was re-reading my post about Digital Recordkeeping and it prompted me to reconsider using Evernote. Evernote was my "junk drawer" but I switched to putting everything into DEVONthink instead. This has caused my DEVONthink databases to become messy. I don't like DEVONthink to be messy, that's what Evernote was for.

So, I've installed Evernote again to see if it's still feasible as a junk drawer and if it helps keep DEVONthink clean.

Still struggling with DEVONthink vs Finder

I love DEVONthink because it's seriously good at indexing and storing stuff. On the other hand, I love the Mac's Finder because it's always right there and available to every app all the time.

So some days I want to keep everything in DEVONthink and some days I prefer Finder. Switching between the two should be simple but I find it to cause friction.

Tonight I'll be thinking about how I might use DEVONthink differently so that things are "closer" to me.

Did I mention that I'm off Twitter in November

I love Twitter, but it's not good for me, so I'm staying away from it throughout November to see if things improve.

I got the old Tinderbox blog running again

Remember when I used Tinderbox for my blog? I'm in no hurry to start another blog but I ran into the Tinderbox file that managed baty.net for a while and well, one thing led to another.