2018 in Music

It’s 2019, and I’m publishing a post summarizing something that happened in 2018. What is this madness!? Here’s my 2018 in music.

Normally, the post that lay out my year in music comes when Spotify decides to unleash their own annual recap. In 2018, that happened in early December, and while it was tempting to sum up the year then, I wanted to wait for all my 2018 data to be available. And not just the data from Spotify, I wanted all the juicy stuff from our friends over at last.fm as well.

First, letโ€™s see what the Last.fm general listening summary says about 2018.

Compared to 2017, the number of tracks played (or “scrobbles” as last.fm calls them), is down by 8%. This should not come as a shock. I listen to music mostly when I’m at work, and in 2018 I spent a few months at home on parental leave. I’m a bit surprised the number of tracks I listened to didn’t go down even further, to be honest.

Welcome to the Fediverse

Wouldn’t it be great if you could participate on the internet without having your private data and habits sold for profit? You already can. Join the fediverse.

Imagine logging on to a social media site to discuss your anime obsession. But instead of logging on to a site owned, controlled, and monetized on by a Fortune 500 company, you log on to an instance being operated by a fellow anime fanatic in her spare time. The instance you log on to only has about 50 users, but it’s a friendly, tightly knit group of people who all share the same interest as you. No harassment, no hate-speech, no bigotry. Any bad apples not following the Code of Conduct decided by the instance administrator – “don’t be an ass” – is simply banned from participating in the discussion.

The instance you log on to is in many ways an isolated, private island. But it’s also part of a larger network consisting of hundreds of other nodes with hundreds of thousands of users. Most of the instances are owned and operated by private individuals, and together all the instances form a federation.

Welcome to the fediverse.

Feeding The Addiction

My stash of energy drinks is about to run dry. There’s no top up-trip to Sweden in sight. In desperation, I turn to shady1, online stores.

We’re certainly enjoying the good life here in Norway. But living costs are high, and pretty much everything – except for diapers – is more expensive than across the border, in lovely Sweden. We live about an hour from the nearest Swedish shopping mall, so every now and then we throw the kids in the car, and go there to stock up on candy, meat, soft-drinks. And in my case, those precious energy drinks.

How much we actually save by going to Sweden to shop, I don’t know. If you factor in the price of gas, the emotional cost of the constant fear of the kids barfing in the back seat, and the guilty feeling from all the lethal exhaust the car spew out on a trip that’s not strictly necessary, we might not be saving a single รธre on the expedition.

But I digress. The point here is that it’s been about half a year since the last time we bolted across the border, and I’m down to my last 5 cans of sweet, sweet energy juice. There’s a crisis looming on the horizon!

January One-liners

A new year is upon us! I hope you had a great 2018, and that 2019 will be even better. In any case, here are few new funny one-liners that have been added to the collection.

  • Spend some time staring at the stars. It feeds the soul and revives the mind.
  • “I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.” — Mark Twain
  • “The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.” — Mark Twain
  • Moses had the first tablet that could connect to the cloud.
  • The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.
  • Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men spend thinking.
  • Improve your memory by doing unforgettable things.
  • Aging gracefully is like the nice way of saying you’re slowly looking worse.
  • How is it that I always seem to buy the plants without the will to live?
  • I named my dog 6 miles so I can tell people that I walk 6 miles every single day.
  • An optimist believes that we live in the best world. A pessimist is afraid that it might be true.
  • Why is the day that you do laundry, cook, clean, iron and so on, called a day off?
  • Learn from yesterday, live for today and have hope for tomorrow.
  • The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.