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!
The cats are still in the process of getting used to one another, a process that we think might easily last months. Monty has gotten a bit more relaxed but still doesn’t like being approached by anybody. Feeding both cats almost next to each other is less of a problem now, only every now and then there’s a bit of hissing but mostly it has been peaceful over the last week.
I also played some music, can you believe it? Tinlicker’s oldest track is still on a yoyo course through the charts, bouncing back up to #17 from last week’s #29 while Tinlicker’s newest track (I think it was played last week?) hasn’t managed to make a reappearance this week. Let’s see what the future holds!
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, May 4th, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
And just like that we’re back to a regular number of new entries, or maybe even a little less… I don’t even know and at this moment I can’t be assed to actually check some statistics… so, I’m simply gonna claim that the 17 new entries we had is totally an average amount. Who’s gonna prove me wrong? You? I didn’t think so.
In cat-related news: the new cat (dubbed “Monty”) has been given a territory in the living room and my study. So far he’s quite shy, he’s hissing if you get too close but he doesn’t seem to be overly frightened. He’s spending quite some time in a plush cave thingy we put up on the window sill, and he has a scratching post/wall-mounted bed combo that he also likes quite a lot, looking down on us, like cats usually do. Most encounters with our old cat were, let’s say, non-negative, and except for one occurence tonight where both got a little louder they mostly just stare at each other when they’re both near the wire-mesh gate that we use to separate them.
It will stay exciting and I’m looking forward to spending more time with both cats!
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, April 27th, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
Wow, this week had a lot of new entries! Twenty-nine tracks displaced more than half of last week’s tracks, making this probably the least stale episode ever.
In other news: we contacted some people last week who had a cat to give away and after a short visit the couple currently owning the cat decided to give him over to us. He will arrive on friday and my wife has already switched to cat heaven construction overdrive mode, painting, sawing, and building a couple of things that the cat will hopefully enjoy.
If all goes well I will have some pictures to show next week.
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, April 20th, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
That has to be the most minimal delay for a Top of the Month show, like, ever! The new month is just eleven hours old and I’m already starting the Top of the Month show for the month that literally just finished? How crazy is that?!
Well, just a little bit, to be honest. I believe I did spend the last day of my vacation well, so after the weekend it’s back to work for me but right here you can pretend it’s still this morning at 11:00 and listen to the whole thing in one go:
The next show is going to be a Top of the Week show on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
Last week of my two and a half week vacation and I’m already dreading the first day I have to work again… but that’s for next week’s me to worry about! Tonight’s me only had to worry about some small audio trouble in the beginning (for which I suspect a faulty cable is to blame, I will investigate) but the rest of the show was smooth sailing — until we arrived at #20 where a track we all had hoped to never see or hear again re-entered this week’s chart! Oh, the horror…
The next show is on Friday, April 1st, at 11:00 CEST/UTC+2, and it’s going to be another Top of the Month, celebrating the best releases of March in one huge mix. I’m very much looking forward to the gems that made it into this chart but none of the weekly ones…
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, April 6th, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
The first week of my vacation is over but I don’t quite feel totally relaxed yet. Let’s see what next week brings!
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, March 30th, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2. I will probably play a Top of the Month show on Friday, April 1st, at 11:00 CEST/UTC+2 but that isn’t finally decided. Stay tuned for more information next week!