This is just Dean-lightening

So for those of you who don’t know, PBS funds a show on youtube called ideachannel. It features some fantastically out there ideas, usually backed by pretty solid evidence. It’s pretty entertaining to watch, and they just did an episode on Community… so… you know I’m all over that. Anyway, take a look. video after the jump. Continue reading “This is just Dean-lightening”

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My new favorite blog (aside from my already favorites)

Okay, I love my own blog. I’d better. ‘Cuz. . . you know, it’s mine. And stuff.

And I love Badger’s blog. His is the inspiration that got me into blogging in the first damned place.

That said, this blog is now in my top five, because it’s well organized, thoughtful, interesting to read, and helped me K.O. a creationist’s argument, something which, to understate rather mildly, I rather tend to enjoy. Just a little.
If you’re curious, or if you have no idea what the hell I’m talking about, go see the original post here.
To return to my subject, I find this blog to be about the least dry atheist/science p.o.v. site I’ve ever seen.
(*winces as badger twists his arm* ok, ok except badger’s, there, ya happy now, badger? *rolls his eyes* Fuckin’ wookie)
Anyway, I highly recommend this site to anyone who is curious in the slightest about how the universe works, or anybody who wants a better understanding of the flaws inherent to creationism/creationist thought.

Pandora, the best thing for music since the electric guitar!

Pandora
Bitch was right ^^ open the damned box!

Yup.
I went there.

And don’t say a word, I know what you’re thinking… ‘What about the synthesizer, the vocoder, the CD… the mp3??‘ and all I have to say is…

Shut up.
Shhh. Look, the synthesizer was mostly about replicating sounds created elsewhere and making it easy for anyone who could punch keys to make music. That’s not how it turned out, but that was the intention, and they failed utterly. And if they had succeeded… *shudders*

Imagine your eight-year old brother getting lauded for his emotionally moving masterpiece titled ‘My Brother Sucks And I Hate Chores’.

So the synthesizer is out.

The vocoder is there to make people who can’t sing, sing… the same objection applies. except this time it works. Look at my post on Symphony of Science if you don’t believe me…

Numbers three and four are easy. The CD is a nice format, but has its drawbacks, and really didn’t revolutionize much. and the MP3 allows millions of people all over the world to stiff the artists and labels who produce the music… so F**k the Mp3…

Which brings me to Pandora. It’s basically radio with a brain. I know there have been attempts in the past, but this one actually works.

Type in a few artists, albums, or songs, and you’re off… I’ve discovered so much music I never even knew existed, music that places like iTunes and Amazon, comprehensive as they are, don’t have… and there have been very few times that a song has not been what I want out of the station I created. It’s actually a little creepy.

Beyond that, Pandora is a creation of the Music Genome Project. The Music Genome Project seeks to understand music and clarify what makes some music differentfrom other music, as well as what makessome music similar.

The project is about typifying and indexing the DNA of music. Who better to create a radio site dedicated to finding the music similar to what you said you liked? ^^

Oh, by the way, here’s the website, and a link:  http://www.pandora.com/

The coolest little music factory ever…

especially since it’s TOTALLY user friendly

Now… you won’t be making Mozart envious on this little thing … hell, your music-geek neighbor down the block can whip your ass bloody with fruitloops… but this is still an awesomely engrossing little toy for the dabbler in music creation. (aka me)…

Now listen to the creation! *cackles insanely*