State of the Site 10/10 — Revving up the Engines!
It's actually been a little while since we had our last little sit down. Seriously, it was March of this year. Damn! We all got a little busier than expected over the summer, despite what we had hoped to do by as mentioned in that previous site news posting. Thus is life, though.
Despite our slow summer burn, we've still been around and kicking! Mostly producing video over on the SuperNerdTube site, with the occasional draft article that we actually end up finishing. Shout outs to Micheal Campbell for his continuing OG Chan web comic series (on its two-year anniversary!), and Jason plus the Graded Point Five podcast crew for being the most productive of the group during this time!
So what was up with the slowness this summer? For those who don't know already, we handle SuperNerdLand stuff on a volunteer basis as a project that's a hobby. We have a "life first" focus, and most of us have been fairly busy with things like taking care of health, working, and moving. So, as the internal motto goes, life came first.
But we have been ramping up to more regular content coming out! We've got a pretty steady stream schedule constructed, and you can always see the most up to date version on our Live page. I also have some drafts I will be finishing soon. The shock! We are going to have another review coming in the near future from our resident SuperNerdLIVE mum, Martyr, covering the recently released Mary Skelter: Nightmares, and hopefully even a movie review or two, also!
Speaking of streaming, it brings me to the other purpose of SuperNerdLand, besides it being a hobby project for us. It also serves as a technology testing bed, as we are ever the tinkerers. And we have really gotten some nice tech together for our custom live streaming solution.
For over a year, we have used Nimble streamer from wmspanel.com, along with their control panel service, to provide ourselves a custom streaming solution. Since then we've toyed around with protocols and video players, chat apps and layouts. And I am really damn excited to say we are near solidifying a damn nice combo of solutions.
The folks at wmspanel.com recently introduced a low latency and low overhead streaming protocol, as well as a player to support it, called SLDP. It's HTML5 player has been super lightweight and responsive, and has been working very well in testing. We also recently found out about a very interesting project in TitanEmbeds.com. They provide a web-based Discord client, as well as relay bot with webhooks, to be able to use our Discord server as a chat for our streaming page. Bonus is that it supports guest users, so one can just enter a name and start chatting without a Discord account or login!
It's all been working fantastically so far, and it's a great solution for our independent streaming. We've been very pleased to say the least. We are also testing out how the server handles transcoding on its own, so some of our more bandwidth heavy streams will have adaptive bitrate options (without restreaming to an outside website)!
Meanwhile, I've wanted to get back into a publishing format that we tested out last year and loved. You may remember that in the middle of 2016 we tried out an issue based digital magazine format. You can catch those over here.
It was a blast working on content in that fashion, and really allowed us a great publishing schedule with what free time we had, as well as had readers getting into more articles in one visit. And I want to bring that back! Since I am still getting things together on that, I don't want to promise a concrete date on the return of the magazine format. While I want it to be sooner rather than later, let's say we'll have that rolling by the start of 2018. Then we can presently surprise ourselves if we do it sooner!
Despite our lowered output through this busy year in our other lives, the support we've got from you all has been amazing. We wouldn't be here without you, and we may not have the biggest audience yet, but those of you out there are all wonderful human beings. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise.
Small bit of gushing too for the people with the site; the regulars, the occasional posters, and the ones that just hang out. Those of you SuperNerdLand folks reading this, the most love. And I hope you are ready for hype going into the next year!