Tag: music

  • how IN PROGRESS was made

    IN PROGRESS is the new album by ASYMPTOTES (me), out now on 972276 Records DK. here’s how each track just barely came together.

    BLOOD BLISTERS

    this track actually started out around 2014 with a cracked copy of Ableton Live 9 and even less idea of what i was doing. it was called Red Kite and it was basically a Four Tet knockoff using the jangly bits and whurmp bass you hear in the final track. i would play it in a loop in Session view and sit there going “okay now what” until i quit Ableton disheartened.

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  • weeknotes #2: a real burger made out of cow

    1. i went to the office, and it was normal

    • i went to the office, and it was normal?
    • i’ve gotten weirdly good at self-administering a lateral flow test
      • Kara Brightwell: skilled at scraping her own tonsils, and inserting things too far up her nostrils
      • imagine showing that my to myself eighteen months ago
      • she’d probably go “oh okay so, uh, ‘Kara’, i see, that’s a thing we did, okay. wanna make out”
    • i had a desk assigned to me, and it was by a window, and it was in a building that isn’t my flat, and i got to go there and not be in the same 46m² forever
    • i saw like. twenty people. in an office that has capacity for like fifteen hundred.
    • i had a burger, a real burger made out of cow, from a fast food restaurant, with cheesy fries
    • it was so normal!
    • this is genuinely the best thing i’ve been able to do for my mental health during the entire panettone
    • i’m going back like. twice a week now, fuck it

    2. trying not to burn out

    • even though i quit therapy a while ago it turns out i have a tiny simulated version of my therapist in my head now that says things like “be kind to yourself” and “what makes you say that” and “you don’t have to feel like this”
    • so last week when i wrote “holy shit i’m burning out” it turns out that wasn’t a self deprecating joke, and i actually need to do something about it?
    • which i noticed immediately after writing that post, and requested access to the office, and a bunch of fridays off
      • doing normal things, which i have not done in some time, is helping reset my brain
      • also taking time off and not giving myself pressure to achieve things(? what), good for my energy turns out?
    • and i’m going camping in two weeks now and not having any internet and cooking fish on charcoal
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  • weeknotes #1: fried liver attack

    1. WOW I HAVEN’T BLOGGED IN A WHILE

    • hahaha funny ironic meta blogging joke

    2. okay so i’m the Tech Lead of the FT.com Platforms Team now, what’s up with that

    • my(!) team solves common developer problems so every other team can spend time doing not that
    • we own a lot of stuff, like seventy repositories out of the three hundred ish in the Customer Products group
    • we’re a fairly new team, there were predecessor teams but basically none of the knowledge about what we own has survived
    • we’ve got a lot of catching up to do! we started rewriting our documentation last year and we have a hitlist of what knowledge we’re missing
    • but also we’ve jumped in the deep end with a beeg rewrite of the FT.com developer tooling
      • the line i use in presentations is “they’re used literally every day by literally every developer in Customer Products, and they’re broken”
      • they’re actually public, that’s odd
      • this week is the second “mob programming” week we’ve done on this project
        • we cancelled all our meetings
        • we set some goals
        • we worked on VS Code Live Share (for a couple of hours at a time! pairing is exhausting, remote pairing is gggggggggggg)
        • we’ve written more than a thousand fucking lines of code with three developers in one week, what the heck
      • find out next time on dragonball z
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