Sublime Settings

Mostly, this is for my own personal reference, but since I was forced to deal with it when I really wanted to write about something else, I decided to document. So, here’s my current Sublime Text 3 settings.

Obviously, you should be using Package Control, so I won’t waste any time on that.

The next thing you should use is the Material theme. The README provides details on all the configurable options, but for simplicity here’s my complete personal settings that I have found to look good. Note: some settings are related to the Material theme and others not:

{
  "always_show_minimap_viewport": true,
  "auto_complete_commit_on_tab": true,
  "bold_folder_labels": true,
  "centurion_folder_icons": true,
  "color_scheme": "Packages/Material Theme/schemes/Material-Theme-Darker.tmTheme",
  "contrasted_quick_panel": true,
  "contrasted_sidebar": true,
  "contrasted_tabs": true,
  "find_selected_text": true,
  "font_size": 11.0,
  "icon_file_type_enable": true,
  "line_padding_bottom": 1,
  "line_padding_top": 1,
  "overlay_scroll_bars": "enabled",
  "preview_on_click": false,
  "rulers":
  [
    100
  ],
  "shift_tab_unindent": true,
  "soda_folder_icons": true,
  "tab_size": 2,
  "tabs_medium": true,
  "theme": "Material-Theme-Darker.sublime-theme",
  "translate_tabs_to_spaces": true
}

What slowed me down tonight was getting something reasonable for editing Markdown files working. I wasn’t a huge fan of how Material worked with Markdown. So I tired MarkdownEditing, but wasn’t really a huge fan.

But, I did find Markdown Extended, which looked pretty good! However, it works best with the Monokai Extended color scheme. And I didn’t want to stop using Material. So, what I did was download both Markdown Extended and Monokai Extended, but only use the Monokai Extended color scheme in my .md files.

To do this, first, install the packages. Then open a .md file. Navigate to Preferences > Settings - More > Syntax Specific - User and add the following:

{
  "color_scheme": "Packages/Monokai Extended/Monokai Extended.tmTheme",
  "spell_check": true
}

Monokai Extended blends almost perfectly with Material, and now Sublime Text will seamlessly switch your color schemes depending on the open file.

With that, you should be all set to use Sublime Text for all of your development work, as well writing for that Jekyll blog you’ve always meant to work on!

On the Name

I’ve always thought “Gray Matter” would be an awesome name for my blog. My first name is Gray. Gray matter is a substance found in the brain which invokes a certain imagery, and I figured my blog content would air on the intellectual side. And “Gray Matter” taken on it’s own sounds like “matter published by Gray”. Perfect, right?!

But then “Breaking Bad” came out before I had a chance to make a name for myself.

When I was dating my wife (a huge “Breaking Bad” fan), at one point I told her about how cool it would be to have a well read blog called “Gray Matter”. To which she responded, “OH! Like ‘Breaking Bad’?!”

. . .

“Umm, no. Not like that all. I had this idea on my own, you know because of my name…”

Which is true. I didn’t watch “Breaking Bad” until sometime after the entirety of the show was available on Netflix, which happened in early 2014. Should have executed better, but to prove I’m not entirely unoriginal here’s some emails I sent to the person who owns the “graymatter.com” domain.

Attempt One

Note the date: 2010. That’s me in high school asking to buy the name, before everyone was watching “Breaking Bad”. I never heard back though.

So I tried again.

Attempt Two

Not my best sales pitch ever, but I didn’t have high hopes. The website, which was just an email address, hadn’t changed in years. I wasn’t even sure the email worked.

Anyway, that’s my “Hello World” post. Welcome to “Gray Matter”.