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Convalescence

  • 26th Dec, 2005 at 1:54 AM

I tend to get ill during the winter holidays; not every year, but often enough that I'm no longer upset that it happens. I've spent a New Year dreaming feverishly in a guest bed, Christmas ruined by food poisoning, and countless holidays propped upright in bed.

I think that my immune system just gives up at around this time of year. After I got out of university, I started sleeping more and trying to slack off, but this was just not my nature. So I've filled up my schedule again such that is comfortably hectic again. I think my body retaliates by conspiring to get me some proper sleep during the darkest times of the year.

So sitting in bed with a box of tissues is not a novel experience for me. It is somewhat mitigated by my trusty laptop which has provided me with a means of distracting myself. This holiday season, I managed to get ill while at home which means that I'm surrounded by people who will take care of me and that I have access to high-speed Internet. So I've just been wasting time for NITI and getting stuff done reading LiveJournal. No, wait a second, reverse that.

I even found a pair of earbuds lying around, so I've been able to listen to the music on my laptop. This is in addition to the streaming audio that my last.fm account provides me; a feature I have only recently discovered. The nice thing is that since I have paid, you too can listen to the music that I do.

Whenever I get tired (which is often when one is ill) I just close my eyes and pass out. Each time I wake up, there is more tasty food to eat. I've tucked into numerous steamed fish, pork ribs braised with bitter melon, mutton belly with bean curd, and other tasty treats.

This is the best holiday ever!

cough, sniffle, cough


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(Anonymous)
26th Dec, 2005 10:12 (UTC)
Last.fm
I am intrigued by this Last.FM thing. I signed up for an account, installed the player, and then clicked on "sfllaw's radio" on your profile. The player began playing music.

Where is it coming from? What is it playing? Is it playing what you are currently listening to, or simply items from your playlist? Does it take into account how often you listen to songs? Is it streaming the content from your computer, or playing from a central server? What is the legality of my listening to this music without a license?

Regards, Adam "Guspaz" Zey.
sfllaw
27th Dec, 2005 07:08 (UTC)
Re: Last.fm
Where is it coming from?

Grepping through the source, it seems that it is fed metadata by the webserver at ws.audioscrobbler.com and streams MP3s from the URLs it is provided.

What is it playing? Is it playing what you are currently listening to, or simply items from your playlist?

It plays things even when I'm not listening to any music, so it appears to just play songs that I have ever told it that I've listened to.

Does it take into account how often you listen to songs?

I don't know. If anything, it seems to pick songs that I don't listen to very often.

Is it streaming the content from your computer, or playing from a central server?

It appears to stream content from a cluster of servers. Sometimes, it will play a song off a record that I don't own, but is an "equivalent" recording. For instance, I'll hear a recording of a live show, while I own a studio recording.

What is the legality of my listening to this music without a license?

Public performance of copyrighted music is illegal in Canada. But that's not the question you are actually asking.

It appears that Last.fm Ltd. has negotiated broadcasting licenses from various artists and recording labels. These vary from industry-standard restrictive rights (for boring mainstream music) to very broad rights (which is why I hear Kammen & Swan a lot).
taxlady
26th Dec, 2005 10:58 (UTC)
Get well soon.

And curious minds want to know the answers to Adam's questions.
sfllaw
27th Dec, 2005 07:13 (UTC)
Thank you!

I have answered Adam's inquiries.
taxlady
27th Dec, 2005 20:25 (UTC)
Thanks. How's the health doing?
helf
26th Dec, 2005 21:56 (UTC)
I hope you get better.
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