Keeping it simple

Welcome to my blog!

Some background: I used to run an independent economic research firm, Pixelics, but recently accepted a role at the Department of Treasury in Western Australia. Running both at the same time - and avoiding conflicts - took up too much time, so I decided it was best for all involved to close Pixelics down.

In its place I resurrected Dismal Musings, a domain I previously used for a node. I plan to write on a wide range of subjects, basically anything that I find interesting to which I can add my two cents.

For the technically inclined, this website has no database and is compiled with Pelican, a Python-based static site generator. It uses a modified version of the Pelicanyan theme, itself ported from Lanyon, a mobile-first minimalist Jekyll theme.

Why Pelican? Having run Pixelics on CraftCMS I really wanted something a bit simpler to match the intent of this blog, so it had to be a static, bloat-free website (looking at you, WordPress). That left Jekyll, Hugo and Pelican, with my decision made purely on the fact that Pelican is Python-based, the programming language with which I was most familiar.

That’s all for now. Once I’ve ironed out all of the kinks (I’ve never used Pelican before) I plan to post about once a week.

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