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Songs I’ve been listening to this Spring

15 June 2018 at 07:00

So turns out, me and Anne of Green Gables and admittedly most other people love spring. I’ve been smiling so much these past few months not only because it’s basically my job but because I can’t help it when the sun is beaming down at me. This spring I have come up with ideas for two new projects; I want to write music for an ep and I want to create an app. Both of these projects require a lot of new knowledge and so my summer will be choc-a-bloc with watching tutorials, programming and production.

Whilst curating my spring playlist I realised that it was so much more pop orientated and cheerful than winter was. I was slightly incredulous and amused at how vigorously different the two playlists were in mood, and the direct correlation to my and the weather’s mood. But I realised that artists, unlike oblivious me, must be aware of the seasons and the sound of their album and therefore release albums at appropriate – ish times. Tove Stryke released an album full of bops that felt like spring sun and summer breezes. I discovered so many new artists and bands in spring including Rainbow Kitten Surprise who released an album redefining the word bop. So in this playlist we got pop mixed in with mellow guitar vibes; a perfect soundtrack to contemplatively watching everything become vibrant, dancing in the fierce sun and sticking your head in a thunderstorm.Β 

Hide – Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Mama Never Told Me – CAPYAC

Barbie & Ken – jesse Rutherford

Wild Fire – Laura Marling

Settle Down – Kimbra

Hold us Down – Fyfe & Iskra Strings

Do It Alone – Chloe HowlΒ 

On the Low – Tove Stryke

Cameo Lover – Kimbra

Fever Pitch – Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Franzis – Fil Bo Riva

Little Do They Know – Pool Cosby

Something, In General – Ritt Momney

LAIDBACK – RAT BOY

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Vienna – 2018

22 May 2018 at 15:33

I went to Vienna in March for a couple of days and below are some of my favourite photos that I took. The trip was mainly comprised of shopping and eating because honestly those are a couple of my favourite things.

My highlights include having a very lazy morning which involved pancakes, finding a really nice dress that makes me feel like a chic explorer from a HUMANA Secondhand shop, and watching Germany’s Next Topmodel spooning spicy and comforting risotto. Another notable meal was a delicious lunch inΒ Swing Kitchen which is a great vegan restaurant and actually really surprised me. While visiting I had a lot of vegan food as the friend I was visiting was one. I got to see the beautiful library in the University of Vienna even though it took us an age to find it’s hallowed halls, we walked through Vienna’s amusement park, Prater, which due to a bleak weather day had an air of eerie abandonment. I had a magic time and I can’t wait to go again.

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Kitchen Update – 4

30 April 2018 at 14:47

So a lot has happened since the last update and the kitchen windowsill has suffered a few casualties but has also seen a few potential new family members. We lost the sweet basil, the parsley and the coriander is barely hanging on by a thread. I think the parsley just got very dehydrated, the basil seemed to have some kind of disease and towards the end was infested by some bugs.Β I’ve planted some thai basil, lavender, thyme and I’m trying to resurrect some mint.

In February I was in Switzerland teaching children how to ski, or at least trying to, and when I got back in March I did a little bit of travelling. I went to Nottingham to visit a friend and attend an Open Day at the University, I then took the train to Bristol and spent a great five days shopping and eating with a another friend. As soon as I got back from Bristol I high-tailed it to Vienna to see again another friend who is studying there and conveniently had a few days off. Honestly it was the best fun I’ve had in ages, I think you can forget how much you miss your friends until you see them again. When I finally got back we all went on a Easter holiday and drove to Switzerland to do some more skiing. All this gadding about meant I had very little time for my plants on the windowsill. But I’ve started a job in a coffee shop so I won’t be travelling for a while and so I’ll be home to look after my plant babies.

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temporarily temporary

26 April 2018 at 17:19

You probably haven’t noticed but I’ve had an impromptu break.Β 

The new year caused me to have a crippling existential crisis, I got too caught up with the idea of being temporary. I mean… What does anything matter if we’re all going to fade into non-existence… 

This year has been a bit of a shock to my system; a Big Change. The transition from the rigid structure of lessons and exams to work towards, to a strange almost freedom was maybe a bit sudden.Β So… This gap year thing is not as easy as I first anticipated. Seeing my friends get on with their lives is tricky especially if you yourself have nothing to work towards. They’re studying for their first set of exams while you’re sitting at home incapable of making tangible progress.

I’ve been trying to figure out what my goals are and whether this blog is a hindrance or a help. Does what I write on here actually matter to me? Do I have anything new and original and worth saying?Β 

I’m still not sure what I’m going to do because the ability of decision making has temporarily left me.

But here are the things I steadfastly know: I love being creative, music, fashion, theatre, photography, food and I want to have a space where I can log that. And why not on this blog… I’ve diagnosed myself with an inability to see projects through and being too obsessed with fresh starts; but looking forward I definitely want to write and post more pictures of projects I’m doing so stay tuned!

