#56: Slow and Tired

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Behind the Scenes

Hello everyone. This is just a quick little update on what’s happening with my projects! (Mostly website-related.)

Dropping ReCaptcha and Replacing It With hCaptcha

I am dropping ReCaptcha in favor of hCaptcha because I’ve discovered that ReCaptcha has a nasty habit of tracking you. That’s typical of Google products, so I’m replacing it with a system that’s similar but will present you with a similar “choose the pictures” verification. The good thing is that for each qualified verification earns money. 100% of all the money that will be raised on my website by hCaptcha will go directly to the WikiMedia Foundation.

I’m also going to move the fonts I use to my server instead of relying on a link to Google.

You can actually avoid all the tracking stuff by using another browser such as Brave or Ghostery.

Menu and Side Panel Rewrite

You probably can’t tell, but on Complicated Noise, I’ve rewritten the menu serving code. Everything looks the same right now, but I’m going to make things a little simpler in the future. If you have issues, please let me know.

Contact Form Rewrite (in progress)

My registration system is going to start handling messages sent to me by the website. Again, you’ll notice a new form, but everything will work the way it’s supposed to.

Native file attaching will be supported this time around. They’ll still be scanned for nasties though.

New Music Available

Have an account and want to listen to ambient music? You’ll see it in the podcast guide in the bonus section. “Beach Fingers” has appeared with “Visible Form” coming sometime within the next few months.

You’ll have to have an account to listen to the early stuff. It’s not available to anybody else right now.

I’m also making a new section to my website with links to the stuff that won’t require an account, but for now, the bonuses do require a free account.

Not Happening… Today

“Happy” Friday, everyone!

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One of the things that was supposed to happen today isn’t happening, but I don’t have to say that do I? The next podcast episode was supposed to come out today, but as far as I know that’s not going to happen. Honestly, I just haven’t been feeling it.

I haven’t been feeling well. Hay fever is in full swing and I am feeling horrible.

I’ll be in touch soon with some incredible* stuff. See you thing.

* may not actually be that incredible. And the picture of the person sneezing isn’t me.

#55: An Allergy to Politics

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Staying off Social Media

Hi everybody!

I think over in the USA it’s officially Election Day. Regardless of what happens, I believe things are going to get really ugly. I’ve seen some general nastiness on both sides of the two-party fence and it gets a little too much. To combat this a little, I’ve decided to stay off social media for a while.

One of my morning rituals is to go through and check most of my social media and it’s a hard one to beat, but so far, so good! I have a general need to check on my family to see how they’re doing (and especially my friend who got an unfortunate case of the coronavirus). It’s been hard not to go to Facebook for that reason, but I am also more at ease with things right now. Instead of frustrated from reading people’s general stupidity, I am just sitting down and working on small bits and pieces of my website(s). There’s nothing too exciting to report there because it’s more about taking code out that I don’t need–something that’s way overdue.

Anyway, I can’t avoid the news and the inevitable forever. I, for one, think about half of Americans are afraid of change and the same half are incredibly stubborn, selfish, and they don’t care about people in general. I don’t understand how some people have no humanity or sympath for those having a hard time. That’s not the kind of America I want, but unfortunately, when you’re from Texas, that’s against the grain.

That’s all from me for now. That’s why I haven’t visited or posted to Twitter or Mastodon lately. I will be back of course! I just need to keep the stress level down, go to the post office and pick up my 10 boxes of incense, and drive my husband around who refuses to drive himself anywhere if he doesn’t have to. Have I mentioned that I hate driving? It’s a little hard to do when “civilisation” is about an hour away.

Oh, and if you’re American, and someone didn’t vote the same way you did, still be kind to them. Be compassionate (as much as possible). Even if things don’t go your way, you can still be a decent human being. The best of luck and let’s hope for the best. (Though I have a sinking feeling we’re in for four more years of pain.)

I’ll check in with you later! Much love.

I’m Not Too Busy To Say I Love You

Hey, just a quick message to tell everybody that I am here and I love you.

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Photo by Rakicevic Nenad on Pexels.com (because I’m way too lazy to take my own damn photos)

I am also insanely busy this week. I’ve got two deadlines one after another on Thursday and Friday. I get to fit in a day or two of work in there.

