Days and Days of Delays

Ooops! Sorry for that last blog post (which has been deleted now). I had planned to tell you about Complicated Noise a long time ago, but kept moving the publish date when I knew that things weren’t running on schedule. They still aren’t, actually.

A few things have been happening that are causing a lot of delays and July is already promising to be a very challenging month. I’ll talk more about that in the next Complicated Noise episode. I’m trying my best to keep up with everything and to keep my head together. Please be patient with me in the meantime.

I’ll be back with you guys soon. I’m trying so hard to get the new podcast website working. See you a bit later!

Update: Episode #34: Consoling Console will be here on Wednesday morning.

Complicated Serving

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Just a heads up that you might start seeing files being served from ComplicatedNoise.com soon. I’m in the process of moving all the audio, video, images, and database junk there. I’m still working on the core site, so the web app isn’t available just yet.

If anything gives you any trouble in the next month or two, just let me know.

TIPped Off

It’s been one year of The Idiologic Podcast! Can you believe it? Instead of throwing a huge party and inviting all the friends I don’t have here and making a huge speech, I’m just going to say a huge thank you to all of you who have popped in every so often to hear about what’s happening in my life. I know sometimes it’s really not all that exciting. I’ve said it a dozen times: I don’t expect that to be what I’m remembered for after I die anyway.

But, there is one thing I can tell you is that a name change is coming because well, I was never that impressed with the name of my podcast. It doesn’t really make much sense. I am not even really sure what an Idiologic is. I don’t expect anybody else does either because it’s pretty much misspelled anyway.

NOT the cover… even I know it’s ugly.

I’ve been in the process of renaming my podcast to Complicated Noise. It won’t be really changed much as far as content goes, but I hope that it gets better, especially at the end of the year. I’m looking forward to keeping the project going and to make it better. I’m pretty excited to get back to tthe USA and start recording again.

That’s why I’ve been really quiet lately (that and work has been keeping me busy). When things are working how they are supposed to, I will share it with you here.

I’ll talk more about this in my next podcast episode. 🙂

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.

 

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.

TIP Changes and Improvements

The New Episode Player

I looked around to see whether I could find a good audio player for my website that works on desktops and mobile phones and couldn’t find anything that looked really good. Then I remembered that I have enough skills to build this sort of thing myself, so that’s what I’ve done. I hammered everything out in a bit less than a day. It’s very colourful and it works alongside existing technology. It’s not riddled with code that runs to slow things down, to spy on you, or anything like that. It’s simple, straight to the point, and it works.

Here’s a look at it. You’re looking at the embeddable versions that I’ll be posting to my web post starting next time. The little widget below will always show the very latest podcast episode.

As I’ve said, it was cobbled together in less than a day, and there are a few things I would have liked to add, but haven’t, yet.

What Does It Do?

  • Listen to TIP while you browse. Listen to me blab while you check your mail, while you look at pictures of food, cats, or porn, while you work really hard for money to pay your bills. It’s really handy for people who don’t touch iTunes if they don’t have to (like me).
  • Download the files when your browser doesn’t give you an option. Some browsers, such as Vivaldi and Brave, give you an easy-to-use download option right on the audio player. Unfortunately, some don’t, so I’ve added a download building.
  • Works on all the new fancy browsers. I’ve tested it on the many browsers I like to use. It works out really nicely. You can listen to it using your phone, your laptop, your gaming console, pretty much any browser that supports HTML5.
  • Almost easy feedback. Links are provided for quick commenting and reading the web blog post for the episode. You won’t see it on the widget above, but there are two other buttons that do this.

What It Doesn’t Do Yet

  • It doesn’t show information that’s found on the feeds, such as what the episode is about. Basically, all that stuff is still read by iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or anything else you have reading my feeds. It’s totally separate from everything else. We’ll get there and we’ll find a place to put it so that we don’t clutter up your device.
  • No going forward to the next episode. I really can’t see how anybody would want to listen to someone talk longer than 45-60 minutes, but if that’s your thing, I’m going to make a player for multiple episodes.
  • It doesn’t give reach-arounds. No instant pleasure. Sorry.

What Will It Do?

