Things I enjoyed in 2022

31st December 2022

Due to supporting vulnerable family members (which meant my wife was away 50% of the year), plus me starting a new full-time remote job, I was on my own a lot in 2022.

I spent a lot of time online, both socially (in Slack and Discord groups) for human connection and read, listened and watched a lot of things, and the following are some highlights.

Books

I read 20-30 books, but these were the standout ones:

Non-fiction

Youtube

I got myself a YouTube subscription, and it’s made a night and day difference to sheer enjoyment of online video.
I probably consume way too much, but these are a few folks I subscribe to that I’ve enjoyed.

We seem to be in a golden age of TV and music at the moment, and there have been so many best-of posts, but the following were highlights for me:

TV

Music

These aren’t all new in 2022 but new to me - lots of folky stuff and ambient electronica.
Anything on NPR Tiny Desk Concerts - it’s all good.
Scary Pockets - great guests and solid funk.
So many playlists on Apple Music - Living in the Library and Piano Chill are great as background music.
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Ludovico Einaudi - incredible composer and his latest Underwater is amazing.
Svaneborg KardyB Wurlitzer and percussion - danish and scandi folk/jazz - think distilled sunshine - joyous.

Truth by Shallou - chilled and great for driving at night (Spotify and Apple Music)

Once by Ben Böhmer (Apple Music) - beautiful German electronica.

He also has a great Live at the Roundhouse set:

…As well as an incredible set from a Hot Air balloon above the Turkish desert.

Rosewood by Bonobo - there’s something about Bonobo that”s just magical - I think the fact that he’s a multi-instrumentalist is what gives his music such depth.

Home by Maribou State

Coastline by Hollow Coves - more on the folk side, with lots of mellow guitar.

Colly’s Music Weekly - as someone who’s not up on the music scene, I found Simon’s weekly list is a great way to explore what’s cool out there.

Site Nonsite and links - thoughtful and interesting electronic music with Japanese ambient aesthetics.

Music for Sushi Restaurant by Harry Styles. Never thought I’d be a Harry Styles fan, but here we are - I loved this song (and the album it’s from) - very funky.

Online Communities

Slack: Designer Hangout and Discord: Frontend Horse, Friends of Figma, Svelte and The Happy Place.

Twitter used to be where I spent a lot of time but I’ve moved over to Mastodon and Micro.blog since Twitter’s takeover and I think it’s time I started posting more in places where I’m not the product - Much like Andy I’m hoping folks blog more on their own sites in 2023.