As I’ve said, the day of gaming isn’t happening. A year of gaming, sure.

I’m also waiting for the new iPad Air. It’s still in China. It should be here next Friday or something.

That is all. See you later! I think…

A Few Things Re: Complicated Noise

Hey! Just a quick update on the going-ons of my little website, podcast, and other projects.

Extra Life: Erase the Date

I’ve decided against doing it on a dedicated day because I don’t have my streaming assets created yet and well, honestly, I don’t have much time to myself past working and studying.

It will just be an ongoing thing and I won’t dedicate a date to it. I don’t feel bad doing this because I’ve got 0 donations to send them. You can check out the upcoming events that include Extra Life on my streaming schedule.

Podcasting: I’m Getting Bored

It looks like that I didn’t update my feed last Friday until Saturday afternoon. Shouldn’t make a difference. I was going to re-record it, but… yeah, too busy.

I’m also thinking about quitting my personal journal podcast. I’m pretty bored with it so I’m assuming you are too. My numbers are abysmal, but at the same time, I don’t do much to grow my numbers. I never have. I guess I could, but my life in a rural area plus COVID is not very exciting.

It feels a bit weird (and sad too) making something that has no audience.

Musical Projects: 2021?

Aiming for an upload in the next few months. It’ll be available to the people who have an account at Complicated Noise first.

I’m happy-ish how things are going with it, but I’m still a perfectionist when it comes to my music stuff.

Concluding

I’m just getting a bit tired. I’ve always said that I don’t care about my numbers, but well, there’s always that lingering feeling where you’re putting something out and having no audience. It’s a bit disheartening but I guess it might be a little nudge telling me to quit while I’m ahead. I don’t know. These things are just a thought. I do like being creative and I do like having the extra outlet(s) to rant, complain, whine, and create.

Anyway, I hope all is well with you.

#54: Musically Declined

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Creative Project: Visible Form (Music)

Hi!

Yes, I post here every so often, believe it or not. This time is to let you know that I have begun creating music again. When I was younger, I used to dabble in mixing and remixing music. I used to remix music in my early days but stopped after my partner at the time kept reminding me that creativity = wasting time.

Again, it’s more of a therapy than anything. This time, it is a lot more computer-generated and created with algorithms. It has a very synthetic sound to it, but I like it.

I am planning to make something available by the end of the year. I hope you’ll like what I make. I’m not planning on selling it or anything right now, but making exclusive mixes available for account holders here.

My first project is called “Visible Form” so if you see something about that, please take a look and listen.

It’s not like I have all this free time, so it’s just a side project. I’ve composed four songs so far, 2 are tracks I am happy with (and listen to in the background as I do things). More information is coming soon!

A Singing Web Browser

Opera GX
A web browser for gamers

Once upon a time, I used to use Opera as my main web browser. One day, it seemed to lose its way and the web browser was sold off to a Chinese company. I stopped using it because I found a new web browser that was started by Opera’s founder called Vivaldi. That’s my main browser now.

Every so often, Opera comes out with an interesting product that I try out. First was their concept browser called Opera Neon, then came Opera GX, a web browser targeting gamers.

I have to admit that it’s pretty cool.

The latest update adds adaptive background music which means that it plays music while you use it. You can change the sound by surfing the web, typing in text boxes, or opening new tabs. It’s pretty cool. It feels really space age and got me thinking about revisiting music creation. How’s that for inspiration?

It also lets me chat, watch other gamers, and stuff at the same time. It’s a pretty handy product if I am feeling social.

Sometimes, I have it open in the background just to listen to the calming sounds it makes. 🙂 It’s nice. If you’re a gamer or want to use a browser that’s not Chrome (but it’s similar), you should download Opera GX.

Download Opera GX for Windows or Mac

(PS: This post isn’t something that I get paid for. It’s just a cool little thing I found. Also, if you’re hardcore-nerdy, you can try out the Beaker browser, which is a P2P browser for web hackers. It’s pretty cool too.)

Shuffling…

I’ve been planning to stream gameplay for a long time, then get to the date that it happens and realise that I’ve either scheduled it on a work day, scheduled it on a day where I have a lot of stuff to do, or scheduled it on a day that I am not going to be ready.

