Indecent Digit: December 11, 2005

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Pandora Rocks!

Raise your glasses and PRAISE Rachel Maddow (who was hosting The Al Franken Show on Friday) for turning me on to the PandoraMusic Genome Project. I’ve been messing around with the Pandora player for an hour now and I must say that I’m impressed! It promises to become one of the coolest ways ever to waste time at work.

Here’s how it works: You go to the site, and the player asks you to name a song or an artist that you like. My first impulse, naturally, was to test it out on some obscure Scandinavian Metal. I didn’t get very far with that, so I decided to try something that I knew they would have and that I knew I would like. Miles Davis leapt to mind, so I typed him in and the player created a streaming “Radio Station” that played jazz based on my love for Miles Davis.

Of course, Davis had a long and varied career, so a play list based on his music could include a wide variety of artists and styles, but I wanted that classic slow, smoky, mellow-mellow vibe. When I didn’t like the second song (an orchestral Gene Krupa piece), I clicked on the “I don’t like this song” button and was then treated to Wayne Shorter as the player used my complaint to adjust its search criteria. A little more tweaking and now I’m listening to lots of great “smoky” jazz that I’ve never heard before, and ever song is exactly what I felt like listening to.

Very cool. Try it out next time you get pissed at the radio.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Friday Night Cat Blogging Rockfest

Thank the GODDESS it's Friday!

And please be careful out there. It's cold and slippery.

Camper Van Beethoven: Take the Skinheads Bowling (Live 05/08/86)

Thursday, December 15, 2005

A New Front in the War on Christmas!

If you haven't been watching Bill O'Reilly lately, then you can be forgiven for not noticing that Christmas is almost here. In the spirit of the season, I hereby roll out the stupidest Christmas song ever written:

1000 Diving Robots: Christmas in Olympia


[Tip of the bloody-Santa-hat to Rachel Maddow and Media Matters.]

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Signs of the Apocalypse

Oh, this is too funny...

Thanks, Jeff!!!

[Image coming soon...]