Friday, December 09, 2016

2016 Favourites: Top 10 Songs First Heard in 2016

2016 was a more musically lean year, so I'm just listing 10 songs I enjoyed this year in alphabetical order by band rather than ranking them against each other.

  • Bliss n ESO - Reservoir Dogs (2013):
    I got into Bliss n ESO from Hilltop Hoods and actually like them slightly better. This is a fun collaboration with several other Australian hip-hop artists.

  • Charlatans UK - So Oh (2014):
    I listened to a lot of the Charlatans UK a decade ago, and was happy to find their new album. THis is a relaxing, mellow song, great for winding down.

  • Drapht - Jimmy Recard (2009):
    This Australia hip-hop artist's voice is too annoying to listen to an entire album, but it's great in tiny doses.

  • Elle King - Ex's and Oh's (2015):
    This song is a country-tinged take on the type of "chicks with interesting voices" music I used to listen to in the 2000s.

  • Hilltop Hoods - I Love It (2011):
    You can't go wrong injecting Sia into any song. I also like that the song ends with a shopping list of cities that they love only to intentionally skip giving Zurich an endorsement.

  • Hoosiers - The Wheels Fell Off the Bus (2015):
    This album overall wasn't amazing, but I enjoyed this particular song.

  • Jeff Tuohy - Bourbon Street (2013):
    I like the fresh-feeling mix of jazz and rock in this song.

  • Misterwives - Our Own House (2015):
    This band does pure, distilled pop really well, and the singer's voice reminds me of Whitton.

  • Spose - Greatest Shit Ever (2015):
    Spose is very similar to Atmosphere, and I still can't put my finger on why I never got into Atmosphere but really enjoy Spose.

  • twenty one pilots - The Judge (2015):
    I know that this band is pure mainstream radio fluff, but this song has a catchy hook and a simple, effective composition.

Previous Picks: 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Memory Day: Snapshots

This picture was taken at Christmas time in 1983. I'm wearing my favourite sweater that shows the designer's inability to understand the concept of wild animal perspective. My dad says that we were at the Economics and Business Department's Christmas party (he was a full-time teacher at Catholic University). The Greek Orthodox Santa was the department's administrative assistant and his costume was a really big deal for him

We would also attend a yearly event we attended where adoptive families got together and a fake Santa would give kids an early present. I was savvy enough to realize that fake Santa was fake (and had gotten the gift to give from the trunk of our car), but was just happy to get the Megatron Transformers gun early. That toy turned out to be a poorly-designed engineering debacle which couldn't stay in gun form long enough to shoot it.

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Monday, December 05, 2016

List Day: 10 Facts About My Smartphone Usage

I finally purchased a smartphone back in January 2016, but you wouldn't really know it based on the fact that it spends most hour sof the day on my desk at home, forgotten and sad. However, here are a few ways it has deeply impacted my life this year.

  1. I use it as a pleasant wake up alarm for power naps, but still use my beepy Timex watch to wake up in the morning.

  2. I have never used any mapping or GPS features in real-time. I still print maps.

  3. I can now read texts involving more than 1 person without dire warnings about Multimedia conversions and bandwidth restrictions.

  4. I joined Instagram because that's what you do with smartphones, but my feed is just other peoples' food and kids.

  5. There are currently only 7 people in my text message history: Rebecca, Kathy, Anna, LA Mike, my sister, my new boss, and my old neighbor who's having mail forwarding issues.

  6. I have to tediously track pictures from my smartphone and my classic camera when posting online, so I usually just skip taking any on the phone.

  7. My Washington Post print subscription is less valuable, because the print articles tend to come out two days after the online articles (sometimes with less click-baity titles).

  8. I have it while grilling, so I spend a lot less time speed reading classic elementary school books (like Beverly Cleary books) in the basement while waiting for the steaks to get done.

  9. I have a shared 1 GB data plan with Rebecca, and our combined average monthly usage is about 0.3 GB.

  10. I bring it to the bathroom, so it now takes me 6 months to reread an old Uncle John's Bathroom Reader rather than 1 month.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Happy December!

I've been spending two hours a day driving to the temporary office of my new job, so I haven't had any time to write today's update, which was supposed to be about how little my life has changed since I finally got a smartphone last January.

Instead, here is a gfy of a cat wearing a tiny Santa hat.

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