Most all content on this site has an associated short URL which is advertised on the page in a
rel="shortlink" link. Those short URLs are resolved using a small server called gum.
Short URLs on this site generally follow the design of Whistle, Tantek Çelik‘s short URL
resolver. URLs take the form of
<type> is a single-character identifier for
the content type, and
<id> is either a name or encoded ID for the resource.
Tantek documents his design for content types at http://ttk.me/w/Whistle#design. I use the following types:
- b - blog post, longer form article
- c - code
- p - photo or gallery; previously used for posts, which now use b
- s - slides
- t - short text note; pretty much all text content that would not be considered a blog post
- w - wiki
Many types, particularly
t use ID values of the form
SSS is the date
in sexagesimal epoch days (the number of days since 1970-01-01, encoded in NewBase60) and
a count of how many posts of that type I’ve made on that day.
For example, given the URL https://wjn.me/b/4_e1:
- b - this is a blog post
- 4_e - the sexagesimal epoch day representing 2015-02-13
- 1 - this is the first post of this type on this date