A blog about everything, by Jack Baty

Creating a WARC Web Archive using wget

Post moved to https://baty.net/2024/03/creating-a-warc-web-archive-using-wget

No longer keeping my notes in a Git repo

For many years I’ve put every new folder full of anything into a new Git repo. I never questioned it, I just did it because that’s what you do.

I’m thinking about no longer doing this. This morning I was daydreaming while waiting for a folder to finish rsyncing to a server and I was mesmerized by page after page of lines like .git/objects/fb/70e546350cc4106caf1225706b44c85087ed27” scrolling by. I checked a few of my projects and was surprised by how much space all those .git/ directories use.

Do I even need them? I’m thinking no. I can’t remember the last time I went back and looked at earlier commits or needed to diff anything that wasn’t actual code. My ~/org files don’t need precise version control, they just need good backups. Static websites probably need Git because it’s nice for tracking template/CSS changes. Also, I’ll need it if I ever decide to use Github Pages for hosting, etc.

So I’m considering going through my project folders and removing .git/ directories unless I actually need Git.

Software that sparks joy

Post moved to https://baty.net/2024/02/software-that-sparks-joy

Sometimes I just want to write stuff in Emacs

Blot is great. One reason I keep it around is because sometimes I just want to write stuff in Emacs. I have a lisp function which makes it super easy to create a new post. Then I get to type in Markdown-mode in Emacs and it’s so great.

Just dusting off the blog

Sorry for the noise. I’m just testing an update to the Emacs function for creating new posts here. I’ve gone from creating the full tree and setting draft: yes to creating them in ./Drafts with draft: no. This way I don’t end up with a bunch of .html preview files that I always forget about. This way I don’t have to deal with those files, but I do have to manually move the final post into the /posts directory each time. We’ll see which method I prefer.

Friday, January 26, 2024

It’s kind of neat writing wherever I feel like it and having it all thrown into a single RSS feed. The reason I’m at baty.blog this morning is to exercise the weather additions to the lisp function and shell scripts that create new daily posts here. It worked!

Thursday, January 25, 2024

I’m writing this live and skipping the whole Draft business. Soon as I save, it syncs and is automatically published. So 👋.

I have NotePlan, Logseq, Obsidian, and Emacs running. Cool, cool. WTF happened to Reduce & Simplify” ???

I like Blot

Any deadline that I didn’t choose is arbitrary.



I have an abundance if iPods. I still use some of them.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Hooboy, what am I doing here?

Let’s face it, I’ll never be able to consolidate my stuff into a single (or even two) websites. Just this morning I’ve posted here in Blot, and at baty.net (Kirby), and at daily.baty.net (Tinderbox), and at wiki.baty.net (TiddlyWiki), and at my new unannounced WordPress blog. I like playing with the software related to blogging more so than actually writing. So be it.

Sometimes I just want to type stuff

Have you ever been blogging with some new tool or another and then almost accidentally visited one of your old ones? I just did that with my Blot blog, so I thought I’d make a quick new post just to blow the dust off.