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How to discover more music?

The title says it all, how to discover more music? Or how to get yourself exposed to more music?

These are the ‘methods’ I find very handy!

i) Use pandora.com
Go to their website and type in your favorite artists or songs, and they will create a station that explores for you. The sound quality of their internet station is remarkable. Can you help me discover more music that I’ll like? Yes, they can help you.

ii) read Music forums
Such as Audio Asylum, pink fish media, SH forums, head-fi’s music forum (ignore other forums, don’t say I did not warn you), any forums that you can post and search and read will be good enough. Generally you can read about others’ recommendations, this is what you want. If you are more sociable than me, get to know some forummers that share the same music tastes with you, they’d know something better that you never know.

iii) Get to know some musicians
Why? They can show you around which guitar shops they normally hang around , and which CD shop they like to go. The owner of the shop is very cool to talk to, knowledgeable in the genres you are not familar. They are the live version of Pandora! :P

iv) Check amazon
How you know if this album is good or bad? I usually would check amazon’s ratings and customer reviews. Reliable, as a result, I like what I bought so far. “Customers who bought this item also bought”, this show you the connection of the album you bought with others that you’ve not experienced yet.

v) Create your own radio @ last.fm
Registration is free, onced you are done with registration, just start to listen, listen, listen, listen………. It will organize nicely your weekly top artists, overall top artists, overall top tracks you have been listening for you. Besides that, it will explore other neighbours who share similar preference as you, and a taste-o-meter. Must try! A sample of my radio.

After all these homework, I would write down the album names I am going to get next time onto my Treo 650 (with the help of ThoughtManager).

Happy Listening!

每次测试器材,我都用Eva Cassidy的最后录音Live at blue alley来试音。这是近年来难得的精彩录音,无论演唱、编曲和录音,都近乎完美!其中Bridge over troubled waters是我的最爱。原唱者应该是Simon and Garfunkel,还有不同的演唱版本,不过Eva的演绎也让人耳目一新。

遥望星空的美(无可无不可)

  仰望是天堂。
  喜欢在那寂静优美的夜,遥望星空,用心去感受她的美。
  小时候在数星星有几颗的时候,会有一种想把它们摘下来的冲动。明明就在头顶上,为什么踮起脚仍碰不到呢?想着爬到大厦的顶层一定可以碰到它们,结果还是失望而归。长大了终于明白,不管自己爬的有多高,都不可能触及那遥远的美。人们总是不珍惜已经拥有的东西,对他们而言,得不到的才是最好,最美的东西。可能正是由于它们放射着吸引人、感动人和耐人寻味的光辉而同时对于我们又是遥不可及的缘故,所以才愈发觉得它们是美的。
  美不是孤立的,它与周围的事物和环境发生着各种各样的关系。倘若星星没有火光,他们将是平淡无力的东西。而没有星星的夜是我害怕看到的。它让我感到太沉重,太压抑,太令人窒息。黑暗成了生命的重负,孤独成了自己的宿命。若此刻天空上能出现哪怕只有一颗星星,那它对我而言将是世界上最美的东西。是它使我可以畅快淋漓地呼吸,是它让我看到光明。黑暗给了我们一双黑色的眼睛,我用它来寻找光明的,上帝在创造黑暗的时候并没有遗忘让我们寻找光明的星星。于是,星空的美,少不了星星的点缀,可以牵引出人们对于“美”的遐想。
  我想起了梵高的“星月夜”,通过梵高的双眼,这夜是汹涌的,又是静谧的。汹涌是这夜的底蕴,似乎一口气就能把世间万物吞噬了。这大概是他坎坷的遭遇造成的吧。世间的疾苦,不管多苦,自然的美还是独立存在的,却又仿佛是最严峻但充满慈爱的父亲,关心这世间的一切。这个文明的世界是那样的不完美,千百年来不停息的战争,杀害脆弱的生命,这一切,这星空都和我们的祖先一同经历了。同样的星空,却人是已非;李后主也要感叹“故国不堪回首月明中”。星空底下是数不尽的故事,但是它包容一切,吸纳一切,当我们遥望星空,才看到和感受了许多。
  遥远的星空的美丽,也是建立在自身的独立性上的。当我还是小女孩子,最是没有烦恼、最是天真可爱的时候,少不更事的我,也只知道“一闪一闪亮晶晶,好象天空小星星“。是的,最美的,就是儿歌里所教的。我傻傻地仰望星空,经历春夏秋冬,胡乱地辩识满天星斗。北极熊、大螃蟹,还有射手,却怎么看也看不见属于我的星座。那”处女座“原是极为抽象的,或者举凡属于自己的东西,我们更不能很好而客观地了解。所以星空再美,也不是属于我一个人的。或者,它从来不属于任何人,星空就是星空,你只需凝神观望,科学的、诗意的、实用的,统统可以信手拈来。这是我们一般对某一事物所具备的三种态度。一颗具备审美能力的心,于遥望星空辩识星座,也能很诗意的将水瓶误作处女了。星空对此是一点不负责,它是独立的,是中立的,而态度却是人为的。这就是”美“的似是而非了。
  你认为美的,我可能不以为然;我认为好的,你或许要和我争论一番。我爬到大厦的顶层,尝试摘下星星,你却走上前来嘲笑我。你告诉我,星空之所以美,是因为它遥远。若果真的把”星星“摘下来,亮晶晶的小星星的真相,其实是硕大一颗晦暗的星体。所以你的结论是,星空根本不美。可我也无须和你争论,只要随手把诗集一翻,就有不少诗人可以作证:星空的美丽,是历久不衰的。
  只要是美的,就是牵涉自己心中的喜欢嫌恶,不如暂把理智放置一边,来一同遥望星空,岂不美哉?

