A collection of long form writing and tutorials — mostly about web development and design.

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Optimizing and automating my Jekyll site build

Published by Michael Rose 24 min read
Lessons learned from building, optimizing, and deploying a huge static site powered by everyone's favorite SSG — Jekyll.

Improving static comments with Jekyll & Staticman

Published by Michael Rose 15 min read
Using Staticman to add threaded comments and reply notifications to a static-based Jekyll site.

Going static part 2: static comments

Published by Michael Rose 19 min read
Integrating a static-based commenting system into Jekyll with the help of Staticman and ditching Disqus in the process.

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How I'm using Jekyll in 2016

Published by Michael Rose 32 min read
A brain dump documenting my approach to using Jekyll, how that's evolved over the years, and web development learnings I've picked up along the way.

The path to iPad Pro

Published by Michael Rose 12 min read
Convincing myself that I need an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to fulfill all my digital illustration needs.

Building a style guide with Jekyll

Published by Michael Rose 10 min read
How I used collections with Jekyll to build a style guide and pattern library for Made Mistakes.

PaperFaces retrospective

Published by Michael Rose 9 min read
A look back at two years of drawing over 800 portraits using an iPad and Paper for iOS.

Going static: using Jekyll CMS free

Published by Michael Rose 9 min read
Migrating Made Mistakes from a Wordpress powered website back to its static file roots using Jekyll CMS free.

Those city folk in Animal Crossing still love the gossip

Published by Michael Rose 8 min read
A lengthy review of Animal Crossing City Folk for the Nintendo Wii, some things never change.

Three years of problems with an iMac G5

Published by Michael Rose 5 min read
Faulty logic boards, ambient sensors, and displays oh my!