Jekyll is Awesome

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Recently, I’ve had a handful of conversations with my colleagues about how awesome Jekyll is and how awesome Github is for letting you host your own website/blog for free. However, the usual responses from friends include:

  • "Jekyll sounds too difficult to setup and maintain."
  • "what is git?"
  • "Git-what??"
  • "why not Wordpress?"

Jekyll is a static page generator written in Ruby. In this post, we’ll be using Jekyll to generate our blog. Also, with a few commands in terminal, you’ll have a working blog up in less than a few minutes (depending on your connection speeds). Here is a link to the Jekyll website.

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VHS Covers

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In my youth, going to Blockbuster was like being a kid in a candy store. This was non-“instant” time period. The only way you knew if a movie was available or not was by how many VHS tapes were on the walls or aisles (like a grocery store for entertainment). Oh and if you really wanted to get a movie you would go to the front counter and see if someone had just returned it. I’m very keen on certain smells and Blockbuster had the smell of an aged public library (even back in the 90’s). I may seem a bit old fashioned but I remember what the experience of being among the lucky few to see a newly released movie first was like. I remember knowing exactly where the new releases were, the average time of being in there (with my parents it wasn’t very long and with my aunt, to my luck, it would be awhile), and where each section would take me. Among all this talk about Blockbuster, what I truly want to remember is the VHS box covers that paralleled an art gallery.

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