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Fixing YouTube Music’s “New Albums & Singles” Section

July 14th, 2021

It’s been a minute. How about a good helping of fixing some really bad UI/UX decisions from the YouTube Music team as a “welcome back” to writing in this section.

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Noita

Noita Review

December 2nd, 2019

You won’t find anoita game like this one. Besides the puns to be made ad infinitum with the name, the game is a keeper.

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Devil Daggers

Devil Daggers Review

June 30th, 2019

A masterclass in arena shooter design. It’s all so simple. The stage is set. This small arena is where you must prove yourself against a seemingly endless onslaught of ravenous demons.

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Lucah: Born of a Dream

Lucah: Born of a Dream Review

November 28th, 2018

Lucah: Born of a Dream appears to be quite the bit of a “hidden gem” in the action RPG genre. It’s a game with an admittedly off-putting, but definitely unique aesthetic.

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Nuclear Throne

Nuclear Throne Review

November 26th, 2017

Nuclear Throne is a post-apocalyptic roguelike-like (roguelite) top-down shooter. Its filled to the brim with irradiated mutants to blast, tons of powerful weapons (that can sometimes do more harm to you than enemies), and fast gameplay.

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Moving from Rdio

November 24th, 2015

Sadly, it was announced that Rdio has kicked the bucket. Being proactive, I thought I’d jump ship early. As it turns out, I’m pretty serious about “my music”. It’s something I think about and listen to everyday. So what happens when I have to move “my music”? Well, first we have to decide where to jump ship to.

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FKA twigs - LP1

FKA twigs – LP1 Review

November 11th, 2015

I guess I’m finding myself drawn to more music in this genre somehow. I’ve been delving into artists like Banks, Grimes, Björk, iamamiwhoami and now FKA twigs – all similar in different ways. While similar in genre, FKA twigs’s LP1 is definitely more artsy, glitchy, gimmicky, and all other things “y”.

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Better Upload Filename Sanitization in WordPress

October 28th, 2015

If you are like me, you feel like there is a lot to be desired for how uploaded filenames look in Wordpress. Don’t get me wrong, it does a decent job in terms of making them web-safe (sometimes?), but for actually making a standardized, consistent structure across everything – not so much.

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Inspire Art

May 10th, 2015

Inspire Art is a website containing the Inspire Studio & Gallery, Inspire Café and the Art of Maureen Newton. About the Inspire Studio & Gallery as taken from the website: Artist Maureen Newton opened Inspire Studio & Gallery in 2008. It is her working studio and also where she teaches drawing and painting classes to students […]

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Bluest Eye

Bluest Eye is Joy Burt’s arts and crafts project, exclusively using driftwood. From the website: Handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces made from driftwood collected on Newfoundland beaches. Items change with the tide. Funky chairs, fish, and wall art are most popular. Shaped by the ocean, crafted by hand. Every walk on a beach yields a treasure of […]

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Kiesza – Sound Of A Woman Review

I was never an active participant in the whole 90’s dance thing as a kid. Sure, I owned the odd Aqua, Ace of Base, or Will Smith album, but Kiesza draws inspiration more from the early 90’s house side of dance, which I almost had no exposure to besides knowing tracks from the breakout artists in the genre.

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lightLightBox

April 24th, 2015

lightLightBox is a single file, light, dynamic lightbox solution with ability to load images/HTML into a lightbox with gallery support. It supports IE7+, mobile/tablet browsers, zoom and automatic resizing (orientation change or browser resize).

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Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell Review

April 2nd, 2015

There’s no denying there’s a certain unexpected appeal here. So much so, it transcend genres, definitions, and preconceived notions to what kind of music I enjoy normally. This is the power of Sufjan, and the power of this beautiful, tragic, and haunting album.

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Add PDF Media

Add Custom Class File Link in WordPress

March 29th, 2015

Some back-end things are a pain, especially making custom classes for elements in the WYSIWYG editor portion of Wordpress. Say for example, you want to add in a “pdf” class to links you add, so we can custom style them on the front-end.

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Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep

Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep Review

January 24th, 2015

Just going to get this out there: this is probably Enter Shikari’s best album to date, or at least the strongest. It’s a culmination of the greatest parts of the a genre and sound they helped to proliferate, a mash-up of post-hardcore, electronica (electronicore), and metal. It’s also got that snark and quirkiness we’ve come to expect with the band; a juxtaposition against the sometimes overbearing political lyrics.

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iamamiwhoami - Blue

iamamiwhoami – Blue Review

December 8th, 2014

This is my first look (and listen) into Jonna Lee’s work – and the moment I heard “Chasing Kites” I knew I would be in love. It’s easy to see why you may classify iamamiwhoami’s Blue with the old “synthpop” genre, rather, than the seemingly re-emerging “dream pop” label. Definitely getting vibes of 80’s movie soundtracks here – think The Neverending Story, just less orchestral.

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Broods - Evergreen

Broods – Evergreen Review

December 3rd, 2014

Broods’ Evergreen is like listening to hot air. Combine wispy synth and nasally, under breath singing. It might sound like I am using that as a detriment against this album, but actually, I quite enjoy it. Nothing is perfect though. It doesn’t always work on every track/composition for me.

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Banks - Goddess (Deluxe)

Banks – Goddess (Deluxe) Review

October 16th, 2014

If we defined Banks’ music by her genres of (P)R&B and trip hop, I would say I didn’t have much of an interest in listening to it. I’m glad I did though before simply writing her off based on labels and genres.

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IndexedDB

Offline Storage, IndexedDB and the onbeforeunload/unload Problem

Offline storage is one of the best parts about HTML5. No longer do you have to always send client data back to a server where we have to communicate back and forth if we don’t need to. Say we are saving some user preferences for an app, or saving some game data on close/exit. Say you are working on a document and accidentally close or refresh the tab.

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LIGHTS - Little Machines

LIGHTS – Little Machines Review

September 26th, 2014

This is a slight departure from her earlier work, with a more textured, complex, electronica sound throughout. This also isn’t a bad thing as we also see the introduction of smoother compositions and deeper lyrics. There’s also a huge range of modern influences here from similar artists, including stuff sounding very similar to Lana Del Rey (Oil And Water), Katy Perry (Up We Go), Ellie Goulding (Muscle Memory), Haim (Slow Down).

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