Screenshots from the Wimp music software

Norwegian firm Aspiro is working on a Spotify competitor, due to go into beta in the summer of 2009 according to NRKbeta. But a happy few, including me, has had access for a while, and I wanted to share a few annotated screenshots from the Abobe Air-based client.

PS: To get a betatest login, please send your name and mobile phone number to wimp@aspiro.com, and follow @aspiromusic on Twitter

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Wimp frontpage
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Wimp search result, returned on the count of two
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Wimp search result Nirvana
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Wimp artist page w mashup and fav
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Get personal recommendations based on your last.fm history by authorizing Wimp to access your data. This is what my recommandations look like. A little unusual selection perhaps, but looks interresting.

Wimp personal recommendations
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Playing with Iphone photo distortions

It turns out that my new Iphone creates some very interesting “effects” if you take pictures under certain conditions. Bright light plus movement as you take the picture makes the image warp, due to how the Iphone captures the image, almost like a scanner, calling for hours of future fun (see a few of my experiments below).

Wired has written about this, check out Take Distorted and Psychedelic iPhone Photos

There are even iPhone distortions Flickr groups (thanks to Retroper for the link)

“It’s friday and I’m in love”, a Spotify collaborative playlist

I am a huge big fan of Spotify, it is basically running 24/7 at work and at home, but yesterday I wanted to test the collaborative playlist feature. I made a Spotify playlist called “It’s friday and I’m in love” and inviting people on Twitter to join in. The result was really interesting. We created a very strange soundtrack indeed, but I feel like people respected the theme set by the playlist name and first song, and without being explicitly asked to do so. The list even got Rick-rolled by someone adding “Never gonna give you up” on every other line (and then regretted and removed them again), which in my opinion is the ultimate honor.

Cute and social experiment, it almost feels like magic when you see the list growing by the minute.

Spotify is still very barren when it comes to social features, the collab lists is basically the only way you can interact with people at this point, but I am sure this will be expanded upon with new releases of the software, or with plugins. It sucks to not be able to see who adds a particular song, or to be able to comment and talk to people, so hopefully it won’t take too long before such features are added.

The list, as of March 21 2009:

Ps: All links open directly in the Spotify application. I you don’t have it installed you are out of luck. Read more about how I put it online at the bottom of this post.

Open the whole playlist: It’s friday and I’m in love

Or click on each track to listen to it:

Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

The Cure – Friday I’m in Love

The Levellers – What A Beautiful Day

The Cure – Just Like Heaven

Nena – 99 Luftballons

The Cure – Friday I’m in Love

Kiss – Love Gun

Katrina and the Waves – Walking On Sunshine

Billy Idol – Rebel Yell

Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5 – The Love You Save

Bo Kaspers Orkester – Dansa på min grav

Duffy – Mercy

Perry Como – Magic Moments

Beastie Boys – Girls

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Date With the Night

The Lionheart Brothers – 50 Souls And A Discobowl

La Bionda – I Wanna Be Your Lover

Walter Wanderley – O Samba Brasileiro

Sufjan Stevens – Chicago

Ulf Lundell – Stackars jack

Norway – Jesus Girl

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Gold Lion

Modest Mouse – Little Motel

The Thrills – Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?

Neil Young – Out on the Weekend

The Go! Team – Doing It Right

Stan Getz – Samba De Uma Nota So

Death Cab for Cutie – Marching Bands of Manhattan

Eels – Somebody Loves You

Copy – Thanks to the Pen

A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?

Belle and Sebastian – The Boy Done Wrong Again

A Tribe Called Quest – What?

Daryl Hall & John Oates – Rich Girl

Cab Calloway – Minnie The Moocher (The Ho-De-Ho Song)

Gerard Joling – Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Reggae Version)

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

Rob Swift – Queens Lounge 2

Åge Aleksandersen – Fotbaill

The Doobie Brothers – What a Fool Believes

Steely Dan – Kid Charlemagne

Waylon Jennings – I’m A Ramblin’ Man

Grinderman – No Pussy Blues

Yelle – Jogging

Yelle – Ce jeu

Pixies – Where Is My Mind?

