Oh, all right, I'll pin a useful toot:
Some amount of this account will refer to my comic, The Dementia of Magic, at https://dementiaofmagic.net. Others may refer to nothing really at all.
Aw, dangit. The NOAA updated their website so the national weather map is no longer served up as one single massive animated GIF. This sadly breaks a rather silly personal project I came up with back at Lexmark, the Lexstar 7000. Guess I need to shut that down.
Yes, a major part of the Lexstar 7000 was to just regularly download the NOAA's national weather map for display.
So, the DoM's site is back up again. That wasn't my doing, though, and it's still currently running on the usual host. Still looking into what happened.
Hm. That's disconcerting. The DoM website seems to be down. In fact, all of that server (of an old friend of mine) seems to be down. Unfortunately, that means that person's email server is also down, so any email I send won't get anywhere.
I'm working on bringing something back up. There's still nothing new yet, but having the entire website be dead is not a good thing regardless.
If you're reading this from the DoM website via my Mastodon website widget, you may notice that said widget now auto-refreshes every five minutes. I'm not sure why you're sitting on the DoM main page for five minutes straight, but it's more the principle of the thing.
I think I know a good first step in tweaks to the DoM website: Changing all the download links in the Gallery to look more like buttons. Not, y'know, actually make them buttons, but use CSS trickery to make them biglier and more rectanglier, easier to click/tap.
Also, that'll give me a chance to consolidate the multiple sizes of wallpapers down to just one per aspect ratio. Which in turn will also give 4K-ish 16:10 wallpapers, despite such monitors being stupidly rare and/or expensive.
Are they finally, FINALLY going to do it? For real? Like, seriously?
Now that the chapter's done at long last, I've got Chapter Nine to plan out. I leave way too many plots dangling about, and I need to make sure they all tie together the way I want (or at least come back in to the main plot somehow).
In the meantime, I should also see if I can rig up a different set of site CSS for mobile devices. I'm not forcing the comic format to be mobile-centric, but the site itself still looks really ugly on a phone.
There we go, all six new mobile wallpapers (the Color Background Tests) are now up on the DoM site in the Gallery in their full-sized glory. Enjoy!
I know I added a JSON interface to my comic's website a while back so that there would be a decent way to fetch comic data programatically, and yet I'm sort of hoping nobody really needs it yet as I keep changing parts of the format whenever I realize better ways to present stuff. Oops.
On the plus side, I've got an idea of how to finally make an old feature in the Autofox code work for me. It's not wise to keep arbitrary HTML in the data files anyway...
You may have noticed in the previously-posted mobile wallpaper that Alex's outfit was, in fact, yellow, when it is usually blue. This may seem exceptionally strange, especially since the Stephanie wallpaper in purple had her in her normally-colored Goddess of the Wasteland outfit.
To that end, here's a wallpaper of Matt dressed in red.
The short story is that recent Android versions can set a systemwide color tinting theme based on your wallpaper. The Stephanie wallpaper I tooted last sets that color as purple. Except, I only set it on the lock screen (not the home screen), and that's overriding the color from the home screen's wallpaper. That doesn't seem right.
Thus, in the interests of testing, I decided to make a yellow-prominent wallpaper. I'm going to need a green one next.