September 18th, 2008

New Tilley Hat

The Genius Button

Spurred by dreamshark, I upgraded to iTunes 8.0 and tried out the Genius feature. Picking one of my favorite three or four songs to start, I wind up with:

Rosebud In June – Steeleye Span 3:39
Tam Lin - Fairport Convention 7:13
Cannily Cannily - Tim Hart & Maddy Prior 2:24
It's Raining - Peter, Paul & Mary 4:08
For Lovin' Me - Peter, Paul & Mary 2:08
Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain - Ladysmith Black Mambazo 2:19
Robbery With Violins - Steeleye Span 1:50
Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan 3:15
Reno Nevada - Mimi & Richard Fariña 3:11
A Chance Counsel - Richard Buckner 4:50
The Train - Roches, The 3:30
Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Ian & Sylvia 3:17
There Ain't No Bugs on Me - Jerry Garcia & David Grisman 4:40
Thomas the Rhymer - Steeleye Span 3:15
The Lark In The Morning, Rakish Paddy, Fox-Hunter's Jig (Medley) - Fairport Convention 4:08
Child Of Mine - Bill Staines (with Mellissa Javors) 3:35
Bells of Rhymney The - Seeger, Pete 5:40
Cripple Creek - Leo Kottke 2:00
Sex is for Children - Roches, The 3:38
Another Time - Pearls Before Swine 3:06
The Grey Funnel Line - Maddy Prior & June Tabor 3:04
Ballad Of Spring Hill Spring Hill Disaster - Peter, Paul and Mary 3:13
500 Miles - Peter, Paul & Mary 2:46
Saucy Sailor - Steeleye Span 5:47
Walk Right In - Rooftop Singers 2:37

A good list of my favorites, to be sure, and lots of songs either Celtic Folk/Rock or Folk, and even a few that I'm not familiar with (having been added to my iTunes by various downloads or mix CDs). Much as I like the Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Leo Kotke, they don't seem to relate much to the original Steeleye Span song, which is an a cappella (maybe that's why the LBM?) pean to a fertility ritual.
Before I head off to the newly opened 35W Bridge, one more behind the cutCollapse )
15 minute verdict: A different way to do a Party Shuffle, but not a better one. The only winner is The Apple Store, since it will try to find similar CDs/songs I don't have. It's actually okay for that, but I'm not in a buying mood and snobbishly prefer aiff files anyway. So there.
New Tilley Hat

I-35W Bridge: Open, if you notice

I-35W Bridge collapsed
I-35W Bridge, days after the collapse
On North side looking roughly SE
August 11, 2007CE

New I-35W bridge, first day opened
New I-35W Bridge, open to traffic for just a few hours
From almost the same spot as above
September 18, 2008CE

Well, it's open. It's large. Heck, it's huge. Five lanes in each direction, with shoulders (up from 4, w/o). Could be striped for seven lanes, or the two inner lanes could be used for Light Rail.

I didn't know when I was going over the river. It's so large that you can't see on either side without craning. In the second picture, note the curvy white concrete stele near the middle. That's to designate that you're about 1 second from going over water. There's another on the other side. It will be lit, blue, at night. That's how you know you're over the river.

Boring, but built to last a hundred years.