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๐Ÿ’ฌ Starting a new job tomorrow, and Iโ€™ll be in the office for the first time in 4 years. Safe to say I'm a little nervous ๐Ÿ˜…

Today I spent some time zhuzh-ing up my music website (tombofry.co.uk, for context), because I realised a lot of the content was outdated, or didn't fit with my current writing style (specifically the commissions page).

I also improved my audio player web component, which I might release as a separate module on github, because it's pretty neat ๐Ÿค“

Edit: I did it! https://github.com/TomboFry/audio-player-component

๐Ÿ“ธ Loch Ness, from Fort Augustus, Scotland โ€ข Taken March 2024
Shot on Kodak Gold 200 using a Canon AE-1
Originally posted on: pixelfed  

In response to my last note here, I'm going to try a sort of Discord chat bot that can file things away in the correct place, rather than rely on an external API. That way the services that offer webhooks as a premium feature, while still offering Discord as a free feature, can continue to reliably post YouTube videos and other things to the server through a message to a channel or something of the sort.

...now let's hope Discord doesn't get weird!

๐Ÿ’ฌ I've just noticed that a few days ago my YouTube liked videos stopped appearing on this website. It turns out IFTTT removed webhooks from the free plan without warning (didn't receive any emails, to my knowledge). Now I need to come up with an alternative solution (and a stable one I don't have to interfere with for months or longer), and it pains me to know my list is not a source of truth anymore!
๐Ÿ’ฌ Every three months, I have to go to the office for two days. Despite only having done the first day so far, I am already so exhausted. If I lived closer (ie. Within a walking or biking distance of about 15 minutes) and could duck out early if I needed a break, I might be able to tolerate going in more. I'm not even driving myself, and I am so grateful I'm able to get a lift in, but the sheer amount of time it takes sat in a car in traffic just drains all the energy out of me.
๐Ÿ’ฌ This weekend was almost entirely just playing video games. Feels like I needed it.

Had this melody and chord pattern in my head for like a year now, somewhat inspired by ELO's Twilight and various Frost* songs. It's got a 2 minute long epic intro and I've barely started the first verse ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Am I making prog rock now? I sure hope so! It's one of my favourite genres but always seemed unapproachable as massively complicated to actually make, but ya gotta start somewhere!

PS. considering it's a draft, expect random clipping, poorly played/sung parts, and other weirdness

Originally posted on: cohost  
๐Ÿ’ฌ Started time tracking again recently to try and figure out what was wrong with me. I didn't need the results to figure out what it was ๐Ÿ˜ (hint: the act of timetracking, and for the reason I specified, was enough). So now I'm in two minds about continuing or not, because realistically it serves no purpose, but visualising it looks so coooool

Just added the ability to track Steam achievements on this site, so I guess I'd best play some games to make sure it definitely works! ๐Ÿค“

Added in commit: a5a8b85

๐Ÿ’ฌ Had three domains expiring tomorrow and I've finally pulled the plug on them slightly ahead of time. A shame, really, because one of them was really short that I planned on using for shortlinks, if I had the time and mental energy to actually start the project up ๐Ÿฅบ
๐Ÿ’ฌ Chicken nuggies, chips and gravy for tea, eating like royalty ๐Ÿ˜Ž
๐Ÿ“ธ Conveniently timed, I've been slowly working on a fancy lil web-component in plain javascript for my website, that embeds a nice player for my .opus files, something cohost can't do ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž (although encoding and uploading them is a very manual process in comparison, and needs two files instead of just one, using the very Apple-specific CAF (Core Audio Format) container, because the three-trillion-dollar company didn't want to support opus normally like literally every other browser. So you win this round, cohost - I respect you).
Originally posted on: cohost  

Oh, cohost supporting audio now is sick! That makes posting new songs here wayyy easier ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

Anyways, here's the latest song, as a treat.

(fwiw I'm currently taking sick leave off work, so just wanted to clarify that I finished this at the start of the month, if my employer or manager happens to see this)

Originally posted on: cohost  
๐Ÿ“ธ Skรณgafoss Waterfall, Iceland โ€ข Taken March 2023
Shot on Kodak Gold 200 with a Rolleimat F
Originally posted on: pixelfed  
๐Ÿ’ฌ Without going into too much detail, I hinted about my health in a recent blog post, so now I'm going to take some time off work to recover, because it's gotten preeeetty bad over the last couple of weeks. See that "Todo" note I posted a week ago? Yeah it turns out I really wasn't kidding when I said "relax" 'cause boy do I need to ๐Ÿ˜…
๐Ÿ’ฌ What corporations really mean:

Corporate: New and improved!
Me: Cool, what's been improved?
Corporate: profit margins. ๐Ÿ˜
๐Ÿ’ฌ Why is dunking biscuits in tea normal and acceptable, but when the biscuit falls off and at the end you're left with the slushy remains at the bottom of the mug, it's gross and you can't stomach the thought of drinking (?) it, even though they're basically the same thing ๐Ÿ˜
๐Ÿ’ฌ I'm getting new carpets installed! Gonna be cosy this winter!
๐Ÿ’ฌ Hooooooly - I had no idea stinky baby man has just undone 17 years worth of internet culture on his dirty smelly rebranded version of Twitter. Safe to say I'm happy to abandon it for good now. Follow me here instead! ...somehow