No more fortunes

I will really miss them, but I can integrate them into my shell. I just feel sorry for you, since you won't get any fortunes in the future!

In case you didn't notice: I've switched from nanoblogger to Nikola, which doesn't have a fortune plugin (yet).

Why did I do that? Well, I've answered that question already quite some time ago.

And why Nikola, and not Acrylamid with which I flirted at that time?

Two reasons:

  1. The ipynb support of Nikola. Since ipython notebooks seem to become my standard way of scientific computing and presentation, this feature — to which a whole blog is devoted— interests me greatly. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the search form working for Damian's theme, and I thus use a standard one for the time being.
  2. Martin scared me away by ominous statements about the upcoming 0.8 release. For once, I wanted a (more or less) stable solution. I also wasn't sure about ipynb and MathJax support. I'm just a beginner and I'm feeling still quite unsure in the python blogging business.

Besides, I argued that once I made the transition, a change from Nikola to any other python based static blog compiler would be trivial (I may very well be wrong there).

Once I had decided that I'll use Nikola, I converted all my old posts from html to markdown with an adapted version of Bastian Rieck's nb2ikiwiki.

After that, I just installed Nikola and friends in a virtual environment. I'll list the commands required in a separate post. Of course there are still a few rough edges, but most things seem to work.

To soften the transition, here's the fortune of the day:

Let's say your wedding ring falls into your toaster, and when you stick your hand in to retrieve it, you suffer Pain and Suffering as well as Mental Anguish. You would sue:

  • The toaster manufacturer, for failure to include, in the instructions section that says you should never never never ever stick you hand into the toaster, the statement "Not even if your wedding ring falls in there".

  • The store where you bought the toaster, for selling it to an obvious cretin like yourself.

  • Union Carbide Corporation, which is not directly responsible in this case, but which is feeling so guilty that it would probably send you a large cash settlement anyway.

Dave Berry