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Create a Personal Webpage Using GitHub Pages & Jekyll

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 21/07/2021 - 6:42am in


Identity, website

This demo was created for use in trainings to have educators play with GitHub, GitHub Pages, and Jekyll. This guide is meant to help Git and GitHub beginners get up and running with GitHub Pages and Jekyll.

It assumes you know very little about Git and GitHub. We’ll be using a little bit of Markdown, and you may work a bit with HTML and CSS. You do not need to be an expert in any of these languages. The idea is that you’ll play and learn by doing.

Some things to know

Git, GitHub, and GitHub Pages are all closely related. You can think of Git as the pipes to get things done and keep track of projects. GitHub and GitHub Pages as places to publicly store the work you finish working with Git.

Git is a version control system that tracks changes to files in a project over time. Git will allow you to record what changes were made to a file and who made them.

When we work with Git, we’ll have opportunities to think about versioning. Version control is the management of changes to documents, computer programs, large websites, and other collections of information.

GitHub is a web hosting service for the source code of software, web development, or other text-based projects that use Git. If this is your first time using GitHub, you’ll need to create an account.

GitHub Pages are public web pages hosted for free through GitHub. GitHub users can create and host both personal websites (one allowed per user) and websites related to specific GitHub projects.

Imagine you work on a letter using Microsoft Word on your computer. You upload the letter and convert it to a Google Doc to allow you to share it out with others for feedback. Later on, you decide to share this Google Doc using Google Sites, or simply publish the Google Doc to the web. In a general way, Git would be the Word doc and content you create on your computer. GitHub would be like using Google Docs to share the content of your letter. GitHub Pages would be like using Google Sites to publish content to the web.

Jekyll is a static site generator. It is a throwback to the days of static HTML before databases were used to store content of your websites content. For simple sites without complex architectures, like a personal website, this is a great option. When used with GitHub, Jekyll will automatically re-generate and publically make website pages available for all.

Let’s Build a One-Pager

In some of my workshops, I’ll have participants play with a simple document to get their feet wet as they play with the tools. This one pager template is an idea I borrowed from Doug Belshaw to get people working.

For this demo, you’ll be working with this GitHub repo (repository) that I created to serve as a template. You can check out the live version here.

Step One. Log in to GitHub. If you don’t have a GitHub profile, you can create one here. Once you’re logged in, open this link in your browser:

Step Two. Click on the little “Fork” button at the top right corner. Wait until the repo is forked.

Step Three. Now you have your own copy of the template to use and remix. Go to repository Settings and scroll down to the “GitHub Pages” section. Select “master branch” under the “Source.” Read more here.

Whenever you commit to this repository in GitHub, GitHub Pages will run Jekyll to rebuild the pages in your site, from the content in your Markdown files. You can use the editor on GitHub to maintain and preview the content for your website in Markdown files.

Markdown is a lightweight and easy-to-use syntax for styling your writing. Keep this page open to help you as you write, edit, and revise.

This post is a great resource to understand the what you’re doing.

Some other options

Jekyll Resume Builder (GitHub repo / live version) – This repo from Tim Klapdoor started out with the idea of working out how to build a resume with Jekyll. Rather than Pages and Posts it makes use of Collections to populate the single page.

Classroom Resources Manager (GitHub repo / live version) – This repo from Jorge Sanz serves as a template for teachers that want to generate a website to provide resources by course to their students.

Personal Website (GitHub repo / live version) – This repo from Jonathan McGlone is a great example of an opportunity to create a personal website and blog using Jekyll and hosting it for free using GitHub Pages. Step-by-step guide here.

AcademicPages (GitHub repo / live version) – A Github Pages template for academic websites then extended to support the kinds of content that academics have: publications, talks, teaching, a portfolio, blog posts, and a dynamically-generated CV.

Photo by Roman Synkevych on Unsplash

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Gayatri Spivak on privilege etc.

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 10/07/2021 - 7:39am in



I’ve been meaning to post this for a long time and never got around to it. This is Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak speaking at the Gramsci Monument in The Bronx on August 24, 2013. The monument, a grandiose name for a structure built out of 2×4’s and plywood, to the Italian political philosopher Antonio Gramsci was conceived by the Swiss artist Thomas Hirschorn as a temporary installation and erected on the grounds of the Forest Houses, a public housing project in the only one of the five boroughs of New York City that’s on the American mainland. The idea is profoundly moving—bringing the ideas and personality of an Italian Marxist imprisoned by Mussolini to a part of the world where revolutionary politics and art can be in short supply. Spivak’s talk was part of a series of events at the monument.


“If one only works to end the misery of the poor, the minorities, the racialized, the gender oppressed…without…looking towards everyone, nothing will last. Nothing will last if a collectivity looks only at itself…. Remember the Occupiers, the Arab Spring. Gramsci’s word here was, and I quote, “political passion even if fiery (“incandescent” in Italian), cannot lead to permanent political structures.”


“Before I started working—this work [teaching among the Indian poor]—I would say, ‘unlearn your privilege.’ I think that’s a remarkably stupid thing to say. Because it’s very narcissistic, you just keep thinking, ‘oh my privilege.’ You cannot unlearn your privilege. It’s a historical thing. History is larger than personal goodwill. After I started working I realized I should use my bloody privilege. First of all, it makes my work suspicious for all the do-gooders. They’d say, ‘oh she’s behaving like a Brahmin upper class.’ Of course I am. I have certain kinds of power. I’m a Columbia professor. I have certain kinds of power. I’m using it….”


