CHAI

March 10th, 2019

Been mostly just listening to this one band for the last bunch of months (also Zombie-Chang and a bunch of different African disco and soul and funk, but—). Can’t remember where I heard of them, but I found フューチャー in my bookmarks and followed it round Youtube. I think I’d listened to it before and kinda dismissed it for being too cutesy, but hearing more of their stuff it made sense and the positivity and enthusiasm and the rhythm section really stuck in me.

There are some real good live videos on YT too.

Here’re some Miis I made of the group:

Dog Foots

October 1st, 2018

10th July

July 15th, 2018

May Vids

May 24th, 2018

Had to go back to using my digital camera. If you wanna shoot 16:9 the video gets cropped, but the shot area doesn’t show up till you press record. So it’s a bit of a pain getting the right shot. Gunna have to stick some tape on the screen or something.

Replacing Soundcloud

May 16th, 2018

Decided to finally get into the muck of using RSS to follow people on RSS-unfriendly site Soundcloud, so I can delete the account I abandoned there. Technically SC accounts have RSS feeds, but they’re hidden a bit.

I made a passing reference to taking my music of Soundcloud back when I did it, but here’re some tips for people who want to either host their own music and/or keep track of things without having an account.

If you have a website, having little audio (and video) players is very easy in plain HTML now. Here’s an example using an OGG file, but you can use MP3 or whatever, even multiple types at once.

<audio src="audio/audiofile.ogg" type="audio/ogg" controls></audio>

There’s more detail on Mozilla’s website (and other places) if you want to play with other features.

If you want to get RSS feeds of SC users I’m finding getrssfeed.com useful, You just put in the URL of the page and it gives you the feed.

If you’re in the mood for RSSing stuff RSS-Bridge is really handy for getting feeds from places that don’t support them (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). I’ve been using it at bridge.suumitsu.eu.

RSS

May 14th, 2018

I’ve been using a proper RSS reader instead of Firefox’s menu-based stuff. Because of that I’m now using RSS to read whole articles instead of just going to whatever pages, and today noticed that the RSS feeds I’ve been hand-writing from my own sites could be more useful: at the moment they’re just giving a short summary, instead of the whole post.

So I’ve been learning a bit more about RSS syntax, and wanted to update the previous post I made.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<rss version="2.0">
  <channel>
    <title></title>
    <link></link>
    <description></description>
      <item>
        <title></title>
        <link></link>
        <description>
          <![CDATA[]]>
        </description>
      </item>
  </channel>
</rss>

Notes:

  • First thing I fixed is actually putting the text encoding (whoops!).
  • I haven’t included them, but there are some useful elements for dates.
  • Seems like the best way to add full articles (as well as videos and things) is by wrapping HTML within <![CDATA[]]>. Feels a bit hacky, and maybe Atom handles this stuff more elegantly, but the output is nice.

‘Blueberry’s Rust home.’

April 3rd, 2018

Internet pal Clyde interviewed me about my in-game house a while back when we were playing this game together called Rust. It’s kinda a game for jerks, but it’s fun making stuff when it’s very likely some jerko will come and kill you and steal your house.

Five songs I always have to listen to more than once

December 30th, 2017

Hot Rain – Edith Bliss

 

TV Eye – The Stooges

 

Security – Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons (cover of the Otis Redding song, via Thane Russal)

(only the live version’s on YT now 😐 )

 

Modern Love – David Bowie

 

トキメキがいたくて – Chieri Ito

Four faces from Diesel

December 30th, 2017

wiki.ryliejamesthomas.net

August 27th, 2017

I’ve been poking away at a personal wiki for a while, and I think it’s ready to tell people about.

A space for keeping track of things I learn, things I want to remember, things I want to share, things I want to connect.

wiki.ryliejamesthomas.net

I’ve been working on lots of wiki things recently, across MediaWiki, DokuWiki, PMWiki, and Wikia. And Doku’s my fave by far. Well organised, easy to customise, simple formatting syntax. MediaWiki, and especially Wikia are hellish.