40 Years Of New Music

Blatantly stolen from Warren Ellis’ newsletter Orbital Operations:

Radio DJ John Peel was the national voice for new and experimental music in Britain for almost forty years. The core of his show was what became known as the Peel Sessions, where acts were invited to record performances at BBC studios.

If you can’t find something you like there, you’re probably dead.

John Peel Sessions 1, 2, 3.

Check the lists and links to Youtube out, the wealth and diversity is really unbelievable.

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Giving The Fuck Up Is Not On The Menu

… I’ve spent most of the day fielding messages and setting up fallback plans.

I mean, when I say „fallback plans”… I’m not a great planner. I wing it, a lot. I listen to the world and try to tell which way the wind is blowing. When I say „plan” I really mean creating the possibility of opportunity. I till the soil to try and grow my own luck. I create options. And I invent things, relentlessly. I am solidly a second-division writer, at best, by any model and definition. But I’m still here because I work and think, a lot, to make new things and try new things. Giving the fuck up is not on the menu.
I mean, I’m often a few years too early or a few years too late with my moves. But, hell, I’m still here. Sometimes, being here and still trying to be better is all the victory you need.

I don’t give up. But I don’t give up myself, either. So I won’t be number one. But I’ll still be me. You have to be okay with that trade. And you have to be okay with looking in the mirror and still seeing a recognisable version of yourself. And if you smile, then the smile has to be real, whether it’s rueful or not – not brave, desperate or terrified.

Still winging it. Still fine with the ride.

Warren Ellis in his newsletter Orbital Operations

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Another Successful Yak Shaving Session: RSS-Bridge

So while catching up with Warren Ellis’ newsletter, I came across lordess.foudre Instagram account. As I am living in my RSS reader¹ (not as much as Rob Len, but still), I wondered, how I could add an Instagram Feed to my newsreader as IG does not provide RSS feeds by default.

Enter stage left: rss-bridge

From their README:

RSS-Bridge is a PHP project capable of generating RSS and Atom feeds for websites that don’t have one. It can be used on webservers or as a stand-alone application in CLI mode.

Dear so-called „social” websites.
Your catchword is „share”, but you don’t want us to share. You want to keep us within your walled gardens. That’s why you’ve been removing RSS links from webpages, hiding them deep on your website, or removed feeds entirely, replacing it with crippled or demented proprietary API. FUCK YOU.
You’re not social when you hamper sharing by removing feeds. You’re happy to have customers creating content for your ecosystem, but you don’t want this content out - a content you do not even own. Google Takeout is just a gimmick. We want our data to flow, we want RSS or Atom feeds.
We want to share with friends, using open protocols: RSS, Atom, XMPP, whatever. Because no one wants to have your service with your applications using your API force-feeding them. Friends must be free to choose whatever software and service they want.
We are rebuilding bridges you have wilfully destroyed.
Get your shit together: Put RSS/Atom back in.

So after some Certbot and Apache yak shaving, I now have an rss-bridge up and running and can subscribe to RSS feeds from sites that don’t offer one.

¹ … which is still TinyTinyRSS and which I should replace ASAP with something from an more supportive author.

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in the back of my mind, I could hear the voice of the writer Owen Hatherley, who once said to me, on the subject of recent pop music, “a well-informed observer from 1976, suddenly exposed to the most forward-looking music of 1996, would have encountered something completely alien. A similarly clued-up time-traveller leaping from 1996 to the present day, on the other hand, would probably appreciate several interesting developments, but they would recognise them as just that: more or less predictable extensions to a known field. They wouldn’t need to ask, what is this?”

Warren Ellis in his newsletter Orbital Operations

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What a Time To Have No Time For Gaming

Game? TV Series? Cinematic Movie? The destinctions are vanishing …

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla - Official Trailer

Unreal Engine 5 Revealed! | Next-Gen Real-Time Demo Running on PlayStation 5

Kudos an Georg für den Titel.

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Successful Yak Shaving

Due to the whole „Work-from-Home” craze, I got myself the ThinkPad USB 3.0 Pro Dock for my P52 to more easily connect additional monitors, have only one cable to connect to the laptop, …

Imagine my surprise once I noticed, that the video ports on the dock did not work on Fedora 32 or Linux Mint 13.2 Cinnamon. Some personal time with my search engine of choice revealed that until February 2009, there were no drivers for the DisplayLink hardware used in these docks. And the the drivers were only released for stale Ubuntu version, …

Thankfully, Adnan Hodzic started displaylink-debian to make these drivers available to a large number of Linux distributions.

But my enthusiasm was – again – squashed when the installer broke while installing EVDI. There is/was even an issue for this, but without resolution.

But after some fiddling around with the scripts I found a way around the issue, installed everyting, rebooted and BAM - additional displays galore.

First thing I did on my new, additional displays, was to write a pull request with my fixes. Always give back!

So for once, I successfully shaved a yak! :D

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Thunderbird: Open Links in Firefox in Background

I wanted Thunderbird to open links I click on in Firefox, but without loosing focus on Thunderbird, so I can continue to read. Turns out, this rather straight forward to set … in Firefox.

In Firefox, open „about:config” and search for ‘browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground’. Toggle the value to ‘TRUE’. Restart Firefox.

Now I won’t loose focus in Thunderbird when clicking on a link. Bliss!


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