I feel a little weird: physically ill and mentally unwell and it’s hard to think. I’m confident enough though that I can write out a weblog post. It’s one of those days when I’d rather type than speak. For some reason, I’m not feeling like my regular self lately. A few things happened between the last time that I recorded a podcast episode and now, but I’ll talk about that later in the next episode.
As many of you have heard, I’m tumbling through life right now towards some really crazy major events in my life and I’m probably ill-prepared for all of it. I think it’s safe to say that life’s surprises haven’t been all too great to me and I think that’s why I’m run down, irritable, and really worried. I just feel physically ill from it. That’s no good.
I can imagine what all these changes (there are more than one of them) are going to do to me, but I guess some things should be talked about than typed here. So, tomorrow, I’ll try to get up early enough to record the next episode and post it whenever.
I know this post doesn’t have much of a point, but thought that if I got a teensy bit out, I’d start feeling better. It’s not happening now, but I hope it does soon. Chat with you soon!
I talk about the passage of time and how it’s been affecting me. I reflect on the things I’ve done whether they’re good or bad. I talk a little bit about how I fear that passage of time and how it affects me.
You didn’t miss episode 4. It was absorbed into #3.
I also posted this episode a few days early. 🙂 Enjoy.
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).
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!
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?
Right now my partner and I are out in regional/rural Victoria. It reminds me a lot of home, in the USA. Not much is happening. People are walking around and half of them are preaching the gospel. It’s one of those places where people probably get off on getting their tractors and lawn mowers running well. It’s incredibly horrifying. And to think, I may have to live nearby soon. I think I am probably going to die. (Podcast Info: You’ll hear more about this in this Friday’s podcast, [“Can’t Stop What’s Coming; Can’t Stop What’s On its Way”] so I don’t want to say too much.)
One of my crazy triggers is being in a hotel with free internet access but it is absolutely unusable. I totally hate it. Actually, if I was brave enough, I’d write a whole review for this hotel. It’s quite awful but it was also $85 per night which is probably one of the cheapest rates anywhere in Victoria.
Now, for the bitching:
Everything is run down. It looks like someone furnished this place with thrift shop rejected furniture. The vibe I had with this place is that it’s one of those hotels with hourly rates. (It isn’t.)
The bathroom doesn’t have an exhaust. Not pleasant when someone does a number 2.
The shower is horrible. It has two temperatures: ice cold or scalding hot. You’ll leave the shower either with ice cubes surrounding your toes, or with 3rd degree burns. The drain didn’t work and there were hairballs floating in it. Ewww, gross.
The water pressure reminds me of what it was like in Manila. It seems like it takes a lot of effort for the water to travel through the pipes.
The AC/heater is LOUD. I felt like I had to scream over it to be heard.
I don’t think any of the housekeepers know how to properly wash dishes. It had free breakfast, but almost all the dishes were dirty.
The internet is almost unusable. In fact, I’ve been relying more on my phone’s data the whole time. I totally get that the internet access is “free”, but it should at least be usable. It was so bad that I was considering buying a temporary pass to Telstra Air/Fon access point. I can’t even post any pictures because I know that they would all fail to upload.
The bath towels were wet when we got in. I think somebody tried to dry them, but 30 minutes later decided that it was good enough.
The paneling is popping away from the walls and you can see where they used screws to make the paneling stick back to the wall.
They have a pool (which wasn’t open), yet they charge $5 per towel! Who the hell does this?!
The good? Um, okay, let me try to say some positive things about this place.
They allow pets here (and that’s probably why it’s so run down). I saw a long-haired golden retriever who probably thought I wanted to play with him. He was right.
The bed had electric blankets: one on each side. They were good and warm. When it’s -3º C (about 27º F I think), it’s very nice to have a warm heated blanket.
It is close to KFC, Macca’s (McDonald’s), and Hungry Jacks (aka Burger King). You know how much I love me some junk food! It is also close to the city’s centre. So not so bad. (Partner didn’t let me go to KFC. I tried a few times. It’s probably because I can always go to the one that’s across the street from where we live.)
The staff here were friendly (BUT I think they’re totally oblivious to the fact that everything is so run down).
Breakfast was included. It wasn’t anything spectacular. Just continental breakfast: cereal, toast, orange juice, coffee, etc. But still, it was good to have as an option.
The soap in the shower smelled like green apples. The shower could be total garbage, but have apple-scented stuff, and it makes it marginally better. First thing I did when I got home almost is to take a shower.
[Note: The part below was added the next day.]
And now, the fun part. We decided last night that we were going to go to sleep and wake up early so we can get home at a reasonable time, so fine. All good. At around midnight, I heard someone calling out for help. I mean, like really calling out like they were being chased by a werewolf. They were screaming out “Help!”. They did it a few times and I started to get out of bed to check if the guy was okay. Right after I took one step out of bed, I hear “It’s going to get me! It’s coming after me! It’s on me!”. I thought to myself, eh, probably not safe for me to get up. It lasted a few more minutes. I think the police finally got him. The way it sounded, it was probably someone off their gourd on drugs. It’s very sad.
