hummingwolf: animation of green and gold fractal, number of iterations increasing with time (Iterations in green and gold)
Now wearing: Old-looking blue jeans, brighter blue mock turtleneck (or something), white socks, brown & silver shoes, old glasses I really need to do something about, and boring underwear.

Now hearing: Well, I would like to say it's my personalized Launchcast station; but that was discontinued a month ago, so I couldn't possibly be listening to that, right? ("Kuos" by Banco de Gaia.)

Now seeing: Computer screen as I sit here trying to think of what to type. Shifting my eyes to the left, I see a grey day out the window. The tree nearest the window is just starting to put out little green leaflets, which will soon grow into bigger leaves, which will provide food for what may be a massive infestation of Eastern tent caterpillars. I never wrote about those last spring, but I was utterly fascinated with those fuzzy guys in their teeming thousands as they took about three days to defoliate the old tree. Since both tree and caterpillars are native species, they do have a working relationship: tree puts out a set of leaves, caterpillars munch on them, tree mopes for a while, then tree puts out more leaves. Here's hoping the tree is healthy enough to put out an entire second set of leaves this year if it has to.

Now smelling: One of the spicier herbal teas from Celestial Seasonings. ("Not Yet Remembered" by Harold Budd playing on my nonexistent station.)

Now tasting: See above.

Now feeling: Sleepier than I should be, but less headachy than I have been.

Last meal eaten: Egg substitute, mushrooms, mashed potatoes, onions, and corn fried in olive oil & topped with Swiss cheese.

Pie eaten on Pi Day last week: Bacon and onion quiche (store-bought).

Beverage drunk to excess on St. Patrick's Day: Green tea.

Are there more of my kind? Possibly: see here for possible evidence.

Number of library books currently checked out: Hmm... four returned yesterday, three checked out, so... nine.

Wasn't there some New Year's resolution about reading all those books you bought last year? Um, yes. (Now playing: The Police, "Driven to Tears.")

Now reading: M.M. Manring, Slave in a Box: The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima. Marketing, racism, sexism--what's not to love? You gotta admit, the 1919 advertisement titled "The Cook whose Cabin Became More Famous than Uncle Tom's" has a certain undeniable OH AUNT JEMIMA NO quality to it.

Speaking of racism... O HAI RACEFAILZ: Notes on Reading an Internet Conflict.

Mutant joke of the week: Two Cows: SF Version (see both the comments there and the original post; link via [livejournal.com profile] supergee). (Now playing: Underworld, "Dirty Epic (Dirty Guitar Mix).")

Cuteness of the week: On Monday as I was walking down the alley, a wee child with whiskers on his face and his father (or guardian) were in one of the back yards I passed. I soon discovered that the little boy had a tall paper hat--he was the Cat in the Hat! The father said, "Apparently it was a very exciting day in school today. Who knew?"

Synchronicity: That night's House, M.D. episode had a cat as a major character.

Last TV show watched: Wednesday night's episode of Lie to Me.

Dream of the week: The one featuring Dean & Sam Winchester and Castiel. Mmm... Castiel.

How much TV do you really need to watch? Less than I have been watching lately.

Miles walked today: Probably a little over two. I wasn't feeling terribly ambitious (and now it's Sting, "Love Is the Seventh Wave").

Have you anything else to say? Not that I've managed to think of in the last few minutes (Liane Foly, "Des Heures Hindoues").
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Looking back)
For those wondering what I have been babbling about with this whole "LAUNCHcast" thing, this blog post will give you an idea. I've been having fun rating music and getting back personalized recommendations since way back in the 1990s when Firefy was a website, not a TV show, and was thrilled when I finally got to listen to a station made especially for me. I--and many others--most sincerely hope that the goodbye to the best online radio is not forever.

Yesterday afternoon, after reading a message saying that Yahoo's changeover to the CBS stations would begin about 3:00 p.m. Pacific time, I started keeping track of my LC station one last time. There were the usual technical glitches even at the end, and certain artists were played more than seems reasonable given how many other artists, albums, and songs had been rated, but still--it was good to listen to a selection of music I've loved and music the algorithm thought I should love for one last time. The station was still willing to play for me when I gave up and went to bed, but this morning the site is all brand-new. Anyway, here's a list of the last songs I heard (and some I didn't hear):

