the other me might even be better than this one

From Death Cab for Cutie to Does It Offend You, Yeah?

March 27, 2021 — Gideon Mayhak


After much procrastinating, I finally started writing this post while staying at our new house in Barron, WI. We haven't officially moved yet, but we took Sarah's spring break to drive up and take a closer look at this place we bought entirely from Virginia. I'm very thankful for my dad's willingness to go and look at the house and give an informed opinion before we made an offer. Cheers to Casey Watters and her team for all their help.

The release of this post was also delayed for a special appearance.

Anyway, we continue exploring the collection with a look at a handful of different bands.


Tags: cd-listening, meet-the-mayhaks, music

From Daft Punk to Daft Punk

February 21, 2021 — Gideon Mayhak


For no particular reason other than I like the way it breaks up the artist groupings in my collection, we start the Ds with a single band (duo? group?). This is also a feeble attempt at posting more regularly by covering fewer albums at a time.


Tags: cd-listening, music

Using mod_md to manage Let's Encrypt certificates

February 11, 2021 — Gideon Mayhak

I've been using certbot to manage my Let's Encrypt certificates since I first started using them. Today, I switched to using mod_md to simplify the whole process and remove one dependency from my setup.


Tags: how-to, server-info

From Costello to Crane Wives

January 31, 2021 — Gideon Mayhak


I'm happy to bring reminiscences of an artist enjoyed by generations of Mayhaks, along with a band Sarah and I discovered together. This one encompasses quite a few discs from the collection considering it only covers two distinct artists and nine albums. Lots of "deluxe editions".


Tags: cd-listening, meet-the-mayhaks, music

From Albright to Albright

January 15, 2021 — Gideon Mayhak


We interrupt our regular broadcast to bring you a late Christmas treat: a new addition to the CD collection--by an artist I hadn't heard of before--received as a gift.


Tags: cd-listening, christmas, music

Photo calendar, 2021

December 31, 2020 — Gideon Mayhak

This year, I decided to start what I hope will be an annual tradition: a photo calendar sent to friends and family. If you did not receive one, please don't be offended: I kept the list fairly short because of the cost of printing and shipping. However, let me know if you'd like one, and I'll gladly have one printed for you.

In the meantime, I figured I'd share the photos here.


Tags: meet-the-mayhaks, new-year, photography

Season's greetings, 2020

December 24, 2020 — Gideon Mayhak

Sarah and I celebrate Christmas in a fairly traditional way: trees, lights, presents. She carefully arranges our commemorative ornaments on the main tree, and I set up an aluminum Christmas tree from my dad's childhood. Most years, Sarah puts together a nice card to send out to friends and family, and I thought I'd share a digital copy on this blog.


Tags: christmas, meet-the-mayhaks, photography

Adding a simple dark blog theme using CSS

December 22, 2020 — Gideon Mayhak

I've started using dark themes on some of the devices I use, including my phone, and I was struck by my blog's default black-on-white theme when viewed at night. I like the ligher theme as a default, but I wanted to accommodate folks (including myself) who prefer a less bright look.

Since I've gotten used to some sites automatically adjusting based on the device's theme settings, I figured I'd see if it would be easy enough to do the same for my blog. Here's my bare minimum attempt at implementing it using only Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).


Tags: blog-info, how-to