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Pecha Kucha!

Again, it's been quite some time since I last posted. I've been super busy lately, finishing up my classes (finally!) and doing lots of other stuff that I won't take the time to bore you with. However, all excuses aside, I wanted to write about a really interesting event that I went to recently.

Last week, I stopped by Quills Coffee to pick up a copy of my favorite local art magazine and grab a cup of coffee to enjoy while waiting out the rain that wasn't supposed to be here. While flipping through the magazines I picked up, I found a calendar of local events that's in the middle of the magazine every month. One event in particular caught my eye. "Pecha Kucha Night at Bernheim Arboretum, 7-10 pm", proclaimed the block for September 6th. Wondering what the hell Pecha Kucha is, I Googled it and consulted trusty Wikipedia for an explanation:

Pecha Kucha is a presentation methodology in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, usually seen in a multiple-speaker event called a Pecha Kucha Night (PKN). From Wikipedia
The appeal of this idea, combined with the fact that I love Bernheim, meant that I would totally be there. I convinced Kyle to come with me, even though she was tired from working all day (thanks by the way!), and a little later than we'd meant to be, we were off to the venue.

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Automating Jekyll Posts

If you had asked me to write a shell script two years ago, I would have been pretty intimidated by the task. Back then, I'd not yet had a lot of Unix experience at all, and looking at Bash scripts gave me a bit of a headache trying to figure out what exactly I was looking at. However, now that I've got a few good years of commad-line-fu under my belt, I feel pretty much at home in a command prompt, so much in fact that I'm sometimes more comfortable typing commands than clicking around in a GUI.

The other day, I briefly mentioned the simplicity of creating a new blog post with Jekyll. All you have to do is open up a text file and write away, with limited markup required. However, if you post a lot, it can get tedious naming files properly and then adding the YAML front matter necessary for Jekyll to properly render your page. So, I whipped up a little shell script to do it for you, both for automation and to teach myself a little more about Bash scripting (as I'm by absolutely no means an expert). Below is the text of the script.

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Git is Magical

I've been a Subversion (and unfortunately, CVS) user for the better part of the last two and a half years. CVS is just a pain, but Subversion has served me pretty well, since I've never really delved into some of the more advanced features. However, recently, I've seen the light and started to learn about how amazing Git is. I've quickly become a huge Git enthusiast, and my love for Git has made me decide to move all of my existing SVN repositories to Git.

I did something really awesome the other day using Git, and I wanted to write this post partially because I was pretty proud of myself for what I did, and also in case someone else finds themselves in the same weird situation I was in.

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