August 17th, 2005

the only earth?

pandora

After reading about it on danah boyd's weblog [apophenia], I've been listening to music through Pandora, which creates custom radio stations using information from the "Music Genome Project". It's kind of cool to listen to a stream of music related to a favorite song or artist, but I think that my favorite part is reading their explanation of the defining characteristics of a particular genre.

I swear that it said that a key component of Bloc Party was something like "modest lyrical vamping", but I can't get it to say it again. It also really wants me to like a song called "Curve of the Earth" by Matt Nathanson.
chair, apartment

wednesday recap : cedars

For those who found themselves worrying that I spent my Wednesday evening eating myself into a brownie-induced sugar coma, I can quell your fears by letting you know that I did not. Instead, I met up with some friends for dinner at Cedars.

As usual, the price to be paid for affordable and delicious food is the actual dining experience. The main hilarity involved miscommunication about our table. We asked for six, but asked to be seated once five arrived; this was interpreted as saying that we wanted a table for five. When the sixth guest arrived we had to put up a bit of a fight to get an extra chair and tablespace. But it really didn't turn out to be a big deal, and just added to the usual fun of being served by an endless supply of water pourers, waiters, and servers. I don't mean for this to sound all complainy, it's just part of the experience.

After dinner, a few of us went to see the Wedding Crashers. There were some funny parts, but it seemed too long for the story. Plus Rachel McAdams plays almost the same character that she did in the Notebook, and I think we all know how I felt about that film.