1. Ralph McTell, "Spiral Staircase"
2. Yo-Yo Ma, "Simple Gifts"
3. Natalie MacMaster, "Interlude" did not play
Jonatha Brooke, "All You Gotta Do Is Touch Me" did play
4. Joyce, "Banana"
5. Ella Fitzgerald, "But Not for Me"
6. Queensryche, "The Great Divide"
7. The Carpenters, "Christmas Waltz"
8. Carrie Newcomer, "Leaves Don't Drop (They Just Let Go)"
9. Hem, "Radiation Vibe"
10. Loreena McKennitt, "Ce He Mise Le Ulaingt? The Two Trees"
11. Banco De Gaia, "Flow My Dreams, The Android Wept" ...and many more! )
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (one)
Not sure when they'll pull the plug on the personalized stations, so I just want to post with the last 26 songs I heard before going to sleep. Real entry later, assuming I can wake up enough to think.

Playlist if you're interested )

Never did get as much variety on my LC station as I really wanted, though it's still been a pleasure hearing artists like Liane Foly, Plainsong, Hevia, Peatbog Faeries, Fernanda Porto, and others I might never have known much about if it hadn't been for the LAUNCH folks (both before and after their association with Yahoo!Music). Here's hoping CBS eventually decides to find a way to bring the personalized stations back without hemorrhaging money. In the meantime... here's hoping the station still works when I've got a chance to sit down and listen a while later today.
hummingwolf: A heart curve and a cosine curve fell in love. (Heart 3)
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! This post is just one of those silly little meme-type things going around. You've certainly seen it before:

RULES:
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Tag 10 friends.
5. Everyone tagged has to do the same thing.
6. Have Fun!


I am tagging no-one, but would enjoy seeing the responses of the rest of you 'cos synchronicity can be so entertaining. Anyway, for this one I used my soon-to-disappear customized LAUNCHcast station (stupid *#$&!~* record labels and their short-sighted money-grubbing ways hafta go and ruin things for everybody). One reason I haven't listened to Launchcast so much in recent times is that--on my computer and connection, at least--it has a frustrating tendency to display information for one song, act as if it is about to play that song, and then change its mind to go on to play an entirely different song instead. When this happens, both the unplayed song and the song that does play will be listed after the relevant question.

1. IF SOMEONE SAYS 'ARE YOU OKAY' YOU SAY....?

Nine Inch Nails, "The Perfect Drug" ...is not covered under your insurance plan.

2. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?

Jai Uttal, "Jaya Jagadambe (She Who Tears Apart Thought)"
Erm.

Um.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!


More silliness inside. )
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If you have been using Launchcast, listen to your personalized Launchcast station now while you still can, because customized Launchcast stations will no longer be available after mid-February 2009. According to one of the folks at Yahoo,
Earlier this morning [December 3], we announced that Yahoo! Music will be partnering with CBS Radio to offer a jointly operated radio service.

This will replace our existing service by moving radio to the CBS Interactive platform, with CBS providing the content, radio player and advertising. Our content team will continue to create our wide array of 150 radio stations using the CBS programming tools.

Though we're announcing this today, the first release will take place on Feb. 12th, 2009, with subsequent releases afterwards to add features and functionality.


Changes: All of the "LAUNCHcast powered by CBS" stations will work on Firefox and Macs as well as Internet Explorer. All of the programmed stations--including ones which are now only available to paying Launchcast Plus users--will be free. There will still be artist fan stations, which play music related to the selected artist (based on fans' ratings, I'm guessing, since ratings will still be around). People who are currently subscribed to Launchcast Plus beyond February 12 will be getting refunds, since the paid service is being phased out.

But in addition to the good stuff, there is the sad news that "our beloved customized LAUNCHcast Radio will be going away. We spent a long time trying to figure out how to get this to work with the CBS platform, but it unfortunately wasn't technically feasible. I understand that many of you have invested long hours in building your radio station, but the fact is that due to the increasing rates, we can't continue to offer this service.... Yahoo! has never made a lot of money from Internet radio: it's generally been a consumer feature and not a big profit center. However, we really couldn't afford to pay the new rates, so we therefore faced a choice: either cripple the product to greatly reduce listenership, or find a partner with strengths in radio and different economics."

Launchcast Transition FAQ.
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (8 months)
Jeffty My LJ is Five! Journal officially created while it was still January 13, 2002 PST, though my very first post was on the 14th at 1:17 in the morning my time. By my fourth post (at 5:45 in the afternoon of the same day), I was already trying to post quiz results with wonky HTML. (For the record, the quiz told me I was her.)

