Edel Grace

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My Week in Music #8: 2018/11/23 - 2018/11/30

Dec 4, 2018 | Comments

Last.fm is a website that can keep track of users and their listening habits. I’ve been listening to music with Last.fm since 2010 and am slightly obsessive over my music stats. These stats are for my listening from the past week.

My week for November 23, 2018 to November 30, 2018

Top 10 Artists

Top 10 Artists

  1. Coheed and Cambria (-)

  2. Mashrou’ Leila (+)

  3. My Chemical Romance (-1)

  4. The Weeknd (+) I still don’t understand how I listened to a lot of Weeknd… Spotify.

  5. 五月天 (Mayday) (+) I was going through a 五月天 mood last week.

  6. The Strokes (+1)

  7. Franz Ferdinand (+)

  8. Jeff Williams (+1)

  9. Thrice (+)

  10. St. Vincent (+) It’s been a while since I’ve listened to St. Vincent. I can thank the Spotify algorithm for this.

Top 10 Albums

Top 10 Albums

  1. Mashrou’ Leila — Ibn El Leil (+5)

  2. Coheed and Cambria — Good Apollo I (+)

  3. Jeff Williams — RWBY Volume 1 (+2)

  4. My Chemical Romance — Black Parade (-1)

  5. Evanescence — The Open Door (+)

  6. Owen Pallett — Heartland (+) I need to listen to this album, I’ve only listened to a couple songs from it.

  7. Thrice — Vheissu (+)

  8. Alexisonfire — Crisis (-1)

  9. Melissa O’Neil — Melissa O’Neil (+) Oh man. Melissa O’Neil. What a blast from the past. I was going through some of my downloaded music and I saw her and immediately went to check out what she’s doing now. No new music.

  10. My Chemical Romance — I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love (+) I love this ridiculously long album title. Throws me back to the good old Fall Out Boy days.

Top 10 Songs

Top 10 songs

  1. Melissa O’Neil — Speechless (+) When this song came out, I loved it because as a really shy girl, this resonated with me.

  2. Frank Sinatra Jr. — Black Night (+)

  3. Gerard Way — Baby You’re a Haunted House (+) Newwww Gerard Way music. I think he also released something else recently. I have to check it out.

  4. Die Antwoord — Rich Bitch (+) HOW?! I will admit that this is a catchy song and Die Antwoord is a hardcore guilty pleasure of mine.

  5. Gwen Stefani — Rich Girl (+) Okay this is a definite case of Spotify. Gah.

  6. Mashrou’ Leila — Asnam (+)

  7. No Doubt — Just a Girl (+)

  8. Tuxedo — Do It (+) Another Spotify moment but I don’t mind this one. I found myself head bopping to this song at work a couple times.

  9. Coheed and Cambria — No World for Tomorrow (-3)

  10. Franz Ferdinand — Michael (+)

November 2018 in Review

Dec 1, 2018 | Comments

November went by super fast. I was taking a look at my to do list this morning and I saw that my “first of the the month” tasks were appearing. The beginning of November feels like just yesterday.

Highlights

I blocked Reddit from all my browsers

While I didn’t successfully avoid Reddit altogether (I would check links that friends would send me or sit with my friends and looked at Reddit together), I managed to not browse Reddit on my own. Does that make much of a difference? To me it does! Usually I could spend hours upon hours on Reddit. I think I managed to curb that number last month.

I made it past probation at my new job

This month marked the third month I spent at my new job. It’s been great so far. I do feel like I’m getting comfortable and getting to know people at work. I’m slowly feeling a little more confident.

I saw pandas

I went to the zoo with a friend and I saw pandas! They are adorable. We spent a great deal watching them eat. The way they eat is very interesting. They reminded me of the stereotypical fat middle-aged man coming home from work slouching on the courch and eating.

Other highlights were camels (they are so silly looking, we spent a good couple of minutes watching them standing around), monkeys (there was one Japanese macaque and it was screaming so loud and it sounded like a human), lions (the lion peed on the glass, it was great), penguins fighting (they kept screeching at each other and at one point it got physical).

