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Just saw the finish and wow! Amazing win! That kick would have been good from 70. Yes, I saw the awful no-call. But, with two minutes left and a tie game, both teams had to fight to win, and I have no doubt the better team won. 🏈

 

McVay is such a fantastic offensive mind! The tricky reverse play that set up the Rams’ second TD was shockingly good play design. A thing of beauty. 🏈

 

Finally watching the Rams game after my trip. That pass that Goff made to B. Cooks to set up the TD before the half was elite. It’s amazing how good Goff can be so early in his career! 🏈

 

Also, I was completely without internet connectivity for two days, so if you tried to reach me, please be patient. I’m digging myself out of the ditch soon 😉

 

Back home from our boys trip to Big Bear, and happy to see that my Rams are headed to the Super Bowl! Go Rams! 🐑 🏈

 

Can you imagine a world in which Twitter would do something like this? Yeah, neither can I. Go forth and build amazing apps, folks!



https://www.manton.org/2019/01/18/new-example-code.html

 

This morning, I had 47 unread emails in my inbox. As of now, I am down to one. Progress for sure, but I am reminded of how much I hate email as a form of communication. An open channel to my todo list that anyone can add to? Yuck!

 

Prepping a steak and chicken taco meal for a boys trip to Big Bear this weekend. Looking forward to taking William on his first camping trip!

 

All of the posts on my website going forward will now contain a snapshot of the current weather at my location. Hidden in the raw metadata, I’ll include detailed weather and location info.

 

Been quite a dramatic couple of weeks for Miami Hurricanes fans... Manny Diaz isn't playing around!

 

DuckDuckGo is now using Apple MapKitJS for their maps for privacy reasons – https://spreadprivacy.com/duckduckgo-apple-mapkit-js/

I wonder if Apple has considered buying DuckDuckGo? They've certainly got the cash, and their values are really well aligned.

 

Hey, cool, now I am able to syndicate from my website to Mastodon, thanks to - https://github.com/danito/KnownMastodon

 

My pug Nelson just bark-farted and my five year old LOST HIS MIND.

 

Tracking My Movie, TV, and Podcast Activity

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As part of my continuing efforts to preserve and capture my memories, I’ve been spending some energy adding more capabilities to my website. I already capture photos, recipes, blog posts, status updates, and other more traditional types of content. In addition, I’ve been privately tracking my own location continuously for months now, including the ability to see some current details about my location and status. I also use the excellent OwnYourSwarm service from Aaron Parecki to record check-ins at specific locations on my site.

Last week, I realized that I was missing some data on my website that would add additional context when exploring my memories: my TV and movie watching history, and a record of what podcasts I listen to. As of today, I am now automatically tracking all of this data, and I’m happy to share a bit about how I made it happen.

Movies and TV

Let’s start with how I am tracking what movies and TV shows I watch. As it turns out, there is already a wonderful service out there for tracking this data called Trakt, which is a startup based out of San Diego. Trakt has done the hard part for me, with an extensive and complete database of movies and TV shows for me to pull from, and a host of great apps that use its powerful API to help users put data into their Trakt account. I am personally using the Watcht app for iOS to manually ad TV episodes and movies to my watch history on Trakt, and to show me a calendar of upcoming TV episodes for my favorite shows.

Trakt Logo

But, being an IndieWeb community member, I want to make sure that my memories don’t get lost in the event that Trakt goes away one day. In addition, I want to be able to see my TV and movie history in the context of the rest of my website’s content. So, I needed to find a way to automatically sync that data to my website.

At first, I thought about using the extremely capable Trakt API to periodically sync to my website, but then I noticed that Trakt Pro members get access to an Atom feed of their watch history. Working with a custom REST API takes a lot of effort, while integrating with a standard feed format is extremely easy. So, I happily paid for a Trakt Pro subscription!

I created a Python script which periodically parses my Trakt feed and then creates entries on my website for each movie and TV episode I watch. It only took me about an hour to put the whole thing together.

