On Repeat Today: All Women (1997)

About 20 years ago, I spent all my savings and bought a Sony Hi-Fi System. With a 3-CD changer and a cassette player, it was a great purchase! From that moment on I started listening to more and more music, often the same 3 albums on repeat (that’s when a 3-CD changer becomes useful 🙂). I would listen to music while reading, often late at night, almost daily.

One of the first CDs I got was a 1997 selection of pop and pop-rock songs from popular female singers. This was great stuff. I somehow remembered that album over the holidays and created a Spotify playlist so I could listen to that same album even though I don’t have the CD anymore!

Enjoy!

Snowboard à Montréal

Ah, Mont Royal. Quand nous sommes arrivĂ©s Ă  MontrĂ©al, nous habitions le long du chemin de la CĂ´te des Neiges, donc Ă  quelques minutes Ă  pied du lac aux castors. Le Mont Royal Ă©tait donc le premier endroit oĂą nous allions pour respirer un peu, se dĂ©penser, faire du sport, …

Je me rappelle les balades Ă  pied et en raquettes, la luge, le patin sur le lac aux castors, la grimpe jusqu’au belvĂ©dère pour admirer la vue, … Alors forcĂ©ment cette vidĂ©o rend un peu nostalgique 🙂

h/t Stéphane!

Use Unison on Webfaction

Unison is a great little tool to synchronize files between your local machine and a remote server. It’s free, open-source, and cross-platform. I use it every day to develop Jetpack. However, until very recently I couldn’t use it to work with files on this very site. I’m hosted with Webfaction, a great hosting provider for developers who want flexibility without having to deal with server administration. A lot of packages are already installed and configured on my server for me. Unison is not available by default, so I had to install it myself. Luckily, Webfaction lets you do that!

Here is how I did it.

On Repeat Today: Long Shot, X Makeena

I’ve known X Makeena for a long time. They’re originally from Brittany, and I discovered them at a small live concert. The music was great, and they put up a show as well! Lights, smoke, masks, costumes, dances, … It was pretty great.

It also happens to be great background music when I’m working, so I’ll often put one of their albums on loop for the whole day. If you like Dub, Drum & Bass, all mixed with hip hop, you should like it too! ? Enjoy!

Jetpack: control what images are served by Photon

Jetpack flying through the sky (or maybe it's SpaceX)

Jetpack’s Photon module is a free image CDN that doesn’t require any configuration; as soon you activate it, all the images in your posts and pages will be downloaded, optimized, cached, and served from WordPress.com’s CDN. Magic!

Photon is applied to all images on your site, including images that may hosted somewhere else; if you one day added an image to one of your posts without actually uploading it to your Media Library, that image will be served through Photon too.

However, sometimes you’d rather not serve external images through Photon. After all, these images may already be served via another CDN! Luckily, Jetpack includes a filter to allow you to control which images get served by Photon. In the example below, we’ll only use Photon for images belonging to our site, and make sure none of the images that are not hosted on our site get processed by Photon.

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Jetpack and Open Graph Meta Tags: change a post’s Media Type to Video

Customize the way your post previews look like on Facebook

When sharing posts on Facebook, you may have realized that sometimes you can play a video right on Facebook, without having to click and go to another site.

Videos on Face

This is possible thanks to Open Graph Meta Tags. When you share a post on Facebook, or when Jetpack Publicize publishes a post to your Facebook page, Facebook crawls the page and looks for Open Graph meta tags in the head to build a complete post preview. That post preview will often include an image, a title, a description, and sometimes a video like on the screenshot above.

Jetpack automatically creates these Open Graph Meta tags for you unless you already use another Open Graph plugin, in which case we let the other plugin handle things.

Let’s learn how to customize the type of tags that Jetpack can add to your posts.