SoundOfTwitter Part 3: VPS Time

Wed, May 12, 2021 | 500 Words

Update 2023-03-25: I’ve had to take this down thanks to some fuckboy’s API changes. TL;DR: Aural - Sound Of Twitter changed hosting and stream! (Update: Offline for now) Well! A bit changed since last post. Most prominently: yesterday I received a missive from AWS, a preset alert that I was going over my established high water mark for expected bill this month (not even halfway through!). It looks like running API Gateway for websockets is spenno.

SoundOfTwitter Part 2: Public Ready

Wed, May 5, 2021 | 400 Words

Update 2023-03-25: I’ve had to take this down thanks to some fuckboy’s API changes. TL;DR: Aural - Sound Of Twitter After my last post discussing building a local site that lets you “listen” to Twitter, I decided to put it on the public-facing internet. But rather than just whack it on a VPS I decided to expand my horizons by putting a bunch of components through AWS. My desired setup was:

SoundOfTwitter Part 1: Local Application

Mon, May 3, 2021 | 600 Words

Update 2023-03-25: I’ve had to take this down thanks to some fuckboy’s API changes. One of my favourite sites, for years, has been Listen To Wikipedia, a soothing project in the idea of beauty and art coming from systems. Years back I set up the [Holiday by Moore’s Cloud] lights with a script that would automatically hook into the streaming of Wikipedia edit notifications and change in time to them, and the music if the web app was open concurrently.

LaTeX For Books And Websites

Thu, Apr 23, 2020 | 700 Words

I’ve been writing Microfictions lately and am hoping to write some longer pieces as I go forward, but I also want a way to collect them all in a print format, as well as make them available online for viewing. At the moment I have no plans for a published book, although doing a free ebook would be cool. But just having somewhere that they can be shared and a form they can be printed in (for myself) is my main goal.

Hugo Recursive Templates

Fri, Apr 10, 2020 | 600 Words

I’ve been working with my partner Nikki recently to build her a small website she can use as a knowledge base for all her witch-y stuff. This includes tarot, herbalism, naturism, etc. She couldn’t find a decent CMS that met all the features that she wanted, or at least one that wouldn’t be a pain in the arse to get working. By the end of her searches she had settled on just making her own static pages in HTML and CSS when I suggested Hugo.

Strawberry Jam - Clicker Game

Tue, Feb 11, 2020 | 400 Words

You can play my first attempt at a Strawberry Jam entry here At the end of January I decided to enter Strawberry Jam 4, a game jam that lasts the month of February with one theme: the game should be horny in some way. I did some brainstorming and came down to three potential ideas I wanted to explore that involved both cool technical challenges and story/writing challenges. The three ideas I narrowed it down to, in increasing order of complexity were:

Basic Site Crawler

Wed, Jan 15, 2020 | 700 Words

Search engines have always interested me a bit and I’ve wondered how to set them up. They consist of a few simple parts: crawler, scraper, query engine, and ranking system. I decided to set myself a simple project to build one that could scrape a domain and store content for all the pages. This post will be focused on the crawler/scraper aspect of it. Scrape A Page Initially, all we want to do is download a single page and scrape the text from it.

Tank Controls In Unity

Tue, Nov 26, 2019 | 1200 Words

I’ve been wanting to do a tank-based game for some time and thought it would be the perfect excuse to muck around in Unity again. One of the things I wanted though is the ability to control the tank using two separate throttles like an old M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier. This would give a more unique way of controlling a tank that would require some extra thinking. The concept is that the left throttle controls power to the left tracks, while the right throttle controls power to the right tracks.


Thu, Nov 21, 2019 | 1100 Words

Preamble Back in 2016 I had the idea for a silly joke cryptocurrency for my maniacal panther pal Snowy. I wanted to fork Bitcoin and then modify it so that all coins created would go to a single wallet controlled by Snowy and any transactions would result in the currency going to Snowy’s wallet as well. In essence: all money would be Snowy’s, as it should be. I left that in my ideas folder for about 3 years but finally decided to re-investigate the concept.

Tweet Process Pipeline

Sun, Aug 4, 2019 | 1000 Words

Preamble A long time ago I built a Twitter bot which allowed you to play a text adventure game by tweeting commands at it and receiving personalised responses. I’ve always been interested in doing more with this project, but there’s been two major holdups: I’ve lacked personal writing inspiration (and found no interested writers) to help with content for the game. The original code is an absolute mess. Eventually during a skint section of my life I had to get rid of the virtual machine that runs the bot and it’s remained dormant and inactive for years.
First - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - Last