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Music Curation by Television Show (by the artist formerly known as Beats by Dre) [Jun. 22nd, 2014|10:25 pm]
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[music |In a Time Lapse – Ludovico Einaudi]

So I was in Target grocery shopping earlier today when I heard some beautiful violin music. At first, I thought it was one of those isle-end displays where there’s a bunch of CDs its advertising and you select the album you want and you get like a 30 second sample. It turned out to be a television playing music–appropriately enough–above the music section.

What’s more, it was something from Lindsey Stirling’s album, Shatter Me. I immediately searched for it in the iTunes Music Store and added the album to my wish list for obvious reasons (i.e. I liked what I heard, wanted to add it to my collection and I wanted a device to do the job of remembering that idea for me.)

So earlier this evening, I loaded the album up in iTunes and decided to preview the album. While I like the artistry, I’m not sure that I would listen to any of those songs more than a handful of times. Of course, me being Tomas, I had to overthink this.

See, I want to support Stirling, but I don’t want to spend the $10 on something I’m not going to use. I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t spent more money on less and would be delusional to think that I won’t waste money in the future. But for some reason, this is coming down to a principle/ethical thing for me. I don’t know why I’m obsessed on this problem but I am.

It may have to do with a recent musical experience.

See, I never got the whole Pandora/Spotify/rdio/last.fm thing. I think (though I have no hard data and perhaps false memories to draw upon) those kinds of services are most suited to pop music. That’s not to say I don’t listen to pop music, but I’m not a modern man in this regard. And I’m more of an album kind-of-guy; I grew up with albums and don’t believe in buying individual tracks, except when it comes to pop music.

For example, when I was building my collection of “Oldies” music, I would remember a song or hear it in a film or what-have-you and then I would go look it up and add just that song to my collection. We’re talking about things like the Beetles, Rolling Stone, Elvis Presley, etc. Now, yes, I know the Beetles are famous for their albums, but I’m not aware of their albums being a continuous piece of work like say Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (which, ironically, I’ve never listened to.)

It may also help to point out that I enjoy listening to scores and grew up listening to classical music. Both of these are meant to be consumed as a unit consisting of many parts, though it is true that some lend themselves to piecemeal more than others.

But I must confess that my main method of music discovery is through episodic television content. I’m sure there was a gaggle of people responsible for the needle-drop music in House; I am externally grateful to them and the masterminds behind Have Dog Will Travel: I have added many songs to my collection because of that show and website. I’ve picked up one or two songs thanks to Justified but not nearly as many as House.

Not surprisingly, I’ve picked up music from another show, though I’m ashamed that I haven’t done so long before now. Those that know me well will have, of course, guessed Top Gear. Apparently, there’s a site called Tune Find that has done for many TV shows what Have Dog Will Travel did for House. So it was that I was watching some episode of Top Gear (I forget which) when James was doing a piece. Experience from In a Time Lapse played and I was able to identify it along with a track from Snitch.

The premise of Snitch sounds interesting, though I’m sure it’s as predictable as Taken. (Also, note to self, watch The Counselor and The Next Three Days) But I’m disappointed in the $10 that I paid for the score. There’s really only one track worth listening to. I think it’s because of that recent purchase, I’m reticent to support Stirling’s album.

I thought about trying to explain all of this to a tweet directed to her, but I couldn't even make that work in my head, much less real life. "Dear Lindsey, I love your art, hate your work and but am too cheap to support it." Yeah.




So I went on Twitter to send Miss Stirling a link to this blog post only to find out that her grandmother died recently. Now I really do feel like a two-bit piece of shit.
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Bookcase Photo Meme! [May. 3rd, 2014|05:10 pm]
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I'm starting a new meme: post a picture (or pictures) of your bookcase so others can clearly see what you have you your shelf and invite people to ask you why you chose to add that book to your collection.

Almost without exception, all the books pictured here are to be read.


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I tag newmistakes to participate in this meme!
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#DeepFreeze14 Gets its Own Flickr Set [Feb. 12th, 2014|10:03 pm]


Since I find myself taking pictures as #DeepFreeze14 drags on, I thought it would make sense to create a gallery for my image somewhere. Therefore, I've created a Flickr set for just that purpose.

Subscribe! Enjoy! Check often!
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#DeepFreeze14 [Feb. 11th, 2014|07:28 am]


No work. No pants.

Global Warming is Real™!



Just got an email from work stating they'll be opening at 1000. Here's hoping they decide to just keep the building shut all day.



