Site logo for gordonansell.com.

Gordy's Discourse

Rebel Rebel

Posted by on with tags: , .
684 words, 3 minute read time.
5 star rating 5 star rating 5 star rating 5 star rating 5 star rating

David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel' is an awesome song, but I've come across and even more awesome live version of it. I link to that here after giving you a potted history of my musical tastes.


Read more ...

Ironmaster Super Bench Review

Posted by on with tags: , , .
1137 words, 4 minute read time.
4 star rating 4 star rating 4 star rating 4 star rating 4 star rating
Icon for the `Ironmaster Super Bench Review` article.

A review of the Ironmaster Superbench. I really rate Ironmaster's workout equipment. I have an Ironmaster IM2000 and I bought an Ironmaster Superbench as part of the package, which is what I'm reviewing here. I think this is one of the best multi-purpose, flat-incline-decline benches on the market.


Read more ...

CPanel AutoSSL Renewal Problems

Posted by on with tags: , , .
363 words, 2 minute read time.

Since adding a new domain to my CPanel server, I've had AutoSSL renewal errors. These have been emailed to me via the AutoSSL check that runs overnight. Anyway, the problem (at least in my case) sits with the .htaccess file and here's my solution.


Read more ...

Why Use Jekyll as a Blogging Platform?

Posted by on with tags: , , .
716 words, 3 minute read time.

My reasoning behind using Jekyll to power this site. I've used Wordpress on many blogs in the past but I didn't need all the features it provides for this blog and a static blog generation app seemed more appropriate. This article looks at how I came to decide to use Jekyll.


Read more ...

Bear Writer Review - a Gorgeous Notes App

Posted by on with tags: , , , , , .
1181 words, 4 minute read time.
4 star rating 4 star rating 4 star rating 4 star rating 4 star rating
Icon for the `Bear Writer Review - A Gorgeous Notes App` article.

A review of Shiny Frog's Bear Writer, which I really like and assessed to see if I could integrate it into my GTD process. I think it's ideal for note-taking, short-form writing (blog posts and such) and journaling, although some people might not like the subscription model it uses. I think it's worth looking at if you want a Markdown-based notes app.


Read more ...

Rescuing the Exclamation Mark

Posted by on with tags: , .
754 words, 3 minute read time.
Icon for the `Rescuing The Exclamation Mark` article.

Exclamation marks are overused and abused these days and we need the grammar police to be vigilant in prosecuting offenders. I'd guess at least 99% of exclamation marks used in electronic communication are inappropriate and unnecessary.


Read more ...

How to Calculate Your Wilks Score

Posted by on with tags: .
493 words, 2 minute read time.

The Wilks Score allows powerlifters and weight-trainers to make an equitable comparison of the weights lifted regardless of body weight, gender and -- with a modification to the pure Wilks score -- age. This article explains how to go about calculating your Wilks Score.


Read more ...

Installing Jekyll on MacOS (OSX) 10.11+

Posted by on with tags: , , , .
676 words, 3 minute read time.
Icon for the `Installing Jekyll on MacOS (OSX) 10.11+` article.

The process I used to install Jekyll on MacOS 10.11+ (actually 10.12.6) after encountering errors such as 'You don't have write permissions', 'public_suffix requires Ruby version >= 2.1', 'Your Xcode (7.2.1) is too outdated' and 'rbenv shell command not found'. It was a bit of a nightmare, but I got there in the end.


Read more ...