Author: Peter

Adding the Netlify CMS to a Static Site

I updated one of the first static sites I created: ErikaMumford.net. This site is pretty simple: it has my mom’s poetry on it. I added content management. I made it a few years back, using Jekyll, which is a static site generator (SSG). The content is just pages that consist of markdown files. Like all SSGs, Jekyll “generates” the site at build time. On the server, only static HTML files are served.…

Personal project: Bird Hotspot

bird-hotspot.com

This was a pleasing app to develop. I wanted to make a mapping application that showed what birds are being observed in what locations. Ebird helpfully has that data. However, Ebird’s own site does not make it easy to find the information I want. So, I made this app…

State of Wonder

This is the book that set my wife and myself on a 8 month Ann Patchett spree. We started reading it aloud in the evenings, and it kept us on the edge of the couch, listening intently, until it was finished.

Looking for freedom along the railway lines

Freedom, by Sebastian Junger

I bought this on a whim, thinking I wanted to catch up with Sebastian Junger. I have not read War, or Tribe. Maybe I should—it might give me some context on where he’s coming from.

Freedom does not disappoint, although I did find it frustrating. The writing is utterly fascinating. Short anecdotes from colonial history, railroad engineering, anthropology, etc, all seem to add up to a meditative discourse—between Junger and himself—on the nature of freedom.…

All the Light We Cannot See

Another European war novel, by Anthony Doerr

It has fascinating plot certainly. I need to be careful not to give any spoilers. Let’s just say it is set in World War II, and half the book is set in Germany and half in France. It’s a coming-of-age tale for a girl in France and a boy in Germany, both of whom have lives utterly transformed by the horror of war.…

WordPress vs the JAM stack?

I love the JAM stack. I love working with Jekyll (for static HTML sites), JavaScript, and APIs. But I also like WordPress a little more than this guy..

Scaffolding an Angular + Bootstrap App

Fountainjs is a good way to scaffold your app if you want it built with Gulp, Sass and Webpack. This post is about adding Bootstrap the the mix—and how to fix everything that Bootstrap breaks.