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Automated Spotify Playlists #music

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To celebrate the release of Spotify in the US I'll highlight 3 fun Spotify mashups which can be used to create playlists for Spotify.

BBCify mashes up radio listings from the BBC with Spotify to create playlists of shows, it also creates a central playlist which is updated daily with the music from the shows.

Lastify connects to and uses information from's recommendations and creates a personalised playlists with recommended artists in Spotify.

The last Spotify mashup is biblify, which is again a playlist generator for Spotify. biblify using the latest album reviews from various sources, including The Guardian, NME, Pitchfork, Uncut, Drowned In Sound, The Fly and the BBC.

Have fun listening to music!

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July 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Spotify reaches US in July #music

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I remember first using Spotify and needing to create an account using an UK based proxy and setting the proxy in the configuration settings. Since then the service has changed some. Ironically I only got back into Spotify when my father asked me about it – we has set up for him and he wondered why it didn’t work any more. I too had forgotten about the proxy settings. After I ran the update and set it up for him to work I went on to install it on my own laptop.

Spotify Adoption Europe

A couple of weeks earlier a colleague, who is a paid up subscriber, asked a group of colleagues to name artists we thought would not be in Spotify. Naturally having a hipster as a friend paid off and I was able to name a number of artists which Spotify did not have in its collection, a hipster colleague was also able to name a couple. In good hipster/geek fashion we ridiculed him. 😉

Between you and me I like Spotify, and lament the start up issues they have had in the US. Based on the service offered – and from the articles I’ve read in Wired and some other sources – I am positive about the possibilities it has to offer with its Freemium model.

Spotify will launch in the US sometime in July.

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June 26, 2011 at 8:34 am

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My friend the popstar! #music

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So I meet somebody nice have lots of fun at a festival in Turkey, and all that time he’s a popstar. A real live popstar. Off all the things you could be! WARNING: Shameless plug: The band is called , the music is quite nice to listen to. I’m not going to tell you who I know otherwise I’ll just get lots of groupies hassling me because they want him for his body.

If he thinks I’m going to treat him different now that I know, he can forget it. (Now to find out if I can get a free CD.)

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May 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm

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Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig duit! #holiday

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March 17, 2010 at 8:00 am

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International Youth Day 2008

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Today is International Youth Day, the subject for this year is Youth and Climate Change. Whoever says the young shouldn’t have anything to say about the issues in the world are wrong. They are the ones who will inherit the earth, so they should be able to participate in a finding solution as they will be implementing it for years to come.

Team up! Organize! Celebrate! Take action!

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August 12, 2008 at 8:32 am

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See you in 1 1/2 weeks

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I’m going to the Boom Festival, so chances are you’ll only be getting the things I preprogrammed. I’d like to leave you with some parting words:

Gayatri Mantra


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August 8, 2008 at 1:57 pm

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Fraunhofer finding MP3 replacement #research

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The Fraunhofer institute is trying to find a replacement for MP3, their current project is designed to last 10 years. Do we really need to have a replacement for MP3 sooner than that? The updates for MPEG came in closer succession, but were required because compression of video signals had such high priority.

You might say MP4, but it is actually MPEG4 part 14 and is not en encoding format, but a transport or container format. The encoding of the content is still done with MP3, AAC or other format.

I wonder what will be the trick to further compress the data, and whether it will be even more closely related to the MPEG4 standard.

Source: Fraunhofer invests in MP3 successor research

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August 5, 2008 at 5:25 pm

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New Joss Whedon project

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Joss Whedon – Buffy the Vampire, Angel and FireFly – did a musical version of Buffy, “Once More With Feeling” which might be where he got the idea for the musical series Doctor Horrible The three-part Doctor Horrible series stars Neil Patrick Harris, who we know from How I Met Your Mother, and Nathan Fillion, who we know from FireFly and Buffy.

It has been /.‘d, so it might not work.

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July 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Algorithmically Matching Books

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On /. I saw the article Boiling Down Books, Algorithmically, it reminded me of my previous post Thrown together, summarize.

“Aaron Stanton rose to online fame after vowing in a video that he’d fly to California and pitch an idea to Google.”Google Heard Me, Now What? He created a service called BookLamp, “ is a system for matching readers to books through an analysis of writing styles, similar to the way that matches music lovers to new music.

What that means is that if you like William Gibson you’ll get Bruce Sterling and other Cyberpunk authors with similar styles. You’ll also get recommendations for authors who have similar writing style. Or as in the run I tried Isaac Asimov’s Ugly Little Boy -> Harry Harrison – Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge -> Cary Rockwell – Sabotage in Space -> Darrell Bain – Crazy Ships. All based on the following attributes:

  • Pacing
  • Density
  • Action
  • Description
  • Dialogue

In the mean time, they’ve tucked a couple practical jokes into the system. Searching for George Orwell’s 1984, the system returns a 98% match for the USA Patriot Act.Google Stalker Reveals Secret Project

On another note I’m blocked from

Dear Pandora Visitor,

We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for listeners located outside of the U.S. We will continue to work diligently to realize the vision of a truly global Pandora, but for the time being we are required to restrict its use. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative.

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July 7, 2008 at 8:06 pm

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Glade Festival 2008

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Eat Static at the between the 17th and 20th of July 2008. I’d like to go, but I should really save my money for the . Hmm…

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July 6, 2008 at 11:04 pm

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