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Men Like Dick Need More Love

Posted by Ed on February 1, 2007

Check out this excellent ode to the VP from the guys at The Pleasant Revolution. Keep your eyes peeled for some very cool Xtracycle footage and some highly amusing news ticker snippets.

Apparently you can even download it from the iTunes Store, and badges are available from Cafe Press.

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Born Again iPod

Posted by Ed on October 7, 2006

I’ve had my first generation iPod for about five years now. It still works fine, but the battery only lasts about an hour now. I was all set to replace it with a shiny new one, when I came across this site, which can supply me a battery that will last 18-20 hours between charges.

Besides not having to throw away a perfectly serviceable device, the thing is worth saving just for the kids’ reactions when I whip it out. “Dude! That’s, like, totally old-skool!” No it’s not. It’s, like, nearly brand new.

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Pandora and the Music Genome

Posted by Ed on March 17, 2006

Recently, Charl got me hooked on the music and social networking site Last.fm, which plays music based on what people with similar tastes to you (your musical neighbours) have also played. Now Juan has introduced me to Pandora, and I’m hooked again! Pandora plays music similar to songs or artists you tell it you like, drawing its data from the Music Genome Project:

We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or “genes” into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song – everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony.

The key difference betwee the sites is that Last.fm uses people’s tastes to assign to make suggestions, whereas Pandora uses only the qualities of the music taken from their analyses. For example, in Pandora, if you type in Steel Pulse, you hear:

music which features a reggae feel, acoustic rhythm piano, mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation, extensive vamping and minor key tonality.

You can listen to music similar to Steel Pulse at Pandora by clicking on this link: Steel Pulse Radio.

Both sites are extremely cool and have introduced me to things I would not otherwise have heard. They also give you personalised internet radio wherever you go!

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Last.fm

Posted by Ed on February 10, 2006

A big thanks to Charl for pointing out the fabulous last.fm music/social networking site. Just install the plugin for your favourite music player, and it automatically tracks what you play and puts you in touch with similar music. Seriously, have a look. It’s the dog’s bollocks. Here’s my profile.

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Music Map

Posted by Ed on February 4, 2006

Check out this very cool music map from yesterday’s Guardian.

Each branch line represents a sub-genre: rock sprouts off into grunge and psychedelia when it reaches South-West London; hip-hop diverges, north of Camden, into old school and New York rap. If I was really lucky, the band name echoed the original station name: Highbury & Islington became Sly & the Family Stone.

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Jam Revival

Posted by Ed on February 29, 2004

The Jam have been enjoying something of a revival of late, in my house. Coming right on the heels of punk at the end of the seventies, they were the angry young men of their time, but with a maturity that was missing from most punk bands. Their music is full of energy, from the menacing “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight”,

Hating, waiting
“Hey boy” they shout – “have you got any money?”
And I said – “I’ve a little money and a take away curry,
I’m on my way home to my wife.
She’ll be lining up the cutlery,
You know she’s expecting me
Polishing the glasses and pulling out the cork”

to the vitriolic “Eton Rifles”, about fighting between Eton school pupils and right-to-work marchers,

Thought you were smart when you took them on,
But you didn’t take a peep in their artillery room.
All that rugby puts hairs on your chest.
What chance have you got against a tie and a crest?

and an undeniable Britishness. If you don’t know them, or its been too long since you heard them, check them out. Definitely worth your trouble.

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