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Tape talk

January 18, 2019

When artists sell cassette tapes on Bandcamp, I wonder whether it's an actual analog recording, or if they're just recording the digital files to tape. "What does it matter? You wouldn't be able to tell the difference." Oh, I know, it's just. It's kind of silly to get a physical cassette tape if it's going to be exactly the same as the FLAC files I can download. Like, what would be the point? "What would be the point of doing it any other way if you couldn't tell the difference?" I mean... you know, sure, listening to tapes when there are way more convenient options is inherently silly. I know that. It's not a rational thing in the first place. That's why no one sells tapes anymore. But if someone was GOING to sell tapes, wouldn't you think that means they care enough about it to go all the way? Like, they're probably nostalgic for analog music the same as me, so wouldn't they want to do it right? "You know the chances they didn't record digitally in the first place are close to zero, right?" W... what do you mean? There are still analog multi-track recorders... "Yeah, and a good one is going to be super expensive and way harder to use than a computer. You really think an independent solo artist selling tapes on Bandcamp is going to have access to that?" But... if there's no analog recording, then selling a tape really is just a pointless gimmick. "Wouldn't it be a pointless gimmick anyway, if you wouldn't be able to tell the difference?" But... but I like tapes. "Why?" ...shut up, me. top

How do I RSS?

January 17, 2019

Okay, things are looking good. Got some PHP going for the menus, got a mobile mode working (which is just the page with no CSS, because trying to make a website layout that looks good on both computers and mobile devices without javascript is basically impossible. Best to just have no style information at all and let the phone figure out how to deal with it.) The only thing Hugo was doing for me that I can't do myself, at least so far, is create an RSS/XML/Atom/JSON/XHTML feed for people to subscribe to and see updates in their blog reading software of choice. I'm using a site called Politepol to generate a feed based on my HTML tags, and when it works it works, but it seems to not work about three quarters of the time. If you're reading this and you can help me figure out how to do this (or tell me what the difference between RSS, XML, Atom, JSON and XHTML is, seriously they all look exactly the same) then please drop me a line. top

Mario ideas

January 16, 2019

Okay, so the concept of "lives" shouldn't exist, obviously. That's one thing Odyssey did right. But you still need a good reason to collect coins, so: Some super power-up ideas, off the top of my head:

I like this a lot better actually

January 8, 2019

Every blog entry having its own page added a veneer of importance I wasn't comfortable with for many of my entries. Sure, it's useful for linking to a specific entry instead of just a wall of text, but being diligent about permalinks should accomplish the same thing. I'd much rather have all of the entries for a year all glommed together. It makes me feel better about just shitting out a totally garbage thought and calling it a post. Lucky you! This entry is a test to see if I can use pre tags to format text with linebreaks instead of having to use p tags or br tags everywhere. That was always my least favorite thing about html. It disrupts the writing process to have to pause to insert tags every time I want to start a new paragraph. I remember the pre tag not really being suitable for this sort of thing, since it would have weird behavior like not respecting page width and running off into the bounds, but maybe now that CSS is a thing I can use that to whip the pre tag into shape. top

Okay, it's not a new blog...

January 8, 2019

...it's an old blog with a much easier workflow. The idea is that composing a new blog entry is as simple as opening the index.html file, adding the new entry at the top and hitting save. I want to at least have permalinks for every entry, which makes things a lot uglier. I hate it. I hate having to wrap every paragraph in a dumb p tag. I hate having to make sure I copy and paste the date/title/permalink code in the right place. I hate having to manually place the "top" button. But for now I think this is the solution that presents the smallest barrier to entry re: actually writing. I don't have to load up a command line utility and generate a page and upload it to the right placee and make sure the media files are in the same place. Everything in one folder. No muss, no fuss. End of the year comes around, I take everything and dump it all into a 2019 folder. If we're still around. Still, I really wish I just had a big "write a blog" button on my desktop I could push and it pops up a box and fills in the date and has a box that says "title" and a box that says "post" and I just write it and click post and it all just happens. You know what had that? Livejournal. Livejournal was pretty rad, once upon a time. But I can't just someone else's infrastructure. And this seems like the best solution for now. write.as seems interesting, but as far as I can tell there's no way to adjust things like background color and font size, and you need javascript to post, and the post itself has javascript on it. There's txt.fyi, which is my favorite minimal text-sharing platform, but there's no way to edit, or have a collection of links, or any kind of continuity. Good for one-shot text shares, but not suitable for a blog. As far as I can tell, the type of blog I want doesn't exist. Ah well, this will do for the moment. top

New Year, New Blog

January 8, 2019

I like hugo but it's too much of a pain in the ass to go through the whole process of generating a single static page for each and every entry. What's the need? It's not like I post that many images, and when I do, it's usually not large. A single page with all of my entries for 2018 would almost certainly be under a megabyte, at least after I thumbnail-ized the occasional large image I posted. That's like a quarter the size of the average javascript blob, so I don't know why I'm worried. Old content has a bunch of broken links now, but I'll clean it up later. top


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