Plucker and PPI

最近在palm上重温《罪与罚》,在Manybooks.net上可下载,我装的是plucker格式,方便和PPI所提供的“即点即译”功能相结合。

snapshot下载PPI。

Plucker and PPI

进入到PPI里,在”Look Word in”一栏选”Custom”,然后填上我爱用的ZDic_DA

Plucker and PPI

进入到Plucker的Preferences里,找到”Lookup”,在”Action”中选”Look up in PPI”即可。

Plucker and PPI

再进入到小说里就可以“即点即译”了。英文小说就是这么看完的。

将此篇献给还没有被我劝败成功(买palm)的朋友们,比如小强。

Stop caffeine!

我开始喝咖啡是在小学六年级时,当时浅尝即止,后来上了高中为了应付考试又开始喝一些3合1的即溶咖啡。然后上了大学,是喝咖啡的高峰期。。。到现在每天都得喝咖啡,我虽然极力控制一天只喝3杯,可是有时候还是不小心会shot到4杯,甚至5杯。 不久前看到近期New Scientist的”Coffee: The demon drink?”,我经常喝到的instant coffee, filter coffee的咖啡因含量分别是80mg, 140mg每200毫升,还有我爱喝Netscafe machine泡出来的Mocha。。。噢。。Fatal dose是摄取10g咖啡因,我喝10年也不会一下子shot到10g吧。

我对咖啡因已经tolerate了,所以每天不管喝多少杯都没有怎么起到提神的效果,反而是在喝了4杯以后开始头痛脚痛手痛。。。没有啦开玩笑只是头痛还有心跳加速。这时候我会开始暴躁,经常会有把身边人都干掉的幻想。。没有啦开玩笑,只是遇到一点小事就要发脾气而已。

所以,我接下来的“大计划”便是慢慢减少对咖啡因的依赖,把它戒掉是不现实的,所以慢慢的、慢慢的,减少对它的依赖。在这方面,我的随身助理PDA小姐能帮到我什么呢?嗯。。。

