Wow. Another week of work over. This one wasn’t overly eventful, and that’s kinda a good thing. I did manage to have my first appraisal in 4 years yesterday, so that’s a bonus. I guess.
I’ve tried to start my tax return but am getting an error when logging into MyGov. It’s a site-wide problem, not just me, so I’ll have to check it again in the near future, not that I’ll be getting much back. I don’t have much to claim in my line of work; uniform washing, travel expenses for off-site training and possibly Photoshop.
You see, I create a lot of promotional material for work at work on my computer and I’m paying $10/month to Adobe so I don’t have to use a dodgy copy of Photocopy while running Little Snitch. Because I’m creating 3-4 posters, signs, certificates and advertising material a month, I’m sure I can claim some of my Photoshop expenses. All those documents are backed up, as well as tax invoices, so it’s not like I’m scamming the ATO.
I’m currently listening to Los Stellarians, the band featuring SA from 311. It’s nice, relaxing and funky. I like it. I just got the 311 Archive, too. There was a time I really loved 311, bought all their CDs, but the last few albums don’t get much playtime around here any more. you can blame Scandal, FLiP and Faith No More for that.
Thingy… Apple Music came out the other day. I was having trouble at the start because it listed a bunch of generic genres to choose, like Dance, Metal, Rock… then I had to choose 3 bands I like from a list featuring none of which I’d cross the street to see. I think I chose Coldplay because I’ve heard one or two of their songs before. And Beck, because he was on Futurama 13 years or so ago.
Funnily enough, when I finally got through, it had Faith No More in the For You section. Yay! I tried the Beats 1 radio, but no, it’s not for me. I can see how/why people listen to the radio and all that, but it’s not for me. So I cancelled the subscription renewal. I mean, all the music I like is on this computer, external hard drives (as backup) and on CDs I’ve bought since 1992. I already like the way I find new music, even if is through unorthodox methods.
Like Scandal. They’re one of my all time top 3 favourite bands ever. I found them via Tumblr when looking for Japanese girls. And FLiP. I found them after their drummer, Yuumi, was on a magazine cover with Rina from Scandal. And they just rocked from the word go. Other bands I find come up as suggestions on YouTube, or when researching other bands. I’ve had Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her in my collection since 1997, and when Googling them, related bands and genres have appeared. That’s how I got into Plus-Tech Squeeze Box, Yuppa/Hazel Nuts Chocolate, Naivepop Or Petitfool. I like how it’s all turned out. I know there’s gonna be another bunch of 5-10 year old music that’s yet to be discovered, but I’ll get there.
So yeah, that’s the story of my life and how I don’t think I’ll continue paying Apple Music (or any other streaming service) once trial ends in late-September.
Also, my Apple Developer account is due for renewal, too. I might skip that as July is a big month for bills, the price has risen 50% (in Australia anyway) and I only really signed up to get the latest iOS before public release. iOS 9 isn’t doing much for me, however, when I put 8.4 back onto my iPad, Safari interacts with my iPhone better now. Weird.