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[Feb. 21st, 2007|03:17 am]
Nate Bunnyfield
Oh my god, twitter makes so much sense.

If only I had friends in town that were geeky enough to try using it.

Hmm... Matt Croydon ignored me the last time I emailed him, but I will email him again.


Need geeks to drink with... should have moved to Seattle...
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[User Picture]From: grey_hash
2007-02-21 10:08 am (UTC)
This only cements the fact that some geeks are so OCD that they have nothing better to do with their time than document what they are doing with their time.

Last.fm has become my latest OCD diversion.
http://www.last.fm/user/sigma_6
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From: arkmay
2007-02-21 12:48 pm (UTC)
Hell yeah, Last.fm!

I'm surprised Nate's not already on there.
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-02-21 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'll sign up now.

I just don't listen to music that much. The clear majority of what I listen to on my ipod is podcasts.
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-02-21 06:58 pm (UTC)
http://www.last.fm/user/natehaas/

Okay, I setup my itunes to randomly play through the 335 songs I have listened to in the past month.

I really don't listen to that much music. I wonder if 35 songs a day is close to average or not.

Oh, and you have to listen to a song for more than a few seconds and finish listening to it for last.fm to register it. That doesn't fit the way I listen to music at all. Oh well.

Maybe I'll get some nice recommendations when I come back home tonight.
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From: arkmay
2007-02-21 08:46 pm (UTC)
Actually no, you have to finish more than 50% of a song for it to count, not finish it. (And it won't count songs that are 60 seconds or less, I believe.)
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-02-21 11:32 pm (UTC)
Hmm.. I looked around for that info, but couldn't find it.

Thank you for letting me know what you've found.
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-02-21 11:50 pm (UTC)
Found it in wikipedia...

Audioscrobbler plugin

Last.fm can optionally build a profile directly from a user's music played on their personal computer. Users must download and install a plugin for their music player, which will automatically submit the artist and title of the song after either half the song or the first four minutes have played, whichever comes first. When seek controls are used, the track is shorter than 30 seconds (31 seconds in iTunes), or the track lacks metadata (ID3, CDDB, etc), the track is not submitted. This feature is available to dial-up users, as data is cached and submitted to Last.fm when an internet connection is established.
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From: arkmay
2007-02-21 11:54 pm (UTC)
yeah. unfortunately it does have problems with tracks tagged with weird characters.. such as a song title that starts with a ( or a song title that contains a [ or ].
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-02-21 07:03 pm (UTC)
Also, I used to listen to stolen music and didn't want to publicize that.

Then I found emusic and bleep and such.
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From: arkmay
2007-02-21 08:47 pm (UTC)
Well the plugin can't tell the difference between a legitimately ripped (and properly tagged) soundfile and a soundfile that was legitimately ripped (and properly tagged) by a third party.
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-02-21 11:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I used to be overly paranoid. Speaking of, a student just told me about how the CIA killed JFK ten minutes ago. (And you thought JFK was shot in the 40 years ago.)

So how do you use last.fm?

It kept recommending stuff I already own or had an informed hatred of. Oh, it just suggested The Album Leaf, that's cool. But it took ten minutes to get to and no sound is coming out of the app.
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From: arkmay
2007-02-21 11:52 pm (UTC)
I use it mostly to see what friends in meatspace have been listening to, and also it has recommended me some interesting music. Also if I see a stranger who has similar taste, and I don't know a band in their top 5, let's say, I can look into that band. I've found some new musics this way...
actually haven't used the last.fm app that much at all; i mostly just use it to scrobble what I've been listening to in iTunes.

I guess JFK isn't on last.fm, though
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-02-22 12:07 am (UTC)
http://www.last.fm/dashboard/music

Ooo... they have the killer feature I was looking for: 'obscure to popular' slider.

If it's popular I already know about them, you know?
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-02-22 12:17 am (UTC)
Perhaps you'd like the following bands...

Air
Sonic Youth
The Velvet Underground
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-02-21 06:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think twitter is useful for is knowing if which friends are at which bars without having to ask them.

Asa showed me Kickball which seems to do the same thing.

I also like the ability to know where your spouse or best friend is without having to call them up.

If it was a computer-based thing, I wouldn't care. But the SMS integration is kick ass.
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[User Picture]From: apocalypselater
2007-02-21 03:46 pm (UTC)
whoa! I'm liking this site more. I clicked on one that had a reference to the Time Warp Trio, a favorite book series from my childhood. I had to read it a couple times before I understood that BBC One has it's own to update with what's on, and what's on is an episode of the cartoon series based on the books.
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-02-21 07:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the BBC bots that one guy setup were the first bots I've noticed.

Though it's been around for a bit, seems like Twitter's still in its very early stages.

I just like the extremely low threshold of what you can post since the only people reading it are asking specifically for it.
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