My faithful companion: mutt

Posted on Fri 21 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, email, personal • 2 min read

About a month ago, on a whim, I started an experiment where I stopped checking my personal email on my phone, or via the web. Instead, I moved all my personal email activity over to Mutt. Yes, I’m now one of those nerds. The ones that use unnecessarily complex …


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Now supporting JSON feeds and scheduled posts

Posted on Wed 24 May 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, development, meta, pelican • 1 min read

I’m happy to report that this site now produces a valid JSON feed for your consumption. If you are using one of the few feedreaders that support them, that is.

JSON Feed logo

JSON Feeds: Slurp ‘em if you’ve got ‘em!

JSON feeds are a relatively new concept in syndication, but …


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Soaring with Pelican

Posted on Fri 19 May 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, development, meta, pelican, personal, python • 3 min read

Pelican logo

Get Pelican: it’s good!

There comes a time in every young man’s life when he begins to neglect his digital lawn, and the weeds grow so thick you wouldn’t think there was any home there at all. Such has been the state of Ministry for the last …


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Hacking on Octopress

Posted on Mon 11 February 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, development, meta, ruby • 5 min read

As previously discussed, I recently switched to Octopress on this site. I’ve been pretty happy with that decision thus far. Performance is good thanks to static files. It’s a joy to compose in Markdown, preview it on my own machine, and then deploy to my site. Plus, since …


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Switching To Octopress

Posted on Thu 24 January 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, development, django, hyde, jekyll, meta, octopress, python, ruby • 6 min read

This site is now powered by Octopress. The tentacles compell you!

Octopress

It’s tentacly delicious!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been looking to try out a new CMS for this site. The reasons were myriad, and they were all discussed in the aforementioned post …


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CMS Blues

Posted on Sun 20 January 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with administration, assorted geekery • 4 min read

I’m down with a case of the CMS Blues. I’ve got them so bad.

A Little Background

So, I’ve been using my own custom [Django][2]-powered CMS for several years now. Creating it was a great learning experience and in general, I’ve been quite happy …


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Review: Linode

Posted on Tue 07 December 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, hosting, linode, linux, reviews, webfaction • 4 min read

Well, after many years of posting my nonsense on the internets, I have finally made the transition from shared hosting to a VPS. This last week, I migrated this site over to a Linode VPS, and I must say that the whole experience has been pretty painless.

A Little History …


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A Very Lovecraft October

Posted on Sun 07 November 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, board games, books, games, lovecraft, reviews • 4 min read

There’s something about Halloween that always draws me back to H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. I’m not alone in this, of course. My good friend Quentin Lewis has taken to releasing recordings of himself reading stories from Lovecraft each Halloween as a podcast, which I highly recommend …


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Review: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Posted on Sat 02 October 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, books, epic fantasy, fantasy, reviews • 5 min read

What’s that you say? Another epic fantasy by Brandon Sanderson? Sold.

I swear, the rate at which Brandon Sanderson produces his massive books is a bit intimidating. The added fact that they are so consistently good marks it as an indicator of an almost terrifying amount of talent and …


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Boredom & Stats For Nerds

Posted on Thu 15 July 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, personal • 3 min read

Last night I found myself looking through old blog posts on this site in an attempt to avoid thinking about any of the other things I need to get done. As I was looking back through the posts from 2004-2005, I was struck by how much my writing style changed …


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