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Three Princes


Can a book have too much world build­ing? It's not that it's ex­pos­i­to­ry or any­thing, but the ac­tu­al plot seemed some­what su­per­fi­cial com­pared to ob­vi­ous love and care ap­plied in the char­ac­ters and the de­scrip­tion of the al­ter­nate his­to­ry.

Liked it any­way, I'd love to read a se­quel that was a bit more plot-­driv­en.

Nikola Logo Contest!

So you have de­sign skill­s? Want to make a lit­tle mon­ey while do­ing a good thing? Then join the con­test! there is a 200 US dol­lars guar­an­teed prize, and the con­test will be judged by a group of Niko­la de­vel­op­er­s.

Some guid­ance:

  • The name Niko­la comes from Niko­la Tes­la, so think con­­cepts con­nec­t­ed to that

    • The War­­­den­­­clyffe tow­er

    • Tes­la Coils

    • Light­n­ing

    • Elec­tric­i­­­ty

    • Ear­­­ly 20th cen­­­tu­ry

  • I hope the lo­­go works well in a va­ri­e­ty of for­­mats so, keep it sim­­ple. B/W is good.

  • A draw­ing with­­out the word Niko­la is good, but a good de­sign with the word in it could be good al­­so.

The con­test lasts a week, you have 4 days for the qual­i­fy­ing round.

And re­mem­ber: it has to be bet­ter than these

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)


Hor­ri­bly writ­ten, "mean girls af­ter the apoc­a­lypse" garbage. And I love mean girl­s. Ev­ery char­ac­ter in the book is an id­i­ot­ic ass­hole who had me root­ing for an­oth­er apoc­a­lypse to come soon so they all died.

And the "twist" near the end? Blech.

The Martian


It's in­cred­i­bly old-­fash­ioned, a throw­back to Asi­mov's "prob­lem sto­ries". So, you are a guy, you are in Mars, and no­body can help you for a few years. Start think­ing.

Plus, it's fun­ny (which Asi­mov re­al­ly sucked at)

Nikola is now more compatible with Sphinx

Some­times, you need to use the same text in more than one place. For ex­am­ple, you may want to use frag­ments of your soft­ware man­u­als in your soft­ware's site.

If you are part of the Python-­verse then it's like­ly that your docs are writ­ten us­ing Sphinx. Ǹiko­la and Sphinx share roots in re­Struc­tured­Text so they are al­ready com­pat­i­ble in many im­por­tant ways.

How­ev­er, Sphinx adds a whole bunch of ex­ten­sions to re­Struc­tured­Text and Sphinx users use them. So, what's a dev to do? He'll write code. So I wrote a niko­la plug­in which adds sup­port for a large chunk of the Sphinx-spe­cif­ic markup.

How big a chunk? Quite big since it adds sup­port for over 35 ex­ten­sion­s, roles and di­rec­tives (no, toc­tree is not one of them yet).

This way, you may be able to en­joy a good doc­u­men­ta­tion-spe­cif­ic tool and a (if I may say so my­self) good web­site tool from com­mon sources.


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