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Pretty Good Hat

About Pretty Good Hat

Thanks for visiting. I’m Alan. I have been a sociologist, a clinical researcher, an IT guy of various roles, and am now working in analytics for a team with lots of interesting problems to solve.

If you enjoy what I write here or have questions or comments, please get in touch. You can send me email to alan at this domain.

You can also comment on things here at Pretty Good Hat using webmentions or via replies at my micro blog where I syndicate posts.

You might also be interested in the Pretty Good Hat RSS feed or my (dormant?) tilde club hangout.


This is the third generation of Pretty Good Hat, circa early January 2021. The original was a static blog rendered from a bunch of markdown files by some homebuilt ruby nonsense. This is the second revision based on Hugo (first Hugo revision notes here and here) and as always is built from a bunch of markdown files. It’s also mostly nonsense, still. I host with Pair Networks (having once been part of a great hosting community that I still miss sometimes), and write in various tools on a Mac and iOS.


The site supports webmentions, syndication, and posting to Hugo via micropub and media endpoints. You can read about some of my indieweb adventures via the #indieweb tag.


  • There are 991 total posts since my first post here on Aug 8, 2012 !
  • 87078 total words!
  • 87 words per post, average!

Stats shortcode for Hugo from plugin-post-stats for, by @amit.