放假回来才三天,每天差不多跑10个PCR reactions,连我都要佩服我自己了。。其实这只是“热身运动”,老丁说要在年底前把manuscript发出去。

累,来听歌吧:

Babe I’m gonna leave you by Led Zeppelin

Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin(这首歌要吐血推荐,经典中的经典,通译《天堂的阶梯》。“静溢清晰的民谣箱琴渐入主唱忧郁的倾诉,即而,在飞速宣泄的吉他Solo声中,爆裂的金属乐淹没了整个乐曲”,值得细细玩味。。)

我的mp3都是用LAME转的,和听CD比较我是听不出差别了,我的encoding preference: -h -b 192 -v -V 0

KeyguardTime+ 5.1 (Treo)

KeyguardTime+

KeyguardTime+ 5.1 has been updated recently over at MTDN.

It’s now added 6 languages supports [English (enUS), French (frFR), German (deDE), Spanish (esES), Chinese simplified (zhCN), Chinese traditional (zhTW)]
PIMs support
Battery status graphically displayed
Voicemail, data, and roaming indicators
Seconds hand/digits optionally shown on key popup
NVFS DBcache memory display (on the 650)
New setup forms
Miscellaneous other improvements and issues resolved
More details.

Using Getdeblu

Recently I found some good use of Getdeblu, that can be used to receive basically any files into the expansion card through Bluetooth, IrDA and Hotsync. I have a monochrome palm Acer s10 that I had never succeed with hotsyncing it with a Mac, even using Missing Sync for PalmOS. But I will still keep it for its excellent battery life, for the comfortable grayscale for e-Books reading at night, etc.

Below are some of the settings I use most often:
Getdelu

I used to save interesting articles as text files so I can read it later in my palm. These text files are usually larger than 4K, if you beam it over to other palm device the Memo Pad will be the default handling application and giving truncated files in the form of many many memos. This is irritating. With Getdeblu, the default application can be changed to Getdeblu and saved it to any other path of expansion card at ‘HotSync directory’, and my desire text reader will take care the rest.

Getdelu

In Treo 650, the default application to handle photos will be Media. But I found it extremely slow in loading and opening a photo. So if my friends were sending me photos from their phone, I use RescoViewer as default and quickly show them how crisp the display on my Treo and the slow Media won’t be able to embarrass me.

Getdelu

Friends beaming over few games for me to try? No problem, I normally accept them into expansion card, instead of Applications, under /Palm/Launcher. In fact, I have, all my games saved in SD card, YMMV.

P.S. On s10, newer versions of Getdeblu will cause fatal exception, I can only install version 1.0.

Movies

今天星期六7am起床,上午11am一个人跑到家附近的戏院看电影Sky High(《超人高校》)。入场以后发现诺大的电影院里只有我一个人。我突然有一种被害妄想症,等一下看电影正投入的时候突然有个人从后面用布蒙上我的嘴。。正投入的时候我后边斜对角的地方不知什么时候突然坐着一个人,看不清嘴脸,下一刻再没有人步出这家戏院了。。想到这些心里发毛,起身到最后一排坐下。出乎意料,Sky High拍的还不错,有故事有内容,老少咸宜。(其实是在SPUG上看到有人评论说还不错看)

以前上学的时候经常一个人看电影,说到底还是比较prefer一个人看。

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Published By Cutey (http://spaces.msn.com/members/cuteymagicplace…) - November 05 11:31 PM

你还是蛮强的,一个人看电影,因为你现在不是一个人了,还这样去看,并且整个电影院就你一个人。嗯,有个性

Published By NUSBOYlah - November 05 10:15 PM

Checking Hotmail in your Palm

There’s no way for VersaMail or SnapperMail to directly fetch Hotmail or MSN mail, as Hotmail uses a closed protocol that SnapperMail does not support. But I encountered a link that allows us to check Hotmail or MSN mail directly in PDA’s web browsers, it works on Blazer but not on Xiino.

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