New Fiction: “Memories of Stars”

Posted on Sun 20 January 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with featured, fiction, meta, writing • 2 min read

There’s a new short story in ye olde fiction section. Well, I say, “new”. This is actually a couple years old, but it felt like a good time to share it.

It’s a story about creatures that came to destroy our world only to find that we’d …


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Better scheduled posts for Pelican

Posted on Fri 12 January 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with bash, meta, pelican • 4 min read

Pop quiz: you’ve set up a static web site like all the cool kids these days, but you still want to be able to do scheduled posts. There’s a lot of good reasons why you might. After all, if you go on a writing binge you don’t …


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2017 by the numbers

Posted on Thu 04 January 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with meta, personal • 3 min read

Yay, the obligatory retrospective post!

Let’s face it, in many ways, 2017 was a dumpster fire of a year. The political and social climate has been toxic and frankly it’s hard to be effective in this kind of environment. That’s why it’s more important than ever …


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Mandatory HTTPS for everyone

Posted on Thu 25 May 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with encryption, meta, networking, privacy, security • 2 min read

These days, encryption is more important than ever. You don’t need to look any farther than the national news for reasons why. Even small sites that don’t provide user accounts should consider it. I was reminded of this recently when I came across a post by Jeff Atwood …


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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.

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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

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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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Changelog: Scheduled Posts in Jekyll

Posted on Tue 07 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with development, jekyll, meta, octopress • 3 min read

I do so love to tinker…

One thing that has annoyed me about using a static site generator for my blog has been the lack of scheduled posts. It’s a feature I relied on quite a bit back when I used Wordpress, and also when I built my custom …


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Changelog: Improving Discovery and Readability

Posted on Thu 19 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with development, django, haystack, jekyll, lsi, meta, octopress, personal, xapian • 4 min read

Iteration is the thing. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. After all, tinkering is easy to do, especially when you are working with a platform as flexible as Jekyll. So as you would expect, I’ve made several changes to the site since the initial relaunch.


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Emerging

Posted on Thu 12 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with announcments, jekyll, meta, octopress, ruby • 3 min read

Ahh, a site relaunch. That fresh new-theme smell! Just what the doctor ordered for the Ministry of Intrigue.


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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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