P.s I took this photo while on a school trip in New York in October 2016

P.p.s I covered a song by Vance Joy of which the quality isn’t great but I’m still very proud of… linked below if you wish to listen! Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β Β 

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Songs I’ve been Listening to this Winter

23 February 2018 at 04:00

watch – Billie Eilish

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IDGAF – Dua Lipa

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Pain Goes Away – Refs

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Daft Pretty Boys – Bad Suns

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Medusa – Kailee Morgue

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gray – slenderbodies

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PARAD(w/m)E – Sylvan Esso

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Suburban Wonderland – The Heirs

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South of the River – Tom Misch

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my boy – Billie Eilish

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girl in new york – ROLE MODEL

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2 / 14 – The Band CAMINO

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Underdog – Banks

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Keep It Together – Fyfe

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Gorgeous – Izzy Bizu

Tour – EDEN

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If you’d like to see what I was listening to in Autumn you can click here! I hope you enjoyed this post and are looking forward to my spring instalment.

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Kitchen Garden – Update 3

9 February 2018 at 06:45

I’m looking forward to the Spring because that means I can start to grow some other herbs and maybe even some vegetables. I was recently troubleshooting my herbs to see if there was anything more I could do to increase growth further. This is my first time properly trying to grow plants which means I’m far from being an expert and so I did a bit of research. To make your herbs grow more densely you need to actively prune them by cutting their stems directly above two leaves. The reason you cut above two leaves is to make sure that photosynthesis can still happen to power the growth of more leaves. Excitingly enough if you look closely at the basil you can even see the tiny new leaves. I was home a lot in January and had a lot of relaxed mornings which involved a lot of French Press coffee and I put this to good use by mixing the dried used coffee grounds with the soil. The website I was looking at also then went on to say that eggshells provide plants with calcium and of course I tried that too. I’m in Switzerland at the moment and I hope that when I get back they’ll still be alive.

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Algorithms and Tiny Tower – 8 inhabitants

2 February 2018 at 13:00

On Wednesday I went to a UCL post-offer open day and everyone else who attended was completing some form of maths A-level. As this was our common denominator we were soon discussing various modules and eventually decision maths came up. I was surprised at how negative the reaction was; I heard words like pointless and boring casually flung about. Honestly I was personally offended.

So I’ve decided to try and prove that D1 is not pointless and that it can be useful in very specific situations. I had a brainwave and remembered playing a game called Tiny Tower by NimbleBit. I got bogged down in optimizing all my Bitizens’ as it can get very complicated when more and more characters start to inhabit and work in your tower. What could help me optimise the hiring of these people whilst juggling their skill set and their dream jobs? You receive discount based upon the Bitizens’ skill and in addition will receive double the stock if Bitizens’ are employed in their dream job which all contributes to the money you make. As you can see there are a lot of factors to consider.

I decided to try and use bipartite graphs and the maximum matching algorithm from decision maths. I started off with trying to organise eight inhabitants and my two floors which needed workers. Each floor employs three people so I knew at the end of this process two people would be unemployed

Maximum Matching Algorithm:

  • Each time you apply the maximum matching algorithm you increase the number of matched pairs by one.
  • If there is more than one pair of unmatched nodes you will need to find more than one alternating path.
  1. Start with any initial matching.
  2. Search for an alternating path.
  3. If an alternating path can be found, use it to create an improved matching by changing the status of the arcs. If an alternating path can’t be found, stop.
  4. List the new matching, which consists of the result of applying the alternating path together with any unchanged elements of the previous matching.
  5. If the matching is now complete, stop. Otherwise look for another alternating path.

My Method:

  • My first rule is to only allow people who have a skill of 8 or above in any area.
  • I made a list of the inhabitants and wrote down their relative skills by their name.
  • I then made up a bipartite graph by listing the names of the inhabitants on one side and the list of available jobs on the other.
  • If they had a 9 for Food I drew a line from their name to a Tea House.
  • If they had a 9 for Creative I drew a line from their name to a Chocolatier
  • I then created an initial matching by randomly assigning jobs based on the lines between the job and Bitizens’. I marked the initial matching in a different colour i.e. green but you can mark it in any way you want.
  • Then, as only two people had skills of 9 for Food, I lowered the standard and added lines from Bitizens’ to the Tea Houses for those that had the next highest skill level. (I didn’t do this for Creative as enough people had 9s to leave no vacancies).
  • Then you need to create an path by choosing a path that alternates black and green lines from an unmatched job to an unmatched person.tiny_tower_matching_1_complete
  • My path starts at a Tea House job then travels down a black line to Jessie Perry then down a green line of which there is only one going to a Chocolatier job. As we want to end up with an unmatched person we have to go down a black line which comes out of a Chocolatier job and so I took the black line to Clifton Morano.
  • Then you have to reverse the matchings’ in the path you have created. I have demonstrated this by changing the – to = and vice versa.Β 
  • Then you can draw a new bipartite graph with your new matchings’ (the ones that changed) and old matchings’ (the ones that didn’t change) and you have the optimal matching of Bitizen to job.