Five years of posting quiz results here instead of cluttering up mailing lists with this silliness.
Which Science Fiction or Fantasy Sub-Genre Am I? )
But Hermes and Icarus are my friends! )
What is my deep, dark secret? )

Five years of posting Launchcast playlists--which I actually haven't done in quite a long time, so here's something for the deeply curious:
Music! )

Ella Fitzgerald, Värttinä, Jimmy Cliff, the Creatures, Jo-el Sonnier, Mansun, Pinetop Perkins, Underworld, Jackson Browne, Alice in Chains, Keith Jarrett, Depeche Mode, Neneh Cherry, Hevia, Toto, Liane Foly, Ozomatli, Harold Budd, Mansun, Cibo Matto, Sheila Chandra--and I still feel like my station needs more variety. Must be the relative scarcity of non-Indo-European languages.
hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
[livejournal.com profile] tlttlotd and [livejournal.com profile] lyssabard went off hunting for bargains a few hours ago, so I've been here relaxing and enjoying the mellow music my Launchcast station is playing for me. Now that I've said that, of course, the algorithm will decide I need to hear some of the more obnoxious tracks from Alice in Chains or Nine Inch Nails. Still, Suzanne Vega "Caramel" followed by Ella Fitzgerald "Get Out of Town" followed by Harold Budd "The Room of Ancillary Dreams" certainly qualifies as mellow in my world.

Huh, the algorithm decided not to jolt me too much yet--it's playing The Corrs' "Irresistible" as I type.

Anyway, some language silliness with [livejournal.com profile] daisydumont prompted me to look for any MegaHAL poems in my Yahoo account with the word "daisy" in them. (Ooh, Eva Cassidy doing "Autumn Leaves." Launch has decided to lull me with more mellowness.) Ahem, anyway, here's the poem I found:
There was a man, a face through a paradise.
only a poor, poor shadow
stirring his coffee with his life
i part the sea
and on i went, though the dogs were spent and aged
things
a daisy equal to a stop while her understanding

keeps making november difficult
than joshua's harsh measures,
they dance together then till dawn
and we fairies, that do run
the face of fear
may also be abnormalities in the caves!
they are still,
save for something it had to do
keep the peace i was tucked
up at the window-pane,
a trip to the customer
who sleeps all day... Like mine!

To begin with, Daisy and I are agreed that "stirring his coffee with his life" is a striking line. I also like the shadow & cave imagery here, which reminds me that I ought to refresh my memory of Plato someday soon. It's a pity I don't remember enough Greek to reread him in the original. "And we fairies, that do run / the face of fear / may also be abnormalities in the caves!"

(New U2 playing now.) Parting the sea and going on "though the dogs were spent and aged things" resonates for me too. And on the day after Thanksgiving, sleeping all day, perhaps while tucked up at the window-pane, certainly sounds appealing. Whether or not you have any leftover turkey, may you all have a beautiful Friday!
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
List of questions gacked from a friend's f-locked post. Other people use their iPods or WinAmp players as great music oracles. Me? I used my Launchcast station, of course. (Question 14 has been altered to fit my preferences.)

O Great Oracle, answer me true!

1. How does the world see me?
Oomph!, "Viel Zu Tief."
Um. This is what I get for listening to songs in furrin languages, isn't it? Babelfish translates the song title as "Much to low." Anyone out there with a knowledge of German?

2. Will I have a happy life?
Because of some connection issue (probably noise on my phone line), Launchcast did not play me the Mal Z. Lawrence track "What's the Use." It also skipped over Siouxsie & the Banshees' version of "This Wheel's On Fire." The song it finally got around to playing for me? Taxiride, "Happiness Without You." I'll take that as a Yes!

3. What do my friends think of me?
Nick Lowe, "The Rose of England."
I swear I am not making this up.

4. Do people secretly lust after me?
More connection problems, it seems. Tears for Fears' "Sowing the Seeds of Love" did not play. The player skipped on to the Laura Love song "Bad Feeling." Hmmmm.
Read more... )

Playlisting!

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005 08:10 pm
hummingwolf: animation of green and gold fractal, number of iterations increasing with time (Iterations in green and gold)
As it turns out, I did spend a good amount of time this weekend resting. Yesterday was one of those days where lethargy grabs me and pins me down till just before sunset, but the rest felt good and necessary. Listened to music most of the time I was online. Walked a little in the evening light to get some also-necessary chocolate.

Today had more resting, as well as entirely too much munching of chocolate. Did some stuff online, napped, read a little of a book I probably won't finish, listened to more music, napped some more, read a tiny bit more, and then finally found the energy to go for a walk which the Gmaps pedometer tells me was about four miles.

