Best of 2015

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Is it that time of the year already? In 2015 I changed my music listening habits: I embraced Spotify and almost stopped searching for new music like I used to. Instead of leaning on reviews from online publications I discovered new music by exploring similar artists to the ones I began enjoying. Discover weekly also helped me find some gems, but it keeps getting weirder week after week and I had to start curating it myself.
Still, I feel like the list of albums that I enjoyed the most does not translate the feeling above. Because I listened to so many different things it was hard to come up with a list from the top of my head. But three albums stood out:

 

– Tame Impala’s Currents is a masterpiece and they became one of my favourite bands.

– Neon Indian’sVega intl. Night School was a nice surprise! I think I haven’t enjoyed a dance album this much since “In Ghost Colors” by Cut Copy.

– Jamie xx’s debut – I enjoyed the xx’s first album but stopped listening due to the overexposure and enjoyed the fact that Jamie was able to distance himself from the band without sounding too alien. I risk saying that his album is even better than his bands previous efforts.

 

Here’s my complete list:​

  1. Tame Impala – Currents
  2. Neon Indian – Vega intl. Night School
  3. Jamie xx – In Colour
  4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  5. Denai Moore – Elsewhere
  6. Mikal Cronin – MCIII
  7. Björk – Vulnicura
  8. Panda Bear – meets Grim Reaper
  9. Health – Death Magic
  10. Moon Duo – Shadow Of The Sun

 

Honorable mentions:

  • Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  • Petite Noir — The King Of Anxiety
  • Purity Ring — Another Eternity
  • Rangleklods – Straightjacket
  • 20syl – Motifs II
  • Sevdaliza – The Suspended Kid
  • Vök – Circles
  • Nao – February 15

To finish here’s a playlist with my favorite tracks from 2015:

The future of this space on the web

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I’ve always had a hard time figuring out where to take this blog. Over the years I stopped writing with the excuse that life got in the way. But the real reason was that I wasn’t motivated to do it anymore. I felt more personal content would feel weird to the design focused audience that I fooled into following this blog. This is why this blog kept mutating over time without ever having a real purpose.

I appended a new entry to my task list for this weekend: “figure out what to do with Feeding the Robots”. When I started writing this post I had some ideas in mind:

One idea was to start a new photoblog and move all the photos there and keep this blog only for writing and note taking. I expect a lot of issues with this approach. To start I rarely write these days and this blog would turn in to a link dump. Second I don’t focus into just one theme and it’s hard to capture an audience when the content is too broad. Plus, there are so many people doing it better than me… A few weeks ago I started a new design focused blog but already forgot about it! So there’s no point of keeping things scattered around if I can’t keep up with updating them.

The second option was to shut down the blog and move the photos into a new site. This new place would focus on projects, moving away from the blog format. But just thinking about this makes me feel at loss. You always want what you don’t have!

None of these options are suitable. I’d rather have a stale site that represents who I was at a certain point time than having no site at all!

So my plan is not to solve the problem at all but to reorganize things in a different way so it feels fresh again:

  1. I’m going to shut down all my side project blogs and use this place as a link dump. The audience for it? Myself. I’ll be able to come back in a few years and learn about what was capturing my attention in a specific time. I’ll use it as a one person delicious. Plus the title of this site serves that purpose well.
  2. I’m going to create a personal site and move the more personal content and photos there. I will also start to publish more photos, perhaps daily. If I find the need to publish something in a longer form, I’ll have a proper space for it.

Before I can do any of this I have to finish a new WordPress theme that I’ve been working on. Parallel to that I have to go through all the blog posts (painful… ) to decide what to keep and what to purge for good. Good times!

Park City

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For the second year Automattic held its annual meetup in Park City, Utah. The weather was great most of the time and in one of the breaks we had during the day I ventured out into one of the hills behind the resort and took some pictures. I only brought my 35mm lens which is not suited for scenic photography but still I had to capture the amazing light in that place.

New Orleans

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Back in March my team had a meetup in New Orleans. Like always, we had very intense five days of work, inspiring discussions and wonderful meals. New Orleans is somewhere that I always wanted to go since it’s so frequent to see it in tv and movies.

We stayed in a very nice hotel in the French Quarter, which turned out to be an excellent choice since we were close to everything: nice restaurants, the live street music at Jackson Square, the Mississippi, and of course Bourbon street was right around the corner.

I decided not to take my camera which wasn’t such a great decision, New Orleans is a very photogenic city that deserved a lot more than an iPhone lens. Maybe next time!