A common complaint out on the Internets about Octopress is that you have to put all your third party plugins into the plugins/ directory in your Octopress repo, which many people find rather annoying because often those plugins have their own git repos you might want to track. It turns out, though, that there’s a way now that you can load Octopress plugins from multiple directories. The jekyll gem installed by bundler by default doesn’t have this feature yet, but if you install the one from github it works.
A while back, I came across this Octopress plugin for modal popups for images, which seemed like it’d be really useful, except it only scaled the image down with the browser rather than actually resizing the image. I didn’t like that much, so I never used it.
I have a lot of categories on this blog, particularly for astronomical objects, but I realized that Octopress doesn’t come with a page listing the categories by default. This would be very useful for me, especially as a quick way to look up an object to see if I’ve seen it before, so I installed this categories list plugin for Octopress. This plugin was all well and good for making a list or cloud of all your categories, but there wasn’t anything for ordering the categories by number of posts.