“GOD” ON LAST.FM

An interesting byproduct of the “semantic web” movement is that like much of the internet and open source programming, amateurs, hobbyists, and professionals (in spare time) have been expected to contribute work to this notion of machine-tagging the data that make up our World Wide Web and the internet as a whole.

While browsing through descriptions of bands on last.fm, I found a group that had the tag “god” applied to it, and I don’t remember who; it was more the surprise that it occured to someone to label a piece of music in that way.  The result is that a few hundred people have marked music that they
think is the absolute best of the best, and that’s not a bad thing.

The funny thing about it, to me, is to see just what music last.fm users think qualify for the tag, and frankly, like a wiki vandal, if I wanted to completely ruin things, I could start tagging music I know and believe is crappy with the “god” tag myself, but most of me wants that tag to work out, so I thought of a few things that belong in the tag and … tagged them.

Last.fm can create virtual radio stations of sorts from these tags, my and other users’ personal profiles, and the calculated relationships between others’ profiles based on calculations, so the idea of having a channel instantly calculate a playlist of what a lot of people think is absolutely the best music of the best is an amazing feat.  This isn’t just a single person’s opinion…

Now, last.fm made connections to tags like “praise and worship” and “prayer” and I suppose that’s to be expected, but a majority of the entries represented in the tag are not Christian or religious music outfits, and in fact, I don’t recognize any of the groups in the list as such.

The reigning champion of the “god” tag at this writing is David Bowie.

Thank you for the comments.

organic_gaming was talking first about how extortionate the notion of cell phone insurance is- there’s no way my cell phone costs anywhere remotely near $200 to create; and second he talked about something he wrote in his blog, about considering defecting from Xanga because of other blog sites’ features.

Xanga have added a lot of features that, to me, seem to be clearly meant to compete with the decor and features of MySpace.

I’m not ungrateful for the sudden picture space, and the flash player for audio so I don’t have to ask people to click links that touch my own server, which may or may not be on at the time…

It seems that the only reasons to choose any blog over another are the feature set offered (I don’t use most of what Xanga offers even in the free account) and the search function, the latter is a bit more important if you expect more than your circle of friends to see your work.  I get the impression that most people blog where their friends are, so to speak, though.

Organic_gaming was thinking about leaving Xanga for an engine that lets you back up your blog (Xanga will, if you pay for Premium) and offers better editing features.

Me?  I’d consider a Ruby on Rails/Typo blog if I didn’t think I’d lose what few readers I have; moving your blog gives you the “new phone number/address” problem where you suddenly have to contact all these people in some way so they know to find you, and you never seem to rememeber everybody.  We’ll call it slight discomfort in the name of familiarity.

A second thought of mine is the notion of using a kind of RSS aggregator to catch the feed from my own Xanga page here, and then create a way for readers to leave me comments without having to get a Xanga account, as if it’s that difficult to use the “send me an email” link.

The ladies at work wanted to try and create a regular coworker’s outting, a way to unwind and otherwise have fun seeing each other outside of the context of the headset and cubicle.  The first try was called “doggie play day” and had six visitors.

Since I live in an apartment and can’t have pets, I brought Ein, pictured left.

Hope everything is going okay with everyone.

See you next time.

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4 thoughts on ““GOD” ON LAST.FM

  1. David Bowie == god …haha… it’s funny because it’s true… I have to admit that I love david bowie. The reason I use xanga is because when I started, that’s just what everyone I knew used. since then, most of my friends’ xangas have fallen into dormancy. Many of my friends haven’t updated in six months or more. The main reasons I don’t switch are 1) the inability to easily (and freely) back up 1.5 years worth of posts; 2) my friends still get subscription emails so my thoughts are still read by them without their having to actively go out and do so themselves, as I know they probably wouldn’t; 3) why? xanga is still pretty simple and easy, it may have features that I don’t use and may be missing features that might be useful, but if I just want to write words and post them for my friends to see, I can do so without hassle. also, a few of my friends have gotten xanga accounts themselves just so they can leave me comments. lately, though, I doubt that anyone would want to read what I’ve been posting… sorry all.—Ein, huh… are you a bebop fan?

