“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!

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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Web meets world

I really enjoyed this talk by Tim O’Reilly at Web 2.0 Expo in New York, it has that great mix of tech and social responsibility that is so important to achieve. I’m currently a bit sick and tired of the myriad of new social media websites that pop up all the time, all doing basicly the same things, trying to connect people that are already connected up to their eyeballs. But connected to what, and to whom?

Take Dopplr. I registered there as I do on almost all new sites, just to check it out, and hooked up with the two other people I could find in my contacts, and after that I haven’t checked in. Why should I? I have no urgent need to know where ANYONE is. As a matter of fact, I would preffer if people STOPPED travelling, and instead stayed home and planted some apple trees. And I know that they added some CO2 calculator thingy to show how much you have killed the planet, but everyone knows that this is just an attempt to be politically correct, while the underlying business idea is to get people to travel more. And perhaps buying a clean conscience while you’re at it.
UPDATE: Dopplr was closed down in 2009, after a buyup by Nokia.

So it is refreshing when Tim O’Reilly talks about focusing on making websites that does “something that matters”, like Witness or Prosper.com and many others, who are trying to use the web to connect people over something important.

I’ve noticed that I have started to be more conservative about what kind of sites I spend time on or join, not because I no longer like procrastinating, but because there is so little there to feed the soul.

I keep ending up on a few favorite sites, like TED and This American Life (or at least downloading their podcasts). TED because it gives me the whole experience of the TED conference without polluting the crap out of the earth flying there, and This American Life just for making me smile and cry and feeling human. And I’m consuming gigabytes of information on gardening!

And I keep wondering what this means. Is it just me, or is there perhaps a more general feeling of “internet fatigue” going on, or “internet flu”?

Is facebook dying?

Are you tired of Facebook?

Mouthing off
photo credit: borrowed time | demi-brooke

The Facebook apps, like the infamous “Funwall” are a real pain, and I have started to remove, block or turn off email alerts on all of them.

I do believe that Facebook needs to do something drastic about the third party apps though, like turning off email alerts for all of them (and letting whomever wants it to turn it back on manually) to avoid users tuning out because of Facebook fatique, but I also pray that my contacts will find it in their harts to turn down the spam volume just a tiny bit, and perhaps not forward quite that many personality tests and quizzes to me, it is starting to get a little old (and frankly, most of these apps has been designed by retards.

But even though my feelings towards Facebook is fairly cold right now, I still love Facebook for the fact that it puts me in touch of all the people I know/knew in my home town. I actually feel some … comfort … in knowing that if I wanted to, I could easily reach people I went to school with, or simply log on to see what they are doing. We are even using Facebook to organise a highschool reunion right now!

Now compare Facebook to the supposedly next “new thing”, Twitter. The people I connect to on Facebook are people who are not necessarily supernerds and “early adopters”, and is far from even creating an account on Twitter.  The last time I checked Facebook had over 1 million Norwegian users, and Twitter had just over 500, so I guess Twitter has some SERIOUS catching up to do, if it can (or want to).

Twitter lacks the tools for connecting people in groups or events, so I doubt that Twitter will be anything close to have the user mass of Facebook (in Norway) any time soon, if ever.

I love microblogging myself, but it seems like 90% of what people write about are 140 character ads for their own stuff (or undisclosed endorsement for products, I have even seen several examples of weird product placements, and I’ll take cute kitten video spam on my Funwall any day over that.

(This post is a reply to recent post to “Are you fed up with Facebook?” from Mashable.)

I have … followers?

I still haven’t quite figured out what the hell I am supposed to do with Twitter. I signed up with Twitter a year ago, but because so few people (I knew) used it, I had actually removed the Twitter sidebar extention I had installed on Firefox. But then all of a sudden, just a few weeks ago, people started adding me. Or, as Twitter (and Tumblr) say: “Follow me”. What a strange term to use?

Followers? As in dicilples?

So with the three people who added me just today, I have 16 people following me. Think about it! That is four more than Jesus! But after the first millisecond of exitement, I started to feel the weight of responsibility on my shoulders to actually twitter something insightful! To weigh my words better, to say something profound to my new “diciples”! And at the same time I feel ashamed of my previous Twitterings, like:

I bet you didn't know these birds where called tits, did you!

