Topics in ‘metablog’

Converting to Mephisto – Almost Done

Dear readers, As you can see, Slash7 is almost back to its former beautiful glory. Once I write some custom liquid plugins for Mephisto to handle the rest of the sidebar, and customize some section templates, it’ll be all the way better… and perhaps even better than before. So you wanna be a convert… If […]

More speaking announcementy things

Ah, another non-geek-writing update. Alas! Between family issues, changing jobs, working on my OSCON tutorials and flat-out baking in the mid-summer heat… Oh, did I mention OSCON? I did not, before today, because I am a bad, bad blogger. I’ll be at OSCON next week, giving a Javascript tutorial and two regular sessions on user […]

Quick Glimpse: Evolution of Humor

You may think I’ve forgotten about the article I promised about tech writing, but I’m still chugging away. I spent quite a bit of time on it today, actually. It just keeps getting bigger. I’ve decided I have to split it into two parts: what’s wrong and why for part 1, and specific ideas for […]

Interested in learning to write better?

Hey Kids, It’s Democratic Blog Time™! I’m going through old posts that I started but never finished, or notes I made to myself to write about later, etc. The first one I’m thinking of tackling is an article about why most tech writing sucks and how to write better (a guide for geeks specifically). The […]

Perfection Paralysis & The Joy of Little Posts

Oy! So every time I sit down to write a blog entry, I’m questioning the relevancy of what I’m about to write—I want to serve you, my dear readers, and that’s no joke (t-shirt- and coworker-pimping aside). But I’m about to stop doing it. I have recently realized that the more I restrain my fun […]

Quick T-shirt Update

I’m working on a post talking about my experience(s) at Workshop for Good, but I haven’t finished it up just yet. But I did want to drop you all a line about the Cthulhu-isher t-shirts. The real ones—all nice and screen printed—have arrived! Folks who have paid already, I’ll be sending you yours in the […]

Random Fulfillment of Lifelong Dreams

Well, I never have put up the tip jar I’ve been thinking about, because somehow it just seems a little low. But, I’ve always wanted to sell some t-shirts, committing my crazier moments to a lifetime of display on people’s chests; it’s always been a bit of a backburner dream for me. Now that Shopify’s […]

Surviving a Digging and the Futility of Statistics

Well, the after-effects of the digg are dying down. I’m elated at the exposure—I certainly didn’t expect it to snowball to the proportions that it did. And what proportions are those?, you might ask. Well, rather big ones, actually. What follows is a formidably long tale of intrigue, danger and, above all, lessons learned about […]


I’ve gotten several emails about my Atom feed being broken. Well, I read them all, but I haven’t had the mental bandwidth to respond or really look into the matter. (Why the Atom interest all of a sudden? I’d never heard of this problem until a couple weeks ago.) Which is just as well, because […]

S.O.S: Save Our Sanity

When I first got started in Rails, I was almost more amazed by the community than by the framework. Admittedly, at version 0.7 Rails wasn’t nearly the framework it is today, but it was still really incredible—or at least, you could tell it was going be really incredible. But the community was really something else. […]

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