Okay, so I guess my show is now four hours long, every week. Could be worse, I guess…
What was worse: a track that I (and others!) had considered finally being lost beyond the Top 50 (and rightfully so, in our very humble opinion) has suddenly made a reappearance, to everybody’s dismay. The charts are really quite mysterious, even when you ignore apparently permanent residents like Tinlicker…
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, June 29, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
Hmm, this is starting to become a thing, apparently: this week’s show was also 3h 54m. Where does the extra music come from? Do people finally realize that “Extended Mixes” with a length of 2:58 are bullshit? One can only hope!
Apart from that today’s show was quite uneventful. My wife joined me a bit (off-camera) and we talked a bit about how our days were and random other stuff (off-mic). And after the set I raided over to @swearyprincess who is still kicking it large as I’m typing this. Give her a follow, that’s an order!
The next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, June 22, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
The most unusual about this week’s show was its length: 3h 55m. That’s 10 minutes more than normal! One reason for that is that I don’t remember a single track that was shorter than 5 minutes which is awesome. I like my trance long!
A great thing that happened was the raid by @funwithJapi, a Finnish streamer. They brought more than 20 people with them but unfortunately most of them didn’t stay very long. Didn’t stop me, though!
Also unstoppable: motherfricking Tinlicker! After last week’s drop to #35 they were back up at #18 this week, much to @untermnsch’s chagrin. As soon as they will reach their 100th week they will probably break my spreadsheet…
I will play another Top of the Month show on next Friday, in two days, June 10th, at CEST/UTC+2. Don’t miss that!
And if you did miss it, the next Top of the Week show will be on next Wednesday, June 15th, at 19:00 CEST/UTC+2.
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!
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.