Statistics

I am a statistic fiend. I spend at most 5 minutes everyday (immediately when I wake up) to input the previous day’s data. And most of the data is automatically generated so thankfully I don’t have to worry about that.

November Average Temperature

Tracked with Canada Environment and Natural Resources

A lot of up and downs this month. I’ve been enjoying the mild weather. I wonder what this means for December, though. I hope December won’t be too chilly. Honestly, this November is like my ideal winter weather. Not too cold but just cold enough for it to snow.

Steps Walked

Tracked with Samsung Health

Two major spikes this month. The first one, I think I was out with a friend to check out the opening of a new library. It is absolutely gorgeous. The other spike was our trip to the zoo. There was a lot of walking involved!

I am absolutely terrible with walking nowadays, especially on the weekend. It’s getting colder and I opt to take the bus instead of walking to the station. It also means more reading time for me!

2018 Steps Walked

It does make sense that I’m walking less. The months that I walked the most this year was when I was unemployed and out of school. I had lots of free time to just go places and walk! It would be a stretch to say that socializing with friends make me more active but I do walk more when that happens.

Hours on Phone

Tracked with App Usage

The trend of a spike and then immediately trying to remediate the next day is prominent in this graph. Thing mid-late November got a little out of hand. I can’t remember why. I might be that I was out and just kept checking my phone out of boredom.

2018 Hours on Phone

In general though, I’m definitely making progress on spending less time on my phone. Two hours still seems like a lot of time, however. I might need to start breaking down what exactly it is that I do on my phone that takes two hours.

Hours of Sleep

Tracked with Sleep as Android

I seem to be solidly getting around 7 hours of sleep per night. I started going down to 6 hours of sleep because there are just not enough hours in the day to do the things I want to.

2018 Hours of Sleep

In the grand scheme of things, I’m definitely sleeping more compared to the first half of the year. But I’m also sleeping less compared to the second half of the year. I’m trying to figure out the best number of hours of sleep for me. I would love for it to be 6 or 7 hours and not 8 hours.

Top 20 Artists

For a monthly view, 10 artists is not enough. I definitely did listen to a lot of Coheed and Cambria last month (I’m listening to them right now). Not much on this list surprises me, expect for possibly The Weeknd. When did I listen to so much of the The Weeknd? I must have blanked it out.

Top 20 Albums

Not a lot of surprises here either. I guess I didn’t expect Ascension to be the top album. But I did expect all of the Coheed on here.

Top 20 Songs

plenty’s あいという makes sense to me. I definitely put it on repeat a couple times. No World for Tomorrow is a little unexpected. So is Rich Girl, and Lollipop. Spotify algorithm at it’s best (worst).

Books Read

I didn’t read as much as I hoped I would last month. I technically averaged a book a week though, so I guess that’s fine. I also read a lot of manga this month. It will technically go to my read count but I don’t know if I can really count it.

My Week in Music #7: 2018/11/16 - 2018/11/23

Nov 27, 2018 | Comments

Last.fm is a website that can keep track of users and their listening habits. I’ve been listening to music with Last.fm since 2010 and am slightly obsessive over my music stats. These stats are for my listening from the past week.

My week for November 16, 2018 to November 23, 2018

Top 10 Artists

Top 10 Artists

  1. Coheed and Cambria (+1) Coheed and Cambria was only dethroned for a week! I wouldn’t say I listened to a lot more Coheed. The number is nice and low so hopefully it means I listened to more different artists this week instead of repeating this over and over.

  2. My Chemical Romance (+1)

  3. Björk (+2)

  4. 宇多田ヒカル (+2)

  5. L’Arc~en~Ciel (-5)

  6. Horizon (+) Horizon is a YouTuber who covered a lot of Japanese songs and interpreted Homestuck songs. She has one single original song and it’s pretty good. Recently she liked a comment of mine, I hope it means she’s back to recording music because she hasn’t posted in years!

  7. The Strokes (+)

  8. Evanescence (+) This seemed totally out of the blue but I did noticed a lot of Evanescence coming up on shuffle. Spotify algorithm, what are you trying to tell me?