Mr Krick, you are staring at my tits!

See what I mean?

Weeding the scriptures!

It is a huge responsibility to have Followers. So now I am going through my Twitterings for the last year, the words I muttered to myself in the dark screenlit hours of the night, trying to entertain, well, the notion of someone listening. Trying hard to find something worth keeping, perhaps repeating now for the enlightenment for my 16 FOLLOWERS! But I am hard pressed to find anything worth keeping.

Maybe this one?

Stuffed and semidrunk. Happy and fat. Listening to babys breath. 09:30 PM April 06, 2007

I feel that this is something even Jesus could have said. If he had a newborn daughter, and had just eaten himself silly on roasted lamb at his mother-in-laws house.

Fnord. You have to read the book to understand.

Or perhaps this little gem:

All I say is true and false and meaningless. 12:54 AM April 07, 2007

That is pretty clever, and perhaps SHOULD have been said by JC, it sure would have made the bible a little more sensible. But he probably didn’t say it and neighter did I, since it is a quote from the fantastic book Illuminatus.

Besides those two posts, my twitterstream is pretty shallow and, yes, meaningless, and more or less consist of twitterings about movies I was watching at the time, or silly quotes, or different social websites I was testing at the time. Shameful stuff. I have to get my act together.

I wonder if all people who for some reason gets Followers have this problem, trying to take back the funny silly things and fart jokes he probably made in the company of his 12 (haha!) diciples. Perhaps Jesus went into their bags in the middle of the night and stole their notes, perhaps buried the ones he didn’t like in a heap of rubble, like I am considering deleting the most embarrassing moments in my twitterstream now that my colleagues are FOLLOWING me on Twitter

Just a thought

Update 30.03.2008 (23 followers)

This is something you don’t see in your inbox every day, apparantly Senator Barack Obama is now following me (and 19000 + other people) on Twitter. Now I really must remember to behave. Perhaps I shouldn’t have posted that fake Eleanor Roosevelt quote

Gmail - Barack Obama is now following you on Twitter! - morten.skogly@gmail.com
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Update 02.04.2008 (30 followers):

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!

Both Dagbladet and NRKbeta has superb writeup about Twitter, but feel free to read my first test/review of Twitter and why it works so well, apptly titled Why Twitter words / Screw productivity.

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?

CNNMoney: Why Google Scares Bill Gates

Google Lego 50th Anniversary Inspiration
photo credit: manfrys

Technology – Why Google Scares Bill Gates – Intro – FORTUNE: “Microsoft was already months into A massive project aimed at taking down Google when the truth began to dawn on Bill Gates. It was December 2003. He was poking around on the Google company website and came across a help-wanted page with descriptions of all the open jobs at Google. Why, he wondered, were the qualifications for so many of them identical to Microsoft job specs? Google was a web search business, yet here on the screen were postings for engineers with backgrounds that had nothing to do with search and everything to do with Microsoft’s core business—people trained in things like operating-system design, compiler optimization, and distributed-systems architecture. Gates wondered whether Microsoft might be facing much more than a war in search. An e-mail he sent to a handful of execs that day said, in effect, ‘We have to watch these guys. It looks like they are building something to compete with us.'”

Impatient TV viewers turn to BitTorrent

“If TV companies were to offer episodes for download at a small cost at the same time as they air offline they could generate revenue in the same way that Apple’s iTunes does. However, they must be aware of the dangers of losing their core audience to a delivery method that is free, unregulated and open to anyone with an internet connection,” Coppin said.

While there are no accurate Australian BitTorrent usage figures, anecdotal evidence and reports from online forums suggest that Australians are downloading TV programmes in large quantities. Australians are also uploading programs like My Restaurant Rules and Rove,’ he added.

A previous survey released by Web monitoring company Envisional found Australia as the second largest downloader of online pirated TV programmes in the world (15.6 percent), second to the United Kingdom (18.5 percent) and ahead of the US (7.3 percent).”
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Then how about putting some ads on those downloads so it will still be free? Thats all it takes. I would gladly ignore an ad if it ment I wouldn’t have to be paranoid about downloading illegally. Maybe :)

Impatient TV viewers turn to BitTorrent: ZDNet Australia: News: Communications