My albums of 2023

Screenshot of a lot of album covers
Season 79—the seventy-nine albums I acquired in 2023

My annual review of what I’ve most enjoyed listening to during the last 12 months, and my albums of the year.

  1. Prong—State of Emergency
  2. Aortha—Monolit
  3. Godflesh—Purge
  4. Metallica—72 Seasons
  5. Ropes Inside a Hole—A Man and His Nature
  6. What the Five Fingers Said to the Face—Endless
  7. Steven Wilson—The Harmony Codex
  8. Amplifier—Hologram
  9. Obituary—Dying of Everything
  10. She Burns Red—Out of Darkness
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Happy New Year 2024

Sitting at my table enjoying the peace and quiet

Over the last few weeks, I have been pondering what I need to focus on in 2024. It came to me the other day: I need to both slow down and move more.

I love working from home, but I now live a mostly sedentary life which has been terrible for my health. I need to move more.

Despite my sedentary lifestyle, I try to pack as much into each day as I can—I am always busy… too busy. I need more space in my life, more rest, more peace and quiet.

I enjoyed a moment this morning just sitting in silence at my table, looking out my window to the blue sky and sunshine. It was nice to just ‘be’.

In the early afternoon, I went for my first bike ride of the year. Just 25 minutes, but enough to get me moving and feel the sun on my face and the biting cold wind tear through my clothing, chilling me to the bone.

A good start to the year.

Steven Wilson—December Skies (2023)

This year, musician-extraordinaire Steven Wilson was challenged by a friend why he had never written a Christmas song.

He replied that he didn’t think he had it in him to write Christmassy lyrics.

No problem, his friend told him, we’ll instruct ChatGPT to write Christmas lyrics in the style of Steven Wilson. But don’t mention Christmas. And make it feel more lonely.

This was the result. I like it better than most Christmas tracks.

Trello classic label colours v2.0.0

I have updated my Trello classic label colours CSS hack using the Stylish extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

You can find the updates on my GitHub:

https://github.com/garethjmsaunders/trello-label-colours

I have removed this style from Userstyles.org as it was throwing unknown errors or claiming that the CSS had an error every time I tried to upload changes.

Fix for Scrum for Trello (for Chrome)

I use Trello a lot. Trello is a simple but powerful, kanban-inspired project management tool which allows you to create cards on lists to visualise what work you still have to do, work in progress and work that is done. I use it to manage most of my projects, and indeed most of my life.

A few years ago, a couple of developers released Scrum for Trello, a Chrome and Firefox plugin that adds aglie story points functionality to Trello. (Story points help you see the relative size of a task compared with the others.)

I use it all the time, but recenty it broke. This is what I did to fix it.

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