January 08, 2016

Another Test Post

I just upgraded Parallells and now the blog looks all wonky on windows via my machine. 

I looked at it through a couple of other computers today and it looks fine there, so it's probably something to do with the recent software upgrades to my iMac, or it's specific to Midori.

Let's see if pictures work:

It's the Martini-Henry that really sells that picture.

Now lets try some tags:

Superscript test
Subscript test

Some things are just stupid. Some other things occasionally transcend that stupidity by embracing it. This may be one of those other things.

UPDATE: Well, we won't be using Midori for a while. Posting will resume shortly.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 08:00 PM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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I have two questions.

1. What is "Parallels"?

2. What is a .webm file and how do you play it?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Fri Jan 8 23:14:29 2016 (+rSRq)

2 WebM is an open media file format designed for the web. WebM files consist of video streams compressed with the VP8 or VP9 video codec, audio streams compressed with the Vorbis or Opus audio codecs, and WebVTT text tracks. The WebM file structure is based on the Matroska media container.

It's designed for streaming the video.  You can stream fairly high quality video content rapidly, although smaller servers can still suffer.  It's getting increasingly popular on image and video sharing sites.  Primarily as a replacement for turning scenes from movies into gifs.

Posted by: Ben at Fri Jan 8 23:54:35 2016 (DRaH+)

3 Here's the breakdown on how things went using Nori, my desktop:

Blog looks perfectly normal.

Picture is fine.

The spoiler in the spoiler didn't work.

NSFW worked.

Superscript worked, Subscript didn't.

WebM locked up firefox, then (eventually) threw up a screen o' garbage.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Sat Jan 9 02:04:05 2016 (zAcee)

4 How do you play a webm?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Jan 9 04:03:16 2016 (+rSRq)

5 Steven, they've always worked for me, so I don't have a good frame of reference on getting them to work.  FWIW, I've been using Chrome since I started seeing webm appear, and I haven't updated any codecs or anything like that.  So I suspect support is built in to Chrome.  It's supposed to be an open format, but you know how everyone interprets that a little differently.

Posted by: Ben at Sat Jan 9 11:19:41 2016 (S4UJw)


1. What is "Parallels"?

Parallells is a program that allows one to use Windows on a Mac. Unlike Boot-camp it does not partition one's disc into two discrete and separate entities that cannot be used simultaneously. Rather, it allows one to run Windows effectively while still running the Apple OS.  The downsides to the latest update include rendering my 1TB backup disk read only and modifying the binding spell between the mouse and cursor so as to render the mouse/cursor relationship tenuous enough that gaming is not practical. Nevertheless,  one can even drag and drop files between the the Mac OS and Windows thanks to the powerful sorcery wielded by its creators.
2. What is a .webm file and how do you play it?

A .webm is exactly the thaumaturgy described by Ben above. It can be played by most video players with the right codec, and it will play when viewed through a browser (Epic, Chrome, Opera, Safari and Midori work). However, a little bird just told me that Firefox does not possess this arcane ability. .Webm can be imbedded in some websites much like a .gif though it is usually set up not to run the animation unless clicked on (this is fortuitous as it does have the capability for sound) note though that imbuing ones site with this ability seems to involve a specific arcane ritual that must be done 100 leagues from any non-placental mammals and within view of Polaris. File linked above should play if you follow this link.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Jan 9 11:59:00 2016 (AaBUm)


I guess I'm one of the unlucky ones. Your last link yields a black box with the following in it: "Error: Unsupported video type or invalid file path".

That's with IE 11.

I wonder where I get the right codec?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Jan 9 13:18:14 2016 (+rSRq)

8 Oddly enough, it works in Firefox.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Jan 9 13:19:05 2016 (+rSRq)

9 IE doesn't do webm files without a plugin, Steven.  This one seems to come from Google, but I haven't tried it--I just open Chrome to view them.

Posted by: RickC at Sat Jan 9 16:04:01 2016 (FvJAK)

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