A Great MiSTer News Source

There is A LOT going on with MiSTer these days – so much so that I hope to do an update video about some of the things that I’m most excited about soon. A Sega 32X core has been added, a Playstation 1 core is close to completion, and the holy grail (for me) – the Apple IIgs – is in the works too! 

RetroRGB is a great source for following the progress of the project. A contributor to the site, Lu’s Retro Source, is posting regular update videos of all that’s new and exciting in the MiSTer project. You can find Lu’s channel here

Check out my prior MiSTer content here. Bob from RetroRGB and I have done two panel discussions of this at Retro World Expo that you can also find in the playlist. 

Now Running WordPress :)

Well I gave Hugo the old college try but ultimately I was finding it was more cumbersome for a blog than I would like. The biggest impediment was the lack of image management and the rather clunky process of uploading new posts.

I had to create a new markdown file, manually enter (or copy over) the basic metadata, manually re-size images, move those images to the right folder, type in the right markdown code for the image, save the post, run Hugo in terminal to render the site, and finally sync with my FTP server. If I had to make change I had to re-run Hugo and resync. Just too much for what I wanted to be a quick thing.

So back to WordPress. I am self hosting for now on my web server. The only issue I encountered this evening was getting the full feed to dump out to my RSS feed. The RSS feed is how I generate my digest emails.

I had to hand code the RSS generator PHP to correct what looks like a bug. h/t to this 2009 post which solved my problem.  I also found a clever way to pull down the “medium” sized images too. Both of these fixes required editing the RSS template in the WordPress installation.

One of the things I like about WordPress is that it’s so ubiquitous and everything works with it. So I can easily post from my phone. I also use a great app on the Mac called Mars Edit that I used 10 years ago when I was doing more with WordPress. To my surprise I was able to upgrade to the newest one for a nominal fee a decade later! Thanks Red Sweater Software!

Ariel School Documentary Trailer

One of the most compelling UFO stories in the 2020 documentary “The Phenomenon” involved a 1994 incident at the Ariel School in Zimbabwe. There students claim to have seen a UFO and its occupants after the craft landed next to their playground. A new documentary by Randall Nickerson will focus entirely on this story, visiting the former students on how this incident impacted their lives. Definitely check out the Phenomenon if you haven’t seen it already, I talk more about this incident in this Weekly Wrapup video.

Qualcomm M1 Competitor Delayed to 2023

Qualcomm’s M1 Competitor Delayed

PC World has a great scoop on the status of Qualcomm’s M1 competitor. The company says it won’t be shipping the new chip until late 2023 – putting ARM based Windows PCs further behind Apple’s Macs. The big question is how farther along will Apple be by then?

I covered the performance disparities between Windows ARM and Apple’s M1 about ten months ago.

Apple’s M1 has been on the market for almost two years now. Even their high performance variants are running off the same architecture. Apple’s updated M2 chips are rumored to be released in new Macs later this year.

AVGN on Why Contra is One of the Best Games Ever

I still remember the day I bought Contra 35 (yikes!) years ago. It is one of my favorite games of all time. AVGN did a great analysis of what made this game so great : it was tough but fair.

Back in the day I managed to get to the last level until word of mouth about the “Konami code” made it to my school. I still remember the thrill of reaching the winter level on my first continue.

While so many games we thought were great don’t hold up today this one actually gets better with age.

New Email Digest List

As I continue to tweak the blog along with my content automation I found that it’s pretty easy to bundle things up into an email newsletter/digest that can be sent out several times a week.

If you’d like to see me in your inbox several days a week I set up a new digest email list that will go out with a much greater frequency vs. this one.

It will consist of any new content I push out on YouTube along with interesting links I came across throughout the day/week. This content is the same as what will be posted to my blog and other social platforms.

Welcome Earthlings!

Alien artifacts found on Mars. But the aliens in this case are earthlings! The Mars Rover Perseverance encountered the back shell and parachute it used to descend to the surface of the red planet. And its helicopter took an aerial photo.

Welcome to my New Blog!

Hello everyone!

Lately I’ve been very interested in reclaiming my content from all of the various platforms I’ve put stuff on over the years. For a long time I would put posts like this up on Medium and post it separately to Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.

But the home base was never mine.

So I am establishing a new home base for my text based content. And from here I’ll be linking out to all of my other stuff vs. the other way around.

I initially built this with a really neat open source project/app called Hugo. What I liked about Hugo is that it goes back to the simpler days of the web where plain old HTML is served up vs. some prone to hacking blogging engine that will need constant updates.

The problem is that it was a real pain to work with. Image processing was a mess and a real manual process. I couldn’t just drop something in. And I had to re-sync everything and run a process every time I made a small change.

WordPress is a little more than I need but it’ll work for this project insofar as workflow is concerned.

This rabbit hole all started with a recent video that I did on podcasting and culminated with a deep dive back into RSS.

I’m not sure how often I’ll post here but I am going to be experimenting with automation to see what cool things I can do with this.

Stay tuned!