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This is a "date out of order" post sent far far far into the future. If I'm still using DW in 2036 then I guess I'll have to edit it!


WARNING: This is DreamWidth. My postings here may be geeking, they may be sex related, they may be crap about my (lack of) exercise results, or they may be emo whining about my life and how I feel about myself.
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So I had to hit the ATM on Friday for some cash, and when I came to record this I found that this was the first time since January. It made me wonder how my ATM usage has changed over time.

Fortunately I keep records, so I can see how many cash withdrawals I've made per year since 2002:
     54 2002
     61 2003
     59 2004
     57 2005
     43 2006
     27 2007
     27 2008
     33 2009
     24 2010
     24 2011
     16 2012
     10 2013
      9 2014
     10 2015
      9 2016
      2 2017


Now part of that is because I don't go down the pub as frequently, and I no longer buy a sandwich for lunch (both mostly cash activities for me), but it's pretty clear how little I use cash these days!

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Apr. 5th, 2017 08:03 pm
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I'm possible not gonna post to LJ any more. Temporarily (and there's nothing like a temporary solution to last a long time!) I'm using DW.

Not that I like the DW solution that much, but at least I was able to import my old content!

Twitter?

Apr. 5th, 2017 07:54 pm
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I'm guessing DW doesn't have auto-import from twitter functionality. Ah well, social media is dead anyway...

Bring back usenet!

My tweets

Apr. 5th, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 20:54: Pondering whether to leave LJ now it's .ru legal (LGBT rights? They've not heard of them). Free Wordpress? Not really a DW fan somehow.
  • Tue, 21:24: If I learned anything from Marvel, I know that space radiation == super powers. Dang, it must be good to be an ast… https://t.co/OXJcZbXnVv
  • Tue, 22:42: It's easy to innovate. Throw stuff into the cloud. It's _hard_ to do it securely. Some rules exist for a reason. Do you know which ones?
  • Tue, 22:52: RT @colbertlateshow: Tonight on #LSSC we drop this #phenomenal collaboration from @TheMuppets and @PressSec. Tune in tonight for more! http…

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Apr. 4th, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 17:22: Two train derailments at Penn in two weeks (Mar 24,Apr 3). Not very impressive safety record, there!
  • Mon, 22:28: Funny, I keep forgetting how many variations of Star Trek @timruss2 has been involved in. His voice is distinctive and makes me double take.

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Apr. 3rd, 2017 12:00 pm
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Apr. 2nd, 2017 12:00 pm
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Apr. 1st, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 12:29: Dammit google, I don't want a bloody Pacman on my cellphone map (and it's not even April 1st yet).
  • Fri, 13:38: My boss wants me to become an AWS "certified solutions architect associate". What books/sites/play would you suggest I do before the exam?
  • Fri, 20:31: Some nice work, here! https://t.co/xPzQdDl9pM

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Mar. 31st, 2017 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 15:18: RT @red3blog: "OMG, stop attacking Mike Pence just because he respects his wife enough to bar women from full participation in society!"
  • Thu, 21:17: RT @SwiftOnSecurity: Ppl keep asking me but Kreb's article on VPN finally nails it: Nothing has really changed and most VPNs are scams http…

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Mar. 30th, 2017 12:00 pm
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So because I got an Amazon Echo for Christmas I've been looking around at Amazon Prime Music. After all, it's free and it's what the Echo can play from. Mostly I'm just playing with it ("oh, I own that on CD, let's add it to my music").

Yesterday I noticed that Depeche Mode's "Spirit" album (released last week) is available, for free. Well, OK! This gives me a chance to check it out...

Now whenever I get a new album I typically play it on constant repeat for a few days (for the periods when I listen to music), and then let it fit into the shuffle random play sequence. This meant I needed to get this music onto my phone so I could play it. Ah, good; there's an Android app for Amazon Music. Download... yup, there's the music. Oh good, let's download it so I'm not dependent on streaming (my commute goes through some bad reception areas). Great; all set up for the morning journey.

Morning comes, turn on Bluetooth headphones, press play... wait, what? That's "All Out of Love" by Air Supply! Not DM... Despite the Amazon Music app being running and showing up on the lock screen as being active it doesn't appear to register itself as the active music player. Stupid. (Same thing happened on the evening commute home).

Other annoyances with the app; it searches and finds _all_ music on the phone. I can't work out how to limit it to just Amazon Music. So now the album is hiding in amongst 7000+ other songs. It's not got the best UI for finding stuff either.

And, for some reason, every so often in the middle of a song it freezes and I see the "play" icon spin. Now it does this "spin" frequently without side effects, but sometimes it gets stuck doing that and music playback stops. I have no idea WTF the player is doing; sending stats to Amazon? Trying to refresh DRM keys (Amazon Prime Music is DRM encumbered... well, it _is_ free). But when playback from a local file is breaking then there's a problem with the software.

Conclusion: Amazon Music android app is a POS.

Now as for the album itself...

I listen to music in the background. While commuting I might be reading a book or playing a game (backgammon, typically). This means the music isn't my primary conscious focus. First play of an album may make me focus on it, if it's good.

And the first two songs are really good. They sound like the DM of old. I like them. But the third song... it's OK, but not good. So far a typical album; some good, some not so good. It's why I buy more "greatest hits" than individual albums!

But I noticed, as the album went on, that the music was getting _annoying_. Wow, that's actually crap. Songs 15, 16 were so bad they almost made me skip and 17 had me wishing "let's get back to song 1". Ah... nice music again!

The evening commute I hit the same thing, so I looked closer. Huh, those last 5 songs are remixes of earlier songs. Screw that, jump back to song 1.

When I got home I did some googling. Ah ha! The Amazon album is the "Deluxe Edition" which contains the "bonus disc". Those 5 remixes are part of the bonus. Delete, delete, delete, delete, delete.

Now we're down to 12 songs, which range from OK to very good.

If you like classic DM then you'll probably like "Spirit".

I think tomorrow's commute will be better!

Side note on the DRM... I know why it's there; the music is only available for free with Prime membership so they need to be able to revoke access if I cancel. But it's annoying; it means I can't play this music as part of my normal cycle. Particularly it means I can't load it onto my Mac Mini that I use to play music when I'm home (I'm currently listening to some random 80s song; normally I'd be listening to this album).

It means that Amazon Prime Music may be usable as a way of listening to new albums risk free, but it won't replace CD purchases.

Which may be why new release albums are on Prime in the first place!

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