See the titles (aka alt-texts) in the Twokinds archive! [userscript] [obsolete]

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See the titles (aka alt-texts) in the Twokinds archive! [userscript] [obsolete]

#1 Post by amenon » Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:35 pm

The title texts are now in natively on the main site, so there's no longer any need for this.

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Well, if that isn't just about the most unwieldy subject ever...

Here's the one thousand words:
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Genuine artisinal comic title texts, as crafted by Tom himself (though there may have been some damage in shipping.) Coverage: ~392/~450 (2009 and 2010 are very spotty, complete from October 2010 onwards)

A big thanks to RobbieThe1st! I sourced most of the title texts from his scraped metadata.

What do:

If using Firefox, you will need the Greasemonkey extension.
If using Chrome, you will need the Tampermonkey extension. (Though manual install might also be possible.)
If using Safari... I don't actually know, you tell me! NinjaKit maybe?

After you have that sorted, simply navigate to this here link: re-title.user.js

It should show you info about the script and prompt you to install it. It's really simple, so it's pretty easy to eyeball-verify that it's benign, even if you're not much of a programmer... but since it's going to automatically update by default, you need to trust me to not be up to anything evil. (Or you could disable automatic updates for the script in greasemonkey or tampermonkey.)

After that, you should be sorted. If you're on a touch device of some sort and can't read the title texts easily, it should also show it as a caption if you touch and hold the image, like so:

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Between working mostly blind and how standard the standards typically are, I'd be shocked if the touch stuff works for everyone, but if not, do complain and I'll try to figure it out. (And I'm not at all sure touch-and-hold is the best way here; if it's unwieldy, suggestions are welcome.)

Now go forth and reread some Twokinds!

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#2 Post by TinyVoices » Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:18 pm

And here I thought all the snide remarks Tom makes in the alt-texts would be lost to time before the time he started doing it in Twitter posts.


Thanks for the work there, Amenon!

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#3 Post by Vintage » Sun Jun 26, 2016 2:48 am

Awesome! I'll install this when I get home.

EDIT: Works perfectly! Thanks.
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#4 Post by Dadrobit » Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:35 pm

Can confirm that it works perfectly on Firefox! Thanks kindly for the work! :mrgrin:
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#5 Post by amenon » Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:25 pm

An open question to my userbase (if any :P): Is the auto-updating working? It's been almost a week since the last update, so odds are high you should be up to date. If you go to the newest page in the archive, do you get the correct text?

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#6 Post by Samantaz » Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:43 pm

Nice ! this is really cool ! Gonna see if auto-update works on wednesday :roll:
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#7 Post by amenon » Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:55 pm

Samantaz wrote:Nice ! this is really cool ! Gonna see if auto-update works on wednesday :roll:
The newest comic is already in the dataset, so if you just installed it it should work after the next update. It's the ones after that that are less certain :P

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#8 Post by Samantaz » Thu Aug 11, 2016 6:43 pm

yup ! auto update's working ^ just got the latest one !
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#9 Post by amenon » Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:20 pm

Samantaz wrote:yup ! auto update's working ^ just got the latest one !
Thanks for letting me know! And just you know, I won't necessarily always keep it up to date. I might fall behind a bit, but I should get to it every two or three updates at least :P


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I have not been able to source the missing texts. There's probably some 30-60 that I don't have, from 2009 and 2010. (Exact numbers are unknowable, since for a long-ish time there was sometimes a title text, and sometimes it was just 'The Comic'.) Anyway, if someone reading this does have them collected, would you please get in touch? I would really appreciate it :heart:

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#10 Post by Samantaz » Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:44 pm

amenon wrote:
Samantaz wrote:yup ! auto update's working ^ just got the latest one !
Thanks for letting me know! And just you know, I won't necessarily always keep it up to date. I might fall behind a bit, but I should get to it every two or three updates at least :P:
the alternate text comes from Tom's tweets, right ? why not making a script that extracts the text from the tweets, then update ? :D
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#11 Post by Vintage » Thu Aug 11, 2016 11:45 pm

Samantaz wrote:
amenon wrote:
Samantaz wrote:yup ! auto update's working ^ just got the latest one !
Thanks for letting me know! And just you know, I won't necessarily always keep it up to date. I might fall behind a bit, but I should get to it every two or three updates at least :P:
the alternate text comes from Tom's tweets, right ? why not making a script that extracts the text from the tweets, then update ? :D
I don't think his tweets go back to 2009.

Amenon, have you tried archive.org (under 2kinds.com) to find the missing names?
Heh, you can see when Tom possibly bought the domain.
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#12 Post by amenon » Sat Aug 13, 2016 5:46 am

Samantaz wrote:the alternate text comes from Tom's tweets, right ? why not making a script that extracts the text from the tweets, then update ? :D
It's actually from the main page itself. Tom including it in the tweets is a newer thing, and I feel like there's been times where the text has been different? Not sure though.

Either way, doing it by hand is less error-prone and takes so little time that I don't think it would make sense for me to automate it. I'd still want to check that it's actually working right, and that's about the same amount of work :P
TheWMM wrote:Amenon, have you tried archive.org (under 2kinds.com) to find the missing names?
Yes, though archive.org is -- alas -- almost completely useless for Twokinds stuff in general and this in particular.

Assuming my notes on earliest possible are correct, here's all the ones that might be missing a text:

Page # - Comic date - Thread
----------------------------------- That's 50 exactly. Anyone? Anyone? :heart:

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