Eevee the Pokémon


Eevee is a theme for Pelican, based on Google’s Material Design specification that I released in June 2016. is a collaborative effort, including private companies like Google and the open source community to promoter adding additional structure to data that indentifies what parts of HTML are being used for, for example it can help a search engine understand what content is more important to index or, it can help a user with a screen reader get to the important content more easily. These structures are more commonly known as microformats or microdata.

Structure is a beautiful thing

HTML — by it’s very design is structured — the difference is that the content defines or modifies that structure.

By using microformat data structures from you can define what elements are more prominent or important through a large set of additional vocabulary, improving the experience for everyone …

Eevee the Pokémon

This week I pushed the 0.0.3 update for my Pelican theme Eevee containing new and improved styling for share buttons and adding the ability to use Muut instead of Disqus for comments.

Share button changes

The original styling of the share buttons wasn’t particularly pretty.

Eevee's original share button styling

They badly needed a make over, and so they were restyled to be more prominent, look less out of place and randomly pasted in to the page and to have a colour scheme that matches the social media site they share to.

Eevee's new 0.0.3 share button styling

These buttons appear on articles and pages, but when viewing an article with DISQUS_SITENAME or MUUT_SITENAME enabled a fourth button is shown that links to the comments section of the current article.

Eevee's new 0.0.3 article share button styling

Comments powered by Muut

To enable commenting with Muut, simply modify and set the Muut site name.

MUUT_SITENAME = 'somethinghere'

This will automatically cause Eevee to enable …



With the release of my Eevee theme for Pelican, I realised displaying a thumbnail image of the theme that linked to a larger image wasn’t the most appealing design choice. I prefer to leave Javascript out of the equation where possible, being one of those weird people that have it disabled by default.

As such I sought out a way to create a pure CSS equivalent of a Lightbox and turn it in to an RST directive to plug directly in to Pelican.

Eevee the Pokémon


Eevee is a theme for Pelican, based on Google’s Material Design specification that I released in June 2016.

Eevee allows configuring menu links in the header and footer of a template — including social links.

Eevee also includes Font Awesome by default, at time of release and writing of this article it provides Font Awesome version 4.6.3.

Because the links are totally customisable, it means you can inject HTML directly in to a link name and — because Font Awesome is included by default — you can inject Font Awesome icons in to link names using HTML.

Social icons in Eevee menu

A brief history of a tiny part of the Internet.

Blackhole 1 — Blackhole as it was originally known — was written on Python 2.7, briefly supporting Python 2.6 for a time and also supporting early version of Python 3, PyPy 2 and PyPy 3. Built on top of Tornado, it was asynchronous in a fashion and — quite simply — worked.

The original prototype that became Blackhole was SimpleMTA — a prototype that was created quickly, to serve a very simple testing purpose that I had for it.

As I needed SimpleMTA to do more, I wrote Blackhole to accomplish that task. I’d been using Tornado a bit and wanted to experiment with it more. Building on top of Tornado created some oddities in how the program was designed and that always irked me.

Between the time of the last 1.8.X and the 2.0 release, I experimented with …