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Musicalish #297

How about some Gorillaz again? With a dose in particular from their to me most memorable album of pre-millennium times. If they had any others.

I don't know about you but these guys always get me in a better mood. Somehow they make angst and melancholy all melodic and... somewhat soothing after all. And around this time I could use a round of this kind.

Ride through, the old and the new, the bold and the few, ride on...

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In The Blink Of An Eye

Been posting a lot of depressing videos lately. Time for something hopeful!

Though I guess this is a glass half full/half empty kind of video.

Either you see how much you miss in each blink of an eye, or more so how much awesomeness is going on even in that most minuscule amount of time, that repeats itself so many a time throughout every single day!

And compared to that, how much awesomeness doesn't go on all the time your eyes are open?!

It's pretty awesome. Every blink. Pretty awesome.

YouTube Video Upload Premieres

Can't people stop using these already?

I understand that they're supposed to be used to build up hype, but when everyone's using them... they break the hype factor. It becomes similar to how 'epic' is now used in sometimes the least epic contexts. How 'awesome' is just a general appraisal these days. How Americans stereotypically ask how you're doing without caring for the answer.

These premieres are starting to bother me.

On the one hand I am hyped that something new from one of the few amazing artists I follow is on route, but on the other I'd rather not even know it until it's out.

How do they want me to spend the time leading up to the premiere?

To constantly be thinking about that premiere, forsaking work and hobby in a nerve-wracking time of hype and turmoil before the great release?

Do they expect me to just see the promised timestamp and think: Oh nice! I'll tune in then!

Don't they think people skim through their subscriptions anyway whenever they have time to?

Don't they think people will be just as happy, and probably even more so surprised - and thus hopefully even more happy - if their material arrives spontaneously, without prior announcement at all?

It's interesting too how this premiering trend seems to have come in parallel to the one of not announcing anything in advance. Like Eminem's Kamikaze album. Amazing surprise. I like that method.

Everything that's announced often either:

1. Is announced too late, and the hype before said release feels rushed and insufficient.

2. Is announced too early, and other hype-inducing factors come along during the wait and distract you, or you grow tired or waiting and not as appreciative of the release as you might have been, OR the result doesn't match the hype and thus your appreciation further dwindles.

This 'premiere' feature somehow seems to be going against the grain. Against the trend (alright so maybe it's not a trend after all, I know I'm contradicting myself now). Against the psychological benefits of surprise versus no surprise, and wait verses no wait.

Is there any benefit at all, really?

Unless it's a one-time event that you need to schedule time for in advance or miss the ability to partake in at all. Like a live stream. Which ironically often seem to appear entirely at random, with very little or no prior notice at all, like the streamer just drops by at whatever moment they have a little time to spare on said stream.

Maybe I'm just following a certain clique of somewhat unorganized artists, but I feel like the value of organizing one-time events in advance isn't pointed out enough, and the potential disadvantage of scheduling random drops hasn't been brought up at all.

All these hype-inducing notifications for random media, often set just a day or two before the video actually drops...

Totally useless. Features YouTube shits.

Despair. Upload Premieres.

These end rhymes? Not great either. These here times.

Anti Auto-Hyphenation Hacks

Noticed the maybe annoyingly frequent hyphenations on the site lately?

Lines that go li-
ke this even when they re-
ally don't need to?

I didn't until I switched to Chrome! Apparently it's a browser-based feature. Neither FireFox nor Opera had it - Chromium-based though the latter may be too it's apparently not all that similar to Chrome after all.

I don't want this stuff though.

Lines aren't supposed to hyphenate themselves. I do that manually.
I add in shy hyphens into the code so certain words hyphenate at certain resolutions, and have been planning to revise old posts eventually with this in mind, to get them looking as good as possible.

Hyphens at the end of every line just look weird.

So, the solution? I found this:


article .entry-content {
	-moz-hyphens: none;
	-ms-hyphens: none;
	-webkit-hyphens: none;
	hyphens: none;
	word-wrap: normal;
}

I tried adding it in... nothing happened. It didn't work. I kept looking. I found this too. Good alternative, though no MS compatibility here:


.hyphenate {
  word-wrap: break-word;
  overflow-wrap: break-word;

-webkit-hyphens: auto;
   -moz-hyphens: auto;
        hyphens: auto;
}

But that's not very different after all.

