minchin.jrnl v7 “Phoenix” released

Today, I do something that I should have done 5 years ago, and something that I’ve been putting off for the last 2 years1: I’m releasing a personal fork of jrnl2! I’ve given this release the codename Phoenix, after the mythical bird of rebirth, that springs forth renewed from the ashes of the past.

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Winter is coming... the butter in the kitchen cupboards in no longer soft!

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AutoLoader Plugin 1.2.1 for Pelican Released

This release of Autoloader is to fix a crashing bug when no plugins in the minchin.​pelican.​readers namespace are loaded.

I also updated a number of other plugins to blacklist v1.2.0 to avoid these crashes.

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Microblogging 1.1.0 for Pelican Released

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

Microblogging is a plugin to allow you to have “micro” (or “µ” or small) posts, similarly (at least outwardly) to Twitter, Mastodon, or Threads.

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AutoLoader Plugin 1.2.0 for Pelican Released

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

AutoLoader is a “meta plugin” in that it doesn’t directly affect your Pelican site, but rather works to make your other plugins better. Previously, the plugin was set to autoload plugins in my minchin.​pelican.​plugins namespace, and thus will extend that to my minchin.​pelican.​readers namespace.

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Selecting a Code of Conduct for My Software Projects

Towards the end of 2011 2021 (in the depths of Covid…), I started thinking about adding a code of conduct to my open source software projects. Github recommends adding one, somewhat similiar to how they recommend including a software license.

In trying to pick a code of conduct (for my projects), it seems helpful to remember the “community”, as such, is often basically me, short (in length) is generally better, and just about anything can be weaponized by bad faith actors.

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What Happens If Self-Driving Cars Become a Reality?

This is a thought experiment, and perhaps a glimpse into the future. The question I start with is, “What happens if self-driving cars become a reality?” I note that first order effects (like, Now I can eat breakfast in the car because I don’t have to hold the steering wheel anymore) are the easiest to see, and with each step out (Does my breakfast change? How does that effect egg farmers?), the results get easier and easier to get wrong.

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