Finally, I found a commenting system for a static blog on Nanoc which is extremely lightweight and works perfect. I didn’t want to use Disqus since it increases the page load times by a few seconds, you need to rely on them for storing comments and use their interface for all the moderation part. More than that though, it’s too heavy for a simple blog such as this. I was looking at Disqus alternatives which I can host on the server and are lightweight. That’s when I came across Isso.
Isso is written in Python and uses an sqlite database to store comments. That was perfect for me. The instructions to set it up seemed simple enough, so I decided to give it a try; and I failed miserably in getting the system going. I could only get the comment form to display but nothing happened as I clicked submit. I did what any other person in my position would have done at this point and headed over to the IRC channel for help.
The IRC was extremely helpful. Christian [cmur2] walked me through a few things about the setup and said that Isso has gone through massive development over the past few weeks. I could finally configure the comments without a moderation system in place. It looked great, worked great, yet the lack of ability to moderate comments and email notifications was bothering me.
I had never heard anything about the Ender’s game before the announcement of the movie. I liked what I saw in the trailer and decided to read the book. Not the brightest idea to have struck me in some time. I grabbed a copy for my Kindle and started reading it.
I don’t know how to begin with this one. It’s possible I had too many expectations from the book after reading plenty positive reviews and praises. Alas, I didn’t really enjoy it much.
The book is about Ender Wiggin. A genius boy who’s sent off to a commander school to become the commander of Earth’s fleet in a battle against an alien species known as the Buggers. Kids in this school primarily focus on playing games in zero gravity to get used to thinking in free space. They have some classes where they study theory of science and math. There are a few leisurely activities such as playing computer games.