Blogger Comments Exported

I am in the middle of moving my blog over from Blogger to self-hosting it and generating it with Pelican. One of the struggles was what to do with comments. Something like Disqus could work, but the philosophy of externally hosting comments doesn’t seem to jibe very well with the philosophy of a static website, like this one. In the end, I discovered Bernhard Scheirle’s Pelican Comment System! New comments are submitted via a mailto: link (which generates an email to me), and then each comment is stored on the backend as a separate file. The only problem left was how to import my existing comments from Blogger.

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Jinja Filters 1.0.0 for Pelican Released

Jinja Filters is a plugin for Pelican, a static site generator written in Python.

Jinja Filters provides a selection of functions (called filters) for templates to use when building your website. They are packaged for Pelican, but may prove useful for other projects that make use of Jinja2.

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I Redesigned My Blog

I just finished redesigning my blog and moving it from one backend provider to another. Another post will follow with the technical discussion of the steps involved, but for this post I wanted to focus on the philosophical considerations.

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Minchin dot CA Pelican Theme 1.0.0 Released

I’ve been in the process of redesigning my blog and so as part of that I’ve tried to make as many pieces as possible installable from pip. To that end, I’ve packaged my website theme and uploaded it to PyPI.

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Europe at Night

Europe at Night
[T]his is actually a composite produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revealing a decade in European economic development and decline.

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River Through Time

River Through Time
Below is an animation of a river over about 20 years. I like it because it shows the meander of the river changing over several years, as well as cut-offs and ox bow lakes forming. This happens for many rivers, but its’ pace is often too slow for us to notice.

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The Three Audience Truths

This is advise for when given a speech, or otherwise speaking in public. Remember:

  1. They believe you’re the expert, so don’t tell them otherwise.
  2. They want you to succeed, so they’re on your side.
  3. They won’t know when you make a mistake, so don’t announce it.

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