Mott The Hoople – All the Young Dudes

Bears – Girl With Clouds

Hasse Alfredson – Öl

Todd Rundgren – Can We Still Be Friends

Åge Aleksandersen – Rosalita

Wilco – Jesus, Etc.

The Highwaymen (Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson) – Highwayman

Catherine Feeny – Hurricane Glass

The Band – The Weight

David Bowie – The Jean Genie

Gösta Jonsson – Samling vid pumpen

Åge Aleksandersen – Dains me dæ

Åge Aleksandersen – Ljus och värme

Åge Aleksandersen – Langt igjæn til Royal Albert Hall

Tom Waits – Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis

Yo La Tengo – Gentle Hour

TV on the Radio – Heroes

Pet Shop Boys – I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind Of Thing

Jokke – Paranoid

Eagles Of Death Metal – I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)

The Smiths – William It Was Really Nothing

Jackie Davis – Manana (Is Soon Enough For Me)

Poor Rich Ones – I Was Made For Loving You

Wall Of Voodoo – Mexican Radio

Paul Hardcastle – 19

Bryan Ferry – The Way You Look Tonight

The Magnetic Fields – Too Drunk to Dream

Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer

Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench

Marit Larsen – Ten Steps

Vømmøl Spellmannslag – Auksjonsvisa

Flight Of The Conchords – Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros (feat. Rhymenoceros and the Hiphopopotamus)

Flight Of The Conchords – Business Time

The Be Good Tanyas – When Doves Cry

Curt Haagers – Fågeldansen

Pulp – Babies

Flight Of The Conchords – The Prince of Parties

Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose

The Wiseguys – The Bounce

Infected Mushroom – Artillery

Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name

Paul Simon – How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns

The Cardigans – And Then You Kissed Me

Wyclef Jean featuring Mary J. Blige – 911

Chris Isaak – Wicked Game

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart

Queens Of The Stone Age – Feel Good Hit of the Summer

MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This

Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby

Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)

Jojje Wadenius – Kalles Klätterträd

Queens Of The Stone Age – In My Head

Mojinos Escozios – Mi Barrí de Servesa

Sonic Youth – Teen Age Riot

Prince & The Revolution – Raspberry Beret

Rainbow – Snowman

Prince – Slow Love

Ilene Woods – So This Is Love

Vanilla Ice – Stop That Train

Tenacious D – Tribute

Elvis Costello & The Attractions – The Other Side of Summer

The Magnetic Fields – The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side

Tenacious D – Fuck Her Gently

Pixies – Where Is My Mind? (Remastered)

Young MC – Bust a Move

Bros – When Will I Be Famous

New Kids On The Block – Hangin’ Tough

Jahn Teigen – Det Vakreste Som Fins

Jahn Teigen – Min Første Kjærlighet

Jahn Teigen – Optimist

Crowded House – Chocolate Cake

INXS – Need You Tonight

The Clash – Rock the Casbah

Tori Amos – My Favorite Things

I Was a Teenage Satan Worshipper – OMG, Techno Chicks!!!

Jerry Reed – East Bound & Down (Jerry Reed)

Billie Holiday – That Ole Devil Called Love

The White Stripes – I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself

Dusty Springfield – I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself

The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog

The Stooges – No Fun

The Beach Boys – Kokomo

The Stooges – Down On The Street

Ramones – Judy Is a Punk

The Killers – When You Were Young

The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart

Jace Everett – Bad Things

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey

Stealers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You

George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag

Foals – Cassius

Liam Lynch – Electrician’s Day

The Vines – Autumn Shade II

T. Rex – Cosmic Dancer

T. Rex – Jeepster

The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony

The Clash – Clampdown

Jeff Buckley – Eternal Life

Jimi Hendrix Experience – All Along the Watchtower

They Might Be Giants – Infinity

XTC – Senses Working Overtime

The Specials – Our Lips Are Sealed

Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again

Love and Rockets – Motorcycle

The Doors – Back Door Man

Lou Reed – I’m So Free

Boy George – Everything I Own

Morrissey – The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get

MC Júnior E MC Leonardo – Rap Das Armas

ABBA – Dancing Queen

Kylie Minogue – The Loco-Motion

The The – Dogs Of Lust

Tricky – Hell Is Round the Corner

Tommy Tokyo & Starving For My Gravy – Derail And Demise

Living Colour – Glamour Boys

Mitch Hedberg – Mitch in the S’th

Mikael Wiehe och Ebba Forsberg – Allra minst en morgon

MC Lyte – Cold Rock A Party

Datarock – Fa-Fa-Fa

Nina Simone – Sinnerman

Bon Iver – Flume

Fred Åkerström – Jag ger dig min morgon

Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen

Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.