  9. Jeff Wiliams (+)

  10. Alexisonfire (-1)

Top 10 Albums

Top 10 Albums

  1. Björk — Post (+8) What a jump! I really love Post. There are a lot of good songs off this album.

  2. My Chemical Romance — Danger Days (+) I suspect Spotify algorithm is the culprit but I’m not complaining.

  3. My Chemical Romance — The Black Parade (-)

  4. 宇多田ヒカル — ULTRA BLUE (+) I listened to this album straight through and wow, I don’t know if there’s a single song I don’t like on this album. But there aren’t a lot of amazing songs on this album either. It’s still good!

  5. Jeff Williams — RWBY Volume 1 (+)

  6. Mashrou’ Leila — Ibn El Leil (+)

  7. Alexisonfire — Crisis (+1)

  8. Coheed and Cambria — The Unheavenly Creatures (+)

  9. Evanescence — Fallen (+) HOW?! I don’t even like that many songs from this album.

  10. The Strokes — Is This It (+) The classic early 00’s rock album. I really liked this era of music.

Top 10 Songs

Top 10 songs

  1. boy pablo — everytime (-) Damn, boy pablo is doing good. This is the second week in a row. To be fair, this is a good song!

  2. My Chemical Romance — SING (+4)

  3. 宇多田ヒカル — time will tell (-1)

  4. horizon — Lost and Found (+) I’m not a wreck but I’m far from fully healed.

I can’t express the weight of the silence/But when it’s filled with your breath/I seem to fear it less.

Ahhh this is why I love musicians who write their own song lyrics and are good at it. Even though horizon is not a professional, there is something so incredibly beautiful and genuine about this song. It seems almost a little too personal. But it’s so heartfelt.

  1. Björk — All is Full of Love (+)

  2. Coheed and Cambria — No World for Tomorrow (+)

  3. Coheed and Cambria — Old Flames (+)

  4. Zessei Bijin! — I’m Your Man (+) Zessei Bijin is a YouTube singing group who covers Japanese songs. They covered I’m Your Man which is actually a Korean song by 2PM. There’s just something so great about an all girl group singing “I’m your man” over and over again.

  5. Alexisonfire — Keep it On Wax (+)

My Week in Music #6: 2018/11/09 - 2018/11/16

Nov 24, 2018 | Comments

Last.fm is a website that can keep track of users and their listening habits. I’ve been listening to music with Last.fm since 2010 and am slightly obsessive over my music stats. These stats are for my listening from the past week.

My week for November 09, 2018 to November 16, 2018

Top 10 Artists

Top 10 Artists

  1. L’Arc~en~Ciel (+3) Coheed and Cambria is finally dethroned! And no better band to dethrone them than good old L’Arc~en~Ciel.

  2. Coheed and Cambria (-1) I’m glad that I haven’t been trying to intentionally listen to less Coheed and Cambria, this was more organic. I still listen to a lot of Coheed, they’re still in second place.

  3. My Chemical Romance (+4) There are a lot of good songs that I’ve been rediscovering from MCR.

  4. Green Day (-2) Green Day has been gaming the RNG so hard the past couple weeks. I never really notice how much Green Day I’ve been listening to.

  5. Björk (+) Bless Björk. I’ve been listening to a lot of some her classic singles lately.

  6. 宇多田ヒカル (+) Oh Utada Hikaru. ULTRA BLUE is such a good album. A lot of my coworkers have been talking about Kingdom Hearts and since Utada is well known for her songs appearing in the video games, I had a sudden urge to listen to Utada.

  7. Amy Winehouse (-2) Why is shuffle so biased towards Amy? I have no idea why I keep listening to so much of Amy, but I ain’t complaining.

  8. The White Stripes (+2) I’m convinced Jack White is a bit of a nutcase but he does make good music.

  9. Alexisonfire (-5) Alexisonfire, I’ve been craving a lot of post hardcore lately. My Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify has been good about bringing it to me.

  10. DIR EN GREY (-2) Oh DIR EN GREY. Sometimes I just don’t remember why I liked them so much. They’re pretty good at times but I do have to be in a good mindset for their music.