  • Autoplay options. Nothing upsets me more than to click on something and be bombarded by sound (especially like my current podcast intro). Autoplay is enabled at the moment, but I’ll add an option for you turn that off using cookies.
  • Even easier feedback. Links are great, but I’d like to see something built in but I’m going to have to integrate it with WordPress to do that.

The Idiologic Podcast Episode Guide

It’s like an electronic magazine that no one asked for. Not really. Let me explain:

Have you cared enough yet to know what’s coming up? Or perhaps you’re just curious about what’s already happened and want to catch up on a few things? The episode guide is pretty great for that. I started designing it earlier than everything else, so it’s not really looking too nice at the moment, but it works and it does what it’s supposed to do. The new player and the guide work perfectly together.

It gives you quick access to the things that the player does, but it’s like a huge list of episodes. OK, so it’s not so huge yet, but maybe it’ll get there, right?

What’s nice about the guide is that it shows you what I’m planning for future episodes, you know, approximate dates of recordings and postings. There are a few things you can do with it:

This product isn’t really finished, but as I said, it does its job (mostly).

Braving It

You’ll notice some advertisements for the Brave browser (like the one above–it’s a bit ugly though).

I’d be lying if I wasn’t getting something out of it. If you download, install, and use it, I get a few Basic Attention Tokens which is like a cryptocurrency that I can give to Brave-verified websites that I visit. I am Brave-verified as well, so if you throw me a token, I’d be quite a bit grateful for it. I think it’s a really great way to help support the sites and people I like!

Brave Verified!

The Brave browser is a good browser. Seriously, I don’t get a thing for talking nicely about it, but it’s the browser I am using right now. One of the things I want to do in the future is to disable the ads and mentions of the Brave browser if you already use it. Plus, you’ll get some extra goodies too if you send me a screenshot of you supporting me with the browser. Sounds good?

Just let me know if you do!

 

Terrible Re-Launch

I just wanted to apologise for the terrible relaunch of my podcast. Originally, I had planned to announce it on the first day of June and start posting new episodes starting in July. I was going to post the first episode on the first Friday of July, but realised that was the day before my wedding and I had a work-related deadline to meet that day. I couldn’t push it off to a week or two later because I would be preparing to leave or already gone.

I also wanted to have a chance to talk about a few upcoming travels in my life’s journey. I wouldn’t be able to do this if I waited until then. I also realised that I needed to have something in my podcast’s feed so I could post my show on iTunes, so I recorded that introductory podcast episode which needed to be done anyway. I wanted people to have access to that, so I got it all ready, uploaded it, and shared my feed with Apple.

THEN I thought to myself that posting that boring episode then waiting a few weeks probably wasn’t wise because, honestly, I don’t think it’s the best first impression. So I recorded another to post in two weeks after the first episode. Then I thought to myself, again, how busy I’m going to be and I probably should update every week for a while just in case I can’t post anything new while I am overseas.

I’ve recorded two more episodes and told Feeder (an RSS feed maker for the Mac) to delay the other two episodes until the time comes when they needed to be posted. Well, Feeder decided it was going to post both of them on the same day. So my iTunes feed had all my upcoming podcast episodes on it for a few hours. I was a little upset because if anybody has subscribed, they’ve probably got them downloaded and won’t have anything to listen to for a few weeks. I can’t do much about that. The good thing is that you could sit and listen to all three episodes in less than 45 minutes.

I had to quickly cobble together some images for my podcast as well and they’ve turned out a bit more grey than I wanted them to be, so I am going to try to fix them up.

I also thought about putting a podcast episode player on my website but ended up just using Stitcher to do it. They tend to insert ads in podcast episodes, which is fine because they need to make money and they’re providing a pretty useful service for me right now. I don’t mind.

I’m really hoping to do a better job in this round of my podcast. I don’t really have high hopes though because my readership has been circling the drain for a year or so. Despite this, I’m going to try my best to make at least interesting conversation.

If you want to, tell people about my podcast. Listen to it first and if you think it needs work, please tell me. Or leave me feedback on the iTunes Music Store or Stitcher. I want to make this good but felt like I might have rushed it out a bit early so some things aren’t really working out very well for me. I’m trying though! 🙂