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Kitchen Garden – Update 2

26 January 2018 at 07:00

Unfortunately this update is coming a litte late, I took these pictures in early December and so this is what my plants looked like before their first Christmas. I was going to go on a family holiday to Rwanda and Tunsinia for three weeks. This caused me to worry because my plants couldn’t survive three weeks in an unwarmed house without water. Luckily my neighbours came to the rescue and I chose to hand over four of my plants for the holiday period so as not to overwhelm them. I handed over the chillies, the rosemary, the basil and the parsely. The lives of the coriander and chives I left to fate… I trimmed the chives and just left the coriander because it looked like a bit of a lost cause. I guess we’ll see if they survived next time… I sound like a TV show host but honestly I think it’s a TV show that wouldn’t last very long haha.

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My Musical Summary of 2017

22 January 2018 at 11:57

I spent the last few days of 2017 climbing Mount Meru in Tanzania, Africa which wasn’t exactly my ideal way of celebrating. I reached the peak even though the journey there was much tougher than anyone could have thought and I’m just glad it’s over. There’s probably an unconcious metaphor in there and ironically things have been going slightly downhill ever since we desceded.Β 

I discovered that Spotify does this handy thing where it creates a summary of the music you’ve been listening to all year with fun statistics. I saw lots of people tweet about their own stats and it gave me a little window into who they were, which I found very amusing. So I thought it might also be interesting to track my own music habits through years on here.Β  And maybe the kind of music I’m listening to throughout the year will give me a unique insight into what was actually going on.Β 

I never know how to describe the genre of the music that I like listening to and β€˜alternative’ ends up being the description I usually settle for. Unfortunately this doesn’t help me find more songs that I might love and also just doesn’t describe aptly enough what I enjoy. According to spotify my top five genres of 2017 were: Modern Rock, Pop, Indie Pop, Indietronica and Indie Rock, half of which I didn’t even know existed.

My top five songs were: The Mess She Made by Darwin Deez, Vibe by Melvv, Ultralight Beam by Kanye West, Innocence by SVDKO and Wait a Minute! by Willow. Vibe and Innocent are both from my work and revision playlist which I’m quite proud of because this year I sat my A-levels. So those two songs reaching my top five obviously means that I was spending a good portion of the year working hard which is exactly the verdict that I wanted to reach. I also spent most of my Easter holidays listening to The Life of Pablo in a park doing my Quizlet revision quizzes in the sun. Very improbably I ended up loving this album and even though I can’t usually concentrate on other things when songs have lyrics somehow this album didn’t have an effect on my focus. This could be due to the speed of the words meaning that my brain couldn’t really process them quickly enough. The othersΒ  songs are downright jams and I think song of the year goes toΒ The Mess She Made.

My top five artists were Glass Animals, Kanye West, Sylvan Esso, Zach Farache and Oh Wonder. This didn’t surprise me at all except maybe Zach but it is a very good summary of artists that I loved listening to on repeat. Zach’s music comprises of very chill minimalistic guitars that, you guessed it, ended up on my revision playlist which is comforting. I didn’t love Oh Wonder’s second album, which came out this year, as much as the first and I really couldn’t get into most of the songs on Ultralife but I did like Solo, Overgrown and Waste. I absolutely loved Sylvan Esso’s seccond album; every single song on What Now is incredible and was lucky enough to see them on tour. I discovered Glass Animals this year and am very glad to have done so.

In 2017, I listened for 50,050 minutes, to 4,475 different songs and 1,685 different artists. Along the way I explored 39 genres and I skipped 847 songs.

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Merry Christmas

22 December 2017 at 12:01

This is the first year I’m spending Christmas in a hot and snow-less country. I’m in Africa at the moment; trying to spot a whole range of expertly camouflaged animals in the Serengeti in Tunisia. We also spent a few days in Rwanda gorilla trekking. Which is very different from my usual way of preparing for festivities. With only a couple of days to go I must admit I don’t feel very β€˜in the spirit’ with the sun beating down and the cicadas chirping.

But luckily I went to Germany before we set off for Africa and got my yearly dose of Christmas. It was cold enough for me to consider tights under every outfit and it snowed enough for a small snowman.

I visited the Chemnitz and the Medieval Christmas markets. As it wouldn’t be Christmas without snacks I got some espresso burnt almonds which were interesting and an Apfelkrapfen (an apple doughnut) which I’d like to try and recreate at home.

Unfortunately, you might not hear from me very frequently because the wifi situation is slightly tricky at the moment. But wherever you are I wish you a merry Christmas!

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