As a small tech tradeoff and an experiment I'm integrating a soft paycurtain: Albums can display a price tag, (including a user interaction for setting a price for "name your price" albums), payment directions are given (Liberapay, SEPA, etc. as configured), but the payment itself is not technically enforced, i.e. the listener is asked to affirm by themselves - by clicking a button - that they have paid for what they want, and only then given the download link. I'm open to experiment further with this when I've released faircamp (current codename) to the public. I could also imagine an option for integrating a hard paywall based on entering a token that could e.g. be made exclusively available to your backers on an external platform (ghost, patreon, steady, paypal, ...).
Been fleshing out the first prototype all day today, and having a blast! ✌️
Research text investigating Bandcamp and Soundcloud as specifically "producer-oriented" audio platforms:
Bandcamp keeps surprising me: Founded by two guys out of Silicon Valley who sold their previous company to Yahoo, huge turnover, not open source, took in Venture Capital in the past, yet everything looks pretty dandy as far as I can see: Small (and judging by their team photo pretty diverse) team, no nonsense tech and business model, no trendchasing, no hype, no scandals, no nothing. To aptly quote their blog: "Maybe the future isn’t a dumpster fire after all."
Second finished piano adaptation is a bit of an oddity: The "Invincibility" theme from Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island [a.k.a. Sonic 3D Blast in the US], which was the first game I played on Sega Saturn (the only console I ever owned, maybe due to the disappointment that it got totally overshadowed by the PlayStation then).
The soundtrack of the game is by Richard Jacques and features a colorful mix of carribean beats, 90s techno, casino jazz, christmas tunes, orchestral disaster movie music ... I don't remember why I adapted this particular track, but I guess I was just lazy, it's a really short thing, and turned out more as an etude, as it's neither fun to play nor super appealing sonically speaking haha. On to the next piece! :D #lilypond #piano #sega #soundtrack
First one done is Hirokazu Tanaka's Ending Theme for Super Mario Land (Nintendo Gameboy). In primary school I used to play through the game during the 1-hour lunch break - only so I could listen to the ending theme, which I absolutely *loved*, over and over again ... until lunch break was over and I had to shut off the Gameboy (and lose finished game state along with the tune). :D
Also: Massively grateful to the lilypond and frescobaldi developers. Writing sourcecode to create beautifully looking, statically generated sheet music (PDF/SVG/PNG): Personal heaven. <3
"The corollary is that, unless you think that our society has attained social perfection — that your grandchildren in 50 years will ask you to tell them the story of how, in 2020, every injustice had been righted and no further change had to be made — then you should expect that right now, at this minute, there are people you love, whose happiness is key to your own, who have a secret in their hearts that stops them from ever being their authentic selves with you. These people are sorrowing and will go to their graves with that secret sorrow in their hearts, and the source of that sorrow will be the falsity of their relationship to you."
From Cory Doctorow's "How to destroy Surveillance Capitalism" https://onezero.medium.com/how-to-destroy-surveillance-capitalism-8135e6744d59
Email provider recommendations anyone? I'm thinking about getting a dedicated (and paid) email-only provider (primarily because I find it creepy that my provider does not support 2FA to protect against getting locked out of my own email account). Currently contemplating posteo.net, but super happy about other ideas or general thoughts on the topic! #email #followerpower
Been working on Eno a bit lately, writing long-overdue RFCs, adding an RSS feed to the blog ... Eno is already _that_ close to a final language specification, yet with all the documentation, plugins and parsers out there it's a mountain of unthankful chores to get there eventually ( ◡‿◡ *) ... (but I will! ;))
A non-technical person I know and care about wants to replace their perfectly good 1080p and HDMI capable TV (9 years old) with a "Smart TV". My heart is bleeding on multiple levels. Any of you have advice on what device/setup I can suggest to them that would allow them to get shiny internet content on their old TV? I just tested a raspi 4 here (with raspi OS), and it's soo close to a great alternative ... but it also randomly tears and stutters on 1080p video ... as such I have a hard time suggesting this, given I wouldn't want to watch like that myself. Would be super thankful for any ideas! <3
Managed to get my website out of the top third and into the bottom third of the resource-intensity index on https://www.websitecarbon.com through more thoughtful media compression/resolution choices and with very little noticeable loss in fidelity. Also checked with my provider whether they host climate-neutral (they do), as they are not listed on https://www.thegreenwebfoundation.org/.
https://media.ccc.de/v/36c3-10506-the_planet_friendly_web (german, english dub available) is a great primer on the topic, https://branch.climateaction.tech/ also has some really great articles on this, e.g. https://branch.climateaction.tech/2020/10/05/10-rules-for-building-a-low-impact-website/.
Most of what I present on my website is by nature (and probably will continue to be) audiovisual, so I will always have to make compromises (and there's still so much more to explore in how to creatively approach this), but regardless, a two-thirds reduction of data transferred even under these constraints shows that we all can make drastic changes if we put it on the agenda. For me this was quite an encouraging undertaking and result.
What's more, chances are that with a certain amount of complexity and fuzzyness involved in the creation, the steps you take to recreate something someone else has done will be different, thus although the result is at first the same, you've actually created it differently, and created a potential for different results, which immediately unfolds as soon as you exercise it again with different aim and intent. (☆▽☆)
"When you're creating something that someone else has already created you're maybe not creative from a global perspective, but you're creating something that you could not previously have created and in so doing create the foundation to create something else that maybe no-one else has ever created." (somewhat heavily paraphrased from Robert M. Bilder)
It sounds so obvious and yet it's so deep, especially considering the casual hostility often expressed against copying - which in the spirit of the quote is much more akin to creating something entirely new in a universe where it does not yet exist, and therefore very much an immensely meaningful undertaking.
Also I solemnly promise the next VPaint study will be original artwork, and more importantly without the sizable backpack of nasty *isms the old mouse company material contains. (however fondly my naive child-self holds it in memory argh)
Finished my VPaint/VGC intro project, a Duck Tales Comic Panel recreation (reference attached). Am now 100% convinced that VGC Illustration (and probably Animation too - see https://vgc.io) has big time potential to become the next go-to libre vector design application. I.e.: Go and throw your money at the developer if you like and/or use that sort of stuff and feel like supporting them! :)
VGC - A novel free/libre vector illustration/animation technology approach (https://youtu.be/kwYgUhQBAkE) that solves a lot of things that are conceptually annoying/impossible in traditional vector graphics: https://www.vgc.io/
Tried the research demo at http://www.vpaint.org/ and was delighted to find a) something that works really well and b) does pretty much everything that's shown in the research videos/papers - and they put on quite a show in both their SIGGRAPH videos!
Like so many other gems, discovered this on http://libregraphicsworld.org <3
My studies of anatomy have turned into (and to some degree have been from the start) a highly irregular, unscheduled mess, nontheless it's kinda working out for me (and I'm in no hurry anyway). Main discovery still stands: 0% rocket science involved, 100% about cultivating mental discipline to pull it through.
After three intense days of additions, rewrites and tweaking, sicuit now officially receives my personal seal of quality. :) All text operations are now unicode-compliant, and I put a lot of time and love into the interface design to achieve a balance of elegance and readability within the limited/unpredictable design options in the terminal.
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