The Black Heart Rebellion – Har Nevo

Yesterday evening, The Black Heart Rebellion presented their new album ‘Har Nevo’ to the big audience in the voorruit, Ghent. The last album of The Black Heart Rebellion, Monologue, has been one of my favorites for quite some time, so I was looking forward to this record for a long time. I’m glad to say that they have exceeded my expectations.
When Smoke & Dust records launched the pre-order, I ordered it immediately. This is a numbered copy /70 with screenprinted totembag and poster. Very cool record!

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2012 in listening charts

last.fm

After reading @i3art‘s post about his musical year in review, I have decided to do one of my own, following his example. I used the last.fm charts to come up with this data. It isn’t very precise since I mostly listen to my iPod and the last.fm scrobbler fails about 3 out of 4 times, dimsissing most of my scrobbles and when I’m at home I listen to vinyl

So these are my listening charts based on the data from last.fm

Top 10 Artists

My artists top ten exists out of mostly all bands I have seen live
Converge @ magasin 4
The Tallest Man on Earth @ AB
Woven Hand @ De spil
Om @ AB
Godspeed you! Black emperor, Sleep and Sun O))) are not in this list but are also gigs worth mentioning.
top-artists

Artist # of plays
1 Converge 266
2 The Tallest Man on Earth 218
3 Ceremony 152
4 The Vaccines 147
5 Kyuss 142
5 Trash Talk 142
7 Melvins 139
8 Woven Hand 129
9 The National 120
10 Om 116

Top 10 Albums

top-albums

Artist – Album # of plays
1 103
2 98
3 81
4 76
5 73
5 73
7 61
8 59
9 57
9 57

Top 10 Tracks

One track that is worth mentioning is Dopesmoker by Sleep because it is a track of 63 minutes

Artist – Track # of plays
1 25
1 25
3 24
4 15
4 15
6 14
6 14
6 14
6 14
10 13
10 13
10 13
10 13

For more stats check out my last.fm user profile page

To bad discogs didn’t have a function to see the records i bought the last year. I would liked it if I could include my personal top 10

Devoxx 2012

This week is the Java week of the year, Devoxx time. I has been trending on twitter since monday, but I’m only going the first 2 conference days, so tomorrow is the big day.
Last year the keynotes (by oracle) were very boring and Stephan promised some better ones this year. It looks like he succeeded. After the keynotes I’m going to focus
on the Future track. This is a new track and looks like a lot of fun. Last year I devoted most of my Devoxx schedule to Scala and I would the same this this year, but there aren’t that many Scala talks (except on the university days). But still I’m going to watch innovative talks about topics that just sound appealing, avoiding partner slots and boring jre spec lectures.
Every year I also pick some talks just based on the speakers, since a good speaker mostly means a good talk.
So this is my programme

  • Wednesday
    • Keynotes
    • The secrest of the Square Stack
    • Home automation for geeks
    • Do you like coffee with your dessert? Java and the raspberry Pi or Fork/Join (doubting since the fork/join and lambda talks aren’t very appeling to me)
    • Effective Scala
  • Thursday
    • Keynotes
    • How to build big data pipelines for Hadoop using OSS
    • OAuth 2 and Identity
    • Simplicity in Scala design (will have to skip Akka talk :( )
    • JavaPosse LIVE (du’h)
    • Re-imagining the browser with angularjs

If you see me, come say hi!

Understanding foldLeft in scala

As I’m working on some scala code the last few weeks, i have come across some functions in the scala api that I didn’t understand right away. One of those functions was foldLeft, FoldLeft is a relative easy method, but the scaladoc is not quite clear.

Applies a binary operator to a start value and all elements of this list, going left to right.

What the method actually does is apply a method on all the elements of a Sequence and accumulating it a variable. The initial value of that variable is give as first parameter, the second parameter is the function you apply.
In java it would like this

T accumulator = initialValue;
for(X listItem : list){
    accumulator = method(accumulator, listItem);
}
return accumulator;

Take is an integer and method does “accumulator + listItem”, we get a method that adds all integers with eachother starting from the initial value.

val list = List(1,2,3)
list.foldLeft(0)(_ + _)

The first parameter of the function given as argument is the accumulator, the second is the current value (or listItem in the java example). foldLeft results in 6.

Wolves in the throne room – Celestial Liniage

This weekend on Groezrock, I have bought my first black metal album. Black metal isn’t directly my thing, but this one is very exceptional.
Wolves In The Throne Room are a iconic band playing a sort of a atmospheric black metal. The band got a great cult status for living in a farm off the gird

From wikipedia:

In 2003, the band moved to a dilapidated 1910 farmstead called Calliope outside Olympia. They have often stated that the creation of their farm-stronghold was linked to their early musical progression. Aaron Weaver’s wife Megan grows organic vegetables at Calliope. The band has expressed bemusement at the mythology that surrounds them, specifically regarding the band’s rural lifestyle. From an interview with Pitchfork:
“I’m sure that some people who meet us are disappointed that we don’t dress in un-tanned hides and dwell in caves, while others are surprised that the farm… and our struggle to create a life that mirrors the energy of our music is quite real.”

the interview with pitchfork can be found here

The record is 180grm vinyl and has very high quality artwork.
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On the side I’ve also bought the best Doom album known to man (opinions may differ). Dopesmoker
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