Septemberigheid uit Japan

Een mooie zomer, dat moet zo niet persé, zolang september maar prachtig is. En dat is ze in 2014 ook weer, die mooiste maand ter wereld!

De septemberigheids-soundtrack van dit jaar komt uit Japan. Geen idee waar ze over zingen, die jongens en meisjes van Clammbon, maar het gaat over het September-gevoel. Of over de liefde, dat kan ook altijd natuurlijk.

Clammbon – Re-Folklore

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The electric future of single-seat auto racing

team mahindra in londonI always felt somewhat torn between my love for F1 and my political/ ethical green-leftist point of view, so I was very glad to learn about “Formula E” earlier this year. This new competition focuses entirely on identical (a Dallara chassis and a Mc-Laren engine, next year other constructors will be allowed) electrically-powered single-seat racing cars, competing on street circuits in major cities around the world.

So how will that work out? Won’t the lack of engine noise (you might remember the heated debate about the quieter engines in F1 earlier this year) hamper the “ambiance”? Aren’t those cars way slower then F1 and won’t racing be less spectacular that way?

Well, past weekend the first e-Prix took place in China (Beijing) and it was a great race with lots of close racing, exciting overtaking and one very heavy crash between P1 Nicolas Prost and P2 Nick Heidfeld seconds before the finish with Di Grassi taking a victory he did not really expect any more at P3. You can watch the full race here or, if you have less time, enjoy this fan-made summary;

Formula E Round 1 Beijing highlights

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We’ll have to wait for over a month for the next race, but I’ll be on the lookout for more electrical racing-excitement!

Music from Our Tube; Flying Lotus + Kendrick Lamar

I love me some Flying Lotus and it so happens he just released the first track of his forthcoming album “You’re Dead”. The song is called “Never Catch me” and it features Kendrick Lamar in the first part and a friggin’ great bass-synth in the second part (around 2:30).

Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar) (Official Audio)

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WP SEO vs Autoptimize; who broke your WordPress?

Autoptimize 1.9 was released yesterday but unfortunately some reports were coming in about JS optimization being broken.  At first I suspected the problem being related to small changes that added semi-colons to individual blocks of script (before being aggregated), but tests with some impacted users showed this was not the case.

The breakthrough came in this thread in Autoptimize’s support forum, where user “grief-of-these-days” confirmed the problem started with the update of WP SEO and specifically the “sitelinks search box“-functionality that was added in WP SEO 1.6. Sitelinks Search Box comes as an inline script of type “application/ld+json”, that contains a name-less JSON-object with “linked data”. Autoptimize detected, aggregated and minimized this name-less object, but that not only defies the sitelinks search box mechanism, but potentially also broke the optimized JS itself. So I updated & enabled WP SEO, confirmed the problem, identified “potentialAction” as unique string to base exclusion on and pushed out 1.9.1 which will now no longer Autoptimize Sitelinks Search Box-code.

So who broke your WordPress today, WP SEO or Autoptmize? Well, WP SEO’s update may have made the bug appear, but based on the fact that json-ld is standardized and as such will probably be also present in other guises, Autoptimize should really just exclude any script of the “application/ld+json”-type from being aggregated & minimized (and not just that of the Sitelinks Search Box). Adding to the to-do-list now!

Music from Our Tube; Tom Vek in the Jungle

Tom Vek is an English multi-instrumentalist, but you could just as well read the Wikipedia-article if you want to know that and more. If, instead, you’d prefer to hear what he sounds like, you can listen (and watch) below video of “Sherman (Animals in the Jungle)”;

Tom Vek – Sherman (Animals in the Jungle)

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