Democratizing the Arts

Back in the day to be in the arts was a risky career choice. Hence the term “starving artist”. I was told this when I was a kid but it was like holding up a red cape at a bull. So I chose a career in music. I began my professional career at age 15 when local musicians had a problem finding available drummers for their weekend gigs. This even required getting an approval from the national offices of the American Federation of Musicians.

I stayed with this as principal career still playing regular gigs, often 5 or 6 nights a week until early 1989. That’s when I got too busy with my second career of computer programming. The new career provided stable and good income and I thought I had it made for life but that turned out not to be true but will be the subject of my next blog post.

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Changing the Scenery

An update to my personal site was long overdue. I had checked out a variety of different templates and open source web design systems to update my site. These included Bootstrap, Jekyll, and MiddleMan. I settled on Hugo as it was just an app to install and runs from the command line. With the other systems you need to make sure you had all the correct versions of Rails and Rake. Since Hugo is an app it takes care of all that and runs using Go.

I had also used Octopress for my blog but then found Michael Henderson’s port to Hugo of the Octopress theme. I’m also using it here with some modifications, specifically to make the site completely use relative addressing. Apparently most of the themes for Hugo are developed by folks who host sites on GitHub and it may not work well with relative addressing but my web host prefers it (plus it makes things simpler).

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