Top 10 Albums

Top 10 Albums

  1. Amy Winehouse — Back to Black (+5) Again, Spotify you’re so biased.

  2. L’Arc~en~Ciel — KISS (+) There are a lot of good songs on KISS I really underappreciated this album when it came out.

  3. My Chemical Romance — The Black Parade (-1) Ahhhh such a classic emo album. Truly the greatest of all.

  4. Coheed and Cambria — The Afterman: Ascension (+2)

  5. Thrice — Vheissu (+)

  6. The GazettE — STACKED RUBBISH (+) Classic case of RNG. I never knew I had a lot of The GazettE in my library. I have no idea why STACKED RUBBISH was played so much outside of the RNG. I actually don’t like much of The GazettE’s music from that album.

  7. Evanescence — The Open Door (+) Interesting. I definitely noticed a lot of Evanescence in my shuffle. I don’t know if I should complain. It is a good album, I remember owning it when I was younger.

  8. Alexisonfire — Crisis (-3)

  9. Björk — Post (+) Definitely up there for one of my favourite Björk albums.

  10. 宇多田ヒカル — SINGLE COLLECTION VOL. 1 (+) I’m notorious for just liking singles and my god, over a 20-ish year career, Utada has a lot of great banging singles. Some of them are pretty dated but I still dig them.

Top 10 Songs

Top 10 songs

  1. boy pablo — everytime (+) But he replies with “ok” every time, every time. Bless boy pablo and their viral hits.

  2. 宇多田ヒカル — time will tell (+) This is a goodie. This is a song from Utada’s debut album and it is classic.

  3. L’Arc~en~Ciel — Yuki no Ashiato (+) Not my favourite from the KISS album but it is a good one.

  4. EMI MARIA — Lost in Tokyo (+) I think EMI MARIA is trying to break the Western market with her latest singles. While I don’t think she made a lot of success, I adore her songs. I really dig this one in particular because it’s catchy and relatable.

  5. Björk — Pagan Poetry (+) This music video is a little weird but I love it and this song. There is just so much in this song. The music box-like melody at the beginning, the pounding beat in the background, and Björk’s voice. The lyrics is dripping with sexual imagery (so is the music video) and it feels so extremely authentic. This is what I look for in music. Artists being able to reveal parts of themselves in a beautiful way.

  6. My Chemical Romance — SING (+)

  7. Amy Winehouse — Tears Dry on their Own (+)

  8. Thrice — Atlantic (+)

  9. Soundgarden — Black Hole Sun (+)

  10. My Chemical Romance — Disenchanted (+) There’s something nostalgic and melancholic about this song. It’s a song about looking back on life and finding out that it wasn’t all great but they made some good memories. I like it a lot. Definitely an underrated song.

My Week in Music #5: 2018/11/02 - 2018/11/09

Nov 13, 2018 | Comments

Last.fm is a website that can keep track of users and their listening habits. I’ve been listening to music with Last.fm since 2010 and am slightly obsessive over my music stats. These stats are for my listening from the past week.

My week for November 02, 2018 to November 09, 2018

Top 10 Artists

Top 10 Artists

  1. Coheed and Cambria (-) Wow, Coheed and Cambria has been #1 for five weeks in a row. I can’t stop listening to them, it seems.

  2. Green Day (+) I have too much Green Day in my library. Maybe I need to stop putting my library on shuffle.

  3. L’Arc~en~Ciel (+) How does Green Day beat out L’Arc~en~Ciel in terms of RNG? I definitely have a lot more L’Arc~en~Ciel in my library compared to Green Day. I call Spotify algorithm hacks.

  4. Alexisonfire (+2) Nice. This is RNG I can get behind. Whenever I’d see Alexisonfire on the queue, I would usually bump it up.

  5. Amy Winehouse (+) Still listening to those classics.

  6. Logic (+3) On the weekend, I listened to Logic on loop at least twice while hanging out with friends. My brother listens to him a lot and Logic is slowly growing on me.

  7. My Chemical Romance (+) More RNG trickery! I do not complain, however.

  8. DIR EN GREY (+) Oh man. When was the last time I wrote “DIR EN GREY”? It’s awesome going back to those tracks I love so much.

