Driving on the Left Side

January 10, 2008 A few thoughts and pictures of my stylish Suzuki Wagon R that cheerfully (it has a flower sticker on the door to the gas tank) escorts me through the rural landscapes of Kamioka.

Filed under jetjapan

Don't Repeat Yourself for Bloggers: Dynamic Blog Context in LifeFlow

January 10, 2008 Programmers talk about DRY, or Don't Repeat Yourself, all the time. Its a strategy for making programming more pleasant, more efficient, and to reduce errors. LifeFlow uses a simple idea, which I have brazenly labeled Dynamic Blog Context, to try to take a few steps toward DRY while writing blogs.

Filed under bloglifeflowmarkdown

Cleanly Extending Python Markdown with Syntax Highlighting

January 10, 2008 A look at extending the Python Markdown library. It happens to be an extremely well written library, so extending it is a bit more fun than it ought to be. Take a look.

Filed under pythonmarkdown

Update to Lethain.com

January 8, 2008 As you can see (if you are a regular) I have changed the style of the website a bit. Hope you enjoy it.

Customizing LifeFlow Quickly with Skins

January 8, 2008 An introduction to skinning LifeFlow without causing any harm to the SVN checkout. The current skin on this website is about 30 lines of CSS, and a third of those are closing parentheses, so its not that hard to transform it from its default minimalism into something much more appealing.

Filed under lifeflowskinning

Installing a Development Deployment of LifeFlow, a Django Blog Solution

January 7, 2008 Comprehensive instructions on installing and setting up a local deployment of LifeFlow (for those who are moderately in the Django know). This should be all you need to get started using LifeFlow, but I will have another entry soon detailing the little tricks and tips that make LifeFlow helpful.

Filed under blogdjangolifeflowinstall

Reflections on the old year, and the new one

January 7, 2008 Its been a strange five months in Japan, and I'm sure the next seven will be strange too. But its not such a bad life. It seemed like a good day to write down some thoughts about where I am and where I am going. So I did.

Filed under jetjapanthoughts

BluePrint CSS makes LifeFlow look better, and easier to customize

January 6, 2008 After a bit of work, a BluePrint based version of LifeFlow is now ready for deployment. A little more tweaking and I'll be on to writing some tutorials on setting it all up.

Filed under lifeflowblueprint

Music Recommendations & Snow Pictures

January 6, 2008 Today was my first full day back in Kamioka, and I spent a couple hours of it snapping pictures. Here are a few to share the gift of snow with those who haven't been thusly blessed.

Filed under japankamiokawinter

Implementing Threaded Comments in LifeFlow

January 5, 2008 A brief discussion on implementing comments in LifeFlow.

Filed under djangolifeflow

Visiting Kiyomizudera

January 3, 2008 I went and saw Kiyomizudera in Kyoto on January 1st, and customarily took a few arbitrary pictures.

Filed under japantravel