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Daily Digest for Monday, Sep 24, 2012

☀️ Earliest posts come first.

Steve Ivy

Have been testing @scriptogram, now testing @calepin. Dropbox-based blogging tools do seem to suffer from bad lag with lots of posts (2600+)

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Steve Ivy

H, that was @calepinapp, which appears to be closing down soon? Bummer, it’s pretty.

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Steve Ivy

@scriptogram it does seem to have unstuck. I do have a bunch of posts that seem to have right format but are not publishing right.

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Steve Ivy

@scriptogram: take a look at the top group on - the meta all looks right, but they don’t publish correctly. Ideas?

~ # 05:34 ~

Here we go again…


This blog has been through a couple different names, many different publishing platforms, and many different designs.

Most recently, in a fit of nerd pique, I ported monkinetic from Typepad to Jekyll/Octpress. I had been writing almost exclusively in Markdown for years, and I decided to go full-Markdown, with a statically generated site.

However, I quickly found that I’m not a command-line blogger. There was simply too much friction in having to:

  • open a terminal
  • find the right directory
  • run a script to start a post
  • edit in my editor of choice and save
  • regenerate and republish the site

This also meant that I couldn’t blog from my phone/tablet without a number of extra steps, and while I know I could have automated the process - with even more work - how I blog isn’t what I want to spend my time fiddling with any more. I want to be able to just write.

Recently, a number of Dropbox-based Markdown editors have shown up on the iOS store, and subsequently a few blogging engines have popped up that render from Markdown and operateo from your Dropbox account.

I checked out Calepin, one of these services, but Calepin offers no way to customize your theme, and it looks like the service may not coninue.

My next stop was, and this looks promising. After a couple hours running and re-running my body of posts through a custom script to munge them into the flavor of Markdown Scriptogram prefers, and a few false starts with bad filenames(Scriptogram doesn’t seem to like filenames with “—” in them) I’ve got the blog ported over and it seems to be working pretty well. A couple things to note:

  • I can write in an editor like Mou and then save to my Dropbox folder (Scriptogram creates an /Apps/Scriptogram/posts folder for you).
  • Mou also supports posting directly to Scriptogram via their API. Haven’t tried this yet.
  • As with all Markdown-to-blog generators, upadting the site takes a while, but I can push the button on Scriptogram and let it do the work.
  • I wish that it would auto-update after I’ve saved the post in Dropbox.

I’ll do this for a little while, and if I seem to be writing more, I’ll move the main domain over.

Steve Ivy

@scriptogram I noticed that a lot of the mis-published posts had “

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Steve Ivy

Here we go again… #blogging #markdown /cc @scriptogram

~ # 14:55 ~

Steve Ivy

@monkchips Nerdsplosion. #crossthestreams #dubstep

~ # 15:42 ~

Steve Ivy

5by5 is my new jam:

~ # 16:33 ~

Steve Ivy

@scriptogram: Does hitting “publish” on a web-created post not actually publish the site?

~ # 16:33 ~

Steve Ivy

Things to do: a young boy’s list

~ # 18:04 ~

Steve Ivy

RT @mrgan: Apple TV 5.1 now supports quick switching between logged-in iTunes accounts, hallelujah!

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Steve Ivy

Bass Like Thunder is the name of my next band.

~ # 18:18 ~

Steve Ivy

So, @dropbox doesn’t want me linking to images in my dropbox now? No way to get an image-only link anymore. #lame

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Steve Ivy

@lmorchard I thought those were called Purple Paragraphs? #oldskool

~ # 19:18 ~

Steve Ivy

@lmorchard Yeah ok, you win with the Englebart reference. Winerlinks is what I was thinking of. /cc @davewiner

~ # 19:27 ~

Steve Ivy

@raster I never said it wasn’t my list! :-D #youngatheart #ningas

~ # 19:29 ~

Steve Ivy

@obfuscurity LOLopticon.

~ # 19:57 ~

Steve Ivy

@scriptogram dashboard seems broken - won’t keep me logged in - “Add Post” loads the home page in the dash…

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Steve Ivy

I’m imagining a hosted markdown site generator that uses map-reduce to process all 2614 of my blog posts in parallel for fast publishing.

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