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Music Discovery Challenge

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Happy New Year, everyone! By now, even the most resilient hangover should be cured, so how about we spice up 2019 with a New Year’s resolution?

As a lover of music, there are some seminal albums that I missed out on. Shame on me for that! Since I love discovering new music — new as in new to me — I decided to share what way I came up with to help in that endeavor, especially in genres I wouldn’t normally consider.

The 1047 Album Challenge

There is a book called “1001 Albums You Need to Hear Before You Die” that I would recommend you guys check out. They revise this book regularly, replacing albums with newer releases that have stood the test of time.

Here’s a compiled list of what should be all albums featured in at least one of its editions, amounting to 1047 in total.

What’s the challenge? Simple: listen to all of these albums! You can copy the table linked above and start your own checklist. At the top, there’s some information to track your progress and you’ll find a random suggestion out of all the albums you haven’t yet listened to.

Timeframe and Goals

I will be aiming for one album a day. But the timeframe is all up to you. Feel free to set your own pace.

I do realize that most if not all of these albums do merit repeated listens — and perhaps you can’t do the more complex works justice by just listening to them once. I’m aware of that. But this challenge is a means to bring myself to listen to music I would never choose otherwise.

Also, I decided to start with a clean state. Obviously, I have heard some of the albums listed there, but I’m seeing this as an opportunity to try and rediscover those with fresh ears.

Care to join me in this challenge? Let me know via Twitter or Facebook!

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A Defence of Pokémon Go

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Pokémon Go is a phenomenon unlike any other: the media, social networks, businesses, blogs, co-workers, even local politicians — all seem to chime in to make Pokémon Go possibly the most-discussed (and certainly most-hyped) piece of software in recent years.

Either you play the game or you don’t. In any case, you can’t avoid it. And of the people who don’t play it, a sizeable number tends to have strong opinions about both the game and the people who play it.

Cliche suggests these players are virtually glued to their smartphone screens, completely disconnected from their surroundings like mindless husks. It also suggests that playing Pokémon Go is an inherently anti-social endeavour — you interact with your phone and not with your environment after all — and just the latest example of a society that increasingly devalues human interaction.

I found the opposite to be true.

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