I'm Kyle Keesling, an Indianapolis-based pixel pusher

Simple Jekyll Pagination

I didn’t really like the way Jekyll’s documentation went about building pagination links, mainly because it repeated the code necessary to render the button. That said I came up with the little snippet below that stores the proper URL using a Liquid capture tag then just plops it into the link, allowing you to only code your button once :)

Abstraction Languages

Abstraction languages (Jade, HAML, SASS, LESS, CoffeeScript) have been around for awhile but it seems that the idea has grown in popularity over the last year or two. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does raise an interesting question: Why ?

It’s at least partially due to the pace at which development and technology move versus the snail’s pace at which web standards move, but part of me worries that it could quickly become a situation where developers use it as a crutch.

On the other hand I do see some of its merits. I’m personally a fan of CSS and JavaScript abstraction since these areas can be cumbersome and repetitive, but HTML abstraction seems a bit moot.

Alton Brown Makes Bow Ties

It takes a particular attitude. In the South, that attitude is built into us. People tell me, ‘I don’t think I can wear a bow tie.’ You know how you wear a bow tie? You wear a bow tie.’

I know exactly what he’s talking about, but about 5 months ago I went to a wedding in South Carolina and decided what the hell, and wore one. Ever since then I’ve grown kinda fond of ‘em, and actually bought one of Alton’s. If you want want you can check em out at hook+ALBERT. You’d better hurry though, it’s a limited run and there’s only one style left.

Lenovo Hires Aston Kutcher as a Product Engineer

This partnership goes beyond traditional bounds by deeply integrating him into our organization as a product engineer,” said David Roman, chief marketing officer at Lenovo. “Ashton will help us break new ground by challenging assumptions, bringing new perspective and contributing his technical expertise to Yoga Tablet and other devices.

I get it, companies hire celebrities to promote their products all the time, but pretending that you’re hiring one to be a ground-breaking product engineer seems a bit asinine.

Hello World

So here’s my new site, not much to look at yet, but more to come soon. Enjoy!