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  2. I give up on american politics.I give up on politics in general… Every day I grow more and more ambivolent. It’s all a power game; the idea that the USA is a democracy (or even a republic, where we are “represented” by our congressmen&senators) is, at best, an illusion.I agree with your position regarding Dem’s vs. Rep’s. It’s hard to say how much they are really working together, but at very least, it can be said that they have the same goal, which is to manipulate the herd to put themselves in power.It only made my apathy worse today when I watched the Texas gubernatorial debate… three “republicrats”, firing off PR-authorized, memorized, superficial responses to debate questions… and one rather befuddled kinky friedman. Of course, the republican incumbent is going to win. I think it’s sad, though; Kinky is an honest fellow with big ideas. His honest goal seems to be to make this formerly-great state a little bit better. And he wants Willie Nelson right there with him to work on biodiesel (and probably the legalization of our lovely herb, cannabis).Just imagine, Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman being the spokesmen and leadership of the lone star state… Besides being downright hilarious and stereotypical, I think it would be a great thing, even for just a term, to have a couple of truly honest fellas running the show. Unfortunately, it’s a pipe dream… It’s not likely to happen ever again in US government, as far as I can tell. :(anywho, hope things are well with you; thanks for continuing to read and comment on my egotistical and philosophical rants that I’ve been posting so many of lately : It’s good to know that I’m not just screaming and cursing into a black hole.-la

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  3. in response to your most recent comment: It is funny, and a little bit sad, how poor of an understanding people have of their beliefs; the origins of the bible, while known to a fairly accurate degree, is among the least common of knowledge held by christians, I have found. Most people don’t realize that most of the bible was jewish oral tradition and weren’t written down until after israel’s exile. Nor do they realize that Paul, the neurotic fellow who invented modern Christian doctrine, was not even a contemporary of jesus. In other words, many many people don’t really know why they believe what they do…people believe all kinds of crazy things… and they tend to like to second-guess God when the bible doesn’t specify something; things like: do babies go to heaven? “Well if I were God, I would have grace since a baby couldn’t understand the message of Jesus well enough to be saved. So there must be an age of accountability”and on this subject, to chase a rabbit, such a belief would nullify the need for salvation completely… since if we were born with the “original sin”, and God can’t extend grace to an adult unsaved person, how could he break this strange rule for a baby, if it carries with it the sin of Eve&Adam?although that is irrelevant; so, to shoot the rabbit …”We’re talking about faith, not fanaticism”It’s hard to keep this in any kind of perspective because I am currently attending a -strongly- christian college, one in which I am (to my current knowledge) the -only- non-christian… So I am inundated with christianity constantly from all directions, it’s expected that I tow this line as well, and it’s kinda stressful and isolating, especially since a lot of these folks -are- pretty fanatical…But you are right, and I shouldn’t think about it so much! šŸ˜›

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  4. “Xanga have added a lot of features that, to me, seem to be clearly meant to compete with the decor and features of MySpace.”Oh, I won’t be defecting to MySpace! I’m going over to WordPress. Their free account appear to be very similar to Xanga Premium accounts, with the added bonus of doubling as a website host. I don’t know how Xanga skins look (since we have to pay for them here) but WordPress has very nice looking themes, far surpassing what cosmetic options we have here on a free account.”moving your blog gives you the “new phone number/address” problem where you suddenly have to contact all these people in some way so they know to find you, and you never seem to remember everybody. We’ll call it slight discomfort in the name of familiarity. […] A second thought of mine is the notion of using a kind of RSS aggregator to catch the feed from my own Xanga page here, and then create a way for readers to leave me comments without having to get a Xanga account, as if it’s that difficult to use the “send me an email” link.”The only problem with that is changing one’s bookmark to a new URL is a one time thing for each person, an e-mail link is a constant inconvenience. Either way, I don’t think my friends read my Xanga anyway so that’s not really a problem.

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