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Pelican is a static site generator written in Python, which was used to create this site. Extending Pelican with plugins can be a powerful tool, but unfortunately when going to create my own first plugin, I found documentation to be somewhat lacking. So, I'd like to provide a few tutorials demonstrating how I built plugins for this site, starting with a very simple one.

This article assumes basic familiarity with Python, and working with Pelican to create a basic blog site, but does not assume knowledge of Pelican internals. Read more...

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The Star Wars opening crawl has been replicated many times in HTML/CSS. It's almost a rite of passage for frontend web development students of a particular geekly persuasion. I threw my hat into that ring several years ago, and made an exacting reproduction of the Episode IV crawl (though never published it). I recently re-visited that project and decided to put an absurdist spin on it by turning the crawl into the most impractical weather report possible. Read more...

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As of today, this site is now hosted by Vultr. I've been largely happy with several years of Digital Ocean hosting on this and other sites; however, Vultr offers a similar service at a lower price, so I decided to give them a try since I was already planning on migrating to a fresh-install Ubuntu 17.10 server anyway.

I have nothing but good things to say thus far. The web dashboard is pleasant and intuitive, and spinning up was very quick.


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A few days ago, I posted a writeup and demo of one feature of an old PC game called The Walt Disney World Explorer — the interactive timeline.

Continuing work on re-creating this game in a web browser, I recently made mockups of some of the attraction slideshows that I thought I'd share. Read more...

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