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AWStats and CloudFront Logs

How does one use AWStats to analyze AWS CloudFront logs?

AWStats is a widely used tool to analyze website logs, but unfortunately there is not much information available on how to use it with AWS's (Standard) CloudFront logs. The AWStats documentation seems to assume that you are using AWStats on the actual web server generating the logs, or at least that you have access to normal web server logs. That isn't the case when using CloudFront. I was able to find a single blog post from 2011 documenting how to process CloudFront logs with AWStats, and although that post was helpful, I believe more needs to be said about how to shoehorn CloudFront logs into something AWStats can use. This blog post will document what I learned while getting this to work for me.

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Removing Google Analytics

I finally did it: I have removed Google Analytics from this website and all subdomain websites.

This task has been festering on my todo list for at least a year or two. I am so happy to have this done.

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py5 Subdomain

I have added yet another website subdomain: py5.ixora.io. This will be the home py5, a new version of Processing I've been building since the beginning of the pandemic. It will host reference documentation and tutorials.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

This year I learned how to create handmade cards using watercolors. I painted the cover of each card by hand. Have a look at the results.

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New Accordion Plugin

I've been a Nikola user for a few years now, and I'm a big fan. One of the reasons why I picked it is because it is implemented in Python. Python is of course my favorite programming language. And because Nikola is written in Python, it should be easier for me to write code to build my own extensions.

For various reasons I never actually did that until now. I wanted an Accordion reStructuredText directive, and since it didn't exist, I had to build it myself. And that's what I did. Getting it to work completely took some fiddling but I have it working. See an example below.

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New Theme

This weekend I updated my website's theme. As I've said before, I use Nikola, a static site generator written in Python. My new theme is a customization of the bootblog4 theme.

I'm quite happy with the new look. It is clean, functional, and it works well on mobile devices. It also fixed some cosmetic issues that I wasn't able to fix with the previous theme. In addition, I was finally able to get figure captions to work the way I wanted them to work.

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Graduated from ITP

After two long years of hard work I have graduated from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). ITP was a wonderful experience and I am grateful for everything I learned and everyone I met. I'm definitely a changed person as a result. I'm happier and more optimistic about my future. And the ITP experience is not over! I am happy to say that I will be continuing for another year as a resident. I'm excited to continue contributing to this community as I continue to learn.

Over the past two years most of my blog posts have been in the ITP section of this website. Now that I've graduated I want to leave the ITP posts alone and start developing the regular blog section of this site. I will reorganize things a bit and will probably make some breaking changes. That's OK though because nobody links to this site outside of the ITP blog and Processing library documentation. To best prepare for the future, I need to make some adjustments.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

This is the 3D animation I made for my holiday cards. View this with red-cyan 3D Glasses (red on the left, cyan on the right).

If you don't have 3D glasses you can watch the non-anaglyph version.

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