Rating iTunes Songs in the background with iTunesKeys

Sometimes it takes me years to find a solution to a problem.

This little applet, last updated in 2015, lets me set hotkeys for rating songs in iTunes. Now, I can rate a song without interrupting my work.

Nice. Thanks, Matt Berube.

January 17, 2023 music technology

November & December 2022 in Photos

January 8, 2023 photos

Embedding things into other things

So, I guess Mastodon can do that just fine.

I’m on Mastodon, but it hasn’t yet become an addiction. It’s a nice enough website and I like how many people seem to have made the effort to make one, but I get the sense it isn’t sticking for them, either.

Little technological things aren’t the issue, though. Twitter took over the internet as the place to write a sentence and have that get noticed. The only thing that I’ve seen come close to that is Substack, which I am increasingly addicted. I read it using Substack Reader because I don’t want any of these things showing up in my inbox (every substack publication is technically an email newsletter at heart, but I hate that as a thing).

I can link to a substack (https://afterschool.substack.com) like any other thing, but I wish there was some cute embed thing I could do that looked like an embedded Tweet (or, like above, and embedded Mastodon post). Now, I’m an old blogger. I know there’s nothing stopping me from just hyperlinking stuff and using the > markdown line to make an embed, like this:

Financial Cleanses and Therapy Bots - by Casey Lewis

TikTok’s financial cleanse” trend is the new cash stuffing”; Luca Guadagnino’s next movie is an Audrey Hepburn biopic; Gen Z queen Billie Eilish is on the cover of Vogue; and Sydney Sweeney is the new face of Armani Beauty.

I can do that, and bloggers and markdown writers can do that. But regular yokes won’t be bothered.

I guess that’s what the screenshot button is for.


I had not heard of this before. I’m also not sure I’ve seen it in the wild. But, it is interesting!

Here’s the above embed using this Quoteback thing. I installed the Chrome extension (in Edge), and just right-clicked the text and hit the extension button:

TikTok’s financial cleanse” trend is the new cash stuffing”; Luca Guadagnino’s next movie is an Audrey Hepburn biopic; Gen Z queen Billie Eilish is on the cover of Vogue; and Sydney Sweeney is the new face of Armani Beauty.

This did not work in Edge, but it did work in Firefox. That was pretty easy, though. I wonder if it’ll catch on with the people who would normally only embed a tweet?

January 6, 2023 blogging twitter links

Good Music, 2022

Here’s a playlist with my favourite songs of the year, available in Apple Music, Spotify, and Youtube:

Here’s my favourite albums from 2022:

December 25, 2022 Logbook music favourites

Video Game Time, 2022

Games finished

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Shredders Revenge, Nintendo Switch, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot, Nintendo 3DS, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze , Nintendo Switch, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Nintendo 3DS, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Bonk’s Revenge, Turbo Grafx 16, ⭐⭐
  • Pick Pack Pup, Playdate, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Casual Birder, Playdate, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Games I played, did not finish, but will likely try again

  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE Encore, Nintendo Switch
  • Dragon Quest XI, Nintendo Switch
  • Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster, Steam
  • Omaze, Playdate
  • Zipper, Playdate
  • Trombone Champ, Steam

Games I played, did not finish, and likely won’t try again

  • Mighty Switch Force, Nintendo 3DS
  • Unpacking, Xbox Game Pass
  • Jetpack Joyride 2, Apple Arcade
  • The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD, Nintendo Switch
  • Mario Kart 7, Nintendo 3DS,ROM
  • Fall Guys, Nintendo Switch
  • Boyfriend Dungeon, Xbox Game Pass

Games I played too much of but are they ever really done?

Notes & thoughts

2022 was very much a backlog year for me. I spent most of my game time in JRPGs, (FF6, TMS:FE, DQ11) and finished none of them. It’s very telling that the games I did finish were all somewhat short platformers and Playdate games.

But a backlog year is good!

2023 had a ludicrous number of new games already announced, so I expect this list to be pretty different next year.

December 24, 2022 Logbook video games favourites

My favourite wrestling matches of 2022

The shortlist

  • Bianca Belair vs Becky Lynch, WWE WrestleMania 38 - Saturday, April 2, 2022
  • Jon Moxley vs Wheeler Yuta, AEW Rampage #36, April 8, 2022
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Zack Sabre Jr., NJPW Hyper Battle 2022, April 9, 2022
  • Saya Kamitani vs. KAIRI, Stardom Gold Rush, November 19, 2022
  • The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) vs The Dark Order (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) & Adam Page, AEW All Out 2022, September 4, 2022

The longlist

  • Bryan Danielson vs Jon Moxley, AEW Revolution 2022, March 6, 2022
  • Chris Jericho vs Eddie Kingston, AEW Revolution 2022, March 6, 2022
  • Adam Page vs Bryan Danielson, AEW Dynamite #118, January 5, 2022
  • Jon Moxley vs. MJF, AEW Full Gear 2022, November 19, 2022
  • Jon Moxley vs Bryan Danielson, AEW Dynamite #155 - Grand Slam 2022, September 21, 2022
  • The Blackpool Combat Club (Jon Moxley & Wheeler Yuta) vs Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta) , AEW Dynamite #146, July 20, 2022
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Jonah, NJPW G1 Climax 32, August 7, 2022
  • Sanada vs Taichi, NJPW G1 Climax 32, July 24, 2022
  • Shingo Takagi vs Will Ospreay, NJPW G1 Climax 32, August 6, 2022
  • The Blackpool Combat Club (Claudio Castagnoli, Jon Moxley & Wheeler Yuta), Eddie Kingston, Ortiz & Santana vs Jericho Appreciation Society (Angelo Parker, Chris Jericho, Daniel Garcia, Jake Hager, Matt Menard & Sammy Guevara), AEW Dynamite #143 - Blood & Guts, June 29, 2022
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Jay White, NJPW Dominion 2022, June 12, 2022
  • El Phantasmo vs. DOUKI, NJPW Best Of The Super Junior 29 - Tag 7, May 24, 2022
  • Titan vs. El Desperado, NJPW Best Of The Super Junior 29 - Tag 2, May 17, 2022
  • Rey Fenix vs Dante Martin, AEW Dynamite #135, May 4, 2022

December 23, 2022 links international object wrestling favourites