Building an online music library

I’ve always been a geek when it comes to music, and the lonely nights of lockdown gave me the chance this year to work on a project I’d wanted to do for some time: building my own online music library. Ever since I started downloading songs from iTunes back in the day, I’ve always wanted to be able to see what songs or artists I’ve been listening to most over a given length of time.  iTunes had limited abilities in that, but when I signed — Read more →

Reshuffling the SPFL

Life is far from normal at the moment, so it’s natural to look for things that provide familiarity so that the world takes on a slightly more recognisable feel amidst some dark times indeed. Scottish football’s contribution to this familiarity hasn’t been football, but for it to provide for us it’s signature of an administrative shambles played out in the media. We now know that the 2019/20 season below the Premiership has ended, and that it’s likely that even the top-tier will be wrapped up — Read more →

My Top 100 Songs of the 2010s

This year marks the 10th year that I’ve compiled a list of my favourite songs of the year, in what is quite possibly the longest I’ve managed to stick at anything.  It’s part of the tradition for me of winding down the year and taking stock of where my life has journeyed to, and doing that through the songs that have soundtracked that journey. What makes this year rather special is that we come to the end of a decade, one that has taken me — Read more →

My Top 40 Songs of 2019

Unbelievably, this marks my 10th year of making an end-of-year top tunes list, and I’m not sure if that highlights a sense of diligence on my part or a sense of boredom while waiting for Christmas to come in. This year I’ve again assembled a list of 40 tunes that have taken me through the year, one that’s had many ups and downs but altogether has been a good one, marking my last full year before finally admitting I’m in my mid-twenties.  It’s always amazing — Read more →

The Outer Worlds: Review

They say all the stories have been written, there’s just new takes on them – and while that’s true in a sense, it doesn’t mean that one of those new takes can’t be as interesting or as fresh as one that’s entirely original. The Outer Worlds, from Fallout: New Vegas creators Obsidian, “borrows” a lot of inspiration and mechanics from the famed post-apocalyptic series, but builds upon it and takes it in an exciting new direction – in what I believe to perhaps be the — Read more →