Tommy Cutter

Web, app and game developer.

Year: 2016

2016 Top Music

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 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

  1. Fruit Bats
  2. Nada Surf
  3. U137
  4. Hammock
  5. Bibio
  6. Tracey Chattaway
  7. The American Dollar
  8. Nothing
  9. Lights & Motion
  10. Rogue Wave

Top Played Albums

  1. U137 – Dreamer on the Run
  2. Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are
  3. Fruit Bats – Absolute Loser
  4. Yo La Tengo – They Shoot, We Score
  5. Mutual Benefit – Skip a Sinking Stone
  6. Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow
  7. Tracey Chattaway – Nightsky
  8. Rogue Wave – Delusions of Grand Fur
  9. Fruit Bats – The Ruminant Band
  10. The Last Dinosaur – Hooray! for Happiness

Top Played Songs

  1. U137 – Watching The Storm
  2. U137 – Varberg
  3. Keith Kenniff – Branch
  4. Nada Surf – Believe You’re Mine
  5. Nada Surf – Cold to See Clear
  6. Hammock – Losting You to You
  7. Balmorhea – Masollan
  8. Random Forest – Awakening
  9. Tracey Chattaway – Light the Night
  10. Tracey Chattaway – Shimmer

Top Albums

  1. Fruit Bats – Absolute Loser
  2. The Japanese House – Swimming Against the Tide (EP)
  3. Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are
  4. Bibio – A Mineral Love
  5. Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow
  6. Kishi Bashi – Sonderlust
  7. Tycho – Epoch
  8. From Indian Lakes – Everything Feels Better Now
  9. Arms and Sleepers – Miami
  10. Ice Choir – Designs in Rhythm

Migrating a WordPress site that uses Visual Composer

If you have a site that uses Visual Composer, you’ll find that some links, particularly button links aren’t found when using some of the popular find & replace plug-ins like Velvet Blues.

If you look in the database, Visual Composer URLs are encoded. The Better Search and Replace plugin allows you to search for encoded URLs and replace them with encoded URLs.

And here’s a handy tool from Eric Meyer for encoding / decoding links:

What Would Happen If Humans Disappeared? – YouTube

So, this is a more scientific look at what the world would look like than what your average post-apocalyptic movie / show portrays. The world looks much more beautiful and happy without us.

Trail Dog – Salomon Running TV Season 05 Episode 02 – YouTube


Thanks to Evan Perigo for the heads up on this video series. Such an awesome video!

Shakey Graves – To Cure What Ails… – YouTube

Ultimate chill

Styling Broken Images

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

Source: Styling Broken Images

Five Minute Friday – Jan 8, 2016

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 listened to 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing on a run this week, which I would definitely recommend for anyone interested in anything. Here’s a nice summary of the 22 laws from Cris Kowalcyzk’s blog:
  •  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.

2015 in Numbers

I didn’t get a chance to put together any kind of top lists for 2015, but here are a few favorites and statistics relating to my life in 2015.

  • Songs played – 9,419
  • Most listened to album (some of my go-to working music)
    • Yo La Tengo – They Shoot, We Score
  • Most listened to song (don’t knock it ’till you try it)
    • Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean
  • Top five albums in no particular order
    • Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    • American Wrestlers – Self Titled
    • Helios – Yume
    • The Japanese House – Clean
    • A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Planning Weed Like It’s Acid / Life Is Loss
  • Top five movies in no particular order
    • It Follows
    • The Martian
    • The Big Short
    • Ex Machina
    • Me Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Top TV Series
    • Fargo
    • Better Call Saul
    • The Walking Dead
    • Silicon Valley
    • Limitless
  • Miles run – 1,916
  • Races run – 15
    • 5ks – 5
    • 4 Milers – 2
    • 5 Milers – 1
    • 10ks – 3
    • 20ks – 1
    • HMs – 2
    • Marathons – 1
  • Fastest Marathon – 3:16:02
  • Fastest Half Marathon – 1:30:35
  • Fastest 10k – 39:44
  • Fastest 5k – 18:54

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