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Nikola v7 finally out!

I am thrilled to an­nounce ver­sion 7 of Niko­la, a stat­ic site and blog gen­er­a­tor is out, with a bazil­lion fea­tures and bug­fix­es (see be­low).

You can get it at all the usu­al places, and here's the re­lease an­nounce­ment

Here's the new fea­tures, the bug­fix­es list would make the post too long :-)

  • Added UN­SLUGI­FY_TI­TLES op­tion for mak­ing ti­tles fetched via the file­name reg­exp pret­ti­er (Is­sue #1282)

  • New de­pen­den­cies: nat­sort (nat­u­ral sort­ing in gal­leries) and da­teu­til (re­places pytz)

  • Niko­la.­­com­­mands are now the user-friend­­ly wrap­pers from con­­sole (Is­­sue #1177)

  • Add a github_de­ploy com­mand to de­ploy to GitHub pages (Is­sue #1208)

  • Re­­move tidy fil­ter (it was bro­ken due to tidy be­ing an­­cien­t) (Is­­sue #1164)

  • Added GEN­ER­ATE_RSS set­ting to al­low dis­abling RSS in Niko­la (Is­sue #1236)

  • Link list­ings raw sources if COPY­­_­­SOURCES is True (Is­­sue #1214)

  • Much more pow­er­ful niko­la plug­in com­mand (Is­sue #1189)

  • More pow­er­­ful con­­sole mode al­lows ac­cess to all niko­la com­­mands (Is­­sue #830)

  • New `ROBOT­S_EX­CLU­SION­S` op­tion list­ing re­sources to ex­clude from sitemap and in­clude in new gen­er­at­ed /robot­s.txt (Is­sue #804)

  • Gen­er­ate sitemap­in­dex con­­tain­ing RSS and sitemap files (Is­­sue #804)

  • Sup­­port hooks in tem­­plates, for use by plug­ins (Is­­sue #896)

  • Use read­­­line if avail­able (Is­­sue #1238)

  • Re­placed READ­_­MORE_LINK with IN­DEX_READ­_­MORE_LINK and RSS_READ­_­MORE_LINK (Is­sue #1222)

  • Added read­­ing_­­time, re­­main­ing_read­­ing_­­time, para­­graph_­­coun­t, re­­main­ing_­­para­­graph_­­count tags for READ­­_­­MORE_LINK (Is­­sue #1220)

  • Add canon­i­­cal link in list­ings.

  • Added sup­­port for new meta files that are the same for­­mat as 1-­­file meta­­data, al­low­ing for greater flex­i­­bil­i­­ty (Is­­sue #954)

  • Col­or­box is now in­­ter­­na­­tion­al­ized (Is­­sue #1205)

  • Added LO­­GO_URL and SHOW_BLOG_TI­TLE=True set­t­ings to fa­­cil­i­­tate show­ing off lo­­gos (Is­­sue #1122)

  • Cre­ate au­­to­­mat­ic sto­ry in­­dex pages for sub­­­fold­er­s, too (Is­­sue #793)

  • New Slo­­vak tran­s­la­­tion by Tomáš Prékop

  • Cre­at­ed a Mark­­downEx­ten­­sion plug­in class (Is­­sue #1175)

  • The base theme pro­­duces prop­er­­ly sec­­tioned and se­­man­tic HT­M­L5 (Is­­sues #1123, #1137)

  • The base theme comes with a new stylish look by de­­fault (Is­­sue #1137)

  • The base theme sup­­ports Right-­­to-Left by us­ing ::dir(rtl) CSS4 rules and <html dir="rtl"> tags where valid (Is­­sue #1146)

  • Boot­s­trap 2 up­­­dat­ed to 2.3.2 (via Is­­sue #1137)

  • Added FORCE_ISO8601 set­t­ing that cur­ren­t­­ly makes new_­­post use ISO 8601 dates (via Is­­sue #1156)

  • Added sup­­port for TZ spec­i­­fied in post date (Is­­sue #1118)

  • Make niko­la init ask about the site’s set­tings (Is­sue #1080)

  • Use nat­u­ral sort­ing for files and fold­ers list in list­ings and gal­­leries (Is­­sue #1144)

  • Added in­­­var­i­ance test­ing (Is­­sue #672)

  • Plug­ins can in­­­ject tem­­plates in the sys­tem (Is­­sue #1139)

  • niko­la im­port_­word­press now has a --q­­tran­s­late op­tion, to parse posts in the qtrans­late word­press plug­in for­mat and turn them in­to mul­ti­lin­gual Niko­la posts (Is­sue #1072)

  • niko­la con­sole al­lows for in­ter­preter choice via -b, -i, -p; more­over, sup­port for bpython is not dep­re­cat­ed any­more (Is­sue #1126)

  • re­tired tag for posts has been re­placed with pri­vate (via Is­sue #686)

  • Changed the de­­fault TRAN­S­LA­­TION­S_­­PAT­TERN to "{­­path}.{lang}.{ex­t}". (Is­­sues #990, #829)

  • Back­­wards com­­pat­i­­bil­i­­ty with v5 is bro­ken. Added back­­ward­s-in­­com­­pat­i­ble changes. (Is­­sue #829)

