Jan 12
2010

Powered by Kevin Fricovsky's django-mingus

Since 1999 I have had a presence on the web. I bought conesus.com back then and used it to link to projects, code samples, writings, and photographs. I now own conesus.com, samuelclay.com, and ofbrooklyn.com, all of which now serve different purposes.

My primary blog platform has been a hand-coded blog engine called SunRayLab that I used for ofbrooklyn.com for the past three years. It's time to retire it, as great as I have felt I made it. The whole caboodle is in aging PHP and the future is definitely not there.

Thanks to Kevin Fricofsky's hard work, I have django-mingus to use for a blog. It combines a few dozen different django applications with a minimal amount of glue. Surprisingly, everything hums along nicely and Kevin listens and acts quickly, so I have faith in the future of this platform, for once.

It is humbling to take down my old creations, but it also signifies a maturity inherent in code obsolescence. Code ages, much like a house. If you don't take care of it and upgrade it with working utilities, then it will begin to crumble. Whether the water main breaks (perhaps you upgraded a dependency elsewhere on your server and the new version breaks your current code), or the appliances are no longer shiny and clean (and you want code highlighting in your blog platform, but that requires a lot of tangentially work that cascades into more work quicker than you can say 'enough').

My goal is to post code, help others in a way similar to how I have been helped by developers posting tidbits, tutorials, and findings. I plan to write an occasionally essay, since I tend to disagree with opinions fairly often and want something to show for my trouble. I may even post photos.

The future is bright and my fingers are not yet tired.

Comments

9:02 p.m. on January 12th, 2010
1 Samuel Clay says...
There's also [samuelclay.com], which is a short-list of my work.
2:28 p.m. on March 10th, 2010
2 wykydtron says...
Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now. Keep it up! And according to this article, I totally agree with your opinion, but only this time! :)
11:21 a.m. on March 13th, 2010
3 SAMANA says...
You have to express more your opinion to attract more readers, because just a video or plain text without any personal approach is not that valuable. But it is just form my point of view

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Samuel Clay is the founder of NewsBlur, a trainable and social news reader for web, iOS, and Android. He is also the founder of Turn Touch, a startup building hardware automation devices for the home. He lives in San Francisco, CA, but misses Brooklyn terribly. In another life in New York, he worked at the New York Times on DocumentCloud, an open-source repository of primary source documents contributed by journalists.

Apart from NewsBlur, his latest projects are Hacker Smacker, a friend/foe system for Hacker News, and New York Field Guide, a photo-blog documenting New York City's 90 historic districts. You can read about his past and present projects at samuelclay.com.

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