Saturday, September 24, 2011

Steampunk Opera

Okay I'll say it. I do not like Abney Park. Yeah I know I know, and I'm sorry. It's okay with me that you like them, if it makes you happy I'm for it, but it's just not my cup of tea. I'm more of a Orpheum Bell kind of guy. That being said it's a big world and there's plenty of room in it for all kinds of things.

Which brings us to the Steampunk Opera a bit of which I present to you now.

Act 1 S2 New Albion 1 (demo) by mocha lab">Act 1 S2 New Albion 1 (demo) by mocha lab

I am not knowledgeable about this style of music, so I can't say if it's good or not. I can say that I kinda like it.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello

I was chatting on IM with a friend of mine today and the subject of The Secrete Adventures of Jules Vern came up. For those of you who never had a chance to see it, SAJV was a steampunk TV show that aired on the SiFi Channel about ten years ago. Sadly it's not on DVD. But I thought it might be on youtube.

Alas, it is not. There are however many other steampunk videos that are on youtube. So it is my pleasure to present to you The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello.

Yes, it's almost 30 minutes long. Yes, it's animated, and no, there are no busty girls wearing their corsets on the outside. But it's pretty darn cool.

Broadening My Scope

I've decided to make better use of the space by branching out a bit. It's not like I had a stellar track record for regular updates anyway. So I'm going to loosen up things a bit, actually quite a bit. At least until I wonder off again.

Markdown May Be the Death of Me

Markdown May Be the Death of Me

This is where we find out. I've spent the last several hours on a little quest. Like most quests it didn't start out as a quest, it started out as a question. That question was what is Markdown and why should I care?

Markdown is a simple syntax for formatting content for the web without typing full on html as you go. For example, if I wanted to add a link to this I could type

<a href="">CNN</a>

which is just too much. Using Markdown I can type


and that's okay, if you don't mind messy links in your text. But I do mind messy links in my text. I want things to look neat.
I tried WriteMonkey, I tried Sublime. They, like most windows software, ok, but they are no going to light you on fire with their brilliance.

Finially (at 5:30 in the morning) I found Gonzo. Maybe I'm just tired, but I have to say I love this program. It has passed all the test that left WriteMonkey and Sublime face down in the dirt. More than that, its actually does things in a reasonable, efficient, dare I say graceful way.

For example, did you notice the inline link in the paragraph above? Gonzo did that, all I did was give it the text and the link.
I'm very pleased. I think I'll go to sleep now.