REST API Post Embeds: alter API query based on custom shortcode parameter

I got an interesting question from @slotty7130 in the WordPress.org support forums today: they wanted to use the REST API Post Embeds plugin to display posts from one of their websites, but only in a specific language as defined in WPML.

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A week in Dublin

Working for Automattic is pretty great. I work from home, and also get to travel from time to time. After Hawaii, India, San Francisco, Spain, and a few other places, we decided to head to Dublin for a week to meet, and work on delivering better support for Jetpack, VaultPress, and Akismet users.

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Doctor Strange

You wonder what I see in your future? Possibility.

Yup, Marvel’s Doctor Strange is coming, and they picked the best actor for the role, Benedict Cumberbatch.

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You want to go see that movie.

For those of you not familiar with Doctor Strange back-story: Stephen Strange is a selfish, arrogant, and super-talented neurosurgeon; his hands are obviously super important to him as a surgeon. One day, he gets into a car accident, his hands are badly damaged, and he can’t perform surgeries anymore. He searches for a cure for a long time, until he finds The Ancient One, one of the most powerful sorcerers there is. The Ancient One becomes his mentor, until one day Strange becomes Sorcerer Supreme. Magic!

Marvel is really killing it lately:

  • Several movies, exploring different heroes and stories of the Marvel universe, including some superheroes that we might not have thought worthy of a movie before (Ant-Man, Vision, …);
  • Movies featuring anti-heroes, like Deadpool or Guardians of the Galaxy;
  • A tie-in show (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) getting popular enough to last for 3 seasons;
  • A tie-in show linked to that tie-in show (Agent Carter);
  • 2 seasons of Daredevil, featuring the Punisher;
  • Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the Iron Fist getting their own shows;
  • The Defenders, bringing them all together;
  • And now, Doctor Strange!

I can’t wait to see that movie.

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Developers: discover Jetpack’s little secrets

You probably already know the Jetpack plugin. But did you know it included developer features you can use when building sites for your clients?

In this article we’ll discover some of Jetpack’s little secrets, and learn how to use them in our projects.

Discover Jetpack’s secrets

Static Site Generators: are we doomed?

I am writing this in response to this post. Start there and come back; I’ll wait!
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Jetpack: add UTM tracking to sharing buttons

After figuring out a nice little challenge in the Jetpack support forums last week, I wanted to share the results with you.

First of all, I need to thank Aquif Shaikh for his question in the original thread. This thread required a bit more digging than usual, and I love a good challenge.

The question was actually quite simple: how to add UTM tracking to the Jetpack sharing buttons. If you’re not familiar with UTM tracking, you’ll want to check this generator. UTM tracking allows you to track specific URLs in Google Analytics.

Let’s get started.

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New theme, new logo, new PHP!

Fresh coat of paint for my blog: new theme, new logo, new version of PHP, and HTTP/2!

Check our the new looks

Danny MacAskill’s Cascadia

Great music, gorgeous location, beautiful colours, original footage, and sick skills. Yup, Danny MacAskill just released a new video.

Shot on Gran Canaria’s rooftops, Danny’s new video is great, much like all the videos he’s done in the past. If you’re not a mountain bike fan, check the video anyway, it could give you some ideas for your next holidays! ☀️

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❆ Let It Snow (or not) — All about Jetpack Holiday Snow

It’s that time of the year again. Starting today and until January 4th, the Jetpack plugin will add an option at the bottom of the General settings screen in your dashboard. Turn that option on, and snow will fall on your blog ❆ !

Of course, like with all Jetpack features, we’ve added some filters allowing you to extend or customize it. Here is all you need to know about Holiday Snow in Jetpack.

Ready for some snow?

How to create Tiny Planets (photo spheres) in Android 5.0+ (Lollipop)

When Android 4.2 was released, one of my favorite features was the new Camera app and its Photo Sphere option. It allowed you to take 360-degree panorama pictures, and you could then use the photo editor to create a “tiny planet” from this panorama. I actually published a few here on my blog:

When Android 5.0 (Lollipop) was released, it appeared that the option was gone from the editor. You could still create Photo spheres, but I couldn’t find a way to create the Tiny Planets. Lucky for me, I finally found the option back!

If, like me, you can’t locate the option anymore and would love to create your own little worlds again, without having to use a third-party app, follow the steps below.

How to create a tiny planet in Android 5.0+