10.23.2008

It really is genius!

Version 8 of iTunes came out recently and it features Genius Playlists. I LOVE it. You pick a song in your music library, and Genius creates a playlist from other songs in your library that go great together. I have NO idea how it works, but it does create some cool playlists.

For example, I created a playlist around Parliament's "Flashlight" and the top 10 songs (out of 25) of the funky playlist looked like this:

1. Flashlight - Parliament
2. Tell Me Something Good - Rufus & Chaka Khan
3. Brick House - Commodores
4. That's the Way of the World - Earth, Wind & Fire
5. Love and Happiness - Al Green
6. Poison (Extended Club Version) - BBD
7. Feels Good - Tony! Toni! Toné!
8. Can You Stand the Rain - New Edition
9. Wishing Well - Terrence Trent D'Arby
10. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin

Then I did one around Nu Shooz' "I Can't Wait" and got a pretty good 80's mix:

1. I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
2. Too Shy - Kajagoogoo and Limahl
3. Tell It To My Heart - Taylor Dayne
4. Dress You Up - Madonna
5. Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Go's
6. She Bop - Cyndi Lauper
7. Drive - The Cars
8. Groove Is in the Heart - Deee-Lite
9. One More Try - George Michael
10. Whip It - Devo

I can't wait to play around with this some more. I'm curious to see what Genius will come up with when I do a Maroon 5 song, or something from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I'll keep you posted!

10.14.2008

Quick run through....

OK, lots has been going on over the past couple of weeks. But, it's 10:55 p.m. and I need to get ready for bed, so this will be a speed-through post. (Hey, at least it's something.)

1. Bill Maher's Religulous - I know it's controversial, but I enjoyed it. Bill posed the same questions to religious folks that I wonder myself. His message is that we don't know, and that we can't know. My thinking exactly.

2. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist - Can I just say that I love Michael Cera? Even though he repeatedly plays the same awkward character he did in Arrested Development, he's so good at it, and it's very endearing to me. Cute movie. Could've done without the gross-out scenes.

3. Nikka Costa has a new album out. I loved, loved, LOVED her first album, Everybody Got Their Something and can't wait for the new one Pebble to a Pearl. I looked for it at Target today. Did you know they receive CD's a week after they've been released? Me either. Tomorrow I'll be hitting Best Buy. (I could always wait to go to Target next week, but I'm heading out of town this weekend and want to listen to it on my trip.)

4. Book moratorium. I have tons of books in my house that I bought but haven't read yet. I was thinking about this today and figure that I probably buy one new book every one to two weeks! That has to stop. I need to catch up on reading the ones I have, and therefore, will not buy another book for the rest of the year. I've put it in writing, so I have to stick with it, right?

5. The Godfather - Just finished reading the book over the weekend--it's great. I've always said that The Godfather movies (I and II--my favorites of all time) are an instance where the movie is just as good as the book. However, now that I've read it again, I've decided that the movies are even better than the book. There are a lot of subplots in the book that aren't in the movie, and I think that's for the best. Now I'm going to have to pop the movies in--it's been a while.

OK, that's it. It's 11:10. I got down quite a lot for a 15-minute post, eh?

(It feels good to get that all out of my system!)

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11:25pm UPDATE: When I went to publish my blog at 11:11pm, (Hey! My favorite numbers!) I got the following:

Blogger is currently unavailable

Blogger is unavailable right now. We apologize for this interruption in service.

Oh, come on!

10.01.2008

Should I use the headache excuse?

Sorry folks. I just haven't been in the mood to post any blogs. I'm sure I'll get my mojo back soon, but for now, I'll leave you with this:



I went to school with the guy who stepped on Nelly's Js, right around 1:15 in the video. Cool to see him in the video.

I was telling my friend Mark about the scene, and Mark immediately recognized it as a play on a scene from Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. (Mark has recall like no one else I know.) Anyway, the next day, DtRT was on TV--it was fun to see it again after all these years. Anyway, here's the inspiration for Nelly's video (you might want to let it load fully and then watch it. I had a lot of stops and starts. Also, sorry for the language...): http://youtu.be/w7UZ9g8wvFI.


I'll be back soon.