Euroboys – One-Way Street

Simian – We Are Your Friends (Radio Edit)

Jay-Z – Brooklyn Go Hard [feat. Santogold]

Lupe Fiasco – Daydreamin’ Featuring Jill Scott

Arctic Monkeys – Dancing Shoes

Known collaborators (based on conversations on Twitter):

Eterg, lastninja1980, _Rolf_, mariusgenser, johanhal, Barstein, degarden, paljoakim, Markussss, nech

How to publish a Spotify playlist on the web the easy way
You might be wondering how I was able to put all the songs from the playlist in the post? Spotify still hasn’t got an API, so my plan was to actually build it by hand. I first tried to mark all the songs in the playlist and CTRL-C/APPLE-C them, but instead of a lovely list of artist and song names I got the http links to all the tracks, so there went that idea. But to my amasement something magic happened when I posted all the urls into Textedit on my macbook! All the urls got transformed into clickable links automatically! All I had to do was save the Textedit document as html and open it in my browser to test it, and it worked like a charm! Just a view source and a copy paste away from this blog post! (I believe the Spotify software needs to be running when you do this).

If you want to copy the nice Spotify URI direct links instead of the HTTP links you have to select all the songs in your list, the right click and choose “Copy Spotify URI”.

There are alread plenty of sites where you can share your Spotify playlists, and when those can access a proper API I believe great things will happen. Spotify is already a fantastic product. When people can start adding cool stuff it will explode!

Delicious Screenshots – my first wordpress plugin

Warning: file_get_contents(): php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in /customers/7/5/b/pappmaskin.no/httpd.www/wp-content/plugins/delicious_screenshots/wp_delicious_sceenshots.php on line 75Warning: file_get_contents(http://feeds.del.icio.us/v2/json/mskogly/art?Fcount=6): failed to open stream: php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in /customers/7/5/b/pappmaskin.no/httpd.www/wp-content/plugins/delicious_screenshots/wp_delicious_sceenshots.php on line 75Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /customers/7/5/b/pappmaskin.no/httpd.www/wp-content/plugins/delicious_screenshots/wp_delicious_sceenshots.php on line 79

If this works there should be about 6 thumbnails on this page, showing links bookmarked using Delicious, and tagged with “art”.


Download:
Download delicious_screenshots.zip here, version 0.7 of my very first wordpress plugin.

Usage:
Activate plugin. And add your del.icio.us username to the options page. (under settings in the WordPress toolbar)
https://i2.wp.com/pappmaskin.no/wp-content/2011/07/20081020-jq6mtqhq3k4pu475bffhjuppcs.jpg?w=525

Changelog:
14.02.2017: Changed from rss to json and cleaned the code up a bit. Also removed Snapcasa from options.

What’s next:

  1. The first version of this plugin used Snapcasa for creating thumbnails, but I switched to thumbalizr.com to get a higher success rate.
  2. The count param doesn’t seem to do anything when calling the del.icio.us api, it always returns 10 results, so I need to handle that in the code instead. I’ve notified them of the bug.
  3. Testing other screenshotting services or making my own.
  4. Choosing an image from the page metadata when available.

Timelope takes lifestreaming to a new level!

First off I just want to say that I think this is probably NOT a very good idea, but I downloaded the Timelope extension for firefox today, that basically publishes every single webpage you visit to timelope.com and as an rss.

Smart? No, maybe not, but kind of fun!

Whyyy!
Some people would probably say that publishing every singe page you visit on the web as kind of overkill, and also a sliiiiight security nightmare, and both are probably correct, but is just so darn cool to have!

On a more serious note: It is also a good reminder of just how much information you leave behind while surfing. Perhaps you can even change some habits? Think: If it aint safe to show on the web for all to see, then perhaps it’s not very good for your brain eighter!

