A Bit of Background Work

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I haven’t been in contact with you guys lately but it’s because I’m doing a few interesting things in the background. I’m rebuilding the guide (again) but it won’t take as long as before since I’m reusing some code. Instead of posting general nonsense here and just filling up virtual space, I am working on that. I will share more of what I’m doing later.

Stay tuned!

A Change of Name

cropped-favicon.pngYes, it’s Monday. Today’s a public holiday. In case you’re curious, it’s Labour Day here in Victoria. Work didn’t want me to go in today because I’m too expensive to work on holidays. While the husband sleeps, I am just working on a few things and listening to podcasts.

I’ll let you know what’s bothering me though. “Idiologic” is bothering me because it’s always been misspelled. I knew that though when I made my usernames and stuff like that. I am thinking about changing everything sometime this year. It shouldn’t affect too much. I just have to decide whether I am going to do it or not.

Fun fact: I was going to make software and music under a name called ID/IO.

This time, I’m going to make sure it’s spelled right–and it’s not like people use ideologic in everyday conversation. I’m going to think about it for a while then let you guys and girls know what I’m going to do.

It’s not really something that I’d like to do because it would be a whole lot of work to do, but we will see. So much would need “rebranded”.

Anyway, I hope you are all doing well. New episode this Friday or Saturday.

 

Hello 2019

I just want to say that I hope you have a really great new year!

Thanks for hanging around for this long! 🙂

Merry Christmas!

I pretty much already said this, but I really hope that you have a great Christmas! If it’s not a day that’s super special to you, I still hope it’s incredibly awesome!

I’m going to do my very best to get another podcast episode recorded before the end of the year, but there’s a chance that it’s not going to happen. I’m going to try very hard. Stay safe and take super good care of yourself for me and I shall speak to you soon! 🙂

Where’s the Sausage Sizzle?

Today, Victorians headed to the polls. I was one of them. For those of you who are unaware, Australia has compulsory voting. That means that if you don’t go vote (and you don’t have a valid reason why you didn’t or an excuse), you get a fine. Actually, you get up to 1 penalty unit and one penalty unit is currently equal to a fine of $180. I read somewhere that it was $20.

Since I live in a regional area, I didn’t have easy access to an early voting venue, so I had to get up today and vote. It was a little hard getting up and leaving though, so I made it to the voting center (a church) at about 1:30 pm. The polling centre was about a 20 minute walk away and the flies were out in full force. (I hate flies.)

It was the first time that I’ve voted in a regional area. I was expecting it to be like Melbourne was. I was expecting lots of people, lots of people asking me to vote for candidates I don’t like, and sausage sizzles. There wasn’t a lot of any of those things and there weren’t any sausage sizzles. I brought cash with me for that very reason.

Wait, I hear you non-Aussies and non-Kiwis asking: what’s a sausage sizzle? Well you can check out the link or I’ll save you the time and explain it to you. It’s basically throwing some cheap (or donated) weiners on a grill, barbequing them and then serving them with a slice of bread, sauces, and grilled onions. People usually sell them at events to raise money for charities, schools, sports clubs, and other organisations. A hardware chain here called Bunnings Warehouse does them every weekend. I don’t much care for the smell of them, but it’s a nice idea. Anyway, I was expecting one and didn’t get it. I was a little sad.

Anyway, I voted and left. I got home and now I’m hungry for cheap hot dogs. I don’t want to go to the store and brave the flies. They drive me insane.

I sometimes ask myself if compulsory voting should be a thing in the USA and on paper and in conversation, that seems like a great idea. It gives, theoretically, a better representation of people’s feelings towards the way they think governments should be run. Australia’s population is only a fraction of what the USA’s is, so I think it’s a lot more doable here. Elections are expensive. I couldn’t imagine how much it would cost the USA if everybody had to vote. The traffic would be horrible and I doubt a lot of people would put in a real vote… because not everybody really cares.

Anyway, I’m pretty comfortable that the state will retain the same government, but I do get surprised sometimes.

I hope everybody’s having a good weekend. I’m trying to chill the fuck out for a while. I’m finally getting there.

A Few Guide Updates

Just letting you know that I’ve made a few updates to the podcast episode guide. This may be a nice way to tell you that some things might not work correctly.

Here is the list of things that have changed:

  • New menu added to guide with links to the weblog, preferences, login, and support.
  • Guide/Player Preferences link is now located at the top of the page. (Right now, if you change a preference, the page reloads with the new preference applied. I will be changing this later.)
  • You can set preference to show button labels on the grid. It simply makes the label under the icons appear or disappear.
  • Log in link added, but it’s not ready just yet. I’m testing it locally to make sure it works correctly. It will basically give you early access to upcoming episodes (if available), give you more feedback options on the player, and for supporters, access to unreleased podcast episodes, access to more images and video, and possibly handwritten mail from wherever I am at the moment. I’m hoping to have it done by early next year.
  • In-post web media player and any links to listen to the latest episode will start using the new web player. It still defaults to the built-in browser media player since it doesn’t have proper audio seeking and reliable volume controls.

I’ll keep updating when I have some time. If stuff doesn’t work, kindly let me know.

New TIP Guide

A view of the new guide

I’ve been a little eager trying to get the new guide ready, and I’ll admit: It’s here, but it’s not perfect. I’m going to work on the bugs in my spare time.

You can reach the preferences under the search bar on each page. You can choose which view (grid, list, and compact view), how many episodes appear on the guide, and whether the audio autoplays when you request the player. On the player, there is an extra preference whether to use the TIP-themed player or use the browser’s built-in audio player.

Note: There are a few problems, but I’ll be working out the bugs over the next month or so. Things should work just fine right now though.

Take a look at the new guide right now.

Returning to Sanity

disconnectIt happened again. My internet was out for about a week. Weekends without unlimited* access to YouTube can really drive people crazy. It’s especially bad when the data I get from my mobile phone plan is really small.

I had been working with three different titles for my last podcast episode and didn’t know which one I was going to pick. I went with what it is on this weblog.

When I talked about addiction (in this case, to the internet back in my teenage years), it made me think what exactly addiction does to us as a person. Over my lifetime, I’ve seen people get hooked on some really awful things and for the most part, I’ve avoided it. I never really experimented with drugs of addiction. I’ve never been a big drinker (and when I do it, I end up really regretting it the day after when I realise how foolish I had become). My biggest addiction was the internet and looking back at some of my previous relationships, it is probably one of the contributing factors of my deteriorating relationships. Even to this day, I derive a lot of enjoyment from being in front of the computer, mostly coding, getting ideas, and stuff and then later, thinking that I’m not destined to pull off great things.

That’s just being hard on myself though. I’ve been working on a few things and quite proud what I accomplished with minimal access to resources. I need to get the finishing touches on the guide and show you what I’ve done.

Husband’s telling me to spend some time with him, so I’m going to go do that.

Some more stories of my past are coming. Hopefully I won’t get so upset with myself about how awful I was to my parents.

Much love…

TIP #13: My Past: Halloween and Internet Addiction

With my 20 year high school reunion happen soon and the arrival of the scariest month of the year, I talk about Halloween when I was a kid, why I don’t want to go to the reunion, my internet addiction as a teenager, and a few other things. (Sorry. Internet is out and can’t remember. Feed won’t be updated until I get a connection again.)