After spending a few weeks doting on The Extranet with precisely the same attention I’ve pledged not to lavish upon it, I think you’ll be satisfied with the results, though probably much less so than I am. More importantly, our old friend “,” which will no doubt occupy the frontpage for a good while. As per the temporary return of my focus upon my own work which I described , I was able to knock out a healthy chunk of the pet topics I’d been sitting on for years. I wrote about , the , the , and . graced us with his flawless satire in
I’ve also been working on compiling a “Visual History of Extratone,” which I’d eventually like to display in a unique-ish online photo gallery (for now, it’s ,) and The Drycast Master Collection, which I’d also like to present (and probably sell,) in some clever medium. So far, I’ve updated the style and metadata of episodes 1–18 and in the process unearthed the , which includes a superb discussion of modern music that’s more than worth an immediate listen.
I took the time to (“Oof!”) and an embarrassing misspacing within our big Butler mast, which I have now corrected and darkened. It looks significantly better, no? – one of my favorite nerdy design projects on the web – which almost immediately led to some great feedback from Co-Editor Florian Hardwig regarding my typographic sins
In the process of whipping up my submission, I summed up my bizarre relationship with this Web Site better still than I ever have before.
As proud as I am to have us in the definitive design catalog on the web, I’ve made enough significant changes since the post to render it relatively out-of-date, already. First, I tracked down and eliminated the which caused our downtime at the beginning of the year before systematically optimizing the shit out of just about everything until I could regularly benchmark The Extranet at 10 times its pageload speed from this time in 2017. After fixing and emboldening the mast, I then slightly upped the weight of all typefaces, site-wide, but I still found ’s performance to be insufficient within our new speedy experience. Where we once decided upon it for body text because it wasn’t the obvious choice and we thought its decorative flair to be loud in its vanity, I all at once found it feeble and weak in contrast with the header’s new got-it-togetherness. For the moment, we’ve switched to Georg Duffner’s – an open source, more robust digitization of The Big G – but I may be testing other bodies on the live server so watch the fuck out. In Version 4.3, the header no longer sticks, the scroll-to-top button has disappeared at last, and images will be sharper.
Notice that RADIO has replaced AUDIO in the menu. We’ve resumed broadcasting tunes and podcasts in our one-of-a-kind style on Anchor, and our radio feed is now distributed to Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, and Stitcher. Its new, significantly higher-quality player is now embedded again on our frontpage. The main Studio Eat feed (/audio) has become redundant, so we’ve removed it from iTunes and Google Play Music. It will remain accessible here, but our new Extratone Radio page is a more appropriate avenue to our sounds. For the next few weeks, I’ll be revisiting one episode of Drycast every day and playing tracks from Suburban Anarchy in honor of its five-year anniversary next Friday. I’ve also added both Futureland and Drycast to RadioPublic because it seems like an intriguing project.
Fast and loud: Our podcasts are spreading, and I’m writing more in a heavier typeface delivered significantly faster and I’ve taken away both of your last methods of quickly escaping it. Good luck.