- April 5, 2022April 5, 2022Read more
With the end of the first quarter of 2022, it’s time for a Groundhog Day Resolutions report! Topics covered:
- On the ongoing use of the Website SSG Tool
- On adding new categories to the Srigarten that exist outside of Explore-Learn-Build-Share.
- On supporting two opposing kinds of “participation energies” in the coworking Discord.
- Revisiting personal mission
- Being less angry and swear-y
The latest post is at https://dsriseah.com/project/ghdr/2022/0404/! Enjoy!
- March 3, 2022March 3, 2022If you’ve been looking for the Amazon-fulfilled Emergent Task Planner Notebooks, StickyNotes, or Planner Pads, you’ve probably noticed that they are out-of-stock and have been for a while. You can sign up to be notified when stock is available again using the form at the bottom of this page.Read more
The primary issue is that Amazon is an automated marketplace that OWNS THE LISTINGS, not me. They can take them down at any moment for any reason; I can’t even edit them once someone else resells any of my products (for example, an Amazon Warehouse sale of a returned product). As a result, I get locked out of my own product listings or challenged on copyright by bots. Also, the automated listing bots that flood Amazon with hundreds of duplicate registered products from Chinese OEMs sometimes will infringe on my UPC code, and since my ETP brands are no registered trademarks they override the listing and steal it. Amazon customer support applies to customers who buy from Amazon, and does not extend to small sellers like myself that are not able to join the Amazon Brand Registry with the US registration. I
While I’d like to fulfill myself, I am unable to do so because it would mean losing a lot of money. Shipping is a time-consuming and exhausting process with all the triple-checking and looking-up of data, and I don’t have room in my house to store the hundreds of ship-ready packages I would need to stock. Someday maybe I’ll get there, but in the meantime I need a reliable fulfillment center that let’s me own my listings.
This summer (2022) I should be between projects, and I plan on taking a long sabbatical to figure out this ecommerce thing so I am no longer dependent on Amazon’s marketplace.
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- March 3, 2022March 3, 2022Read more
It’s been a surprisingly productive month, thanks to a serendipitous reconnection with Adderall (or more accurately its generic counterpart). Big improvements in the new dsriseah website. I’ve ported it from Hugo to Eleventy and now have much more control over formatting.
Anyway, the latest post is at https://dsriseah.com/project/ghdr/2022/0303/! Enjoy!
- February 2, 2022February 2, 2022Read more
There are several advantages to static site generation:
It’s more secure because there is no server-side script language to interpret, as Hugo generates plain HTML files. WordPress, by comparison, uses a scripting language called
PHPthat runs programs on every page access, and it is kind of a security nightmare.
Because Hugo generates static HTML files, you can use much cheaper webhosting too, and page loads are super fast!
WordPress is an OK content management system that is a jumble of paid professional plugins that all work a little differently. WordPress has terrible media management—I’m still using the custom solution I hacked together in 2004. Hugo’s templating system should be a lot more flexible once I figure out how to make a nice theme.
A big part of the new website is brand identity, but I’m actually still figuring that out. The reason I have a new website is because I’m transitioning away from “Dave” to “Sri” and it will feel better to be there. In the meantime I’ll be posting updates here as well as there, and I plan to continue to maintain this site because there is so much stuff here!
That’s it for now, thanks for reading! :-)
- December 31, 2021December 31, 2021I’ve updated the Compact Calendar download packages, which contains PDF calendars for both 2022 and 2023 as well as the source Excel files that I use to generate each calendar from any arbitrary starting date. These are great calendars to have handy for planning meetings or any kind of visualization of time. Because there are no gaps between the months, it’s easier to grasp a project in terms of weeks. ISO week numbering is included in the week starting Monday versions.Read more
New for 2022
Notable this year are several bug fixes in the Excel files, reported by Alex Ruiz:
- Multiple styling problems for the bottom six months. Conditional styling was applied on alternating rows instead of every row.
- Pointing out that “16 month calendar” is more properly called “18 month” or even “19 month” calendar, as it is a year and a half.
Thanks Alex! These bugs have been in the Compact Calendar for years, and it is nice to get feedback on them to continue to improve them.