Umm… I usually use last.fm for my music at work but I’ve been getting bored lately so I decided to give Pandora another try. Imagine my shock and surprise (and frantic clicking to try to minimize) when I launched a station and what you see below took over my widescreen monitor in my brand new cube open for all to see….
It’s time that of the year again, playoffs today and the Super Bowl just around the corner. Last year I had a lot of fun Google Image Searching the quarterbacks for the top 4 NFL teams to help you decide who you should root for in the upcoming big games (because we all know you aren’t rooting based on talent or actual team preference, right?).
Let’s take a look and see who our choices are this year… (I’d say we got an upgrade over last year).
Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Some people think their musical taste is superior to others because they like bands and artists before everyone else and before they become popular (and then when said artists become popular said person either stops liking said artist or can’t stop talking about how said person liked said artist before everyone else knew about said artist). I, however, think my musical taste is superior to others because it’s diverse.
On my iPod (er… iPhone) you’ll find country from Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban to Little Big Town and The Dixie Chicks. You’ll find electronic and dance music from DJ’s like Kaskade, Armand van Helden, Daft Punk, Girl Talk and Louis La Roche, and from groups and duos like Freemasons, La Roux, Hot Chip, Miike Snow, Cut Copy, Chromeo and Discovery. You’ll find plenty of embarrassing stuff like Celine Dion, Jessica Simpson, the Weather Girls, Rod Stewart and Salt-N-Pepa. Of course I’ve got classics covered from Michael Jackson, The Beatles, U2, Jefferson Airplane, R.E.M., Tears for Fears and Stevie Wonder. Of course mainstream gotta-have’s like Dave Matthews Bands, The Killers, Kayne West, John Mayer and Kelly Clarkson, and then maybe a handful of never-heard-of’s… Anna Vissi, Apache Beat, Le Loup, Party Ben, Takka Takka and Glasser.
Really my library probably isn’t even that diverse if you think about it. I have a little bit of classical and a little bit of international stuff (in other languages), but I’m sure there are folks out there that could claim much more diverse (where don’t I play? folk, bluegrass, gospel, jazz, to name a few). I guess my point is more that music is completely personal. People that act like music snobs (like wine snobs) drive me nuts.
List five bands and artists that make your library unique…
Usually people pick pretty boring and/or systematic names for their wireless networks. For example, ours is simply called dave. Imagine my joy the other day when I found that I was within range of connecting to the following creatively named network:
My sister was in town with her friend Megan this weekend and I was tasked with playing tour guide for the 324th time since moving to San Francisco 4.3 years ago. Jaime has been to SF a half dozen times so she’s done it all. Megan had never been to San Francisco (not even Calif.), so she hadn’t done or seen anything. So of course I had to find some sort of balance. I wanted to show Jaime things she hadn’t seen before but still show Megan some memorable and worthy sites.
So instead of potentially scarring them for life with a visit to the Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, Dave and I slapped together a fun little agenda: the Point Bonita Lighthouse, the Marine Mammal Center and………. the Presidio Pet Cemetery! If I might say so myself, a unique little trio of activities. If you’ve never been to any of the above, you should definitely put them on your to-do list. (What can I say, I’m pretty good at this tour guide stuff.)
The Presidio Pet Cemetery was particularly bizarre. I don’t know how many of you loyal readers out there have been to a pet cemetery before but there is something uniquely strange, comforting and interesting about them. Unfortunately it seems like the maintenance and upkeep at the Presidio Pet Cemetery is on the decline. They’ve recently chopped down a bunch of trees and it seems like there has been a lot of damage to the plot markers. All of that aside, it’s still a place worth checking out and wandering through.