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11 August 2005 @ 09:41 am
I spent a large chunk of time yesterday poking at the new audioscrobbler site (now called Last.fm) and reading around in the forums. I quite like the new site, there seems more Stuff to look at and I like the colour scheme and layout etc, there're a few bugs to work out though, but that's to be expected. The forums remind me of how to a first approximation people are a) dumb and b) stuck in their ways. You'd think someone had murdered their best friend from some of the reactions - it's bad because it's different, and it's bad because there's PINK on the screen and offends their masculinity or something (most of the so-called pink is actually bright red). If you go look at the complainer's pages they're pretty uniformly male and teenage/very early 20s, and they only listen to bands with names like "Death" and "Deicide", so I guess black is the only masculine colour ;) (edit: it's not clear from what I wrote, but I'm only taking the piss out of those particular complaints - they do seem to have screwed up on the radio side of it, it's no longer streaming audio you have to download a player and there's only currently a few of the players available and those that are don't necessarily work. Which sucks. However it's not a feature I really use, so it doesn't affect my overall liking of those bits that I do use. That's one example, but there're probably other things that are genuinely complaint-worthy that have passed under my radar :) )

It was new contest day for one of the icon-competition communities I've joined recently - iconartistic - so I voted in the previous contest and downloaded pics for the new one, it's a retrospective of all the last 19 competitions, so I get to have a go at a couple of the cool looking ones from before. I made a couple last night, and I'll see what I think of them later.

I'm trying to create a picture of an alien landscape to go with a small scene I wrote ages ago - I made something the other day, and then looked at it again yesterday and I think I need to start over, the technique is right, I just haven't made the right image yet ... though I do like one of the cliffs, so I'll save that feature. More work on that later, maybe.

The CD Swap cds arrived yesterday (hopefully all of them - the package had a hole in and was wrapped in a Royal Mail 'oops' plastic bag), J took a couple into work and I'm listening to some of the rest today (starting with Mike's Get with the Programming Mix - which won't be J's sort of thing, I don't think, I'm filing most of it pretty firmly under Cheese at the moment (this is not a bad thing, go check my tags on AS ;) ), I think it's going to be good to do housework to too, not just programming, but I've not started that yet.)

J was working from home yesterday morning, so that was odd - I've not done housework while he's been around, felt a little odd pottering around doing housey things while he was sitting in the living room. On that note - never buy a white plastic kitchen sink, if you're ever in a position to do so. They stain like $stained-thing, and ours is now pitted where the scrubby cloth + bleach has damaged it in getting the blasted coffee stains off.

Speaking of housework - I should go make a start on the day properly.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: "Flying" Atomic Puppy
Jonathanmcurtains on August 11th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC)
never buy a white plastic kitchen sink

I agree with that, our previous one was beige and stained easily - at least I assume it was beige, maybe it started out white. But, to be honest, we've found that our ceramic sink has got stained already. I was expecting it to be flawless forever.
Margaretpling on August 11th, 2005 10:01 am (UTC)
Re: Sinks
But I'm guessing it'll be slightly more resistant to bleach and a scouring pad than our pathetic plastic attempt at a sink ;)
Bruce: South Parkgrowf on August 11th, 2005 09:40 am (UTC)
On the other hand, I've been using last.fm as a radio station for a while - and going live without users actually being able to stream radio from them suggests they were a tad premature with the new site.
Margaretpling on August 11th, 2005 09:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's not a feature I'd used except one day coz J's machine (that I run my music player on) was being rebuilt, so it doesn't affect my opinion of the stuff I use, if you see what I mean.

I do however a) think that's a perfectly justified complaint (which isn't clear from my post, sorry, I'll go fix that) and b) think that even if it was working as intended they are showing that they've not thought it through fully - no real realisation that installing something isn't necessarily an option at work/on your mate's PC/whatever while streaming audio may be.

Releasing the site before everything was ready just so fits the way they've done everything - rush jobs and an 'it'll do' attitude.
contents under pressure / handle with care: lain - musicgraphxgrrl on August 11th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
Eep. You should have had 10, as everyone else had 11.

And a surprise. ;)
Margaretpling on August 11th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
Yay! All was there :) I thought that was the right number.

And cooking penguins are coooool :)
contents under pressure / handle with care: cheesegraphxgrrl on August 11th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
As long as you're not, say, cooking the penguins? ;)