Nice things

Some nice things happened today. I didn't go to work and my daughter was sick, so she wrote a letter to Santa and we took it to the post office. Back home she played with my Lego Dimensions game for the PS4 and had a great time Sonic/ UniKittying around Lego world and Gotham. I played around with tech a bit and had a nice lunch. Little things can be good. Plus I got a snippet running to quick generate blog posts in VS Code.

  1. File > Preferences > User Snippet

  2. Selected "Markdown" as that's what I write my snippets in

  3. Follow the generous instructions like so (${#:Name} are variables you tab to once the snippet is in place. Same # = same text):

     2    "Blog Start": {
     3    "prefix": "blogh",
     4    "body": [
     5        "Title: \"${1:Title}\"",
     6        "Tags: [${2:Tags}]",
     7        "Created: \"${3:DateTime ⇧+⌘+I or Ctrl+Shift+I}\"",
     8        "Updated: \"${3:DateTime ⇧+⌘+I or Ctrl+Shift+I}\"",
     9        "Type: ${4:article,review,indieweb,page,reply,event}",
    10        "Synopsis: \"${5:Synopsis}\"",
    11        "FeatureImage: /blog/media/${6:FeatureImage}",
    12        "Item:",
    13        "    url: \"https://\"",
    14        "    image: /blog/media/",
    15        "    name: ${1:Title}",
    16        "    type: item",
    17        "    rating: 0",
    18        "==="
    19    ],
    20    "description": "Creates the top bit for a blog entry"
  4. Install the Insert Datetime extension so that dates and times are quickly enterable. My blog does look at git created/ updated dates if the dates aren't supplied, but I like being specific.

  5. Delete anything that's not relevant.

  6. Huzzah

Should save a bit of time putting up posts in the ol' text editor. Plus it's got me thinking of what other boilerplates I could fast insert via this tool. Interesting.

I also decided to make a teeny little easter egg for my code tag. tee hee!