“Let’s not forget that identity is involved in the democratic, but if one thinks of what democracy can be, of what citizenship can be, then one must be aware that at the end of the line is a position without identity. It’s abstract, it’s not fuzzy. Fuzzy is identity. Struggle doesn’t always have to begin with identity [as a questioner suggested]. Struggle can also begin with things like class, which is not identity. Class itself is very mobile…. If the other side opposes us by identity, if we begin to believe that we are completely determined by that identity, if we can’t be critical of the bad things within that identity, we are giving into them. That’s why I said democracy has no ethnicity and no gender…. To an extent we can’t live without identity, but the political cannot be led by our identity. It is a cruel master, identity….”

Changing merit..

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 11/06/2021 - 6:36am in

I liked this article from James Bloodworth, who wrote the book about working for Amazon, Undercover in Low-Wage Britain, on meritocracy. As he points out, meritocracy is the idea is that the ‘best’ get to the top. (As if!) He says: But perhaps it’s time we gave more as a society to those who have... Read more

Without principle and full of opportunity

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 30/05/2021 - 9:30pm in

So one European City and its administration, into which the UK government used to have input is an absolute disaster for the country. Brussells must be left behind. The church of another European City and its administration – into which the UK government has no input, is just fine. Rome is to be embraced. Divorcees... Read more

Race, Class and Identity Politics

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 26/04/2021 - 11:25am in

by Kaveh Yazdani* Of late, numerous liberal, right-wing and even some leftist journalists, academics and politicians have readily embraced the prism of “leftist identity politics”. More often than not, they have done so under the cloak of liberal universalism by … Continue reading →

Racing to the bottom…

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 10/04/2021 - 6:49am in

This from journalist, Ash Sarkar on the recent ‘race’ report, I thought was worth watching: I thought a particularly good point was her conclusion on identity politics. She points out that there is never, ever any resolution in identity politics because we are who we are and cannot actually change it. That is a big... Read more

Privacy Or Power?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/04/2021 - 11:23pm in



I’m in the middle of the Student Privacy Train-the-Trainer Program for K12 from the Future of Privacy Forum. I applied for this program as I wanted to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be a student privacy expert while connecting with a peer network and student privacy experts from across the country.

The coursework is focused on the laws, tools, platforms, and case studies to examine the legal and technological challenges as we interact in digital spaces. As I think more about privacy, security, data, and identity in online spaces…I want to make sure I actually know what I’m teaching and writing.

One of the questions that reverberates in our discussions is whether these ultimately discussions about privacy or power.


Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves or information about themselves and thereby express themselves selectively.

Privacy is often lumped in with security when we talk about identity and online data. One of the best analogies I’ve used in the past to describe the similarities between privacy and security is relating it to the windows on your house.

Privacy is like closing the curtains or blinds on a window in your house. Security is like locking the doors and windows on your house.

Privacy is the right of an individual to keep their individual information from being disclosed. This is typically achieved through policies and procedures. Privacy encompasses controlling who is authorized to access your information; and under what conditions information may be accessed, used and/or disclosed to a third party.


Power can mean many things in different contexts. For the purposes of this post, we’ll consider social and political power, as well as economic power.

In social science and politics, power is the capacity of an individual to influence the actions, beliefs, or conduct (behavior) of others. In economics, power is the ability to influence, possess, control, or exert authority or influence over others. Information is a key contributor to each of these views of power.

Power is always shifting. The Internet may be challenging traditional leadership and power channels. In this, we can think about old power and new power.

  • Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.
  • New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

Data protection & access

As I begin to examine this question, one of the things that plagues my thinking is that the focus is always framed by the corporations and developers. In the student data privacy trainings, the discussions revolve around the power and privacy involved in agreeing to use tools in the district. The case studies focus on teachers using approved tech in the classroom. There never really is a discussion (as of yet) about the power, and expectations of privacy that users should have. Even young users…our students.

I’m also increasingly thinking about this question about privacy or power and thinking the real question is about identity and data protection. Data protection is about power. Privacy is the opportunity to control who can access your information. Should the IT department of the school district control access to data? Should it be the corporations and developers of these platforms? At this point…it seems like the discussions are focused on making this the default answer.

As technology changes most aspects of our society, we are presented with opportunities to innovate and transform our lives. The challenge is that these new power brokers want you to believe that these innovations are inevitable.

We need to spend more time thinking about the role of information, data protection, and access as we straddle the worlds of surveillance and global interdependence.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

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Only what Johnson would expect

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 22/03/2021 - 9:50am in

In England, your England Orwell asked: Why is the goose-step not used in England? There are, heaven knows, plenty of army officers who would be only too glad to introduce some such thing. It is not used because the people in the street would laugh. Beyond a certain point, military display is only possible in... Read more

A harrowing read

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 15/03/2021 - 11:47am in

As women’s safety has been in the news of late and as Jack Monroe is a food trade contact to watch, who every now and then surprises by detailing her own difficult life, I’m linking another instance – this – on her experience of stalking. Very much not for the faint-hearted.... Read more

Transnational Francoism

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 23/10/2020 - 6:14pm in

Bàrbara Molas discusses Transnational Francoism: The British and The Canadian Friends of National Spain as part of the TORCH Network Conversations in Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood. Bàrbara Molas is a PHD Candidate in History at York University