So, here it is: my top ten artists, albums and songs for 2016. A common theme seems to be “work music”. As of today, December 21st, I had listened to 4,170 songs, according to Last.fm. With the majority of that music being played during working hours, you can see why some of my top music tends to be instrumental and/or ambient.
Top Ten Played Artists
The American Dollar
Lights & Motion
Top Played Albums
U137 – Dreamer on the Run
Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are
Fruit Bats – Absolute Loser
Yo La Tengo – They Shoot, We Score
Mutual Benefit – Skip a Sinking Stone
Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow
Tracey Chattaway – Nightsky
Rogue Wave – Delusions of Grand Fur
Fruit Bats – The Ruminant Band
The Last Dinosaur – Hooray! for Happiness
Top Played Songs
U137 – Watching The Storm
U137 – Varberg
Keith Kenniff – Branch
Nada Surf – Believe You’re Mine
Nada Surf – Cold to See Clear
Hammock – Losting You to You
Balmorhea – Masollan
Random Forest – Awakening
Tracey Chattaway – Light the Night
Tracey Chattaway – Shimmer
Fruit Bats – Absolute Loser
The Japanese House – Swimming Against the Tide (EP)
It’s obviously best to avoid broken images at all costs as it hurts the user experience, SEO, layout, etc, but I found this CSS pseudo-element “loophole” interesting for those cases where you may have unpredictable missing images. For instance, when moving a site to a new server or for externally hosted images that are removed from the web.
Broken images are ugly. But they don’t always have to be. We can use CSS to apply styles to the element to provide a better experience than the default. Two Facts About The Element To understand how we can style broken images, there
As I started to listen to podcasts more recently in my freelance career, I’ve noticed a trend. Some podcasts have a Five Minute Friday where they freestyle about some random topic or list a few cool things they discovered or learned that week. Well, I’m not about to start podcasting anytime soon, but thought it might be interesting to do a blog version of that. So here goes–here are five things I discovered or found interesting this week.
I’m teaching myself Unity game development with the goal of publishing an iOS game later this year and the book Unity in Action seems to be the best option for those just beginning as it covers the most current Unity version 5 and got good marks for being easy to follow and understand. It covers 3d pretty heavily, but has some good information on 2d game development as well.
In case you didn’t hear. Er, I guess I should say, in case you care…Fort4Fitness decided to host a full marathon this year. If you’re looking for a new challenge for the year, get yourself signed up. And find me at the starting line!
Another part of freelancing is ensuring your data is safe and backed up. As I tried to find the best solution, I came across Seagate’s Cloud Storage devices. It makes it incredibly easy to setup a drive that’s accessible remotely. Data is encrypted before being transferred over the network and then decrypted by Seagate’s software once it’s copied over. And if you use CrashPlan, you can backup NAS devices. So far, it’s been working great.
Did you know chewing and talking cleans the wax out of ears? Me either… But now we both do, thanks to the Stuff You Should Know podcast.
Interesting, but long article about Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh attempting to revolutionize corporate structure and operations. I especially like the part about Lou Taylor Pucci filming a movie in his shanty town, er “Airstream Park”. I think he’s onto something with the idea of eliminating people managers, but I know it won’t work for everyone.
2014 was an OK year for music. Seeing Sondre Lerche in Chicago was fun. I was left craving more catchy, sing-along pop music for some reason at the end of the year. There was lots of focus on textures and qualities of the music more so than its actual content. Looking forward to what 2015 has to offer.
Sondre Lerche – Please
Kevin Drew – Darlings
Tokyo Police Club – Forcefield
A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea When Absent
Purfume Genius – Too Bright
Chad Vangaalen – Shrink Dust
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Days of Abandon
Slow Magic – How to Run Away
Real Estate – Atlas
D’angelo – Black Messiah
Runner Ups: skaters – manhattan
vacationer – relief
blonde summer – high times
tycho – awake
warpaint – warpaint
the fresh and onlys – house of spirits
patrick park – love like swords
echo & the bunnymen – meteorites
lana del ray – ultraviolence
braid – no coast
kishi bishi – lighght
odesza – in return
hooray for earth – racy
bahamas – bahamas is afie
weezer – everything will be alright in the end
the jazz june – after the earthquake
gemma hayes – bones + longing
damien jurado – brothers and sisters of the eternal son
angel olsen – burn your fire for no witness