About this site

The tools under the hood, and answers to questions no one has actually asked.

What tools are used to make this site?

This website is made with Quarto (Allaire and Dervieux 2024). The code resides in a GitHub repo, and is hosted for free through Netlify.

Check out the Quarto docs on creating websites to learn about making your own, and the section on publishing with Netlify if you’d like to do that.

Quarto sits on the shoulders of several other open-source projects, such as Pandoc, Bootstrap, and Deno. You you can learn more about these in Quarto’s open-source-license documentation.

What font is that?

The font family I use here (most of the time) is Concourse by Matthew Butterick. It’s neither free nor open source, but I think of it as a small price to pay for something I look at so often (and also because I reference his free book, Practical Typography (Butterick 2020), on the regular).

What’s the difference between Blog and Notes?

Blog posts are (mainly) static. I write them, publish them, and don’t typically go back and update them. If I’m doing it right, they should be helpful to other people.

I keep “living”-ish documents on things I’m learning in Notes. The primary audience for notes is me. They’re likely to change as I learn more, and might not be all that helpful for other folks. These days, I stash most of my notes in a Quarto book aptly named Mara’s Notebook.

How can I contact you?

If you have any questions, comments, corrections, or suggestions, feel free to reach out to me on Mastodon, or any other social that strikes your fancy.

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Allaire, JJ, and Christophe Dervieux. 2024. Quarto: R Interface to ’Quarto’ Markdown Publishing System. https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=quarto.
Butterick, Matthew. 2020. Butterick’s Practical Typography. Second Edition. https://practicaltypography.com.