Building a Blog using Jekyll

Many developers and designers have chosen to use Jekyll, a static-page generator, for some of their web-based projects for its ease of use and simple design. In this post, we will be building a minimal blog with the help of Jekyll. In an upcoming post, I’ll discuss hosting a jekyll-based blog on Github through Github Pages. This post is intended to be read by programming beginners who want to build and host a blog “the hacker way”. Since we are building this blog “the hacker way”, this tutorial expects basic command-line experience.

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VHS Covers

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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