I have been toying with the idea of assembling content for the public web for a while now. At first, I thought it would be a neat way to really learn the inner workings of HTTP. I even considered going at it without any framework, hand coding HTML directly and slowly evolving my own framework as I went. Fortunately, I quickly realized that I’m much too lazy for that approach to go anywhere. So I looked for the highest ROI approach instead and settled on GitHub Pages. You probably wonder how come you’re not reading this at the expected https://jburgy.github.io address. I realized a few years back that my last name ends like the Top-Level Domain for Guyana. So I naturally registered the corresponding domain.
With the question of “how” out of the way, the “what” remains. At the risk of sounding like a total loser, I really enjoy writing bits of software. I derive satisfaction from approaching Saint-Exupery’s idea that “La perfection est atteinte, non pas lorsqu’il n’y a plus rien à ajouter, mais lorsqu’il n’y a plus rien à retirer.” So I try real hard to write programs which I consider elegant because of their minimalism. Think of it as the software equivalent of Barnett Newman’s paintings.
I therefore commit to post extremely sporadically to entertain and possibly educate. Your feedback is always welcome.