"Last week the House of Representatives passed a well-meaning but ill-conceived piece of Internet safety legislation that could actually make the Internet a more dangerous place for children and teens." The mainstream media really needs to cover this even more then it is. CBS is on the short list so far.
Boston is working on a low cost city wide WiFi plan
Boston is working on a low cost city wide WiFi plan that lets companies compete for users dollar. Low cost is currently undefined and could range from free to $15 a month which sounds worth it to me. In a city like Boston though you need to wonder if they can get the WiFi down in the subways. that would be a victory for everyone.
E3 dies as the the great video game expo of our day
E3 dies as the the great video game expo of our day. There will be few if any game demonstrations and no large trade show.
Follow what happens when Stephen Colbert tell people to all edit a wikipedia artical: The number of elephants has tripled in the last six months. Update: here’s the Youtube video if you missed it.
Open Source Music Genome Project
These genes are a great way to delve deeper in to your own music tastes then you ever have before. Pandora keeps these categories under lock and key though and only shows a few of them for each song.
Though there are probably categories they never show it would great if there was place that showed all the categories they did show to the public.
With that wish I launch the Open Source Music Genome Project. A project that will hopefully blossom into an awesome resource to people who want to better understand the music they are listening to.
Please visit the Open Source Music Genome Project wiki and help organize, add to, and develop a full list of categories and descriptions.
Below is what I have collected so far from Pandora. A small drop in the bucket of the hundreds of categories Pandora have behind the scenes.
Roots punk roots hard boop roots house roots
Influences electronica influences country influences blues influences disco influences west coast rap influences prevalent use of groove
Instrumentation slide/pedal steal guitars acoustic rhythm guitars repetitive melodic phrasing extensive vamping electric guitar solo brass instrument solos soprano sax solo light drumming danceable beats acoustic drum samples simple high hat part electric rhythm guitars prominent percussion electric guitar riffs prominent use of synth electric rock instrumentation mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation
Tone major key tonality mixed major and minor key tonality tonal harmonies
Voice vocal harmonies subtle use of vocal harmony call and answer vocal harmony (antiphony) vocal-centric aesthetic dynamic female vocal emotional female lead vocal performance
Styling radio friendly stylings modern r&b styling
Random highly synthetic sonority mild rhythmic syncopation clear focus on record studio production explicit lyrics tight kick sound dry recording sound Basic rock song structure synth rock arranging