Published during: March 2013

[C]ompared to Java code, XML is agile and flexible. Compared to Python code, XML is a boat anchor, a ball and chain.

—PJE on Programming, “Python is not Java”

Kindle Custom Fonts Paperwhite info

Just a quick note that I’ve updated my original post on custom Kindle fonts with info for the Touch and Paperwhite (at least if you have current firmware).

Why I Love Markdown

For about the last two months, I’ve steady been moving toward doing all my writing in Markdown. Truth be told, I’ve been moving that way slowly off and on before that, having been looking for a simple syntax like it for quite some time. I’d spent some time writing in Textile—a number of my posts for Pillar on the Rock were composed with it, and I’ve even used it on this site in the past with a (now-largely defunct and therefore unlinked) plugin. Textile is great in a lot of ways – if you’re looking for a syntax that maps directly to HTML. (In fact, if that’s what you’re looking for, Textile is much better than Markdown.)

Then, over the last six months or so, I’ve been using Markdown here and there. Read on, intrepid explorer →