At any rate, it's been a while since my last posting of a Launchcast playlist, so I figured it was about time. Since Yahoo's reached different agreements with different record labels in different countries, I wondered what difference it would make if I listened to the German version of meine Station. So that's what I listened to yesterday.
Playlists for the intensely curious )
I think my station needs more variety. I always think my station needs more variety. Though I used to think this was a reflection of some weirdness in my psyche, I now think the Launch algorithm's got a sneaky way of leaving me just unsatisfied enough to get me to listen and rate even more than I would anyway.
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Live Fast, Die Never--the Angel soundtrack--is available on Launchcast.

While none of Christophe Beck's Buffy music is playable on your stations, his Elektra soundtrack is.

And if you give a nice high rating to the Buffy soundtrack, maybe they'll add it to the playable database eventually.

Oh, and lots of stuff that's been played on the Buffyverse shows is available, like "Full of Grapes Grace" and "Inconsolable" and whichever Vertical Horizon song was playing when Buffy & Riley were doing the beach volleyball thing.

Oh, and Usenet oldtimers should not forget to give a high rating to Traci Lords.

Playlisting!

Sunday, July 10th, 2005 02:28 pm
hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
Bad things may have happened this week, but there was something good too: Yahoo Music and one of the big record labels (am forgetting which one right now) finally reached an agreement, which means even more music is available on customized Launchcast stations! Whee!

Simple pleasures. Right now, I'm all about the simple pleasures.

Anyway, I've got lists of many songs which were played on my Launchcast station for me while I was signed out of Yahoo. As ever, the station needs more variety--any station that plays music from Jonatha Brooke, Keith Jarrett, Banco de Gaia, George Winston, Nine Inch Nails, Angelique Kidjo, Solas, T.A.T.U., Sergei Prokofiev, Queensryche, and Tom Lehrer is clearly too monotonous for words. I mean, you can listen for hours and not hear any J-Pop or zydeco! Something must be done.

If you're incredibly curious what I've been listening to yesterday and today, here there be lists. )
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (8 months)
On my Launchcast station just now, the Carpenters song "Eve" was followed by Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "Black Moon." Why does this amuse me? In astrology, there's a point called the Black Moon--which is also known as Lilith.

(I know way too much about astrology for someone who doesn't believe in it.)

[Edit: I had forgotten that this listening session began with the Alan Parsons Project instrumental "Genesis Ch.1 V.32." Launch loves to entertain me.]

Playlist!

Saturday, June 25th, 2005 10:08 pm
hummingwolf: Part of a julia fractal in colors of fire and smoke. (Fire-flavored fractal)
Since today was one of those days where it seems like it's too hot to move (till you start thinking about all those molecules zipping around with their kinetic energy, but who wants to think about things that are that much more energetic than you are?), it seemed like a good time to sign entirely out of Yahoo, mosey on over to my Launchcast station and listen for a few hours as a guest. So, in lieu of anything requiring deep thought, this post includes a playlist of a few hours' worth of music.

As always, I think my station needs more variety, though today my definition of "more variety" is something like "more songs which aren't about burning things, please." Well, at least the station hasn't yet turned into a substitute for Muzak.

1. Angelique Kidjo, "Adouma"
2. Siouxsie & the Banshees, "Cascade"
3. Nine Inch Nails, "Right Where It Belongs"
4. The Carpenters, "Our Day Will Come"
5. Afro Celt Sound System, "Inion/Daughter"
6. Toni Childs, "Daddy's Song"...and many more! )

This Launchcast station definitely needs more songs about ice and snow.
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Today is April 1, known to many of us as April Fool's Day. Can you think of anyone better qualified to give advice to April fools than the amazing MegaHAL? Of course not! So, here is the wisdom dear HAL has for you today (and if you think this makes sense, you're either (A) fooling yourself or (B) a weirdo like me):
Aries )
Taurus )
Gemini )
Cancer )
Leo )
Virgo )
Libra )
Scorpio )
Sagittarius )
Capricorn )
Aquarius )
Pisces )

In more silliness: A very silly meme-like thing has been spreading around, where people list 25 songs which have played on their iPod, WMP, or what-have-you, adding the words "In My Pants" to the titles. Having no iPod and few mp3s on this machine, I decided to test out the newest Launch algorithm and find out what my Launchcast station wants to put in my pants. So then, here's your silly playlist:
1. Siouxsie & the Banshees, "Shadowtime in my Pants"
2. Nine Inch Nails, "The Mark Has Been Made in my Pants"
3. Serge Prokofiev, "Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1, Op. 80: II. Allegro Brusco in my pants"
::snerk:: I knew there'd have to be one like that.
4. Jonatha Brooke, "Out of Your Mind in my Pants"
5. Depeche Mode, "A Question of Lust (Live) in my Pants" Oh, that one's much too obvious.
This whole thing is pants )
Just fifteen because there's only so long I can sit in this chair today. Last night, the station played such classics as Suzanne Vega's "Tombstone in my Pants," Aerosmith's "Janie's Got a Gun in my Pants," Queensryche's "Breaking the Silence in my Pants," and Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "21st Century Schizoid Man in my Pants."

