You can use the new CSS :is selector to write complex CSS selectors in a much more compact way

How to allow python (or anything else) to listen/bind to port 80 without being root

Ninja is a surprisingly nice build system for tiny projects. That's more or less the opposite of what it's designed for, but it works really well for tiny things.

The content-type guessing done by AWS CLI is based on the mimetype definitions available on your system. You can improve the mimetype guessing by updating these definitions.

I had an issue where the AWS CLI wasn't guessing the content-type of SVG files correctly on sync and was setting them to `application/octet-stream` - the default "I don't know" mimetype. This is a quick fix for that.

How to slugify strings in bash, using a fairly simple function.

Sometimes I want to resolve several promises at once, then do something when they're all done. For example, make several API calls, then do something with all the results. Promise.allSettled is a better way to do this.

My new favourite thing in JS is Nullish coalescing: The nullish coalescing operator (??) is a logical operator that returns its right-hand side operand when its left-hand side operand is null or undefined, and otherwise returns its left-hand side operand.

Figure 1. Asciidoc.

I’ve been using reStructuredText for writing on this blog, because it has lots of built-in features that markdown doesn’t.

However, reStructuredText’s actual syntax is a bit…​ fiddly - particularly its non-atx headings, too many things relying on lining up white space, etc…​ If I don’t use it for a bit, I have to look up or copy & paste all the advanced syntax.

I’d prefer to use AsciiDoc, as it has all the extra features, and if you use Asciidoctor, all the simple stuff is the same as markdown - which isn’t (currently) standard AsciiDoc, but is a nice simplification.

The subset of features from reStructuredText (or Asciidoc) that Markdown doesn’t have – and that I’m actually using on this blog, are:

  • Figure/Images with captions
  • Admonitions
  • Front-matter/Metadata
  • Footnotes
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Blueprint style diagram showing a Teapot.
Figure 1. A teapot, cut in half. Sort of. Original clipart Kitchen Utensils Silhouette, by GDJ, Public Domain. More on Teapots.

I’ve had a mysterious broken page on this site for a while - but been too busy to look into it. My Comprehensive Linux Backups with etckeeper & backupninja article has been refusing to load, and returning a weird HTTP 418 Unused status code instead. I finally made the time to figure out the cause.

It turned out that this was being caused by the Apache/PHP mod_security module. This is a static website - there’s no PHP anywhere - so why would that be a problem? Well, so far I’ve been very happily hosting the site on my old DreamHost shared hosting account - which comes with Apache & PHP installed whether you want it or not. At some point …

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