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occasionally, clicking through yet another half-arsed GDPR-mandated cookie management screen, i find myself thinking "the GDPR has buggered up the web"

then i catch myself.

no, it hasn't. the way companies have opted to respond to the GDPR is what's buggered up the web. they could have been nice and unobtrusive about it, but no, they decided that *every user in the EU* should suffer their protests at not being able to stow thousands of fragments of random shite on a whim all over their vict- sorry, users' computers.

Love this little Tplink travel-router. Hooked it up to the paid WiFi network at my holiday destination and now I don't have to deal with the max amount of devices they allow (yes, personally I already have 4 devices with WiFi in my bag and we are with six people here).

Still, it's crazy I have to pay 33 Euro for a week of WiFi in this bungalow. And I'm not skilled enough to 'hack' the device they use... 😉

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I just can't make up my mind when sorting my favourite albums of 2018. I'm swapping top 10 positions on a daily basis now... It was a decent year for music. Lot's of good albums, nothing that completely blew my mind, but a lot of stuff that I found equally good.

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One game I almost forgot: I also had (and still have) a lot of fun with Horizon Chase Turbo. A really solid retro racing game, inspired by the Top Gear and Outrun games from the 16-bit era. Sega blue skies and a really nice soundtrack!

Best video games I played this year not released in 2018

1. Super Mario Odyssey
2. Super Mario 3D World
3. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
4. Etrian Odyssey V

Not much else as far as I can remember. Finished both Mario's with my son, which were 2 highlights.

Best 2018 video games I've played this year:

1. Monster Hunter World
2. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
3. Into the Breach
4. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
5. Dragonball FighterZ
6. Hitman 2

Addendum: a short list of best shows I've seen in 2018!

1. Cave In: Tribute to Caleb Scofield - Roadburn 2018 😢
2. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Roadburn 2018
3. Minami Deutsch - Roadburn 2018
4. Therapy? - TivoliVredenburg

1: Amorphis - Queen Of Time

I've been listening to these guys for most of my life and I find it fascinating they still release great albums so far into their career. Queen of Time is perhaps their most epic sounding album of all. Great songs and excellent arrangements. Another winner from this band who I still need to see live one day.

2: Toby Driver - They Are The Shield

Beautiful and haunting! Toby Driver really hits me in the heart with this one. The beautiful violin arrangements, the songs, his excellent vocals and lyrics. On surface this sounds very minimalistic, but it goes very deep. One of the most beautiful albums I've heard this year.

3: Low - Double Negative

Not a lot of acts release their best material so far into their career. With Double Negative Low did just that. The band reinvented themselves in the best way I could imagine. Deep electronic music combined with their slowcore sound. Think of this as their own Kid A, but set in modern times.

4: Gåte - Svevn

A big surprise for me was the return of Gåte in 2018. Norwegian folk and progressive rock/metal can sometimes sound cheesy, but Gåte stay far away from the cheese. The album contains a lot of excellent songs and overall the sound is a little louder than what they did 12 years ago. Gunnhild's vocals are still spellbinding. Best comeback of 2018.

5: Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology

It took me a while before I correctly knew how to pronounce Slugdge, but during that time I've listened a lot to this album. Everything this band does is mollusk themed, which is kind of odd. But the music this duo makes is some of the best black/death-metal I've heard this year.

6: Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury

Wow, what a surprise this album has been. Jazz meets very, very experimental and dissonant black-metal on a thematic album about the dark side of New York (Think Eyes Wide Shut). This highly controversial album is not an easy listen, but there is a lot to get here. Will definitely get rid of all your annoying family during Christmas dinner.

7: Messa - Feast For Water

This is jazzy doom-metal from Italy. Think Black Sabbath swapping Ozzy with a sultry jazz vocalist + adding a bit of drone in there. The album sounds highly original and has a couple of excellent tracks. One of the albums that really grew on me this year.

8: Black Peaks - All That Divides

Black Peaks sit somewhere between System of a Down and Leprous. These guys have crafted an album full of great songs. I can listen to this all the time, poppy hooks, excellent vocals, great instrumentation. I have a soft spot for this kind of music. Highly recommended.

9: Usurpress - Interregnum

Usurpress surprised me with Interregnum. It's Bolt Thrower meets progressive-rock and a little bit of Sisters Of Mercy. The album is short and sweet and has me craving for more. Also Stefan Pettersson, the vocalist, has one of the best death-metal grunts I've heard lately. This album is one of this years hidden gems.

Top 10 albums of 2018!

10: Svartidauði - Revelations Of The Red Sword

The Icelandic black-metal scene is currently booming. Lot's of interesting acts are working on and releasing a follow-up to their debut records. Svartidauði is one of them and this second album is everything you would expect. Dark, atmospheric, dissonant and brutal. The best record coming from Iceland this year.

11: Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temples

Another Japanese band that picked my interest when I saw them at Roadburn. These guys play psychedelic rock and are great at it. Masana Temples is really good and you should pick it up if you fancy sitars in your music. They're best experienced in a live setting, but you can't go wrong with this album.

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