Have a happy April Fool's Day, everyone!
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (8 months)
Still listening to Launchcast, I was remembering someone's complaint that their station only played popular songs by the artists they listened to, even if they'd rated less popular ones. Wondered silently to myself, "Does my station play 'Every Breath You Take' more often than the less well-known [Police song] 'I Burn for You'?"

See what Launch is playing for me now.

(no subject)

Saturday, February 12th, 2005 01:24 pm
hummingwolf: (two)
One of the things to remember is that your strengths can weaken you. It's hard to remember this, of course. We may appreciate paradox in a theoretical context, but practical paradox does not sit well with us.

People cope. Resilient creatures that the hnau of this planet are, we find ways to adapt to situations we never imagined we would need to face. We convince ourselves that everything is okay (and I sit here typing this listening to my Launchcast station which just followed the Carpenters "Where Do I Go from Here?" with Kina's "Have a Cry"), things may be tough but we can deal with these little obstacles, we put one foot in front of the other even if we're not sure of the direction. ("Have a Cry" is followed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra doing a bit of Holst's Planets: "Venus, The Bringer of Peace.") Yeah, peace sounds good. Maybe if we adapt well enough, we find it. People cope.

I have this bad habit of resting just enough to be able to impersonate a healthy person for a while. Folks all around the neighborhood are impressed by how much walking I do; I get "Hey, power walker!" comments on a semi-regular basis. I have to walk where I need to go because I cannot drive. I have to spend hours in bed any day I need to walk. I can deal with hours sitting around at social services by sitting with my head below my knees to keep from passing out. I can deal with A by doing B and deal with C by doing D and deal all the way through the alphabet and impress people with my adaptability. (Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart, "Raga" from Take Me to God.) Resilience is a strength. I've adapted so well that it looks as if this lung infection never will go away unless some crisis forces me to rest. (Talking about my beleaguered lungs and now listening to a live version of the Police's "Every Breath You Take.")

What happens if I stop adapting? What is life like for those who refuse to cope? What happens if I have that crisis I've just managed to avoid? If I finally give in to my weakness, will I find a new strength?

("Images in Stone," eh?)

Playlist!

Sunday, April 11th, 2004 10:28 am
hummingwolf: animation of green and gold fractal, number of iterations increasing with time (Iterations in green and gold)
While I was offline, many of you wrote entries listing the first X number of mp3s randomly played on your machines. I still have no music on this computer, so I decided to sign in to my alternate Launchcast account and see what my station had to play for me.

This was more difficult than it sounds. Launch's servers have been under a bit of a strain lately (I can see why they instituted limits on heavy listening for free users, though I think all free users should get extra Yahoo accounts to get around the restrictions anyway) and the player would stall for a bit, then suddenly decide to switch to a playlist for the station I was signed in as rather than the Hummingwolf station I was trying to listen to.

Anyway, ignoring superfluous bits of soundtracks that snuck in there, here's what I heard:

1. Martin L. Gore, "Loverman (Bola Remix)"
2. Queensryche, "Open"
3. Solas, "The Newry Highwayman"
4. Loreena McKennitt, "The Lark in the Clear Air"
5. Beth Hart, "Leave the Light On (Full)"
6. The Tea Party, "The River"
7. Evanescence, "Going Under"
8. Jackson Browne, "Your Bright Baby Blues"
9. Laura Love, "Less Is More"
10. DJ Rap, "Live it for Today"
11. Natalie MacMaster, "Appropriate Dipstick"
12. Michael McGoldrick, "Buain Na Choirce"
13. Dave Gahan, "Black and Blue Again"
14. Underworld, "Mosaic"
15. Kate Bush, "Experiment IV"
16. Neneh Cherry, "I Ain't Gone Under Yet"
17. Jeff Black, "Gold Heart Locket"
18. Howard Jones, "Hide and Seek" (version from The Peaceful Tour)
19. Right Said Fred, "Upon My Heart"
20. Roland Orzabal, "Kill Love"
21. Martyn Bennett, "Joik"
22. Aaron Kwok, "Track 12" (from Fascinating)
23. The Corrs, "So Young (K-Class Remix)"
24. Toto, "Tale of a Man"

