The olden were reminiscing at work this morning how 20 years ago we worked over midnight for Y2K "just in case". How can that have been 20 years ago, what is even happening? Happy New Year everyone.
So how did the year shake out music wise? last.fm says:
Looks like I listened to slightly less music this year than the past couple, 23,958 tracks.
The kiddo loves her some Twenty One Pilots so they're usually a goto when we're driving to school. Hometown and Cut My Lip are two favorites.
The new Drab Majesty album this year was particularly good. I saw a bloke with one of their t-shirts in Starbucks the other week and got chatting about gigs we've been to.
In November I discovered Preoccupations and they were the find of the year. If Editors and Interpol had a child, its name would be Preoccupations.
Boy Harsher are an electroclash band and when they get going I defy anyone to not nod your head. Good driving music.
Rush. Because Rush.
Keychains & Snowstorms is Soft Cell's 10 disc box set. And it's amazing. The remix of Meet Murder My Angel is sublime. Bless Spotify for having it.
In 2018 Orbital released Monsters Exist and I still loved it this year. The synth melody on The Raid is the best.
And my old muckers Rammstein. Their new album is great. Go watch any of their 2019 concert footage on YouTube.
I really hope they're able to turn this around.
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It's colder here in the desert, foggy even. And that means everyone has their wood fireplaces going. Smells wonderful.
I take my daughter to school every day and I see "the kids" just have the left Apple Airpod in. Not both, because that wouldn't be cool, just one and it must be the left one.
Apple TV+ and Disney+ then. The Mandalorian and For All Mankind are the two standouts so far. The Morning Show is better than they say it is.
Americans sure like wings.
It's end of year list season. Could you tell?
And finally, England, what did you do?
Flickr have opened up the your best shot of 2019 group for submissions. It's fun to go back through the year's uploads to pick just one in particular. It came down to two of them, both black & white shots (shocker).
This one of our cat Mary Poppins was in the running.
But I ended up going with this one because I'm a sucker for (a) black & white (b) vanishing points.
A new Apple device brings a year of Apple TV+ for free then. A nice four days off awaits this week so let's see what's what.
Update: well I watched none of them. Because my wife bought me a Disney+ subscription. So it's been all Mandalorian, all the time.
Flickr still exists! You'll find me uploading photos at least a couple times a day. The place seems just as vibrant and engaging as it ever did.
Flickr groups is where the site still shines. Here are a few of my daily must visits. Clearly I still have much to learn, these folks are amazing.
• Catchy Colors. As the name implies, these are the photos that pop with color. Saturation heavy and quite wonderful.
• Vanishing Points. Think Piers reaching out to sea, straight roads in the desert stretching for miles. I could look at these all day.
• Sunset Light. Truly the best time of the day.
• The Skies Above. Sunsets, and sky, and clouds. Oh my.
• Less Is More. Minimalism at its finest.
• Black And White. Because I've never met a black and white photo I didn't like.