Google Reader

Posted December 24, 2007

Shortly after I started using Linux as my main operating system, at the end of last summer, I got fed up with the huge number of webcomics I was checking every day.

I had heard that RSS would be a good solution to this1, so I decided to give it a try. After a while, I managed to find the RSS feeds of all the webcomics that had them2, and life was good.

Since I was using Gnome and the Firefox live bookmark-style feed-reading wasn’t the style I wanted, I used Liferea, the Linux feed reader. I continued to use it up until a couple days ago.


New Default Layout

Posted December 16, 2007

I’ve pretty much finished the blog engine depersonalization I posted about on Friday.

Since no one replied to that post, I’ll assume I’m correct that no one uses (or cares about) my blogging engine. Thus I’ll spare you an in-depth discussion of how I revamped it to be more generic.

However, regardless of whether or not you use the thing, I would like to get your feedback on the new layout. I’ve put it up at and plugged it into the normal blog database.

Blog, Git

Blog Engine Stuff

Posted December 14, 2007

Last night, I stayed up way too late working on my blog engine. First I went through and made it work with all the latest stuff: Rails 2.0.1 and the new make_resourceful nested resources support.

Now, I actually have no idea if anyone other than myself and Will Farrington uses this engine. If you do, please let me know. I’m terribly curious.

Although I have a sneaking suspicion that no one does, I still choose to act as though at least a couple people do. As such, I try to make using it at least minimally reasonable for these hypothetical people.



Posted November 3, 2007

Holy cow has this poor website been through a lot in the last couple of days. At about 11:40 pacific time on Halloween night, my server decided to take a nap.

More of a coma, really: it wouldn’t wake up. Try as my hosting folks might, they couldn’t get it to boot. They had to rebuild the VPS and copy the pertinent data over to it.

Now, it turns out the issue was an incompatibility between Feisty Fawn and OpenVZ. Unfortunately, I only realized this after I tried to update my new VPS to Feisty, and knocked it out as well.

Blog, Ruby, Rails

I've Been Podcasted!

Posted October 9, 2007

So, who knew the Rails Envy folks had podcast? Not many of you? Well, that’s not surprising, ‘cause the first episode only came out a week ago. But just like everything else they do, it’s pretty awesome and you should check it out.

Why am I mentioning this? Well, their second episode came out today, and in it they mentioned my article on Ruby blocks. I’ve never been podcasted1 before, so I thought that was pretty cool. I feel like I should do what I can to point people at their podcast, so… here we are.

1 I think this is the proper term…


More Spam Protection

Posted October 7, 2007

I have, once again, modified the spam protection for this blog. Akismet was letting an unpleasant amount of spam through. Not a lot, but enough to force me to SSH to the server to clean it up every week or so.

All I’ve done this time is layering a simple not-real-people weeder on top of Akismet. There’s now an extra form field in the comment form, but one that is hidden from you folks via CSS.

The idea is that only a spambot would fill out the field (craftily labeled “email”). I’ve added code on the server to flag any comment submitted with the fake field filled out as spam. Assuming everyone uses CSS-capable browsers, only spambots should fill it out.