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I'm still trying to figure out what to do with the blog, but in the meantime, I think it would be fun to start doing a monthly newsletter to ensure it sees at least some action. And it gives me a way to communicate website updates to the RSS people. Hi, RSS people!

New on the website

I sure got a lot of stuff done this month. Hooray for me!

I've finally made some progress implementing my new image gallery framework. At the moment, it's confined to some character galleries. I'm happy with the current state of the code, so the primary bottleneck for this process is writing image descriptions. I've been getting faster and more confident writing them, so hopefully we'll see some movement on the main art gallery in the near future. I'm also working on cleaning up some things and writing a nice administrative component to send out into the world!

If you've been with me for a while, you know I like to redo things for no reason. In conjunction with the gallery implementation, I recoded the whole OC website... again. I feel like it's structurally sound now! Let's see how long that lasts! I packed the code up into its own layout template as well.

I finished up with my second fanlisting, Bayonetta! In honor of me being a real fanlisting boy, I also cobbled together a fanlisting collective page and moved all my joined fanlistings there.

Finally, I spent a few days putting together my own version of a color contrast tool. I was frustrated at people on Discord setting role colors to excessively pastel or neon colors with no regard for light mode users and thought there must be a way to change the brightness of text depending on the background it's on... and ended up doing it. As one does. This does nothing to fix my gripes with Discord users, but it was a fun exercise that produced a convenient web design tool. I'd be happy to hear if you find it useful!

To-do list

There's the aforementioned art gallery rework that I'd like to get started on this month. Besides that, I'd like to redo the Arknights website to make it look a little less placeholder-y. And, in preparation for Art Fight in July, I should probably finish up the rest of my character pages. We'll see if I can make it happen!

I'm casually floating the idea of redoing the layout for the main website as well, but it's not a done deal or anything. I'm also considering adding comments to the blog, but I find comment moderation to be a major drag. If you feel strongly about either of these things, please let me know!

New in real life

I finished grad school. Anyway, a more important development is that I've been dipping my toes into birding! I signed up for a citizen science project for the city, so I dragged the binoculars and DSLR out of hibernation and am desperately trying to learn bird calls.

I also got one of the infamous Traveler's notebooks. They released a green color, and you know how I am. I really like the idea of a refillable modular notebook and don't regret splurging on a brand name one, but I was put off by the excessive price for the shitty... everything else. I was particularly appalled by the poor quality of the refill notebooks, so I've been engineering a method to bind my own superior refills. I've also enlisted my mother to help me out with sewing a pencil pouch so I can avoid buying their flimsy plastic one. More on that to come!

My plant collection has seen the addition of a Begonia brevirimosa and Monstera adasonii. If you're keeping count at home, that brings me up to a whole 5 begonias! The begonia is a lovely vibrant pink color with an interesting vinyl look when it's exposed to light. The monstera was an impulse purchase because it was 5 bucks, which I still find pretty shocking considering how expensive they were just a year ago.

Left: The monstera, right: the begonia

A better look at the shiny texture on B. brevirimosa

Recommendation corner

Here's a recipe that I've been a big fan of but isn't complicated enough to warrant its own blog post: gochujang spaghetti [or any other pasta of your choosing]! The gochujang means you don't have to spend much time reducing the sauce, which is great when you just want something on the table in 10 minutes.

Gochujang spaghetti served with green onions and steamed broccoli

While you cook your pasta, fry a couple of cloves of garlic and a teaspoon of ginger in some sesame or peanut oil. Add equal parts rice vinegar and honey or maple syrup along with 2 parts of gochujang. (1 tablespoon of the vinegar/syrup and 2 tablespoons of gochujang works pretty well for about 1/3 pound of spaghetti, in my experience.) Mix everything together and let cook for a few minutes, then add in a pat of butter and a splash of milk or cream. Toss the pasta with the sauce and serve. I like green onion on top.

Having a tune or album of the month sounds right too. Here's a tune:

See you in a month, when it will officially be summer!