  • Added a CON­TENT_­FOOTER_­FOR­MATS con­fig op­tion. It is used to for­mat the CON­TENT_­FOOT­ER vari­able prop­er­ly, for com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with the Trans­lat­able Set­tings fea­ture. The vari­able takes a dic­t, the keys of which are lan­guages, and val­ues are (args, kwargs). (Is­sue #1112)

  • Cer­­tain set­t­ings are now tran­s­lat­able. As of now, the set­t­ings are: BLOG_AU­THOR, BLOG_TI­TLE, BLOG_DE­SCRIP­­TION, LI­­CENSE, CON­­TEN­T_­­FOOTER, SO­­CIAL_BUT­­TON­S_­­CODE, SEARCH_­­FOR­M, BODY_END, EX­­TRA_­­HEAD­­_­­DATA, NAV­I­­GA­­TION_LINKS, READ­­_­­MORE_LINK (the up­­-­­to-­­date list is avail­able in SITE.­­TRAN­S­LAT­ABLE_SET­T­INGS) (Is­­sues #851, #1057, #1061, #1112)

  • New­thor() re­­turns meta 'au­thor' or BLOG_AU­THOR (Is­­sue #1117)

  • Ship base-jin­­ja, boot­s­trap-jin­­ja, boot­s­trap3-jin­­ja with Niko­la (Is­­sue #1104)


  • Re­­move old mes­sages left over for back­­wards com­­pat­i­­bil­i­­ty: (Is­­sues #829, #1105)

    • "More posts about", re­­­placed by "More posts about %s"

    • "Post­ed", re­­­placed by "Post­ed:"

    • "Al­­­so avail­able in­­­", re­­­placed by "Al­­­so avail­able in­­­:"

  • Re­­move old "s­l_SI", "tr_TR" lo­­cale alias­es (use "s­l" and "tr") (Is­­sue #829, #1105)

  • New op­­tion RSS_­­PLAIN to op­­tion­al­­ly strip HTML from RSS feeds (Is­­sue #1107)

  • Sup­­port con­­tent key in com­pil­er­s' cre­ate_­­post (Is­­sue #1098)

  • Use se­tup­tool­s’ ex­tras fea­ture. Use pip in­stall niko­la[ex­tras] to in­stall Niko­la with ex­tras (re­quire­­ments-ex­­tras.txt, for­mer­ly re­quire­­ments-­­ful­l.txt -- note the name change!) (Is­sue #1089)

Soon I Will Be Invincible

Cover for Soon I Will Be Invincible


If you read the re­views, you'll no­tice this is a po­lar­iz­ing book, hon­our usu­al­ly re­served for first-per­son nar­ra­tives ex­plain­ing Je­sus ac­tu­al­ly was a whore­mong­ing alien, or some­thing. OTO­H, I am giv­ing it 4 stars, most­ly for two rea­son­s.

One, is, I re­al­ly did like it. It's fun­ni­ly writ­ten, and it shows love for genre. It at least *tries* to make the uni­verse make some sense, which is some­thing su­per­hero sto­ries hard­ly ev­er do.

And two, be­cause there's a pedan­tic re­view that bash­es the book for ac­cu­rate­ly quot­ing Archimedes, be­cause the re­view writ­er ap­par­ent­ly has not read as much as he thinks, and I love con­tra­dict­ing such peo­ple.

The Nelson Touch (Ark Royal, #2)

Cover for The Nelson Touch (Ark Royal, #2)


While "Ark Roy­al" was a some­what pre­dictable, old fash­ioned navies-in-s­pace book with some bad vibes from the au­thor leak­ing out, this book is sort of dis­gust­ing.

Let me give you the short ver­sion:

Ev­ery wom­an is a shrew. Ex­cept those who are sexy and/or sub­mis­sive. Jour­nal­ists are the low­est of the low. Mil­i­tary men are awe­some. Ex­po­si­tion is a must. Aliens are a mis­tery. Di­a­log is clunky. Aliens will mag­i­cal­ly de­vel­op or not de­vel­op what­ev­er abil­i­ty or tac­tic the au­thor needs at any giv­en point in the sto­ry. Char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment con­sists on as­sign­ing a char­ac­ter­is­tic to a name. This one is a for­mer drunk. This one fuck­s. This one is a pi­lot. That one is a wom­an. This one nags. That oth­er one is an­oth­er wom­an, and what do you mean you can't tell her apart from the pre­vi­ous one? She has a name!

De­press­ing­ly bad, and ug­ly.

Will not read the rest of the se­ries, which the au­thor is threat­en­ing to split in­to an­oth­er book hap­pen­ing at the same time as this one.

Ark Royal (Ark Royal, #1)

Cover for Ark Royal (Ark Royal, #1)


Old fash­ioned to the ex­treme. The book shows glimpses of mis­oginy and gen­er­al mil­i­taris­tic fetichism in the au­thor that get even more ex­treme in the sec­ond book of the se­ries. The alien race is nev­er de­vel­oped in any mean­ing­ful way, and their ac­tions are con­trived so that the plot will forced­ly march where the au­thor wants it to go.

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