Saturday, November 25, 2006

Great Pandora Station




If you're not familiar with it already, check out pandora.com. You enter in the name of an artist or song you like, and then it will make a steady stream of recommendations and play them for you. So it's practically radio, except that it's all playing songs with similar qualities to the one you mention.

I've used Pandora as a novelty before. Sometimes it can be so good that, well, I just get a ton of songs that sound all sort of similar and I'm not a fan.

However, I did find what I'd think'd be my favorite "station." When it asks for song, enter "The Way We Get By" by the band "Spoon." The song itself is pretty great, but the ones that it recommends all tend to fit into a similar genre of classic rock-ish, or contemporary alternative, all sort of grooving, never too much, rarely too little.

The funny thing is, while it helps pandora.com's records if you vote "I like it!" or "This isn't what I wanted," even if the song doesn't sound much like "The Way We Get By," I let it play anyway. I may not be contributing to the community filter, but I tend to enjoy what's coming out, so I don't want pandora to cut it off if I say it doesn't sound close. So at least I'm satisfied.

Friday, November 24, 2006

VT Plates are Green


I always liked these for their simplicity.

Images of all 50 states' license plates found here.

UFOs Sighted in Queens

# 2005 - Rockaway Beach, Queens A UFO was sighted over the water near what looked like aircraft carriers. It disappeared as quickly as it came.[citation needed]
# 2005 - Woodside, Queens Five Flying Saucers appeared over Woodside, Queens in November 2005. They were seen throughout the whole Queens and Manhattan area. They disappeared one at a time.[citation needed]


Full wikipedia article on UFO encounters here.

Citation needed, but one can hope.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Craigslist Culling part 8: Today's Missed Connection

Where is Hell's Kitchen tall stylish skateboy guy with big dog? - w4m - 21 (Midtown West)
Reply to: pers-237902628@craigslist.org
Date: 2006-11-21, 12:15AM EST

Once I saw you twice in the span of 10 hours as I was leaving and then returning to New York through the Lincoln Tunnel. I was stuck in traffic and bored witless and admired you on the way out. Ten hours later or so at dusk, as I sat in a white van on the way back in the city, we shared a moment of gazes in the distance. I'm not creepy, I promise. But why were you out alone all day with your large dog...rolling around in the middle of Lincoln Tunnel Traffic? You were cute...

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

And someone's response...

karma? Can it!
Reply to: gigs-235233563@craigslist.org
Date: 2006-11-15, 12:41PM EST

If you're the seasoned pro you think you are then certainly you've already got the contacts and talent required to find you your next gig right? Why are you hitting up craigslist and getting pissed when zero budget art flicks can't pay? These jobs are for inexperienced kids looking to pad the C.V. or people like me who make enough on the real gig that I don't mind helping out the upstarts when I'm in between projects. I guess there's a difference between artist and workman. Pull yr heads outta yr arses people.

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* Compensation: priceless

235233563


Two sides to every argument, I guess.

Craigslist Ad: In response to Film Shoots advertising "good karma" as payment:

My Landlord Told Me Karma Was Good Enough
Reply to: gigs-235048056@craigslist.org
Date: 2006-11-15, 12:09AM EST

I don't know why everyone gets all upset, my landlord said I could pay with karma, as long as it's good. Maybe you guys should just ask.

Maybe we could set up a whole new karma currency system where if we work for someone they could just give us karma. Of course we'd need a way to denote how much we got. Maybe pieces of paper with some preassigned amounts on them, which we could then pass on to people who work for us. Oh no, wait that's already been done... it's called cash.

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* Compensation: cash is karma

235048056


Props to this guy. Experience and "good karma" is nice and all, but at the end of the day, there are bills to be paid.

Friday, November 10, 2006

43 Folders Yet Again, this time, on your iTunes Playlists

Revenge of the Smart Playlist: 5 tricks for packrats & power users

The success of yesterday’s post on the basics of Smart Playlists makes me think you might enjoy seeing a few more. So, today I want to show you how to get control of a very large iTunes library — to save space by getting rid of stuff you’re not enjoying or listening to, as well as bubble up stuff you may not even realize you like.

From 43folders.com

I am an increasing fan of 43folders.com, if that was not already evident from the fact that I've already posted here 3 articles straight off the site. This post details some extremely useful ways to use smart playlists in managing your iTunes library. Mine isn't that big to start with, but it is kind of neat to find out what songs you like that you have not rated, songs you like that you forgot you had, etc and so forth. And when your iPod holds a lonely sole Gigabyte of data, this information can be rather useful to diversify what you listen to every day. (you = me).

Craigslist Ad seeks Dissertation "Re-Worder"

Dissertaion Re-worder NEEDED
Reply to: gigs-232580684@craigslist.org
Date: 2006-11-09, 6:47PM EST

Greetings!

I looking for someone to reword the first chapter (introduction) of my dissertation, roughly 10 pages single spaced. It is in the field of physiology so it is somewhat technical but the way its written I don't think you need to be a physiology expert for this job, just a good technical writer. I will submit it to you basically word-for-word out of countless references and you would need to reword it such that it is not plagiarized.

Please let me know your fair price for doing this and your general writing background.

Thanks

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232580684


I think a prerequisite for a doctoral candidate should be, "don't be a no talent assclown and ask around on the internet for people to reword your countless sources into a dissertation chapter."