  9. Mashrou’ Leila (-6) Another RNG move I can get behind. Mashrou’ Leila is a good band and I need them to come out with more music ASAP.

  10. The White Stripes (+) I forget how I suddenly went on a White Stripes binge. I think I was reminscing about early 2000’s rock music and it naturally led me to The White Stripes. I really was a bit mystified over the Meg and Jack White dynamic for a while.

Top 10 Albums

Top 10 Albums

  1. Coheed and Cambria — The Afterman: Ascension (+5) This album is too good.

  2. Logic — Under Pressure (+) I was barely conscious for most of the time I was listening to this album (I feel asleep to it) but I really appreciate Logic’s autobiographical approach in this album. It’s pretty solid.

  3. Coheed and Cambria — Vaxis I: The Unheavenly Creatures (-1) I can’t stay away from this album, apparently. I haven’t really been going out of my way to play it, except for The Gutter sometimes.

  4. Amy Winehouse — Back to Black (+2) Classiccccc. Still haven’t listened to the rest of the album. I will queue it up now.

  5. Alexisonfire — Crisis (+) Bless this album, that got me into Alexisonfire in the first place.

  6. Green Day — Insomniac (+) This was the very first physical CD I ever owned. My mom bought it for me for my birthday back in elementary school. It is such a different sound but I really appreciate it in the grand scheme of Green Day’s discography.

  7. Jeff Williams — RWBY Volume 1 Soundtrack (-) Jeff Williams is a mystery to me. He really is a great composer and his daughter really nails the vocals on the RWBY soundtracks. But I think this album is the best out of all the RWBY volumes.

  8. Green Day — American Idiot (+) A classic. My favourite rock opera. I love it.

  9. Green Day — Nimrod (+) I think I like this album as much as I love American Idiot. Nimrod is a little bit of a mainstream sell out according to most punks (actually, most punks don’t find Green Day punk at all) but it’s a pretty solid album to me.

  10. Mashrou’ Leila — Ibn El Leil (+) I’m listening to Bint Elkhandaq right now. I can’t believe I initially disregarded this album as Mashrou’ Leila selling out but they perfectly blend that more pop sound with their indie alternative band sound on this album. They have a lot of good ones on this album.

Top 10 Songs

Top 10 songs

  1. Coheed and Cambria — The Hollow (+) The opener to The Afterman: Ascension. It’s calming and soothing. Pretty short. But good.

  2. Green Day — Song of the Century (+1) I actually don’t like this song too much but it’s pretty okay from Green Day’s recent era.

  3. Coheed and Cambria — The Gutter (+7) Bless. This. Song. It is so good. I love it. Every time I listen to it, I am just so happy to sing along.

  4. Green Day — Tight Wad Hill (+4) Oh man. I used to love this song from Insomniac! I don’t understand it anymore but I have fond memories.

  5. Alexisonfire — Boiled Frogs (-1) One of AOF’s bests. I think Wade in this song really sells it.

  6. Linkin Park — Numb (-) I remember when I went through a big Linkin Park phase. One time, when I went to the Philippines I bought a bootlegged Linkin Park CD which was basically just all their hits on one CD. I was too young back then to know it was a bootleg but now I know better.

  7. The Sound of Animals Fighting — On the Occasion of Wet Snow (-) This band really is really under my radar. I have an album of theirs, an artifact of one of the many bands one of my exes from high school introduced me to. They have a couple good songs. I might need to clear this out of my library.

  8. L’Arc~en~Ciel — AS ONE (+) I remember this song! It’s not one of the bests from L’Arc~en~Ciel but it’s still pretty good.

  9. ギルガメッシュ (Girugamesh) — FREAKS (+) RNG brought this song up. It’s pretty good. I really like the album this song is from. Girugamesh always had that pop element to them, being a slightly nu-ish metal band. Ah, Girugamesh. RIP.

  10. The Fool — God Bless You (+) Wow. The Fool! They came to my city once, at out local anime convention. It was wild seeing them. I have no idea what they are doing now.

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My name is Edel Grace Altares. My programming interests include full stack development and back end development. My languages of choice are Python and Java. Outside of programming I enjoy crocheting, video games, cats, historical fiction, and reading.

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