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Notable Octopress tweaks: Copyright, Tags, & Feed Excerpts

October 28, 2013 · 8 min read
Copyright This is almost pointless to mention but the standard templates give you a very specific copyright with respect to atom feeds (Copyright (c) x-y). The file source\_includes\custom\footer.html includes a way of gathering the system time in the form: I simply replaced the current hard-coded year with the ruby code above so that when the site is generated, it always gives the current year. In case any of you are wondering how to insert code blocks with liquid syntax, see this post. Tags This is more involved but luckily gist makes it stupid simple ...

Octopress site generation on Windows 8.1

October 24, 2013 · 1 min read
Install RailsInstaller from here. I use the version with Rails 3.2. libcurl Download the latest "Win32 - Generic" libcurl with SSL development release from here (this is the last entry as of 10/23/2013). Unpack the zip file. Copy curl.exe, libcurl.dll and libidn-11.dll to C:\RailsInstaller\bin. The reason I copy curl to test the program. It verifies the files are in the expected path and has an added bonus of making sure all the dll dependencies are present. This is how I figured out libidn-11.dll was necessary to include. SSL certificate setup Do ...

My blog's notable Octopress tweaks

July 11, 2013 · 1 min read
My plan is for this post to serve as an index to the upcoming posts. Unlike the ASP.NET MVC posts that fizzled (sorry), I need to chronicle these changes in the event I need to dissect them again. Here's the collection in no particular order: Copyright date - This one is simple and almost not worth noting. I use a copyright date range of [start year]-[current year] and this post simply explains the what and why. Tag generator - Octopress will not support tags. Tag index pages are trivial to implement but I'm also starting to agree with the premise tha ...

Migration from WordPress to Octopress Complete

July 10, 2013 · 1 min read
In case anyone was watching, I switched the blog from a generic WordPress with a slightly customized theme to octopress. I'm using the excellent Octoflat theme with a few notable tweaks. I reintroduced the search and feed buttons as well as expanded the navigation to allow nested menus. The theme allows for nested menu elements and while 2 levels deep is highly acceptable, I happen to use 3. I'm writing this post using the excellent MarkPad which serves all of my needs perfectly. You don't need a markdown editor, but having one with live-preview that rei ...

Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare -> Severe badassery

May 28, 2011 · 5 min read
I promised a post on kind of breaking down how I understand the album but I thought a combination of it could make me pretentiously douchie and who really cares? Well I do. I figured I'd try to post this as I listen to the album, giving notes on each track. One thing kind of goes without saying that this is The Rev's last studio work before his death and much of that echoes through each track to me. It's going to be very weird hearing an A7V track without him physically on the drums. Not that I hated any of the other albums mind you, but this is perhaps ...