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WordPress adopting WebP images

Bookmarked WebP by Default Merged Into Core for WordPress 6.1 by Sarah GoodingSarah Gooding (wptavern.com)

WebP, an image format developed by Google, which is intended to replace JPEG, PNG, and GIF file formats, will soon be generated by default for new JPEG image uploads in WordPress and used for website content. The main work for this feature was committed to core for inclusion in the upcoming WordPress 6.1 release.

Nooooooo

I have too many WordPress sites, I don’t want to have to go install another plugin on all of them ๐Ÿ˜‘ I’m really not happy with the directions WP is taking the last few years, starting with Gutenberg ๐Ÿ˜ 

I hate .webp files, you can’t *do* anything with them! Give me a jpg or png any day. I often download book covers to add to this website, save inspiration and reference images on my desktop, and for work used to need to find logos all the time. There are legitimate reasons for saving images from the internet, and providing images in a format everyone can use is just another way to play nicely. I want to be a good internet neighbor. Not surprised this shit format is a Google invention ๐Ÿ˜ 

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Art and Design

A form’s platonic ideal

Liked Just a formality by Bobbie Johnson (bobbie.net)

I like discovering the platonic ideal of a particular format…

I like the description mentioned from David Byrne here of music and formats tessellating each other as they changed and people’s tastes changed.

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Music

Maybe we shouldn’t have gotten rid of our CDs

Liked Rob Sheffield on the Joys of the CD, Music’s Least-Glamorous Format by Rob Sheffield (Rolling Stone)

Compact discs never had the romance of vinyl or the convenience of MP3s. But they’re still the ideal format for getting lost inside your music collection.

I still have a CD player in my car so I hung onto my favorite 20-30 albums, and I somewhat regret getting rid of my collection. It wasn’t ever as big as my parent’s, but I had ~50-70 jazz CDs (donated to the local HS music department so hopefully someone’s still using them) plus probably a hundred albums. Some indie shit I probably couldn’t replace if I wanted (I like to think I’ve become slightly more thoughtful about what I give away in my wiser 30s ๐Ÿ˜‚).

But to be fair, my listening has shifted a lot since college, so the music I listen to most I don’t have on CD, and I got rid of a bunch of albums that I had kinda outgrown, so maybe it’s not a bad thing. I’ve only bought one or two CDs a year for the past decade, indie bands I wanted to give some extra support (and listen in the car).

There’s something about having a tangible object that makes it easier to flip through your collection and pull out things you haven’t listened to in a while. Growing up I was obsessed with learning to recognize every song that came on, so I was constantly comparing against the back of the CD. I liked looking through the liner art, and had a great visual memory for what the cover of every album was. Now it’s hard for me to remember what artist performed what song – I think that physical object of the jewel case was an anchor point for my memory. I also listen to playlists primarily these days, and know only a single song (or handful) by any given artist.

(Related? Structures of Thought)

I think there’s a place for both CDs and playlists in a musical library – I’ve benefitted from both styles of listening. But I do miss my five disc changer from my youth… hooked up to massive speakers nearly 3′ tall in my living room so they could punch some damn volume ๐Ÿ˜‚ (No idea if they were any good or not ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ)

I also think it’s worth remembering we got rid of our CDs for a reason… they do take up a lot of space and jewel cases are shit… but now we’ve spent time without them we can recognize what we’ve lost along with them.

I keep thinking about looking up a used CD player, maybe I’ll actually get around to it once day ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m curious how much I would listen to CDs if we upgraded the music system in our car and Bluetooth wasn’t an enormous pain – would I revert to mostly Spotify playlists on my phone? ๐Ÿค”

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Writing

Newsletters and New Writing Formats

Bookmarked On projects, newsletters, products, and formats by Patrick Tanguay (Sentiers Media)

Instead of structuring something solid out of thin air and based on reckons, Peter and I settled on the idea of working on quarterly projects in parallel, which would occasionally be collaborations between us. So basically a more open form than my four publications but with a more โ€œofficialโ€ rhythm

  • “special projects” to combat subscription fatigue
  • seasons or series of newsletters and projects
  • zines and reports

I think โ€œseasonโ€ or โ€œseriesโ€ will also be a big thing. My hunch is that seasons or series on a topic have a different feel for buyers and sellers, a finite length of things to read / listen to / view / pay for but also a finite amount of work / creation to consider / price as well as a more defined thing to sell ads (see podcasts) / sponsors / find a financial partner for.

–Patrick Tanguay