Headed to RubyConf! - Nov 14

Taking a few moments on the flight to New Orleans to write a bit about the upcoming conference.


I realize that there are going to be many ruby friends to meet up with once we’re in New Orleans, but I was not expecting the vast number of Ruby friends on the flight with Jer and I today. They include Sam, Renee, Aja, Ryan, a couple of Ada Alumni folks. This is going to be an overwhelmingly great time.

The conference subject matter is going to be incredible. This will be the first time, I think, that I will be listening to Matz in person. Pretty exciting stuff. And while I have seen Sandi Metz speak in person before, I’m highly looking forward to catching her upcoming talk here at the conference. I’m a big fan of the way that she outlines her subject matter in a measured...

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Moved Domain - Aug 6

Yes - that’s right - I have purchased a new domain and have moved the blog to use it. So, welcome to brennx0r.com. :)

There were many small reasons for the move, but the final push over the edge was the sheer anger I felt concerning the response that Danielle Brown, the head of Diversity and Inclusion over at Google, had for the 10-page manifesto - a bigoted sexist piece authored by a white male Googler. Instead of firing the man for his hateful remarks and denouncing his rhetoric, Danielle Brown (paraphrasing) said that there should be room for diverse opinions. This man still works at Google.

With all due respect, what was stated in the writing wasn’t merely opinion. It was an unfettered expression of hatred and oppression, and it’s disgusting.

If we make it “ok” to say these hateful...

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Adventures in Syntax Highlighting - Oct 31

… And other fun sources of creative cursing ;-)

Disclaimer: I am not a front-end web developer.

Happy Halloween!

via http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=953774

So, I thought I would give it a go tonight to try to fix the syntax highlighting for the blog. I had done a basic setup of middleman-syntax but it was not working correctly - no color-based highlighting on language, no styling, etc.

So, off to the Github README for middleman-syntax - should be easy enough to follow, yes?


It turns out, if you are referring to the basic instructions and you happen to have this setup in Middleman:

You’ll get an error message after making the change in the attempt to start Middleman server.

I had to do quite a bit of digging, but it looks like this configuration worked well for me to get going:


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Blog Setup Using Middleman - Oct 29


Welcome to the first post of my new blog! I am very excited to be entering the blogosphere again after a hiatus of many years (shoutout to LiveJournal and Blogspot!). I hope that you enjoy my writing.

If you stumbled onto this site and not sure who I am, let me introduce myself! My name is Brenna, and I am a Senior Build & Delivery Engineer by day, surly knitter/spinner/runner by night. I live in Seattle, WA with my partner Jeremy and our two pets - a long-haired chihuahua and a tabby cat.

I created this site using Middleman. Given that my work is mainly focused on Jenkins, configuration management tools (like Chef or Puppet), containerization and cloud deployment, so getting my feet wet with site generation was a fun, interesting, and challenging distraction.

Even though there...

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