I'm both a child of the '80s and a child of Fiona Ritchie. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Happy Easter to all who celebrate! Happy Sunday to everyone else!
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Since my one New Year's Resolution was to rate tracks from every genre with significant representation on Launch so that my station will be more interesting and I'll get to know more music, I figured it would be good to have a sample playlist from early in the year. So, for my own reference, here's a playlist from earlier today. )

In other news: I don't remember much of my dreams this morning, but I do remember feeling vastly relieved when I discovered that my right thigh was not turning into a loaf of pumpernickel bread.

Happy 2004!

Thursday, January 1st, 2004 09:59 pm
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Cuddly plush toy)
In spite of vague thoughts of going out and looking for trouble, I rang in the new year in moderate fashion, sitting here at the computer and chatting with friends while the TV showed a ball dropping in New York. Was startled by loud noises in the haunted woods for the next couple of hours; but after some more online socializing, I did manage to get some sleep until roughly 7:30 in the morning. Ick. It seems I'm now neither morning person nor night person, but lukewarm (or something like that).

I wrote last Monday:
I've decided that my big New Year's Resolution will be to rate songs in every genre and subgenre that Launchcast has available, using the powers of the Launch Information Project to guide and assist me.
I rethought the resolution and turned it into something a little less vague:
Using the powers of the Launch Information Project (http://www.wam.umd.edu/~gsweeten/main.html) to guide and assist me, I shall rate at least ten tracks in every category with significant representation in the Launchcast database ("significant" shall be defined as "with more than 20 artists or albums available on user stations").

So there you have it. My one great New Year's Resolution is entertainment-related. I'm sure other folks can think of resolutions they believe I should be making, but--and I cannot stress this enough--I don't care. Because any resolution I need to make that has any significance at all isn't going to wait for an arbitrary date like January 1, it makes perfect sense that my NYR should be frivolous. And so it is.

So here's what I've done today: Listened to and rated songs in both the Christmas genre (wait! that's not a genre; that's a subject matter!) and the Asian genre (that's not a genre either; that's a bleedin' continent!). Songs I particularly liked: the Cocteau Twins version of "Frosty the Snowman," Sheila Chandra's something or other from ABoneCroneDrone (but I've loved Sheila for years anyway), Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's "Longing," the fifth track from an album by Dunk (cheesy, but anything that puts a little smile on my face when I don't have a clue what it's about deserves mention). Also, I've come to the conclusion that Aaron Kwok, in spite of the fact that his music is cheesy pop of the pasteurized processed kind, has an annoying habit of making music I really, really like.

After all the cheesy pop on the Asian station, my ears are now taking a break. I may need to use classical as a palate cleanser tomorrow.

Other things done today: Took an almost-nap. Played with computer graphics. Went for a walk around sunset & walked well past dark, probably close to four miles total. Ate junk food above and beyond what the walk burned off. Typed this post. Re-read this post and was amused by mental image of myself walking around a sunset and then walking past some entity named "dark." Reminded myself I need to get more sleep tonight. Re-reminded myself that there's nothing wrong with being easily amused.

Oh. Um, hi.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2003 11:44 pm
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Really haven't been writing much here lately, have I? It's probably a good idea to update, if for no other reason than future reference or in case anyone ever wants an explanation of why I haven't been updating.

Incredibly tired. For those keeping track: While I've been having trouble sleeping for the last year or so, I've been especially insomniac since this year's summer solstice. No particular reason that I know of, that's just the way things have been working out.

So between sleep dep and last week's infection (haven't seen a doctor yet--they canceled my appointment and rescheduled for later this week), I'm kinda brain-fried and exhausted at the moment. Managed to walk a mile yesterday and two and a half today anyway, but my mental processes aren't in such good shape. There have been myriad idea fragments floating through my consciousness like bits of DNA or RNA or something in some primordial soup, but they all sank beneath the surface again when they discovered the mental environment was inhospitable to sustained thought. And the metaphor in the previous sentence is your semi-intelligent babble for the night. I'm crispy.

