Jukebox selections: MASTER BOOT RECORD, The Jayhawks, Paul McCartney meets Khruangbin

Been a bit between posts, so here's another run at the jukebox for all my readers looking for a few good tunes to pass the time. Some oldies, some goodies, nothing boring and all good for your soul. Zenith (Riktam Remix) by MVMB & ALL'IN - IbogaTech This is a melodic psytrance piece that runs … Continue reading Jukebox selections: MASTER BOOT RECORD, The Jayhawks, Paul McCartney meets Khruangbin

Make your sentences poorer, get out of the three comma club

There's a running gag in the show Silicon Valley about a character obsessed with being in the "three comma" club. Being a billionaire, in other words. When he loses enough money to drop from $1.2 billion to "merely" $900 million, he's "financially ruined" and despondent. Judging by the way some folks write sentences, they're just … Continue reading Make your sentences poorer, get out of the three comma club

Link-o-Rama: Google testing new targeted ads, FreeBSD’s big oops, Henry Rollins’ record habits & Robyn Hitchcock’s essential records

Some interesting bits this time around. If you're a Chrome user you need to read up on Google's plans for replacing third-party cookies. FreeBSD users, check out what almost made it into 13.0. Music nerds, read on for some gems from Henry Rollins and Robyn Hitchcock. From the EFF Deeplinks blog: "A switch has silently … Continue reading Link-o-Rama: Google testing new targeted ads, FreeBSD’s big oops, Henry Rollins’ record habits & Robyn Hitchcock’s essential records

Digital crate digging: Searching Spotify by label, genre, year and more

Spotify is a great tool for music discovery, but some of the exploration tools aren't obvious. If you want to search for something by song title or artist, that sort of thing, no problem. But there are other ways I like to explore new music, like by music label or genre. You can do that … Continue reading Digital crate digging: Searching Spotify by label, genre, year and more

Link-o-Rama: Hunspell dict format, curl is 23, response to flatkill.org

A few of the posts I found interesting this week. 17 (ever so slightly) weird facts about the most popular dictionary format: "the dictionary format of Hunspell has a lot of peculiarities. Depending on your mindset, you might find the facts below curious, fascinating, ridiculous, or just plain boring. " (zverok with ruby) Q&A with … Continue reading Link-o-Rama: Hunspell dict format, curl is 23, response to flatkill.org

Amyl and the Sniffers, Fraidycat web follower, Mogwai

Let's shake some of my browser tabs and see what falls out. Fraidycat web follower / feed reader RSS has been on the decline since Google snuffed Google Reader. Many sites, these days, don't even support RSS. It's a problem. One solution that might fit the bill for many users is Fraidycat. It comes as … Continue reading Amyl and the Sniffers, Fraidycat web follower, Mogwai

Using the Display Posts plugin with WordPress and custom CSS

In case this helps anybody else, wanted to share how I created the Top 100 Albums page here on Dissociated Press. I wanted to be able to automagically create a page from all posts tagged with the "100 albums" tag, rather than manually laying things out. The final result is using the Display Posts plugin … Continue reading Using the Display Posts plugin with WordPress and custom CSS

Using the Wayback Machine Downloader to rebuild Dissociated Press

This domain has been online since January 2001. A homepage or, more often, some type of blog has been here almost as long. I've been, often, lackadaisical about continuity of content and posting. The kind folks at the Internet Archive, or rather their web scraping bots, have been far more attentive and consistent. I've lost … Continue reading Using the Wayback Machine Downloader to rebuild Dissociated Press