This blog began in December 2003 as I was moving from San Diego, California to Monterrey, Mexico. It originally used the b2/cafelog blogging software, which later became WordPress. Today this blog is hosted on Dreamhost, runs on WordPress, and uses an altered version of the Divi theme.
I have long been drawn to the concept of “the artisan Internet” and “digital craftsmanship,” a desire to do something well, for its own sake. Craftsmanship takes time, and the craftsman must acquire fluency with his tools. What follows is a list of tools that I use regularly to maintain this site.
Publishing & Design
- MarsEdit — My text editor for all my blog posts, which I still write in hand-coded HTML. Originally developed by Brent Simmons of NetNewsWire fame, it is now in the able hands of Daniel Jalkut. This is software without bells and whistles, but it gets the job done.
- Think — A writer’s greatest enemy is distraction. Think is one of two apps I use to block out distractions while I write. It simply allows you to choose a single application, and it blacks out the rest of your screen.
- MenuEclipse2 — Like Think, this simple app darkens your menubar to ensure you’re not distracted.
- Coda — I use two tools for all my web development: Coda and CSSEdit. I’ve been using Coda since it was first developed by Panic and I still think it’s the best web development text editor for OS X.
- CSSEdit — I’ve never upgraded to the newer Espresso, but I regularly use CSSEdit 2.6 for all my CSS design needs.
- Day One —Some of my blog posts begin as journal entries. I make an effort to write every day in Day One, even if just a few sentences.
- Aperture — I use Apple’s Aperture software for all my photo editing and organizing.
- Canon 7D — My main camera is a Canon 7D. I use a 50mm 1.4 fixed lens for portraits and I have a 24 – 70mm 2.8 for everything else. My next camera will have a full frame sensor.
- Flickr — I have been using Flickr for my online photo storage since it first launched as a game in 2004. These days most of my photos are auto-imported from Instagram, but I still try to organize them into sets.
WordPress Mobile — I save all my draft blog posts on my server from MarsEdit so that I can continue to work on them from my iPhone.