I mean to be fair "American Slang" is functionally Brian Fallon's version of "Sam's Town" so like yeah this scans as heck.
The most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational
This morning I discovered something interesting: I had set up years ago a handful of redirects with Hover, my domain registrar of choice.
Of course, those have been broken for a long time, entirely because when switching the DNS over to my hosting provider, Hover no longer has control to handle these redirects. Whoops-a-daisy.
And the way Amelie, the engine I built to power this site, handles routing and such, urls like "andrewwhipple.com/xyz" first check if there is a single page (like /about and such) and if there isn't, 404s.
So in order to do forwards like I had in Hover (for example, andrewwhipple.com/youtube forwarding to my Youtube page) I'd need to either futz with the Nginx proxy I have set up in front of my actual app servers, or figure out some way to add more routing rules in the router for pages in the engine itself.
Neither super fun.
So, all it took was making a new markdown page with the filename for the short url I wanted to use (ex,
youtube.md in the example above), and making that page just have a simple
<script> tag, and adding in:
window.location.href = "newUrl";
Voila! Auto redirect at the site level, rather than in the DNS or in the engine. And it doesn't require mucking around with the engine code or the Nginx proxy. Just making a new page with one line of code, throwing it into dropbox, and the redirect is live.
And it's fun because this is the same kind of hacking around and discovering cool features I do in other people's projects, and this time I get to do it in my own project!
SPOTIFY GOSH-DANG YOU why do you have to keep enabling rabbit holes that point me to perfect bands that are destroying my LIFE because I can't listen to anything BUT them GOSH.
Today's version brought to you by the marvelous one-woman (I think?) band "Free Cake For Every Creature," who makes delightfully boppy and miserable bedroom jangle-pop.
Neat right? Even better, there's a song called "I WANT TO MAKE YOU BREAD" (emphasis mine.)
I WANT TO MAKE YOU BREAD.
I'm pretty enamoured with, unconventional is I guess the way to say it(?) voices. Your Lordes, your Grimeses, your Charly Blisses, &c. And I am drawn in immensely by the wildly intimite almost-whisper of Katie Bennett's voice, especially as its contrasted with the kind of bubbly pop that normally would go along with, well, an Eva from Charly Bliss. It's magical and encapsulating and also did I mention there's a song called "I WANT TO MAKE YOU BREAD."