The afternoon was so mild, and the sun so warm, that when after a bit of lunch the gray cat settled down in a sunny spot he remained there only two or three minutes before moving into the dappled shade of a fir tree. I stayed mostly to the shade myself, enjoying the balmy air and watching the birds peck at the newly-green lawn. Best of all, the days will be pretty much the same through the weekend. With no need to use either the furnace or the air conditioner, we're saving a bundle on energy. Thanks, October.
Last night I came across this comment on one of Brad's posts. jayp39 recommended Grooveshark, a music streaming and social networking site he works for. Some time ago I signed up for Pandora Radio, and I sometimes listen to it (when I remember it's there), but I've always found the Internet radio format a bit limiting since you can't listen to particular songs whenever you want. You select only by genre and then listen to (or reject one at a time) whatever songs come up in the stream. Grooveshark lets you search for and play specific songs, or the work of specific artists, for free (they pay any royalties due.) Such a deal!
As I'm not all that knowledgeable about recent music, I'm not sure how many of the performers they have are popular and how many are obscure, but I've found some interesting stuff I've never heard before. They let bands seeking an audience upload their own music, but they also have a lot of recognized artists— I noticed Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Coldplay and Kings of Leon, but also goatloads of artists I've never heard of (I liked "Sorry We Took All Yr Money" by Scary Mansion.) I haven't explored the various features of the site, but it all looks pretty easy to use. I listened to a couple of songs before creating an account, so you apparently don't have to sign up in order to just listen, but only if you want to upload, or participate in the various networking features, or create your own playlists and such.
LJ-cut for online quiz results:
I'm not surprised that I ended up with Impressionism dominating, but I was a bit surprised that I got such low scores on cubist, abstract, and Renaissance, as I do like them about as much as I like the impressionists, and chose a couple of works in style each during the quiz. Whatever, Internets. At least you get to see some interestng paintings, though they don't tell you whose paintings they are.
Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...
Balanced, Secure, and Realistic.
17 Impressionist, -2 Islamic, 7 Ukiyo-e, -3 Cubist, -14 Abstract and -9 Renaissance!
Impressionism is a movement in French painting, sometimes called optical realism because of its almost scientific interest in the actual visual experience and effect of light and movement on appearance of objects. Impressionist paintings are balanced, use colored shadows, use pure color, broken brushstrokes, thick paint, and scenes from everyday life or nature.
People that like Impressionist paintings may not alway be what is deemed socially acceptable. They tend to move on their own path without always worrying that it may be offensive to others. They value friendships but because they also value honesty tend to have a few really good friends. They do not, however, like people that are rude and do not appreciate the ideas of others. They are secure enough in themselves that they can listen to the ideas of other people without it affecting their own final decisions. The world for them is not black and white but more in shades of grey and muted colors. They like things to be aestically pleasing, not stark and sharp. There are many ways to view things, and the impresssionist personality views the world from many different aspects. They enjoy life and try to keep a realistic viewpoint of things, but are not very open to new experiences. If they are content in their live they will be more than likely pleased to keep things just the way they are.