Monday, August 10, 2020

Google Sites Update Breaks Podcasting File Storage

For many years I'd been using a 'Google Sites' page with files stored on the page. I'd post an audio blog once a year or so, not particularly critical to me.  But Google started migration of classic sites, where each binary file you post has a direct and correct HTTP link to it, to the New Google sites, which moved all the binary attachments (mp3 files for the podcast) into a Google Drive folder.  Google Drive links aren't supported by the HTML <audio> tag -- they aren't really direct links to download the mp3 file for playback.

You can check out the original How To Use Google Sites for Podcasting post  from 2019...

So, that broke Google Sites for hosting your podcast files.

To mitigate the issue, I am now using a subfolder on one of my domains, hosted at Pair.com. Those are direct HTTP links to the mp3 file for the podcast.  The new Blogger still *should* support enclosure links (it claims it does) which, when read by your podcast app, allow your podcast app to download the mp3 file for later listening.

I also embed the audio in the web-page with the <audio> tag, which works remarkably well. 

So, that's been my afternoon.

P.S. Pair hosting uses FTP-SSL, not SFTP, at least for my account.

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Peace













Livestreaming a single candle with the Logitech FHD webcam.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The LG V60 5G Magnetic Power Adapter

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The LG V60 5g, when in the dual screen case, uses an innovative magnetic power adapter.  It plugs into a USB C cable, and attaches magnetically to the Dual Screen case. This allows for easy recharges without removing the phone from the case, as well as reduced wear on the USB-C port.  But what if you misplace it?

 

Simple - LG offers extra, or replacement, USB-C to Magnetic Power Adapter connectors for sale on their website.  It's a good idea to buy a spare  LG Dual Screen™ Charging Adapter for LG V60 ThinQ™ 5G.

By having multiple adapters, you can keep one connected in your car, one at your office, and one at home, perfect for a quick charge anytime you need it, without taking the phone out of the dual screen case!

 

Hope that helps!

 

Will England, Product Ambassador

 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Why I Ride. Sometimes I forget.

A post came up in a Facebook group, asking why you ride.  My response follows.

"I have forgotten.
It was for the wind, then for the challenge, then to see something new. Now, I don't remember. I rod around the metro a few times a month. Certainly enjoyable. But I have run out of 'new' within my time and money budget.
I have done the challenges I wanted to.

The wind is still good.
Cutting a tight corner is still good.
Playing in traffic is still good.
Anhedonia."
















- Will England

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Create Video Graphics with Pages and Preview on the Mac

OWC's RocketYard blog has a couple of easy - and new to me - tips on us
ing Pages and Preview to create on-screen graphics for your video production or live stream, including creating transparent alpha channels in your screen captures! It's part of their OBS Series for Live Streaming from the Mac. This series is full of good tips, tools and techniques to get your Live Stream to Youtube, Twitch or DLive going full speed. Give it a look, I'm sure you'll find something new and interesting to use for your live or pre-recorded videos!

Will England - Lensman

Friday, July 24, 2020

In The Moment - Photography

Often your best photographs come 'in the moment' - tonight, SamTheDog was in the moment and noticed a doe and two fawns walking the back 40. I let him out, distracted and unaware of the deer. Once he took off down the steps, I looked for what he was chasing - deer! I fortunately keep the camera with long zoom on the table beside the back door just for such situations, and was able to capture the doe:

Doe in Suburban Back Yard

Later, after I let SamTheDog back in, I was closing down for the evening, pulling the curtains shut, and what do I see? The fawns and doe in the yard directly behind ours. Again - being aware of what's around you allows you to capture the most interesting images.

Yearling Fawns In Suburban Back Yard

So there you have it - amazing photos of the wonder of nature in the center of the suburbs.

Will England, Lensman

Saturday, July 04, 2020

COVID-19 Update, day 113

The latest news on COVID-19 infections from a friendly obsessed recreational statistician:
We had record New Cases from Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina yesterday.  Florida pushed New Jersey down into 5th overall. {Hurst, 2020)

And

Things have developed to the point that nothing less than a full shelter-in-place order will be sufficient.  The infection is so widespread, if people are out, the virus will be transmitted even if most people are careful. The fraction with poor compliance will ensure the virus is pretty much everywhere.  Close everything possible.  No schools.  No churches.  No sports.  About the only thing that should be open are groceries, Walmart/Costco, and hospitals.  And there are at least nine more states in the same situation right now, or will be in a week's time. (ibid)


Johnson County, KS Tested Cases:

These are Community cases - out in the public, not in long term care facilities. People who were out at the bar, grocery, or concert with you last night.  And yes, that line hit 100. All Time Record in Johnson County too.




My Take? Stay Home.  Wear Mask. Wash Hands. It's going to be a long, deadly summer. Avoid the news, avoid social media.  Read a good book.  Watch the birds.  Make things - photographs, crochet. Clean house.

Stay Safe!
- Will England
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Source:
Hurst, Scott, email correspondence, "End of Statistical Day, 7/3".  July 4, 2020