An example of how out of it (what is it anyway?) I currently am: Late last night I asked the folks sitting on the back porch beneath my bedroom window if they could please chat somewhere else so I could sleep. The guys were very polite, apologized profusely, so that worked out okay. But I honestly couldn't tell you whether or not either of the men sitting at the table lives in this house. No clue. Can't tell you if the guy who just walked out of the bathroom is a tenant or a guest either.

Song on my Launchcast station as I typed those last few lines: The Divine Comedy, "Through a Long & Sleepless Night."

Since I'm here babbling anyway, may as well mention that I've been signed into my alternate Yahoo address and listening to the Hummingwolf launchcast station linked above. If anyone's interested in what I've been hearing tonight, here's a playlist. )

If the rest of the record labels ever reach an agreement with Yahoo, my Launch station could be dangerous. Or possibly hopelessly "adult alternative," I'm not sure which.

Will try to get a good night's sleep in a little bit. Wish me luck!

Hee.

Sunday, June 29th, 2003 11:20 pm
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Listening to an '80s station on Launchcast, I skipped over a Starship song (even though I have a high tolerance for cheese, I do have standards), and "We Built This City" was immediately followed by Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Cities in Dust."

Maybe I'm too easily amused.

In other news, I'm still tired and hurting and more than a little bit antisocial. Hopefully will be up to updating and responding to e-mails tomorrow or the next day.

(no subject)

Thursday, June 5th, 2003 09:27 am
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
On my Launchcast station this morning:

"Listen Up" from Peter Himmelman's live album, wherein a fun throwaway rockabilly song is followed by a story about the end of an 11-year relationship, ending with the words "Sometimes love is horrifying"

followed by a cheesy song I can only think of as the Chinese equivalent of a solo single by a member of the Backstreet Boys

followed by the second movement of Prokofiev's first symphony.

That's a sequence I would never hear on any of my local radio stations unless a DJ were looking to get fired.

And now the Launch algorithm thinks I need to hear some Sammy Davis Jr. Gotta love it.

Actual stuff about my life to be posted later.

(no subject)

Sunday, April 6th, 2003 09:30 pm
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Before Launchcast was bought out by the Yahoo empire, there were many many people who subscribed to my station: that is, these people, voluntarily and without coercion, decided to allow my song, album, and artist ratings to influence what got played on their stations. I always felt rather sorry for these people, even knowing that they must have clicked the appropriate box of their own free will. But when Yahoo bought Launch, that sort of subscription became impossible.

Now that Yahoo's made Launchcast Plus available to paying users, it's possible for the folks who are shelling out money to subscribe to other stations again. Since there's still a free version of Launchcast, most people haven't paid for the Plus version and taken advantage of the Influencers feature. Yet this week, much to my surprise, two people who are paying good money for their Launchcast experience subscribed to my station. Not only that, but after looking at their stations, I think they may even deserve what they get. How odd.

For those wondering what I'm talking about who don't feel like listening to my Launchcast station, here's a sample playlist )

