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In Mourning - Afterglow

2019-01-02 1 min read Music

I picked up In Mourning’s first release, Shrouded Divine, from Best Buy because the sticker on the wrapper said they sounded like Opeth. While I don’t agree with that, I am very glad it convinced me to pick up the album. Shrouded Divine was a great album, and each of their subsequent albums just got better.

Afterglow is an album that when I listened to it the first two or three times, I was disappointed. At the time, I did not feel it was as good as the previous release Weight of Oceans.

Early last year I was shuffling through a playlist of In Mourning and kept coming across songs I really liked and thought they must have come from Weight of Oceans only to look and see that they are from Afterglow. After this happened a few times I went back and just listened to Afterglow on its own and damn has it grown on me into a great album.

I still don’t know if its better than Weight of Oceans, but I would say it is at least as good.

Inveniam viam aut faciam

[Latin] I shall find a way or make one.


Top Albums of 2018

2018-12-31 2 min read Music
This was originally posted on my brother’s blog - so the wording is for his audience. I have so much music for y’all. This year I decided to do two versions of my Top Albums list; one without any death metal and one with the heavy stuff. I’m considerate like that. For each album, I list the general genre and links to Apple Music, Spotify, or YouTube (some sources more official than others on YouTube). Continue reading

Top Albums of 2017

2017-12-31 1 min read Music
  1. Insomnium - Winters Gate
  2. Alluvial - The Deep Longing for Annihilation
  3. Trivium - The Sin and the Sentance
  4. Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Ceasar
  5. 10 years - how to live as ghosts
  6. Shattered Sun - The Evolution of Anger
  7. Cold Insight - Further Nowhere
  8. Intervals - The Way Forward
  9. Ne Oblivisvaris - Urn
  10. sleepmakeswaves - Made of Breath Only

Top Albums of 2016

2016-12-31 1 min read Music
  1. Countless Skies - New Dawn
  2. In Mourning - Afterglow
  3. Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts
  4. Dark Tranquillity - Atoma
  5. Fallujah - Dreamless
  6. Amaranthe - Maximalism
  7. Allegaeon - Proponent for Sentience
  8. Be’Lakor - Vessels
  9. Harakiri for the Sky - III: Trauma
  10. Zeal & Ardor - Devil is Fine

Backups: Preventing Despair

2016-02-09 20 min read guide

I have (several) times in my life lost data, which is a sterile, emotionless way of saying I’ve lost photos, documents, music, and contact information that I could never recover or replace. Over the last several years I have started putting systems in place to preventing this from happening again.

Part of the impetus for this article is that I not only wanted to go through all of my backups, but I wanted to document them, so I could refer to them later if I needed to. I hope all the thinking and documenting I’ve gone into here will help other people generate their own backup plans.

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