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This Month's Playlist

I use iTunes a lot.1 Like, a lot. I don’t think I’ve ever had it closed on this computer.

Why? you may ask. Well, I like music. Hopefully you’ve figured that out by now, since I listed a music textbook in the ‘what I’m reading’ thing earlier, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned how many music classes I’m taking somewhere.2 It’s what I use to play music on my laptop, and it’s what I3 use to keep my music library organized.

It’s a respectably-sized music library, at that: 2,100+ songs at the moment, and it’ll probably keep going up.4 So, what’s up with the title of this post?

Well, I make a new playlist every month. For a while, I just had one playlist,5 but I got tired of that after a while. 300 songs in one playlist seemed like a bit much, especially when I’d be listening to it on my phone, spot a song that I didn’t want on there… and then forget before I could do anything about it when I got back to my laptop. This way, it’s always fresh; a song I don’t like will be on my playlist for a month at the most,6 and whenever I get some new music I like, the smaller size of the list means that I’ll be able to hear it much more frequently.7

The other really cool benefit of this system, to me at least, is the fact that I can look back and see what I was listening to at any time. I’m a big fan of the whole ‘quantified self’ thing – my phone tracks my steps and distance walked, and I use an app to keep track of what I eat just because I like looking at the charts – and this is, to Grey-the-vague-audiophile a very cool thing.

Anyhow, readers, since I know there’s at least one of you out there – what’s your system for music? Pandora list? Thousands of playlists for every possible mood? Something I haven’t thought of because I only listed three ideas? I’d like to know, so hit up that comment box.


  1. It’s a much less terrible program if you’re using Mac OS X instead of Windows; I’m convinced that Apple was so intense about having it look like it was on OS X that they actually wrote the entire OS X windowserver system into the program and then run iTunes within that. 
  2. If I haven’t, I’m taking 6 music classes at the moment. That in addition to working for the music department at school. 
  3. As someone with not-actually-OCD-stop-calling-it-that, or “I prefer things to be organized, but I don’t compulsively clean them.” 
  4. The nice thing about the remixes that I’m partial to at the moment is that, thanks to copyright law, they’re generally free to download. 
  5. Titled “Main Music List” because I am super creative you guys 
  6. Just because I’ve changed tactics doesn’t mean I’m any less forgetful. 
  7. Handily increasing the efficiency of the whole “repeating a song until I can no longer listen to it because I hate it so much” thing. Y’know, like Owl City’s Fireflies
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Photography

Bridge (redux)

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Photography

Bridge

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Technology

Writing

In this modern world, we spend a lot of time writing, and there are a lot of different ways to do this. Personally, I prefer the keyboard, because my handwriting is truly atrocious. And please, don’t ask about cursive.

I noticed recently that I’ve got an impressive number of different ways to type things on my computer- not just things like “Mail” versus “Notes” versus “Messages,” but an actual wide array of apps I’ve installed myself. I thought I’d go through the ones I use frequently, and for what.

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Photography

Sunset

I noticed the other day that the sunset was being very pretty! It was a nice break from the ‘being grumpy’ that I was in the middle of, and it turned an all-around grouchy moment into a contemplative one. So I took a picture. Enjoy!

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Photography

Fog

I took this picture a few days ago on a lovely cold day. Fall took its sweet time arriving, and I have been quite tired of the melting heat; having a bit of fog and some colder weather is a nice change.

Oh, and this photo was taken with my iPhone 6, instead of with my fancy camera, because I didn’t feel like running around trying to get my camera at 6 in the morning. Pretty good, no?

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Photography

Short Sands

Hey, I bet you thought I was done talking about the beach after last time. Nope! This time I have even less to say, since there are some pretty dang beautiful pictures in here, if I do say so myself. The subject matter made it fairly easy.

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Technology

Books

E-books are nice, but they haven’t arrived at an endpoint. The Kindle is nice and all, though I must admit I’ve had a complaint or two about it. There’s a lot of room for improvement. 

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Denmark

Cathedral

On Thursday we checked out of our hotel and started heading home. Made a stop along the way, at the ancient cathedral where the kings and queens of Denmark are crowned.2013-08-08 11.51.37

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Denmark

Hamlet

On Wednesday, after visiting Frederiksborg Castle, we headed up to Kronborg Castle, where Hamlet was set.

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Denmark

Minecraft

My host family has a younger boy, somewhere in the 6-8 years age range. He doesn’t speak any English, so his communication with me is in hand signs or translated via family members. He is, however, a fan of Minecraft – I’m not sure why I’m surprised at all, what with the game originating much closer to here than my home.

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Denmark

Castle

Spent the day wandering around a castle-slash-themepark thing. It started as a castle, and stuff got added on. The castle is called… okay actually I’m just not gonna try spelling the name. I’ll get it wrong, guaranteed.

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I’m going to cut off the post here- click the read more whatever if you’re willing to load a bunch of pictures n things.

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Denmark

Airport

It’s a goal of mine to do some writing on this blog about my exchange to Denmark this summer, so I may as well start now: in the car, on the way to the airport. (Worry not, I’m not driving.)
I’m nervous and excited – this is the first trip of this magnitude, in terms of both length and distance, that I’ve ever taken. Everyone keeps assuring me that I’ll have a good time, and I’m quick to tell them that I’m excited, and I am. Just a bit nervous, too.
But it’s 03:30 PST, so I’m barely able to coherently think, much less write. I’ll leave this post as it is and try to get some rest or something.
Bye for now, Internet.

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Technology

Fullscreen with HTML5 and JavaScript

What’s this? Web apps don’t have fullscreen? FALSE!

With a new addition to WebKit and Firefox, you can use fullscreen as much as you want.

How? Click that handy little read more link to find out. (If you’re already in the full post view, GO READ THE REST OF THIS)