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My Extra Life event has been moved to the next Saturday it was originally scheduled. Instead of doing it on the 7 November, I will be doing it on 14 November. The times have not changed. If you’d like to take a look at the time equivalents in the USA, you can check out my page on Extra Life.

Tonight’s scheduled gameplay stream is moved up three weeks. I have a lot of stuff happening in the next two weeks. I am also really struggling with my seasonal allergies at the moment so I’ve been fueled on Benadryl which makes me very sleepy when I take it.

My next planned podcast episode hasn’t been changed [yet], but it’s scheduled for 16 October anyway. I’m planning to record over a few days of the next three weeks.

November will be a lot less busy for me. I’ll be in Australia in December this year and have told them that I am available for work, so I’m sure they’ll take advantage of that.

I’ll see you guys around. I hope everybody’s doing well. I will be honest that I am a bit more down lately because I don’t have much quality time for myself. I’m going to try to get myself back into a good mental space.

Thanks for being here, as always. I appreciate it.

Ongoing: Raising Money for Extra Life

Update: I’ve had to cancel a dedicated day to do this. Sorry!

I thought I’d try something out. Maybe it’ll be a way for me to finally motivate myself to get my streaming channel on Twitch off the ground. I’m going to try to raise money for The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by doing a streamed day of gameplay.

I think the official day is the 2nd of November, but I’m going to stream my gameplay on the 14th from 5 am until midnight. There’s still a chance that the date and time will change but I’ll still stream for 18 or so hours. I’ll be streaming on my slightly-unloved Twitch channel. Sorry, I’m way too old to stay up a full 24 hours. Haha.

Update: I’m no longer doing a dedicated day because my work and study schedule is just too cramped at the moment. I’ve always said that the date can’t be set in stone. Take a look at the streaming schedule on Complicated Noise for any planned events. Thanks!

My goal is to raise a minimum $100 USD for them. I think that’s a nice goal. If you’d like to help me reach that goal, go see me on Extra Life. As an incentive, I’m also attaching a promise to instill some bonuses to you on my website. If you donate, please let me know and I’ll get you set up with a few account goodies!

This fundraising opportunity is largely USA-based and know that sometimes the currency exchange to United States dollars isn’t that great (and attracts exchange fees, etc). If this is the case, please donate to a reputable charity in your country and in your own currency.

Thanks for supporting me (if you choose to). I am hoping to do some good in this world. I have always avoided fundraisers because I have this belief (or fear, really) that I won’t raise a single dollar.

I’ll see you then! I talk a little bit about this fundraising opportunity in my next podcast episode (which is available to those with an account here).

Shortcutting: Cnoi.se

I should really think about domains before I actually register them. I’m adding a new one to our little family: cnoi.se.

I’m not moving everything or starting over, but will be working on using that to make URLs a lot shorter. The only one that works at the moment is just by going to cnoi.se to go to the regular website.

It’s only been a few hours since I’ve registered it so it’s not going to work for everybody just yet. It will though, eventually.

That’s my short little announcement for now.

Oh, and it’s not a way to track anybody, it’s just to save time and I guess to experiment a bit.

Hope you’re well!

KFC Chicken Burger Extraganza

I’ve only got a few more days left here, then I can go back home. It’s a mixed bag of emotions because I like the little town I’m in and coming back isn’t going to be possible unless I want to work here permanently. I’ve talked to my husband about that possibility, but we’ll see what happens.

When I leave here, I get a bit sad. It’s a nice little town with nice views of mountains and it’s really leafy. It’s still considered rural, but it’s got supermarkets and a KFC, so it’s not so bad.

Did I mention that I ate 4 chicken burgers from KFC on Sunday? Yeah, I got really sick from it. I’m still feeling the effects from it today. (I ate them in a 4-5 hour period, but still…)

This is what I bought… I got coleslaw, fries, and mashed potatoes instead of the sides and drink. My gut is NOT happy.

I just need to stop making a pig out of myself. While I’ve been here, I’ve noticed that I’ve got some really terrible habits. My latest is drinking a lot of soda. This is US-level soda drinking. It’s just one a day, but I haven’t been this crazy since I moved here. It’s terrible.

I guess I’m gonna have to make some changes to this so-called diet when I get back.

Chat soon. I have quite a bit to do before I leave. 🙂