TLOTW #6

TLOTW #6

South from Golden Gate Heights Park, a dead tree full of cormorants at Lake Merced, downtown and the Golden Gate from Grand View Park.

(Related: Golden Gate Park; TLOTW #5; Golden Gate Park from Grand View Park)

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BBC My Sounds, hiding podcasts behind a 'Beware of the Leopard' sign.

Updated on Friday, June 10, 2022

BBC My Sounds, hiding podcasts behind a 'Beware of the Leopard' sign.

I just want to listen to Friday Night Comedy on Radio 4.

It used to be the case that this was safely subscribed in my podcast app (I use Podkicker Pro) and so each new episode would download to my feed when released.

The BBC has decided to fix the problem of me getting the program I want to listen to automatically and conveniently. If I want my comedy I have to install My Sounds. When Spotify tried this with Science Vs I just stopped listening. I have plenty of other science podcasts but The Now Show and the News Quiz are irreplaceable. So maybe I could cope with one walled garden.

My Sounds says it will notify you when new episodes are available. It does not.

My Sounds has a My Sounds tab which lists Latest programs. I'm writing this on April 2 and the most recent episode of Friday Night Comedy is from March 25.

BBC My Sounds, hiding podcasts behind a 'Beware of the Leopard' sign.

Only if I go into Subscribed, and then the program page for Friday Night Comedy does it finally admit that there is an episode from April 1.

BBC My Sounds, hiding podcasts behind a 'Beware of the Leopard' sign.

So I'm forced to install an app that not only fails to notify me of new episodes of subscribed programs but actively hides them in the basement behind a beware of the leopard sign. BBC, maybe get the app working before forcing me into it? I would rather pay to subscribe to an RSS feed than deal with My Sounds.

I'd take the time to leave a one star review, but in its infinite wisdom Google doesn't allow paying customers to leave app reviews.

Updated 2022-05-06 11:32:

BBC My Sounds, hiding podcasts behind a 'Beware of the Leopard' sign.

Having been forced into the excreable BBC My Sounds at least it supports downloading an episode to listen to on the plane right?

Updated 2022-05-06 11:33:

BBC My Sounds, hiding podcasts behind a 'Beware of the Leopard' sign.

Does it fuck. BBC, please fix this and then try asking nicely?

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Book reviews for March 2022

Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters by Steven Pinker

Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters by Steven Pinker

4/5

 

Zeroes by Chuck Wendig

Zeroes by Chuck Wendig

2/5

 

Escape from Yokai Land (Laundry Files, #7.5) by Charles Stross

Escape from Yokai Land (Laundry Files, #7.5) by Charles Stross

3/5

 

The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield

The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield

4/5

 

(Related: #Resist; Go-arounds: LEGO and Legislative Service; San Francisco November 2016 Propositions)

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ITHCWY Newsletter for March 2022

One Year of Tides Animated (with Sun and Moon)

Exclusive transcript of the speech that Biden should have delivered: Build Back Betterer.

What is the San Francisco Rent Board Fee?

Catfood WebCamSaver 3.27 is out. This has a big increase in the list of working webcams and so definitely worth upgrading (or trying for the first time).

Code: I fix a pet peeve with Todoist so the Alexa Integration sets a due date. Also, here's how to use the new Google Search Console API to monitor the index status of your pages. Both in Google Apps Script.

Timelapse: San Francisco Shoreline. Sunsets 8 (Nice Pacific view from my roof) and 9 (the March 27 storm in San Francisco). Both sides of the Golden Gate.

Hikes: I don't recommend the perimeter of Treasure Island (at least not trying the whole of it). I absolutely do endorse Mount Davidson. And San Bruno Mountain.

Previously:

(Related: Animation of a year of Global Cloud Cover; Going Chrome; Monitor page index status with Google Sheets, Apps Script and the Google Search Console API)

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Sunset #9

Sunset #9

Shot as the rather moist storm of March 27, 2022 rolled into San Francisco. Some decent clouds and then a good soaking, probably the last of the season. Looking north-west from West Portal.

(Related: June Gloom; Sunset #6; Sunset #7)

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Treasure Island Perimeter

Updated on Sunday, April 24, 2022

Treasure Island Perimeter

Treasure Island Perimeter

Treasure Island Perimeter

Treasure Island Perimeter

Today, for no great reason, I decided to see if it's possible to walk the full perimeter of Treasure Island. I parked at the Treasure Island Museum and headed north up the Avenue of the Palms. I've been here many times and it offers stunning views of San Francisco and both the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. The path continues around the north of the island and then you need to work around a blocked off area to get back to the coast. The east side is less appealing with a lot of garbage along the path and a view of many barges and the Port of Oakland peeking out under the new section of the Bay Bridge. Finally I was fully thwarted as the entire south west corner of the island is a mess of construction (and a rather unpleasant portable toilet staging area). I had to head inland all the way to 9th Street before cutting back over to the Avenue of the Palms. Overall I'm glad I tried but I can't recommend it.

Hike starts at: 37.817257, -122.371726. View in Google Earth.

(Related: Remnants in the Sunset; Golden Gate Park - Stow Lake, Strawberry Hill and Museum Concourse; Lands End)

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Vernal (Spring) Equinox 2022

Spring Equinox 2022 rendered in Catfood Earth

Spring starts right now in the northern hemisphere, Autumn if you happen to find yourself south of the equator. Rendered in Catfood Earth.

(Related: Vernal (Spring) Equinox 2020; Vernal (Spring) Equinox 2019; Vernal Equinox 2015)

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Both sides of the Golden Gate, a Time Lapse

Both Sides

A timelapse of the Golden Gate, shot from Kirby Cove in the Marin Headlands and then from Grand View Park in San Francisco.

(Related: Kirby Cove; San Francisco; TLOTW #6)

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Book reviews for February 2022

Mickey7: A Novel by Edward Ashton

Mickey7: A Novel by Edward Ashton

3/5

 

The Nineties: A Book by Chuck Klosterman

The Nineties: A Book by Chuck Klosterman

4/5

 

Product-Led SEO: The Why Behind Building Your Organic Growth Strategy by Eli  Schwartz

Product-Led SEO: The Why Behind Building Your Organic Growth Strategy by Eli Schwartz

3/5

 

(Related: Nonfiction; I'm not afraid of Google; Religion's Kayne West Tendencies)

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TLOTW #5

TLOTW #5

South from Golden Gate Heights Park, Sutro Tower from Twin Peaks, south from Golden Gate Heights again with more clouds and west from Grand View Park. Photo is a panorama of Golden Gate Park from Grand View.

I'm switching from the more ambitious specific weeks to a timelapse of the week (TLOTW) when I have one.

(Previously: Timelapse, Week of Jan 31 2022)

(Related: Timelapse, Week of Jan 24 2022; TLOTW #7; TLOTW #6)

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