Thursday, March 06, 2008

Pandora's box

Funny the things you assume everyone knows about, and then you find out that they don't.
How does that happen?

You think everyone knows that Jiminy Cricket was Pinocchio's conscience, until you're talking to someone one day and casually drop the Jiminy Cricket reference into your conversation, and they look at you like your nose is growing too large for your face.

You think everyone has heard the commercial jingle "Peak Freens are a very serious cookie. Cookie." Until you realize that you can't even find this anywhere on the internet and that anyone who didn't grow up on the east coast thinks you're a freak-teen for thinking this is common knowledge.

You think everyone can sing Conjunction Junction, until you realize you're just damn old and only your friends from 1st grade have a clue what you're talking about.

Which is a real shame, by the by, as Conjunction Junction rocks. And everyone should know it, if only to be able to sing it. Let alone that they should actually know the part of speech the "conjunction."

Regardless, I thought everyone knew about Pandora - an internet site that basically lets you create your own radio station formats. In honor of a good friend, I have a station called "female suicide music" as well as a "mellow to my toes" station (not in honor of anyone - except maybe my toes, which are actually pretty cute, and possibly quite worth honoring).

If you don't know about it, and you like music, it's worth checking out. Create a station, many stations. Add artists, add songs. You know, that you like. Pandora plays music all day long related to your selections. The part I love is that you can give the ol' thumbs up or down to songs as they play. Can't stand that new Plain White Tees song? Thumbs down and it'll NEVER show up again. What radio station can say that?

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