After digging around a little more I found this:


p {
     -webkit-hyphens: auto;
     -webkit-hyphenate-limit-before: 3;
     -webkit-hyphenate-limit-after: 3;
     -webkit-hyphenate-limit-chars: 6 3 3;
     -webkit-hyphenate-limit-lines: 2;
     -webkit-hyphenate-limit-last: always;
     -webkit-hyphenate-limit-zone: 8%;
     -moz-hyphens: auto;
     -moz-hyphenate-limit-chars: 6 3 3;
     -moz-hyphenate-limit-lines: 2;
     -moz-hyphenate-limit-last: always;
     -moz-hyphenate-limit-zone: 8%;
     -ms-hyphens: auto;
     -ms-hyphenate-limit-chars: 6 3 3;
     -ms-hyphenate-limit-lines: 2;
     -ms-hyphenate-limit-last: always;
     -ms-hyphenate-limit-zone: 8%;
     hyphens: auto;
     hyphenate-limit-chars: 6 3 3;
     hyphenate-limit-lines: 2;
     hyphenate-limit-last: always;
     hyphenate-limit-zone: 8%;
 }

...and started questioning if my manual hyphenation approach was really necessary after all.

If you actually have total control over the character amount required for automatic hyphenation to occur, and on how many lines in a row this can occur, then this would pretty much be the same thing as doing it manually after all, except you don't actually have to. Potentially plenty of time saved at no extra cost! No downside.

I tried using this too though and that didn't work either! Did some digging through my stylesheet and noticed... I'd actually enabled auto hyphenation myself in the code further down, and just hadn't been using a browser earlier with which this code was compatible. -_-

So I removed that but... it's not going away anyway.

Some plugin-related stylesheet with this built-in? Some function I've forgotten about? Something built-in with WP itself? Something browser-based after all, that I just can't override?

For now I think I'll just give this a break, but it does seem like the manner of hyphenation changed slightly after I removed my own code.

It's not as frequent now. Doesn't happen with two letter cuts. The lowest I've seen so far is three.

So that's that. Override. Don't let browsers take control. Even if you want to go automatic: manual code's the way to go!

I'll look into this some more in the future; post a follow-up then.

When I can get these lines exactly where and how I wan-
t 'em.

A Non-Mentionable Little Hillside Garden Dream

I dreamt that I was walking up the hillside.

We were visiting this old dude's house. Not that old, hair distinctively grayed - that kind of old - and wandering through his hillside garden.

It seemed to slope into infinity.

The air was hazy and you couldn't see the end of the slope for all the clouds, but the greenery was lush and the hedges, trees and various garden monuments and decorations were plentiful.

It was the kind of garden you'd imagine seeing by a larger castle, but this was just the one man.

He dabbled in natural remedies I think, and was cooking up some kind of concoction in a large cauldron on the lawn, with a boiler beside it, and some smaller pot or similar.

It was boiling ferociously: the bubbles a constant stream as if someone was in each cauldron/kettle/container breathing our air beneath the surface with never-emptying lungs.

It was something for us. I asked about it. Not sure what he answered.

Regarding who the 'us' was I'm not sure about that either. I was walking around and the rest of 'us' weren't anywhere to be seen, as far as I can remember...

Soon after we were walking through the house though - corridors paneled in dark, polished wood - and plenty of people were sitting on benches along the walls.

It felt like a museum, with glassed-in displays of various figures the man had made.

I looked into a little room curiously, full of wooden sculptures and other artistry that followed the walls, and then walked around a corner and... that's all I remember of that particular part of the dream.

Moments earlier I was climbing around in a sunny, dusty attic, and doing I can no longer recall what... but I wasn't a kid. I felt at home anyway. I think I was just exploring. The sunlight hazily falling in and warming.

Moments before that I was in the car, and I think good buddy Andreas was along for the ride, though not sure where we were going. Maybe to Övermorjärv. I'm not sure I saw the sights, just that we were on our way.

Maybe the dream was inspired by this one beautiful house I caught a glimpse of yesterday, looking for potential places to move.

It turned out to be way beyond my budget though. A nice place by a lake... with renovations worth ca 2,500,000 SEK the last few years. O_O

Alrighty then, I don't think I'll be leaving a bid on that...

But it was a - I think - pretty good dream. Hazy albeit the memory now may be.

I'm writing this more for purpose of practice and relaxation than recollection really. Thinking maybe I'd pick up a few more details as I write. Thinking if I just get into the writing I'll feel better about myself today, too. It worked, somewhat.

Now time to jump into some other more overdue dues...

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