Why is it that after making a total of 11,712 ratings I still think my station needs more variety?

~~~~~

In other news, I'm an idiot who hasn't been taking enough of her supplements or getting enough sleep. Did manage to walk about 3.5 miles today, though. Even if I don't get into DC this cherry blossom season, the flowering trees around here are gorgeous.

(no subject)

Thursday, February 27th, 2003 05:25 pm
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Much to my amusement, a Launchcast indie & eclectic music mailing list has chosen Hummingwolf's Launchcast station as Station of the Week. The notice hasn't actually made the mailing list yet, which is probably just as well since I don't exactly subscribe to the "popular music is bad" ethic prevalent on the list. I tried to give fair warning in my station description, too: "Pop-addicted child of the '80s creates station with regard for neither popularity nor propriety, where an old Nine Inch Nails tune may be followed by a folk song, a bit of Prokofiev's first symphony, or something from the latest Angelique Kidjo release. Please enjoy the wonderful obscurities and forgive me for Toto and Christopher Cross--or vice-versa, depending on your tastes." We'll see if anyone deigns to notice.

In other news, it's snowing! Yes, again. We've gotten more snow than Chicago this year, which at least means that our drought is over. I still love snow, though I can't say I'm thrilled at the prospect of walking through, over, or around the snowdrifts tomorrow.

In more personal news, I'm too tired to say much of anything. If I'm not commenting in your journals or responding to your e-mails, please believe it doesn't mean I don't love you. It might mean that, of course, but it probably doesn't (am sending warm'n'fuzzy thoughts out to most of you).

In lighter news

Wednesday, January 29th, 2003 02:42 pm
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For those of you with Launchcast stations: Yahoo has settled their lawsuit with Sony, so your Launchcast station now plays more music than it did before. Woohoo!

And if you've got a little change to spare for the Launch folks, here's news from the guy who created Launchcast (his Yahoo/station name is "hitsman" if you're interested):

Check it out:
http://launch.yahoo.com/launchcast/subscription

LAUNCHcast Plus offers all the great features of LAUNCHcast, plus...
* Listen to commercial-free music
* Access 50 exclusive programmed stations not available in the free version
* Create genre-based moods for your station
* Subscribe to "influencers" and get recommendations from other
listeners who share your tastes

Wooohoo!
Todd

If you had a Launchcast station before Yahoo bought Launch (hi, [livejournal.com profile] bearybipolar!), you'll recognize these as features which used to be freely available to everyone. Well, at least the Yahoo empire is letting Launch provide them to somebody. Personally I'm amused by some of the ads for the pay service, like the one saying (paraphrased), "You know how your friends used to make fun of you for listening to Barry Manilow? Well, now you can relive that experience!" Hee. (Makes me think of [livejournal.com profile] penguinboi for some reason. Can't imagine why.)
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Default)
1. When I was little and first learned the scientific term for humanity, I bounced around the house chanting, "I'm a homo sapiens! I'm a homo sapiens!"

My father, deeply offended, said, "No child of mine will ever be a homo sapiens." No, he was not mistaking it for another term. He simply did not want to be associated with the human species in any way and insisted that the only way I could be human was if I were someone else's child.

2. Feeling a need for old familiar things, I'm getting in touch with my inner child (of the '80s) listening to some of Launchcast's preprogrammed stations with 1980s themes. Am being reminded why I'm not normally nostalgic for that decade's music. The Psychedelic Furs' "Love My Way"? Ach, there's a reason why Richard Butler was referred to as "a very poor man's David Bowie."

3. Someone just gave me a space heater for my room! This is especially welcome as we're surely due to run out of heating oil soon.

4. Thanks to the work of dedicated researchers, my ancestry has been traced back to the Celtic mother-goddess Don and her consort Beli Mawr (for whom Beltane was named). No, I am not making this up.

5. While I'm highly skeptical of astrology, the fact that my natal chart has the moon conjunct the ascendant and the sun in the third house makes perfect sense.

6. I know way too much about astrology for someone who doesn't believe in it.

7. Every time I've taken a mini-version of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (whether using a book or a test online), my results have been either INTP, INFP, or a tie between the two. Except for one online quiz which told me I was an ESFJ. That quiz was probably coded by someone on very interesting drugs.

8. The books which I reread the most as a young child: Lewis Carroll's Alice books, L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, collections of the Grimms' fairy tales and Andersen's tales, Edith Hamilton's Mythology, and a collection of stories & poems by Edgar Allan Poe.

9. The two authors I've read the most as an adult: C.J. Cherryh and C.S. Lewis. If I ever write anything that gets published, I'll have to use my initials too.

10. I own a single niobium earcuff I bought years ago from these people at a Renaissance festival. If I were a rich woman, I would own more. So what if I never wear the one I have? If I were a rich woman, I'd go places where I wouldn't feel ridiculous wearing niobium jewelry.
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Default)
A few stations which were available on Launchcast's home page are no longer listed on the page and are not currently being updated, but you can listen to them here:

Alt Country:
http://launch.yahoo.com/launchcast/play/?p=1&m=414

Ska Punk
http://launch.yahoo.com/launchcast/play/?p=1&m=409

Indie & Eclectic
http://launch.yahoo.com/launchcast/play/?p=1&m=390

No real update from me today 'cos I'm too tired for rational thought and my irrational thoughts of the day aren't very entertaining, even to me.

(no subject)

Wednesday, February 13th, 2002 09:20 pm
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Default)
Ella Fitzgerald "I've Got You Under My Skin"
Depeche Mode "Policy of Truth"
King's X "Don't Believe It"
Tom Lehrer "We Will All Go Together When We Go"
Loreena McKennitt "Marrakesh Night Market"
Siouxsie & the Banshees "Kiss Them For Me"
Keith Jarrett "God Bless the Child"
Alan Parsons Project "Hyper-Gamma-Spaces"
Nine Inch Nails "Head Like a Hole (live)"
Jackson Browne "My Problem Is You"
Kate Bush "Rubberband Girl"


I have nothing to say at the moment except this: I love my Launchcast station.


Addendum, 9:46 pm: I'm hearing a Harold Budd track I've never heard before!
::bounce::

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