Good control over what to display
Timelope has a lot of options to make it easy to control what people see:

  1. You can choose to make everything private, and just use it as a log for yourself.
  2. By default localhost and all visits to urls starting with https:// is hidden (that means online banking and alle secure logons)
  3. You can create a whitelist consisting of sites you want to display.
  4. You can create a blacklist with all the sites or parts of websites you don’t want to show (like the link to phpmyadmin, wp-admin, or just any boring site you don’t want to bother people with telling about.
  5. There is a convenient checkbox to hide any porn sites you visit.
  6. There is a small button in Firefox where you easily can turn off all publishing.
  7. And lastly, you can manually delete stuff that you feel clutter up your lovely stream, and you can at the same time choose hide all later visits to knitting.com or other embarrasing sites automatically.

Displaying the Timelope – feed in WordPress:
You can use the wonderful RSS Stream WordPress plugin to display you browser history.

This plugin only supports RSS 2.0, and timelope has chosen to deliver an atomfeed, so you have to fetch your timelope stream and reformat it with for instance feedburner. Log on to feedburner.com and create a new feed, paste in your feedurl from timelope (http://timelope.com/mskogly/feed), when you are done with the wizard you must turn off Smartfeed and then look for Convert Format Burner. Choose Rss 2.0 and then activate.

Then you can go into wordpress admin and insert the feed into Rss Stream, and you are set for some serious information overload fun for all.

Your lifestream will suddenly be flooded with lovely stuff like this:

https://i0.wp.com/pappmaskin.no/wp-content/2011/07/20081014-xijsd2x8nmy3m9dbgf76dd1cei.jpg?w=525

Update: 26th of april 2009: Decided to turn off Timelope, because it took to much time to administrate and weed out the sites I didn’t want to show.

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Why twitter works / Screw productivity

Twitter is a young shoutbox solution, great for emptying you mind and generally shouting in the forest. I went to look at it when it launched and my initial reaction was pure horror, but I checked back in today and signed up. The Public Timeline is still pure mayhem, but it sure is cute mayhem, and quite entertaining for a minute or two, and who could ask more from random encounters with online strangers?

The mind is a terrible thing to waste … on thinking

But now over to what make it work for me (and I guess everyone else):

Twitter is great for emptying your mind when no one else is online. Like right now, when most people are celebrating Easter, and the rest of the family is sleeping, and I have a thought about anything that would be nice to share, you can just post it (I use the firefox sidebar plugin) and be done with it, and go back to doing whatever. I don’t have to check MSN Messenger to see if anyone is online, and pester them with random rants, I can just dump it on Twitter, and I someone reads it, great, if someone likes it, wonderful, but if not, who cares!

I also use their little Flash Badge to include it on my blog, in case someone is foolish enough to want to read it, if not, it looks great, it works better than a picture and some boring bio.

Twitter and productivity

Screw productivity, let’s have fun! That said, I have been trying some tricks to help myself focus better the last few months, like working more from home to avoid some of the distractions. According to The Twitter Curve article Twitter is just another distraction, and a pretty big one. Well, perhaps, but only if you actually read what other people write (but who would, that is just crazy, stop it! :)). But since one of the tricks in Getting Things Done is emptying you head, Twitter has great potential. Instead of writing a todo about some idea you have for an article, or talking up a storm on IM, you can simply purge yourself on Twitter. Think of it as meditation, acknowledge that the thought is there, write it down, and move on. Because if the thought was really important, it will come back to you later anyway, or you can find it on Twitter.com.

(PS: I only twittered once while writing this post.)

(PPSS: Ok, so I twittered twice while writing this post.)

Read this: The Twitter Curve + Is twitter too good

Update 02.04.2008:

Twitter is getting press in Norway, lately by jounalist Jan Omdahl at dagbladet.no , who asks if Twitter is the new Facebook. There are over 1 million Norwegian Facebook users, but currently, by the etimates made by NRKbeta using twitdir, the number of users who has registered as Norwegian is a measly 500. But there are probably more, and judging by the number of new people following me, it is about to explode. Cool!

You can also read my “one year post”, it is a commentary titled : I have … followers?