Archivio mensile 30 December 2021

Natale 2021 e Capodanno

Arrivato anche quest’anno con tutta una serie di limitazioni dovute alla situazione pandemica tutt’altro che positiva, si è riusciti a festeggiare e salutare tante persone. Consueti gli auguri al noto bar “old style” della provincia Romana. Nonostante le voci che lo diano come fervente No-Vax. Vigilia e pranzo di natale come da tradizione, ed anche questo strano perché a volte si potrebbe evitare di mantenerle ste tradizioni che alla fine sono “il motivo per cui dobbiamo essere stupidi come i nostri genitori”.

Niente Trivial Pursuit, tuttavia una veloce partita al gioco della Taffo “con me nella tomba” che è simpaticone e veloce. Oltre agli innumerevoli auguri, prosecco, birra e cocktail sono scorsi anche per rendere il tutto un poco più sopportabile.

 

Pochi giorni dopo sarebbe stato capodanno e viste restrizioni abbiamo deciso di fare cose casalinghe. Un quartetto di amici che si sono dedicati a mangiare dalle 17 fino all’una di notte in continuata, hanno visto il film “2022 – i sopravvissuti”, hanno visto 3 puntate dei Ferragnez, hanno giocato ai filtri di instagram e quanto essi rendano le facce irreali, hanno ballato e hanno cantato al karaoke.

Fernanda in foto è pesantemente artefatta dai filtri instagram

Poi dopo la befana, ultimo finesettimana di festa, con la visita del caro amico estero Piero che ha portato le mozzarelle. Abbiamo mangiato, bevuto, abbiamo visto un giardino sensoriale per ciechi, abbiamo preso un drink sul lungotevere e infine un immancabile panino allo zozzone di Porta Maggiore ad orari improbabili.

Il giorno dopo, fresco come una rosa, Autostrada verso Francavilla al mare per stare con qualche amico, con Fernanda, mangiare la pizza e giocare al gioco da tavolo della Taffo

Buon natale 2021, buone capodanno e buone Feste. Chissà le prossime come saranno…

Second implementation podcast player

Podcast player for web radio site

As a hobby, I’m the “software handyman” in a web radio (also a speaker to be honest). In my spare time, I try to find solutions and cool stuff for all the digital problems related to this activity. It could be something that needs to be automated or some cool stuff on the website. This time, despite the fact that I’m not a good UI/UX, I’ve tried to improve the podcast player on the website. The default web player of WordPress is not that bad, but experimenting is something that I like to do and, after all, none will be killed by a bad player experiment on a web radio site self-financed by its speaker. So I’ve seen some cool players with a waveform on it and I’ve spent time to figure out how these can be included.

 

default worpdress player

Default worpdress player

First Implementation of a new podcast player

After a first implementation, I found version 1 of this new player not-so-dynamic as I’m expecting. And more it also required some additional computation and files (a static file representing the waveform peak).

 

First Implementation podcast player

First Implementation podcast player

Second iteration of a podcast player

So I’ve found a new super dynamic player, in javascript. But it gave me some problems related to the “touch event” needed by the iPhone users to start the sound. After some months of figuring out how to solve it, I finally found a way of making it work.

 

Second implementation podcast player

Second implementation podcast player

It’s not perfect, still can be done better and maybe there are bugs around it but what I want to highlight is the fact that I’ve spent a lot of my free time finding a better solution (better means “better to me”) and solving issues, problems, edge cases, code limitations. See this recap video:

 

 

I’ve had the chance to do this because there is no money, neither human life involved and, basically, because this is a hobby. The possibility of experimenting in a safe environment made the difference and gave me also a vision of what are the other different skills and people involved in the development of a software solution: what could be the problem for a UX, what could push to add a new solution based also on time needed to do it.

My advice is to find space to explore and make mistakes in your workplace or outside your workplace. If you have time take a look at the player, at the website and, if you have a lot of time and you want to listen to an Italian web radio show about technology, space and similar stuff with a lot of music, my show it’s called “Katzenjammer” every Monday, starting at 20:00 Europe/Rome time zone.

There are podcasts as well 😀

https://www.radiocittaperta.it/podcast/utenti-in-pericolo-su-facebook-meta-e-il-pianeta-rosso-katzenjammer-del-20-dicembre/

Maybe I’ll share some tech details and code in a future post, anyway feel free to contact me for details or questions 

La terza volta stai a guardare

Katzenjammer del 20 Dicembre 2021

  1. Anne-Marie Little Mix – Kiss My (Uh Oh)
  2. AnnaleaX – Wavy (Y U Playin’ Me?)
  3. Band of Horses – In Need of Repair
  4. Cor Veleno, Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti – La gente libera
  5. Ministri – Numeri
  6. Miles Kane, Corinne Bailey, Rae – Nothing’s Ever Gonna Be Good Enough
  7. trentemøller – Dead Or Alive
  8. Vero – BEG!
  9. Large Plants – La Isla Bonita
  10. Weezer – Island In The Sun
  11. R.E.M. – Imitation Of Life
  12. Virginiana Miller – La verità sul tennis
  13. HACK – Via Lattea
  14. Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
  15. Linkin Park – CASTLE OF GLASS
  16. Muse – Madness
  17. The Libertines – Don’t Look Back into the Sun
  18. Sum 41 – Still Waiting
  19. Placebo – Special Needs