Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

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The postal service appears at times to function as if it were a pipeline from paper mill to advertiser to my mailbox to my recycle bin.

I think USPS is hugely important and I understand that the junk mail finances the real mail. And one of my daughters is a letter carrier; I am unreasonably proud of her.

But this, it’s still irritating.

Last Waltz

Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz is a masterpiece of a concert movie.  Every performance is jaw-dropping.  As a movie-watching experience, with all the great performances end-to-end… it’s a drug-free high.

When I hear this short waltz that opens and closes the movie, it’s enough to put me in a good mood. Maybe I should make it my ringtone?

Technical Bleg

As you know, Google+ is going away.  This blog is not one of the several I have written / will yet write kvetching about that.

What I am looking for is some tools that must already exist, but have not come to my attention yet.  I think maybe a reader can help.

I am using the Google+ Exporter from FriendsPlusMe, and I really like it. It grabs everything with reasonable efficiency. Given that its performance is limited to what Google will allow it to do, it’s just fine.

So now I have a fistful of WordPress XML Import files and I’m still not happy. Because, a WordPress blog seems wrong for preserving the archive of my G+ activity. The site will be forever frozen after April 2, and really, a huge PHP application regenerating the same HTML over and over seems like a waste.

So what I want is a way to create static HTML from the XML or the JSON forms of my Google+ life. With some flexibility as to format, for which I will be happy to work.

But: most people I have asked about this so far respond, Oh that’s easy, just start writing Python. That’s not how I envisioned it, shall we say.

It seems inconceivable that there is no fairly general tool already written to transpose JSON data of a stream of social media postings to a static HTML page.

Yes. I know.

SO here’s my request for the reading community: can you point me to any tools you know that generate readable HTML pages from JSON (or XML) data? Even if they are some really good jq filters, I think I would rather deal with that than “Step 1 Learn Python / Step 2 Write an awesome Python filter to do what you want...”

Creatures of the Night

There are those minor monsters that harass you in dungeons when you’re the hero in a video game.

These creatures are, apparently, based on my cats

The eyes
Lounging on her day off

oh… wait… every day is a cat’s day off.

Older than me

This song is older than I am.

It might have aged better, too.

Original Recording
But live is better (most of the time)

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