Sidebar: Automatic Tracking from Plex

Plex Logo

As you may already know, I have a great collection of digital movies and TV shows. I use the outstanding Plex Media Server to enable me to stream and sync content to all my devices. As Eddie, my co-host from Two Dads Talking, recently mused, tracking activity automatically is much more reliable than remembering to manually track activity. Trakt provides a Plex plugin that automatically syncs your Plex history to Trakt, and once I had that installed, a significant chunk of my activity is now automatically synced!

I still have to manually track content watched outside of Plex, like live TV from Hulu, and content consumed on Netflix, but it’s a good start.

Podcasts

I’m not only a podcaster with a microcast and a podcast, I’m also an avid podcast listener. I listen to podcasts on my daily commute, to relax after work, and to kill time on airplanes. Wouldn’t it be great to have that history tracked on my website as well? As I mentioned above, tracking that history automatically is greatly preferable to manually having to log every episode I listen to. With that in mind, I set out to see if I could capture my activity.

Overcast Logo

I use the wonderful Overcast podcast app for iOS. Overcast is created by Marco Arment, who is also a prolific podcaster. It’s a fantastic and pleasant app to use, and is perhaps my favorite iOS app ever. Overcast has a sync service and web frontend available for users at overcast.fm. Not only can you listen to podcasts in your web browser on overcast.fm, you can also export an extended OPML file that contains all details about your account, including a listing of all podcast episodes you’ve ever listened to. Bingo!

I whipped up a script that logs into my account at Overcast.fm, then downloads a copy of this OPML file, and uses it to sync my history to my website. It works a treat, but I will caution that Marco seems to be rate limiting that OPML export pretty aggressively. For the time being, I’ve limited my sync to once daily, and I’ve also contacted Marco to get his input on how I am using his service. In an ideal world, I’d love to see Marco add a standard RSS, Atom, or JSON Feed for Overcast paid subscribers similar to what Trakt has done for Trakt Pro users. In the meantime, I’ll be conservative about how often I sync and await a reply from Marco.

Why Track Activity?

You may be wondering why I want to track all of this information. Eddie and I briefly touched on the topic in the last episode of Two Dads Talking, but it really comes down to the fact that our memories are precious, and the more context I have when looking back on my life, the richer my appreciation will be for the life I’ve been blessed to live.

During the process of adding these new types of memories to my website, I also have added a monthly “recap” feature which has been one of my all time favorite enhancements. I like them so much, I’ve added links to the last twelve monthly summaries to my home page to surface them. My favorite examples of monthly summaries so far:

  • January 2018, which marked my departure from DreamHost, the beginning of a new chapter in my career, and my second viewing of my favorite musical of all time.
  • July 2018, which includes travel all over the globe, some progress on my Indiepaper project, and outdoor movies in my front yard with my kids.
  • November 2017, which includes a trip to Australia, the acquisition of the best car I’ve ever owned, and my son’s first ever NFL football game.

I’m delighted to continue enriching my database of memories, and really happy with the way my movie, TV, and podcast tracking is shaping up so far.

 

The Patriots are on track for 720 yards of offense in this game. Wow. If this game ends like it has started, then the AFC championship game should be quite the shootout with two offenses that are absolutely on fire. 🏈

 

The Chargers defense is wetting the bed. Woof. 🏈

 

Going to DTLA today to watch the Rams beat the Cowboys! Holding out hope for an all-LA Super Bowl! 🐑 🏈

 

Wow, big spike in subscribers for twodads.fm this week! Hop on the train! Tell your friends! 🚆

 

Y’all. Top Chef: Kentucky has been a phenomenal season so far. This week’s episode was 🔥, with southern food, the roaring 20’s, prohibition era cocktails, and plenty of excitement.

 

Just mixed myself a perfect whiskey sour:

2oz. bourbon whiskey
¾ oz lemon juice
¾ oz simple syrup
1 egg white

Shake with ice. Strain into a chilled glass. I used a stevia/erythritol sweetener instead of sugar to keep it keto friendly. Delish!

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