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iCall 2.0 [Sep. 23rd, 2013|08:13 am]
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iPhone5S Launch
View from where I started in line


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Our National Anthem Turns 200 [Feb. 27th, 2013|09:08 am]
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I've just been enlightened about the production of both a feature film and a documentary being produced about Francis Scott Key and our national anthem. I don't have any details on when either of these will be available for general release, but I would encourage you to follow the project on Twitter and Facebook. The production website can be found at http://www.fskusa.org.
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Something a little light-hearted for the weekend [Feb. 16th, 2013|09:31 am]


[a] government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


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I've Been Blogging While You've Been Sleeping [Feb. 13th, 2013|10:30 am]
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Greetings! I come to you with great tidings of good joy: I've been writing stealthily.

In fact, I have started three additional blogs. But today, I'm going to tell you about four.

Off the top, there's the political blog that I've been utilizing for quite some time: http://professortom.tumblr.com. I've syndicated it as pro_ts_tumblr for those of you who want to read it off your FL.

The first of the three new blogs I want to tell you about is a tech blog. It's mostly reblogs of MG Sigler's Paris Lemon, with some Daring Fireball thorn in. Occasionally, I'll find something outside of those sources to pass on. And, wouldn't you know it, there's a lot of Apple related news. The blog address is http://tech.professortom.net and it's available on your FL as pro_ts_tech.

I had an idea two years ago or so for a joke of a blog called The Love Spam Blog. The inspiration came from getting a ton of spam emails at work that were supposed to sound like someone I had met at a bar was emailing me wanting to hook up. I thought it would be hilarious if I were to pawn these emails off as serious emails and provide color commentary. Think of it as a riff off of the abandoned Headset Hotties. This blog is being piped into your FL via lovespamblog.

Finally, the blog that is the nearest and dearest to my heart is http://books.professortom.net. This is a place where I will log what I am reading or the courses I am consuming, when I purchase something, when I start consuming and when I finish. This blog was inspired by Jessamyn West's end of year summary.

This blog is personal for me because I think that the closest you can get to understanding who I am–more than spending time with me–is to look at what influences me and what I surround myself with. As such, I think that my book blog is me at my rawest and most vulnerable. You can add it to your FL via pro_ts_reads.

Too Many Notes
A quick note on the Syndication feeds: yes, you can leave comments here on Live Journal on the Syndication pages. However, I get no notification about comments on the feeds unless you reply directly to a comment I leave on a feed. In other words, if you really want me to see the comment that you labored to write, please do me a favor and Tweet (@ProfessorTom) or email me a link to your comment.

Note number two: these are all on Tumblr. If you know someone that can make kick-ass Tumblr themes, please send them my way: I am willing to pay for their services.

Lastly, this is still my personal journal. I am setting up verticals to give people an opportunity to follow only the subject matters that interest them. Furthermore, Tumblr makes short updates way easier and the kind of content I want to generate (essentially link blogs) make much more sense on Tumblr. However, as this is my personal blog, it is possible that some long-form content will get duplicated between this blog and one or more of the verticals; please be aware of this if you decide to follow me everywhere.

It should be clear by now that this blog has turned into a place where I put personal thoughts F-locked for a hand full of people that I trust. It should also be clear that I seldom engage in long-form writing that isn't personal in nature; as such, the number of public posts have gone down.

I do expect that having verticals and updating them more frequently than I update this blog should have an effect on this blog i.e. that there should be more long-form content on this blog as time goes by. Yes, I have abandoned my Xanga; no, I have no plans to abandon LJ. LJ is my blogging home. I like its services, I like its interface and I like what little bit of community I've built around me.

As usual, I would be very grateful for any feedback in the comment section below.
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On Windows 7 [Jan. 23rd, 2013|12:33 pm]
I haven't been forced to use Windows 7 until today. I'm finding that, scratching at the surface, it's not that bad, though I haven't really done anything with it other than install software and download updates. I'm not yet willing to say that it's amazing, but I've started to like the way some of it works, even if it is plagued with its legacy.




I'm really liking the search built into the Windows menu. With a keystroke, I can search my entire computer. Spotlight finally comes to Windows.
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A Christmas message from Mr James May - BBC Top Gear [Dec. 26th, 2012|06:38 pm]
A Christmas message from Mr James May - BBC Top Gear

No Top Gear Christmas Special until February? I wonder if it will be Christmas themed or just a special. Meanwhile, I'm having Top Gear withdrawals. :'(
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