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Nikola version 5.4.4 is out!

Yes, ver­sion 5.4.4 of Niko­la, my stat­ic site/blog gen­er­a­tor is just pub­lished at the usu­al place, in­clud­ing the fol­low­ing im­prove­ments:


  • New Ja­­pa­­nese tran­s­la­­tion.

  • Niko­la check ex­ists with 1 if there is an er­ror

  • New HIDE_UN­­TRAN­S­LAT­ED_­­POSTS op­­tion that en­­sures you don't have mixed-lan­guage pages (Is­­sue #373)

  • New theme "site-­­plan­e­­toid" for use with the plan­e­­toid plug­in.

  • New 're­tired' tag for posts that should no longer be in feed­s.


  • Added post da­­ta as a up­­­to­­date check for mus­­tache (Is­­sue #456)

  • Re­build post pages when the post's tran­s­la­­tion list changes (Is­­sue #458)

  • Han­­dle "-h" (Is­­sue #460)

  • Added cor­rect help for con­­sole com­­mand (Is­­sue #460)

  • Es­­­cape twit­ter­­card da­­ta (Is­­sue #452)

  • Added mis­s­ing "twit­ter­­card" in sto­ry tem­­plate

  • Added sup­­port for per-lan­guage tags (Is­­sue #450)

  • Fix wrong path split­t­ing (Is­­sue #434)

  • Re­mem­ber lo­­cale even when set_lo­­cale failes (Is­­sue #446)

  • De­­code path ar­gu­­ment in new_­­post (Is­­sue #442)

  • task_in­dex­es had mis­s­ing con­­fig de­pen­­den­­cies (Is­­sue #441)

  • Re­­moved bo­­gus links to slides as­sets that were re­­moved

  • Com­­pressed files were seen as un­­known by "niko­la check"

  • lo­­cal search and mus­­tache plug­ins must be dis­­abled by de­­fault (Is­­sue #437)

  • Avoid fail­ure if there are no tags and USE_GZIP is en­abled (Is­­sue #439)

  • Fix as­pect ra­­tio de­tec­­tion in Vimeo videos (Is­­sue #440)

  • Blog­ger im­­porter was pass­ing wrong op­­tions to "niko­la init" (Is­­sue #408)

Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)

Cover for Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)


Nice steam­punk, even if half the physics make no sense what­so­ev­er (like, the blight be­ing heav­ier than air yet it flow­ing up from the ground, and ev­ery­one liv­ing un­der­ground).

I am go­ing to fol­low the se­ries at least.

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

Cover for Every Day (Every Day, #1)


A very ten­der book. I like that it does­n't try to ex­plain the pe­cu­liar na­ture of the main char­ac­ter. I'll have my kid read it when he's 12 or so.

My very own Roger Ebert anecdote

It was around the time "The Blair Witch Pro­jec­t" was a thing so it must have been in 1999 or 2000, that when I was read­ing Roger Ebert's "Movie An­swer Man" colum­n, I thought, hey, I may have some­thing to say about this.

I emailed him about how the "found footage" genre was old, cit­ing 1980's Can­ni­bal Holo­caust, and even go­ing back to Edgar Al­lan Poe's "Arthur Gor­don Pym" which is (of course) a found man­u­script. We ex­changed a few email­s, he was al­ways thought­ful, po­lite, will­ing to have a nice con­ver­sa­tion. He even­tu­al­ly asked about what was the best pos­si­ble time to vis­it Buenos Aires, I said spring or fal­l, sug­gest­ed that he may be in­ter­est­ed in at­tend­ing BAFI­CI, and even­tu­al­ly it pe­tered out.

So, not much as anec­dotes go, but it made me re­al­ize I had been read­ing his re­views and ar­ti­cles (and lat­er his blog and his twit­ter feed) for over 15 years.

I re­mem­ber see­ing him do a cameo in a lame TV show (the one with the guy that has a mag­i­cal dog that brings him to­mor­row's news­pa­per or some­thing), and think­ing, hey, I know that guy, sort of.

Now that he's dead, it seems he was, for ev­ery­one, the same he was for me, gra­cious, friend­ly, in­ter­est­ing.

He was the kind of guy who wrote re­views for Deep Throat and co-au­thored a Russ Mey­er movie, and was al­ways ready to say that a movie was crap yet good crap be­cause there are de­grees of crap, and you have to take crap in its own terms.

I'll miss the guy.

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