Switching to Mastodon

This will be a short post. With everything that has been going on with twitter, to me it just has become a toxic waste dump. I am switching from even really looking at twitter as a viable news source option. While I will maintain an account there, I will not use it for interactions if at all possible. Instead I would urge people to move to Mastodon. I would also suggest if you are able to, stand up their own instance. This way people can do what they want and I can isolate the shit from actually reaching me and the bots that I will eventually stand up. Perhaps that is a future posting of how to stand up a mastodon server. For now if you need me: @[email protected]

Using Cactus Comments with Jekyll

With my switching to using Jekyll and wanting to still have a comment system on my posts. I set out looking at my options. There were many options out there and some were better in ways than my final choice. Such as Disqus. My friend and ex-coworker uses it on his blog. While it offers a nice little interface and allows for logins from popular services, it just did not feel right for me to use. Most of the ones I found all controlled the data, aka I would not host it.

Cloudflare tunnels and Cockpit

I have been continuing to play with Cloudflare tunnels and teams and wanted to put cockpit on a tunnel. I found out it is not as straightforward as one would think. I found a small web of things to do and an undocumented disability/bug in Cloudflare tunnels. It is not as simple as throwing it into the configuration and expecting it to work. No, you have to configure cockpit, tweak the tunnel and have a URL of a certain (loose) format. I am not certain I needed to get a LetsEncrypt cert for it so I am skipping that in this write-up. If anyone does find that it is needed, drop me a message and I will add it at a later date. For quick and dirty setup read after the break.

My tweak to the ‘Blogstream’ wordpress theme

So I got tired of looking at the theme that I had on this site, one of the wordpress out of the box from a few years ago. Out of curiosity I started browsing themes and I came across this one. It is called “Blogstream” by Alexander Agnarson. I spent a little time tweaking the settings from the GUI but knew in a short time I would need to dig into the code for it to add some code for what I call “Reference URLs”. These are pages that I consulted about what I may have written. I just want to make sure they get the credit for part of my writing so I made it a custom field. I liked how the tags look so I was hoping I could steal its CSS rather clumsily and have each URL be a little bubble. I also only wanted it to show on a full page of a post only. With those restrictions in mind after the break is the code to make it happen.