Category Archives: Cool Stuff

MySpace Music Remixed

When MySpace Music relaunched back in September, I was pretty impressed by the depth of the catalog of music they had available. With all the major labels represented in the new venture, there was a lot of music you could go and listen to if you took the time to find it.

Unfortunately the experience was more than a little lacking. There wasn’t a way to search for songs or albums; rather, searching for those things pulled a list of profiles and discography pages that met your search criteria. Listening to the music was also less than optimal; browsing and playback of all the albums offered by the service took place within the player on the profile.

Over the past six months they’ve added more songs, more labels, and more artists. On the front end, they made some significant updates to music search and introduced music and playlist pages. Now you can listen to the full song in search, add it to your playlist, jump straight to the album, or go to the profile. With the publicly browse-able playlists, I’m not just putting together songs for myself, I’m putting it together for the world to enjoy.

It’s still not perfect, by any means, but the fact that I can listen to a bunch of New Wave songs all day makes me happier than I probably deserve.

glyphic’s New Wave playlist


“Please, please tell me now!”

“I wanna know what you’re thinking.”

“I’m only human… born to make mistakes.”

“I’ve got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 senses working overtime.”

Old Bank District Holiday Block Party Tonight

In case you were wondering, this is where I’ll be tonight.

blogdowntown: 12/6: Old Bank District Block Party to Let Downtowners Play in the Streets

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Food, drink and music take to the streets on Saturday, December 6th, as Gilmore Associates hosts the first annual Old Bank District Block Party at 4th and Main. The 6pm to midnight event will close off two blocks and feature two stages of music, an art bazaar and charity booths.

Old Bank District Holiday Block Party 2008 Flyer

Old Bank District Holiday Block Party 2008 Flyer

The evening will see 4th street closed between Spring and Main, as well as Main street shut between 4th and 5th. Local traffic will be allowed through to the garage at 415 S. Main, which will be offering a special $3 flat rate.

Those traveling to the event from elsewhere in Downtown can use the Late Night DASH Holiday service, operating from 6:30pm to 3am.

Little Radio is programming the music and has the schedule and band info on their site.

Little Radio: Old Bank District Holiday Block Party


06:30-07:00 Restaurant
07:15-07:45 Dawes
08:00-08:30 Rumspringa
08:45-09:15 The Like
09:30-10:00 Whispertown 2000
10:15-10:45 The Afternoons

See you there.


Google released Picasa 3 this week, with a bunch more features. The ones that look most promising are:

  • Photo Viewer – faster, chromeless way to browse images on your computer
  • Automatic Web Sync – choose albums on your computer to always sync with the web

That’s all fine and well, but the real reasons to use Picasa are the web albums:

  • Images automatically fit the available browser area
  • Album view thumbnails can be adjusted to tiny, small, or medium size
  • iPhone-optimized version is lightweight and very functional
  • Facial recognition software is scary good. Why “tag” thousands of photos when Google can do it for you?

Read more about Picasa 3 on the Google Photos blog.

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The Census Bureau is one of my favorite government entities

The Constitution declares that “[an] Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.” The primary purpose was to assign Congressional delegates to the member States based on population, but the Census Bureau does a lot more than just count heads. They collect all sorts of data, and employ math/stats people to come up with estimates for those years when we don’t have a census.

Here’s something I bet you didn’t know (I didn’t know until I looked):

2006 Census Estimate Households Percentage
Married-couple family household 55,521,868 49.7%
Male householder, no wife present family household 5,121,415 4.6%
Female householder, no husband present family household 13,920,783 12.5%
Nonfamily household 37,053,336 33.2%
Total households 111,617,402

Given the data:

  • …should tax policy favor married people?
  • …should housing developers and planning policies assume that residents will be married-couple family households?
  • …should people be smacked when they continue to claim that half of marriages end in divorce?

Only the third one is a rhetorical question (the answer is yes).

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