I have a bunch of "songs" recorded at home, here in Barcelona, that I was hoping I could record better in the studio. But that's not happening soon because our world leaders suck, so I am just going to leave them here.
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Black Lives Matter. Save The Planet. End Inequality. 2020 SUCKS. Massive Attack just released a 3 song EP and it contains more insights on the sad state of our world than everything else you saw today. I am writing this on the day it was released, trying to process it and taking some notes.
This is one of my favourite live recordings of all time. I got the extended version for cheap bucks at a record store. And later, compared to other friends' copies, realised that this is the only version that really matters here, because the original release, which contains only separate performances from Getz and Gilberto, is missing the most important part.
This album is an incredible historical document, as much as it is a layer cake of precious stories. It entered my life in the late 90s in CD format, following the Getz/Gilberto Vol. 2 live album, so for me, it constitutes more of a prequel to an album and a narrative that was already very dear to me.
An impossible album. How can an album made in such a dark place be so inspiring? How can someone so depressed produce, almost single-handedly, such a complex, detailed, beautfil album? And, rhetorically, we might also ask how can someone so talented die so young?
I am lucky to say I have covered quite a bit of ground around the Iberian peninsula, but I had never explored Costa Brava, even though I've moved to Barcelona almost 2 years ago. I had high expectations and it did not disappoint.
Hype keeps building up around static site generators. But this approach has been around for much longer than most people think. Our industry's collective memory is very short, and it sometimes needs a little help. Maybe I can also conclude something about the hype itself, but don't get your hopes up, this is more of a story than anything else.
Today my V2 is uploaded to https://staging.andretorgal.com/.
What is happening, what is new, and what comes next.
When I relaunched this website a little over 2 years ago, I was hoping to be posting here at least a couple of times a year. Ahem ... But, yes! the strategy and the ambitions did not expire. Here I am again: rebuilding the whole thing, enjoying React and static site generation and making plans to blog more often.
Last week, I had the immense privilege of participating in London Lean Kanban Days 2017, including a mind-blowing day of workshops with the speakers. Infinite thank you for this amazing opportunity. Here are a few highlights and my retrospection on the event.
My first website was hosted in tripod, back in 1995. For the next 13 years I had a constant, tireless, and experimental presence on the web. In 2008 I took my last site down. To this day, under andretorgal.com, you could only find a placeholder, a 404 or a mysterious timeout. It's time to change this sad state of affairs.