This blog runs on Blosxom , the now-antique simple CGI script created by Rael Dornfest at the beginning of the 21st century. There are far better blogging solutions out there today, but for a hobby blog, Blosxom is fun to tinker with.
I use a number of Blosxom plugins, many of which I've highly customized at this point, and a couple that were written by me.
- allentries - Written by me, shows every entry on the blog
- writeback - Heavily modified with a fun captcha, but now deprecated in favor of Disqus
- firstimg - Written by me, grabs a URL to the first image in a story (used for story thumbnails)
- twitter_markup - Written by me, interpolates usernames and hashtags in tweets
- make_snippet - Written by me, allows "snippet" entries to have a body with no title
I publish to the blog in a variety of ways, and use Markdown, Tiki, or good 'ole HTML for markup. When I'm using Windows, I like using Windows Live Writer (now Open Live Writer). Thanks to this patch and a little customization and debugging, I use the blosxom_xmlrpc.cgi script to allow publishing from anything that supports Moveable Type.
Tweets and Instagram pictures are imported via IFTTT.com. And I'm experimenting with "snippets" [ios-lowbandwidthmode, windows10imac, kurocalibration, ios10keyboardtriggers, modernphonecalls, iosnightshift, vcso-ios, macbookpro-touchbar, macossierrafontcorruption, badaudio-macossierra, foscam-plugin, googleapplenewsapps], short, 280 character blog entries with no titles or images.
I use Disqus for the comments system.
Some stories have links to Amazon.com. This is mainly to use pictures from Amazon - I don't generate any meaningful referral revenue for this site, nor desire to.
The character is my Xbox Live avatar, and is pulled from xbox.com on-the-fly.