About

Me

Hello, I’m fine.

Inspiration

I had intended to start writing more at the beginning of 2020, but that mostly amounted to me dicking around with writing my own flat-file/SQLite-based/couchDB static blog generator in Go/Java/PHP/Node for months and writing nothing.

In the middle of May, this article: Tiny websites are great came across the front page of Hacker News. The story was interesting, but the implementation was a tire fire of “why would anyone do this”?

I did eventually stop fighting it; settling for a write.as account for a bit. The yawning void presented by the write.as editor was pretty intimidating. I wasn’t necessarily looking to fill volumes. My thoughts are mostly small, and look small if they have to stand alone. The analytics were neat, and it has a built-in audience on read.write.as.

So I moved (briefly) to micro.blog. It’s a community filled with interesting people, and it didn’t take long to figure out that I didn’t belong there. Your posts can be seen by other people on the “discover” page, and I didn’t need that, it’s nerve-wracking enough to see my writing intermixed with that of interesting people. I don’t want them reading it as well. I needed a website out in the woods.

So here we are. Welcome to my website in the woods.

Name

I got the name for the site from the LastPass Username Generator Tool. It suggested ‘pEraKeta’ on the fourth spin of the wheel, and that was good enough.

I did a quick DuckDuckGo search to see if anyone terrible was already associated. It came up pretty clean, but suggested that I might mean ‘parakeet’, which I definitely didn’t.

From there, I ran it through Google Translate to see if it meant ‘pisspot’, or something in Welsh. Google translated it to ‘fineness’ in Hindi (or “fairness” if I used double quotes for some reason). It also translated into ‘speedometer’ in Turkish. I don’t have a lot of faith in Google Translate.

Stack and Thanks

The site is powered by the delightful Hugo, and dressed up by a modified version of a port of the Jekyll Hyde theme to Hugo by Steve Francia. The code resides in GitLab, and is passed off to Netlify for building and deployment. Analytics are currently handled by Plausible.