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Plausible for Analytics

Just a quick note for the blog that I've added a self-hosted copy of Plausible analytics. Privacy friendly, only going to me to understand visitor statistics.

Installation was simple, and I'll keep y'all apprised on how well it goes.

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Earbud Reviews Updated

So I've added 3 new earbuds to my Earbuds Review Page: Anker Soundcore Space A40, Anker Soundcore VR P10, and Apple Airpods Pro v2.

I've finally also written the write-ups for the other buds on the list that were missing. Hope the info in there is useful for you. As always, the thoughts in there are my opinions, and they're all super subjective so your mileage may vary.

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Alternative Video Hosting

I've fallen down a super deep Fediverse rabbit hole. It feels kinda like for the first time I can play around with stuff and not have my Extra Life videos just living on Twitch or Youtube. As a result, I've put up my own PeerTube instance up on and am slowly moving the Extra Life videos there. They're going to stay up on Youtube as well, but here's a much better place to move things. Going to see if I can also make copies of my old talks, but... Read More

RSS feed added to blog

So thanks to the RSS Plugin for 11ty I now have these posts available via RSS! The feed is linked in the footer and is available at /feed.xml.

I intend to do the same thing to the reviews page just as soon as I finish up my headphone reviews page. Which I'll definitely do, one of these days....

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OSRaon Icon Set v0.1 Beta Release

Today I'm happy to reveal something I've been working on for the past month or so: an Icon Pack specifically for Old School Revival RPGs! This is something I've wanted to learn how to do for a while now, and I've been working on another OSR type project (which I'm hoping to reveal soon) and found myself looking for icon packs that I could use for dungeon maps. There were several candidates, but I could not find anything that I really liked.

So, to that end, I set about making... Read More

Stencil e2e testing on WSL

I ran across something while working on updating Stencil tests to use puppeteer, and figured I'd put it down to paper while I'm thinking about it.

In order to run puppeteer tests, a browser needs to be present. Now, you could probably install headless chrome in the linux subsystem (and also install a window manager because evidently puppeteer needs that in order to do some of the tests) - but that seemed a little dirty. When I was running with karma I simply set the... Read More