Peter Gabriel's The Filter has more Holes than Necessary

Music week staggers forward. The other day BuzzFeed pointed out that Peter Gabriel has become involved with The Filter.

‘What is The Filter?’ you ask.

Well you could risk being bored to death by Gabriel’s Tech Crunch’d explanation on why we need sites like The Filter:

… or I can take a stab at the general tagline. What it aims to do is collect data on your likes and dislikes, be them music or movies or TV shows(currently unavailable), and from this data it offers up new things that might be up your alley.

First off, the navigation is clunky as hell. It feels like I’m in an 80s video rental store trying not to knock down random other merchandise off the shelves as I make my selections. I browse the music section and randomly gave the CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY soundtrack a 70% good rating. The Filter, in turn, recommends Ennio Morricone‘s SQUARE DANCE. I’ve never heard of Morricone’s SQUARE DANCE but I know of his work via oh, so many, spaghetti western scores. So on some level I think The Filter is on to something.

But the movies need work. After toggling the necessary genres to get the ball rolling on movie rating I found that ball landed squarely in the 1930s era. There nothing wrong with a good old movie. I’m just not as versed in those flicks as I would be in the last few decades or so. Pinpoint searching and rating to tweak the movie finder didn’t help as most of the movies I liked denied me rating access. So here I am, stuck in the 1930s viewing pleasures.

I understand that The Filter is still in beta and because of this I’ll come back in a month or two to see if they’ve worked out the kinks. Otherwise, I’ll stick to Pandora to recommend my new music. I have hope for The Filter because just a few years ago Pandora was in the same place.

Something to do

It’s a bit like the Matrix.

You have to see it for yourself.

Unlike The Matrix the third act is a bit clearer and more straightforward in reasoning.


Cheesy? Sure.

Bored outta my skull. Abso-fucking-lutely.

Gmail proficient

I’ve got gmail!
Yes, I do.
Thanks to Knotty,
she came through.

If you want gmail,
to increase your stock.
You should try gmailswap.

Link via ponzu and once again, bad poetry via groonk.


The Snoop Dog Shizzolator puts my words in shit yo’ ass kids can understand.

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Animated Bliss

Animatd Bliss is a monster source for any an dall animated DVD’s that are in the market.

What to Rent

I found this movie recommendation site via The Coffee Achiever‘s post. Giving it the Top 5 treatment a la High Fidelity seemed the best way to test the waters.

So far it recommended these flicks in the following order and according to my current mood:

1) Run Lola Run: Already seen it and thought it was damn awesome.

2) Secretary: I’ve seen this one too. It made me realize that domination can be fun and a little…a lot… weird.

3) Y Tu Mama Tambien: One movie I haven’t seen but have heard good stuff about. It must be worth something since the director is doing Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

4) 8 1/2: Never seen it. I guess it’s time to finally check out a Fellini flick.

5) Memento: Watched it and consider it worth its weight in gold.

I give the What to Rent system 3 out of 5 stars.

Technomage philosphy

“We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers. We study the mysteries of laser and circuit, crystal and scanner, holographic demons and invocations of equations. These are the tools we employ, and we know many things. Fourteen words to make someone fall in love with you forever, seven words to make them go without pain, how to say goodbye to a friend who is dying, how to be poor, how to be rich, how to rediscover dreams when the world has stolen them from you.” – Elric the Technomage

I wonder what the words could be. The 14 and the 7. The bit about rediscovering dreams would be handy too.


“I am a Ranger. We live for the One, we die for the One. We go to the dark places where no one else dares venture! We stand on the bridge and no one passes. Entil’zha Veni!” – Ranger Motto

All found on the wonderous Babylon 5 Voltayre’s Encyclopedia Xenobiologica.


Ponzoo, or the recently corrected Ponzu, has joined the blogsphere.

Good on ya, mate.


I’m reading the whole thing.

Speech Accent Archive

Intriguing site on accents and how they impact us socially:

The speech accent archive is established to uniformly exhibit a large set of speech accents from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English all read the same English paragraph and are carefully recorded. The archive is constructed as a teaching tool and as a research tool. It is meant to be used by linguists as well as other people who simply wish to listen to and compare the accents of different english speakers. It allows users to compare the demographic and linguistic backgrounds of the speakers in order to determine which variables are key predictors of each accent. The speech accent archive demonstrates that accents are systematic rather than merely mistaken speech.

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