Hi, my name is Paul Knight and this is my site. I write about old computers, music, travel, and other things. I really like garlic toast.
I’m taking a year off to travel through Asia and Europe. I’m writing about the trip and am caught up through January 3, 2016.
I’m on Twitter and you can send me email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family can find additional personal contact information.
A diplograph is a machine that produces two copies of text at the same time, like a machine that’s both a typewriter and braille embosser in one.
See, Ava and I used to share this site and—actually the name doesn’t make any sense, now that I think about it.
I take my photos with an old Canon EOS 500D T1i. I use a few different lenses but am traveling only with a Canon EF 17—40mm ƒ/4L USM. I’ve thought about getting something newer but I’m the main reason my photos aren’t better, not my camera.
I use Aperture to manage my photo library and do a lot of the post processing. Photoshop CS3 does the heavy editing.
I write with Scrivener. I develop with Sublime Text, Visual Studio Code, and Xcode.
Diplograph is generated with a custom engine I call White Ink, written in Ruby. Posts are written in White Cloth, a custom markup format based on the rdiscount Markdown implementation. White Ink generates a static website that requires no server side processing.
Images are prepared with ImageMagick and image metadata is extracted with ExifTool. Equations are typeset with XeTeX and rasterized through Apple’s Core Graphics.
Code is highlighted with Pygments. The theme is based on base16’s Solarized scheme. The layout is inspired by the parallel Docco style.
Maps use OpenStreetMap and Natural Earth data and are rendered with Mapnik. I use PostgreSQL with PostGIS as the data store. The primary map stylesheet is based on the MapQuest Mapnik Style. The primary map is a Mercator projection and the inset map a Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area projection centered on the point of interest. The map on the archives page is a Kavrayskiy VII projection. Geo data is expressed in WGS 84 (EPSG:4326) coordinates.
I should write a post about how White Ink works.
New interlude: “Arthur’s Seat”