Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, but first I need more coffee.

Month: November 2015 (Page 2 of 2)

Wagtail, part the first

Seriously considering moving my website away from WordPress to a Django CMS (not Django CMS). There are a lot to choose from. Mezzanine was recommend to me and I had gained some familiarity with setting one up and was about ready convert a small Plone website to it. Plone was overkill for it. I ran into some difficulties in setting up Mezzanine on one of my host providers and in doing research on various Django CMSes (was seriously looking at Django CMS) also read a description of Wagtail, one the newest content management systems that sits on top of the Django web framework.

My preferred programming language is Python. Alas, WordPress is written in PHP. PHP is fine. It owes it’s origins to Perl, but I find I’m more productive in Python and it’s easier and cleaner to maintain. Also, there are a bunch of great people in the Python community (though I have found a bunch of great people in the WordPress and JavaScript communities in Tucson).

Wagtail isn’t a ready to go out of the box CMS like WordPress or Plone and does require work in setting it. Even Mezzanine is more ready to go out of the box. For a low cost web host, you really can’t beat WordPress. It is everywhere and there are a large number of developers who make, themes and plugins for it. They help to make up for the shortcomings of PHP.

I’ll have more to say as I learn about Wagtail in future posts and my possible journey from WordPress to it.

Star Wars Again (Episode VII)

I didn’t expect to be excited about the new Star Wars movie and became even less enthused when I found out the title The Force Awakens or that light saber with the tangs like it was a broadsword. Nor did I expect to get sucked in to the trailers or speculations about the new film, but I have.

Who knows if it’s going to be any good? Disney purchased the the franchise from George Lucas and they intend to make lots more money from it, so no doubt it will do that.  Here’s the final trailer to get you in the mood.

The first is the speculation that Luke Skywalker is the villain of the Episode VII. Again like my earlier post Growing Old With Star Wars I mentioned that all these speculative pieces though compelling they may be may simply be a result of too much time on their hands.

This Luke Skywalker Theory Destroys Everything You Thought You Knew About ‘Star Wars’
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-conery/luke-skywalker-theory-destroys-everything-star-wars_b_8392698.html

The second one is speculation that Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord. I did recognize that Jar Jar was a fool and fools are a common archetype in fairy tales and are prominent in Russian fairy tales. They aren’t really fools at all.

[Theory] Jar Jar Binks was a trained Force user, knowing Sith collaborator, and will play a central role in The Force Awakens
https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWars/comments/3qvj6w/theory_jar_jar_binks_was_a_trained_force_user

Text with animated gifs illustrating points of main article.

This Guy Just Changed The Way We See Star Wars. Mind Blown.
http://www.tickld.com/x/jaw/this-guy-just-changed-the-way-we-see-star-wars-jar-jar

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