Letters From Somnolescent

November 02 2019

How the Goldfish Man Changed My Life


The day I swapped my album for two goldfish

My stepmom had a bookshelf CD collection when I was little. Young spergs have active imaginations, and I was no exception; album art was everything to me at 5. I probably spent more time staring at the cracked out, surrealist album covers and being confused, fascinated, and terrified than I did listening to anything at that age. (Redman's Malpractice, whose blobbily-proportioned cover guy is still unsettling to look at, is a prime example of the weirdness I found in there.)

Of course, I knew just enough about CDs to know what they were for, and just enough about our family's Athlon-based Windows XP machine to be able to listen to the odd album or two. Somewhere down the line, Counting Crows' This Desert Life fell into my lap. It was bound to catch my attention; it had a man with a fishbowl for a head on the cover, how could it not? What wasn't bound to happen was how important the album would become to me; in fact, it's the first album I ever truly loved.

That album turns 20 today, and I'm feeling sentimental. No one else is looking back on it, so I'm going to.

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October 31 2019

10/31 - Chunky Soup


If you haven't yet noticed, you've had 30 entire days to do so: it's spooky month. This does not in any way call for a recap, but here we are nonetheless. Nowhere near as long as the last one, promise. Come! There's Eevees!

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October 11 2019

Antigravity Freedom Machine


As of writing this I'm supposed to be asleep, but that's not working out so I'm gonna write some nonsense instead. Sorry Cammy <:3c

Something that interests me quite a bit but I never seem to talk about is animatronics. Just a fascinating thing, the illusion of life right there in front of you. And they can be creepy, for sure, but I think that adds to the charm. They're imperfect, it adds character.

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September 09 2019

9/9 - Blueberry Milk


Two new sites, bios and refs, stories, a little raccoon out on a giant adventure, and I've started playing Cookie Clicker again. This one's gonna be so massive, I've had to split it into sections, so get cozy in the nearest armchair. It's time for a recap.

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September 07 2019

How the Feed Killed Creation


Let's start with a premise. We have a creator. She's a writer, maybe, or maybe a visual artist. Maybe dabbles in animation. She's got big ideas and the drive to see them to fruition. Might even be months into a grand project right now. Yet, she'll post her stuff online or in a Discord server, and no one gives a shit.

The internet's built on user-generated content, stuff ordinary people (people like you, perhaps!) create. And yet, with all these sites for it, where's the support? Let's talk about the feed and how it's killed independent content.

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September 03 2019



Its been awhile.


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September 01 2019

AutoSite XL 0.9 release, and a retrospective



Tonight I released the first "stable" version of AutoSite XL, 0.9. I started this project just before school started about two weeks ago. Something I had always wanted to do since I started working on AutoSite alllll the way back in August 2018 (ok, it was July 30th) was to make a desktop version of it. (AutoSite 98 almost counts. Almost.)

AutoSite XL isn't up on my site yet, which is something I'll get to soon. However, I do have all the code and the actual release on Github, and a pretty extensive (1800 something words) readme.md, which might as well contain a blog post of its own, so it'd be cool if you read it.

I originally considered writing a GUI AutoSite in a new language, maybe to practice Java, the literal bane of my existence (someone's oughta be the programmer for the robotics team now that the only one graduated), or perhaps taking on WPF and heck, C#.

AutoSite GUI concept that lasted maybe 5 minutes

Ultimately though, I decided to stick to what I knew best.

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August 29 2019

cheers, love! mon is here!


After 6 months of being a Somnolian and almost two months working on my site, my slice of the Somnolescent website is live! Go check it out, will ya?

July 15 2019

7/15 - The Bulb Worshippers Love Almost Everyone


Can you believe it's been two-and-a-half months since the last recap? We don't rush a lot around here, but we do keep busy. Site overhauls, writing, drawing...and possibly a new member?

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July 13 2019

Cammy vs. the PhotoCam


The AOL PhotoCam

I've long liked early digital cameras. There's a really specific era of 95-98 or so where digital cameras were, by some measures, atrocious, and by others, absolutely fantastic. Their bad CCDs, chunky design, and inconsistent featureset makes them fascinating and a topic of my obsession for a few months now. I would absolutely take pictures out and about with one, they're that appealing to me. Having drooled over a few of LGR's long enough, I decided I wanted an early digital camera of my own.

I am still looking. Here's my misadventure for your amusement.

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