in the age of discovery, there was a tradition that each new sailing vessel should be christened. Of course, a good christening requires at least a little bit of flattering and inspiring oratory. But over time, this oratorical culture became highly self referential, with idiosyncratic conventions of grammar, and an irreverent, outsider sense of humor. But who were the people who gave these unusual speeches in honor of the boats?

They were the Shiptoasters

Not for want of doing other music stuff but this looptober may be a 'immediately spiral out of [monthly challenge]" situation 😑

Film photography is magic!

Just developed my first film rolls at home, in the kitchen sink, with caffenol.

They're still drying, so I haven't scanned them in yet, but there are definitely images on there.

Amazing! 📷 🎞️ ☕

#BelieveInFilm #caffenol

@smbsy whoa, I had never heard of caffenol, this is going to send me down a rabbithole!

I'm not on Reddit anymore but every once in a while a search result sends me there and it's kind of amazing how, no matter what kind of guitar a thread is about, or what year the thread is from, about 95% of the comments are dudes holding forth about how quality control in [country guitar was made in] sucks and also how they own the same guitar made in [same country] from 10 years ago and the quality is way better

thankfully, I am prevented from shaving this yak any further by not having any momentary switches


:opens new tab to look up a source for momentary foot switches:

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(Me, on September 30, looking up schematics for MIDI footswitches for )

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@Laser welcome to the party, pal!

(Seriously though happy birthday!)

@alex yeah, I mean good on them for establishing a very popular niche development platform, and I think it's only $15, but I have hitched my horse to enough proprietary wagons over the years that I gave it a pass

@alex yeah I always forget that was the reason I began tinkering around with TIC-80 instead (also I am old and prefer a landscape aspect ratio)

I managed to get the Funkwhale pod I set up for last back online, I should try to stabilize it and keep it online

Revisiting the Funkwhale UI and data model has me wanting to tinker with my long-running "federated bandcamp, not federated spotify" idea again. 😬

Anyway, I managed to do 15 tracks last year, we'll see what happens this year.

@alex my gut tells me that any company that's named "songtradr," but also somehow has enough money to buy bandcamp, is going to run it into the ground (intentionally or otherwise)

Are there any stable-ish music oriented instances around these days? I should look again but I'm pretty sure the one where I had put all my old YouTube stuff went away

Anyone else doing the Octorber Challenge next month? Acolytes ponder their orb, focusing on the revelation of a different mystery from beyond the veil each day. Idk, could be fun.

I have also stolen :lobel_frog: and :lobel_toad: from because they make me very happy

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