Can we talk, briefly, about the URLs on your blog?
My sincere thanks to Paddle for sponsoring my writing this week.
Paddle’s new in-app analytics SDKs for iOS, Mac, Android & Windows make it easier than ever for developers to gain powerful insights about their apps and users.
As I’ve mentioned previously, this site is built statically with the excellent Jekyll. If you’re a fellow Jekyll user, you might find this interesting.
I wrote a plugin to allow splitting posts across multiple pages, for example for lengthy articles, reviews with sections, or even stories with chapters.
I’m very excited to announce that as of today, this site now offers a membership option.
Membership is a way for you to support my writing here at mattgemmell.com, ensure I can continue to create interesting content for you to enjoy, and also get some rewards in the process.
As I’ve mentioned previously, this site is built statically with the excellent Jekyll. If you’re a fellow Jekyll user, you might find this useful.
I wrote a script to easily stage (and unstage) draft posts for Jekyll’s built-in web server, letting you temporarily move aside all other posts and just build the site with the one you’re working on. Jekyll’s creator, Parker Moore, was kind enough to submit a pull-request, and the script is now a Ruby gem (my first one ever).
You can find the code on github, and you can install the gem by running
gem install jekyll-staging in your terminal.
I was thrilled to appear on Scott McNulty’s Random Trek podcast recently, where a randomly-chosen episode of Star Trek (any series) is discussed by the host and a guest.
By sheer luck, the computer selected All Good Things…, the final-season finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
It stays with you. It’s one of those experiences that do.
Then there’s the corollary: until you’ve been there yourself, you can’t understand.
I hope you won’t, of course.
There’s a gadget that sits on my desk every day. Well, there are probably at least a dozen gadgets, but this particular one might surprise you.
The biggest problem I face is keeping my creativity running at as high a level as possible, almost constantly. My job, and maybe yours too, requires that I’m squeezing as much juice from my imagination and wherever the artistry comes from, every minute of the day.
Sleep, exercise, fresh air, and sufficient energy from food are all essential fuels for that kind of high mental and emotional burn-rate. But they’re not enough. I still need little tricks, and rituals. Enter my weird gadget.
I’ve introduced a new magazine-style “cover” design, for certain long-form articles. My hope is that it’ll provide a more immersive reading experience.
The rest of this piece is a brief overview of how I implemented the feature in Jekyll, the tool I use to generate this site.