A bank holiday on a thursday, that’s the perfect opportunity for an extended DJ set on a friday, starting at 11:00 – just as tradition demands it.
The show started off extremely brilliantly with a raid by Triode during the second song! More than 60 people joined us and most of them actually stayed all the way until the end which made me very happy!
The next show is going to be a Top of the Week show on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 19:00 UTC+2/CEST.
I rewrote my chart generator tool and the code is now leaner, better to understand, and faster than before.
It also generates charts that are identical to last week’s charts… which left me puzzling for a bit until I realized what’s wrong and that the previous version of the code probably didn’t have an actual error. The three missing tracks were caused by a change in the algorithm, yes; however, the tool only ever uses a single algorithm for all charts it calculates, including the ones it uses to determine whether a track is a new entry. And because I have changed that algorithm before last week’s show, it didn’t tell me about the missing tracks because according to the new algorithm those tracks were already part of the week before!
Okay, mystery solved, code better than before, I guess that is a great success!
I initially started messing around with the code because I wanted to know how Tinlicker is still in the charts and basically the answer is “because the track never really drops below place 31.” Well, if you’re consistently in the top third of a daily Top 100 you have kind of earned the right to be in a weekly Top 50.
Because there is a bank holiday tomorrow I have taken Friday off, and I will be playing a Top of the Month show! It will start at the usual time of 11:00 UTC+2/CEST to accompany you during lunch and maybe the last hours of your work week (in case you didn’t take the Friday off or don’t actually have this holiday).
The next Top of the Week show will then be on next Wednesday, June 1st, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
This week was a wild ride. First one of the best tracks of the last weeks was suddenly at #45 or something like that (Plumb’s “Same Sky Same Stars,” if you must know) and then I discovered that I was missing not one, not two, but threetracks! Tracks that my tool should have told me to download but didn’t. And the charts themselves are looking rather weird again so I probably broke something when I added some functionality that lets me evaluate a track’s movement through the charts over time. So I guess I need to spend more time debugging that mess!
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, May 25th, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
Okay, the second week with the new algorithm behaves a bit like I predicted, there were only six new entries. I’m very interested to see what amount of new tracks per week it will stabilize on and also if reducing the number of new entries makes the show less interesting because most of the tracks are already known? I have no idea, I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
In more important news, The New Cat™ is slowly, very slowly warming up to us three. Most of the time he still starts to run off as soon as there’s hectic movement but being allowed to pet him for a second or three is starting to look like a possibility! He’s also still quite wary of our other cat but at least during food time the proximity between the two can be reduced to almost zero… at least as long as they’re eating and nobody tries to eat the other one’s food.
Also, Tinlicker dropped down to #46! Is that the lowest position that song ever had in these charts? Quite possible!
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, May 18th, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
Last night, when I was preparing the tracks for today’s show, I noticed that apparently I was generating the weekly charts from the charts of a single day… which does give you a kind of nice snapshot but was somehow not what I intended it to be! So I fixed the bug in the software that I have written especially to generate these charts and believe with absolute certainty that my code is now 100% bug-free. Guaranteed!
I do wonder how this is going to influence the charts in the future… my current assumption is that there will be less movement because actually calculating the charts over seven days instead of one acts like a lowpass filter and thus should smooth out any hectic motion. Normally we do have around 20 new entries, and the generated list for today gave me 15 new entries which is a bit more than I would expect. But we will totally have to wait and see how this all plays out. I’m looking forward to next week already!
Also, Tinlicker is still in, nothing changed about that.
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, May 11th, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2. I might play a Top of the Month show this weekend, stay tuned for more info!