Aug 29 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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This Wednesday, I was challenged to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by my good friend, Mon. Of course, I had to rise to the occasion. I shot this on my 5D3 at f4.0, 1/160 with my 24-105mm. I also set it at 60fps so that I could try to get a bit of slow motion effect at the end. Worked out alright.


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Aug 29 2014

Moving From WordPress to Jekyll

As much as I like and appreciate WordPress, there is no way for me not to see how bloated it has become over the years. It is definitely good to have all the conveniences that WordPress affords us, but all those extras are great for CMS’s and not a blog, which is why I chose to use it years ago. Over the last several months, I have been researching different options and most of them have lead me to static website generators. There are a bunch to choose from, but, ultimately, I think I will be moving to the most popular one, Jekyll. There are many benefits, especially with performance, to using a static website generator. The things that are drawing me to it are simplicity of creating content and the amount of control over customization. I have been testing out Jekyll for the last few weeks and it has not been disappointing. In fact, I am constantly finding new ways to improve my site.

Creating Content

Writing in Jekyll is so simple. It has a built in Markdown support. I’m using the kramdown version of it. There are other options. Almost all of the writing I have done in the last few years have been in markdown, so this is great. Everything is text-based and I have Sublime Text set up to create new posts/pages with keyboard shortcuts. I have a handful of other software that streamline my workflow, but I think I’ll write a separate post about that.

Customization

Jekyll uses Liquid as their templating system. I am still new to it, but it seems to be a solid language. Jekyll also has SCSS support which is great. I am very familiar with that styling language. With just those two features, I can really make my blog my own. On top of all that, Jekyll has a truly robust plugin system. Though I don’t know Ruby, I have been able to take existing plugins and modify them to work the way I want them to. There are so many more things you can do with Jekyll that I really don’t want to list them all out here. If you have a geeky streak, Jekyll is definitely worth checking out.

Migration

This is going to be the trickiest part. WordPress has so many pieces to it. There isn’t a simple way to move all my posts to Jekyll. I have tried the suggested method and the “Export to Jekyll” WordPress plugin, but they have not been great. The plugin helped me get all my posts converted to markdown with categories and tags intact, but I will need to clean them up, especially the posts with images. Also, it did not export out the comments. I’m still exploring my options with that. I will be hosting it myself instead of as a GitHub Page. As I am still in the designing stage, I am not worrying about that at the moment. I may just launch the site after I finish the design and just worry about comments and other details later. Having built so many WordPress sites over the years, I have no issue creating a backup of it and slowly merging all my content into Jekyll. I hope to get Wasted Continuum migrated within the next month. We will see.


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Aug 08 2014

A Crab Swimming to a Kitty

A crab swimming to a kitty

Sharpie / Jawns notebook

Another doodle using Doodle That!


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Jul 28 2014

You Tell Me on Jawns Notebook

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You tell me

Uniball Signo Micro 207 / Jawns Notebook

A quick doodle in my Jawns notebook. A simple pen to paper drawing. I’m currently using the Jawns notebook as my main carry. I might write a quick review about it. It’s very different from what I’m used to, Field Notes notebooks.


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Jul 15 2014

Web Finds for July 15, 2014

iTerm2 v2.0
This is my favorite terminal emulator. They just came out with a major update.
Product Hunt
Great site that curates interesting products. It’s constantly updated.
Capptivate.co
Showcase of iOS animations.
elementTransitions.js
Another javascript transition library.
jQuery matchHeight
A jQuery library that makes all the height of your selected elements equal.
Single Element CSS Spinners
I like that they are single elements.
PACE
A page load progress bar.

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Jul 06 2014

Capn Merica

Capn Merica

Palomino Blackwing 602, Sharpie, marker, gel ink / Blue paper

Gool ol’ Captain America.


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Jun 30 2014

James the Collector

James the Collector

Pilot G-Tec-C4, Uniball Signo white gel / index card

I drew this last night while waiting for our dinner. James the Collector makes me think of a video game. I’m not sure why.


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Jun 30 2014

Yoshi

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Yoshi

Sharpies, markers / Field Notes

A different side to Yoshi.


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Jun 23 2014

Monday Robot

Monday Robot

Palomino Blackwing 602, Sharpie / Field Notes

Just a quick robot I drew to summarize Monday mornings.


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Jun 22 2014

Soccer Kick

Kick

Rotring 600, markers / doodle sketchbook

So much World Cup in my face right now. I drew this while watching some highlights.


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