Alex Urquhart
Geomatics Professional

New Blog

Tags: blog hugo

Okay, this is getting a bit ridiculous. Once again I have migrated blogging platforms.

Maybe it was due to boredom with my other projects, or perhaps I just really like playing with CSS. I don’t know. All I know is that I’m much happier with my static site and completely custom theme (which is on Github) powered by Hugo.

I have never used a static site generator before, but for a project such as this I find it’s much easier to customize and deploy than Ghost or Wordpress. Right now I’m contemplating forwarding all the traffic to my domain (most likely just me, for now) to my personal github page, and just hosting all my static stuff there.

I hope to use this space as a showcase for my projects, and an outlet for me to practice writing tutorials and opinion pieces. My first tutorial should be on using D3.js to create dynamic legends for custom leaflet layers, and I also want to present some analysis on the Twitter trends in the Ottawa Area.

Since the summer of 2014 I’ve been recording all geo-enabled tweets that have been sent in a bounding box encompassing Ottawa, Gatineau, Kanata, and Orleans. Some of the things that I want to do are:

  • See how the pattern of tweets emerges during the day along the transit way.
  • Trends surrounding big Sens games
  • How did the word spread on Twitter after the Parliament Hill shooting.

If anyone has any better ideas, please let me know in the comments.

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