My partner and I didn’t sleep well because of that. He said that someone screamed for him to shut up or something, but at the time, I didn’t think he was awake because I swear my guy can sleep through a tornado.
What’s funny is that I kept saying since we went there that the hotel choice was his decision, not mine, because I would never stay in a ghetto-ass place like that. Come to find out, I was the one who sent him the link and he booked it. I’ve gotten comparable pricing just out of Melbourne and for MUCH better before, so I was shocked that it was my fault that this place was my idea. Not a good decision on my part.
On the key, it said that the rooms were refurbished. When? 1985?
Anyway, this wasn’t supposed to be a review of the place. I also didn’t tell the owners of the problems I had either (and I think that it’s probably something you should do so they can try to improve in the future). I guess it’s one of those cases of “you get what you pay for” and if I had to stay there again, I probably would limit it to one night. A few days again? No way. (We are going to leave them a proper review.)
The last few weeks have been a bit crazy and thankfully, it’s the weekend so I get a bit of a breather.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to those of you who have been sending me messages of support and love with the resurrected podcast. I didn’t really think there would be much interest in it. I know I’m not getting hundreds of people listening, and you know what? That’s okay. It’s the people who do actually listen that matter.
I haven’t had much time to give meaningful responses since I’ve been so incredibly busy (but I’ll get around to it). It gets so exhausting when I only have one hour to myself every day. Thankfully, I have a bit of a break now, so that means that I’ll start recording new podcast episodes that weren’t recorded a month ago.
The motivation is still there and I’m going to continue doing it as long as I can. A few huge changes are happening in my life soon and I just want to talk things out.
I will be back later next week. (Just need to do a little traveling, then I’ll be back.)
In this super exciting episode, I wonder why I have to have a spoon in my coffee to drink it and talk about the difference of being gay and out here in Australia vs Texas. I also chat a bit about my feelings about getting married in about a month.
Note: This was recorded on 2 June 2018.
Feel free to comment or let me know what you want to hear!
It’s been a really busy few weeks. That’s why I’ve been a little silent lately. I haven’t had much time to myself lately. The next podcast episode is coming on Friday but I don’t really like it. I’m probably going to upload it anyway.
While I’m here, I just want to say a big ‘thank you’ to those of you who are sending me feedback and encouragement. I really do.
I’ll start recording new episodes next week. I have a lot of stuff in my head.
Sorry this is so short! Will chat with you lovely people later.
I talk about why I’m doing this podcast (again). I also talk about my partner a bit and a little about my upcoming marriage and upcoming travel to India (and how I’m looking forward to eating fast food while I’m there).
Feel free to comment or let me know what you want to hear!
I told you guys before that my next few weeks were going to be really busy and, oh my god, I’m totally exhausted right now. I am seriously out of energy right now, and I’m in bed before 7:30. My last three mornings (including this one) have been early starts. I have had to leave the house before 5 am each time so I could make it to where I needed to go (aka work) and be there by 7 am. I would definitely make it there on time… so I thought.
V/Line operates the rail services to regional towns around the state of Victoria, to and from Melbourne usually. They are who I have to rely on almost every day to get where I need to go. Unfortunately, they don’t even do that right. I’ve been late twice already, even after leaving earlier the next day, on an earlier train.
So yes, three early starts, and then I get to leave at around 4 pm. As I’ve said, I’m simply exhausted. I want to get home, sit down, watch stupid videos, and just relax. I got to the station and the trains were all cancelled because of sick staff. I finally get a train, and THAT train was late. There were a ton of people there and instead of using 6 carriages like they usually do, they decide to use 3. They tried to fit all these people on it who have had their trains cancelled – so basically, the train looked like this:
I had to stand the whole fucking time almost. I had been on my feet all day and my feet were hurting very bad, I had people’s armpits in my face, and I was really tired (I usually can get about a 45 minute nap out of these trips). About 3 stops before the stop that I was going to get off at, they announce that since that train was late, they’re making it terminate early. Even at that station there were still people standing up.
My favourite part of this is how after all this shit happening, they want to punish their customers for THEM being late. They took off all those people and said “Well, wait for the next train.” That train was running late too. I said “fuck this” and took a bus home and it was probably the first time today I have felt peaceful. I still want to say…
I fucking hate V/Line.
They fail to realise that people depend on them, even at 4-5 am, to get to work. They forget that people don’t want to be crammed in trains like fucking sardines at the end of the day. If you know there is going to be a staff shortage, then fucking hire some bus drivers or something. Don’t cancel half of your trains.
It’s one of the reasons why I hate living far away from Melbourne like this. If V/Line isn’t stressing me out, they’re pissing me off.
My pissed off ass is off to watch some super old quality television… on YouTube.