Genius

I have a special connection to my ipod.  This does not make me a unique person.  I don’t’ know anyone who has an ipod and doesn’t feel like they have this special bond.  But me and my pod we’re something great when we’re together (which is allll the time).  I’ve decorated ipod with a sticker that says “every day is an adventure” that I got from an outdoorsy store where I bought a water bottle.  (Like I would buy anything but a trendy water bottle at an outdoorsy store).

But ipod and me – it is a true and untainted love.  I mean it’s the keeper of many of my favorite things:  The new King’s of Leon song Sex on Fire, Outkast songs that instantly make me think of Frat parties freshman year at Sigma Chi, David Sedaris books to make me laugh, and Office and Greek tv episodes.  Really it’s like a time capsule of all things that make me happy.  If you can imagine, ipod’s and my love just grew deeper.

I got to work this morning and started with my morning rituals:  Got a Mountain Dew, opened my work email, open my personal email, and opened itunes.

When I opened my itunes it asked me if I wanted to upgrade to version 23098234.2

“Sure.”

This download takes a while, and I try to wait patiently even though I just want to listen to Tyrone by My Morning Jackets.  Let me tell you, the wait was so worth it.  Itunes now has something called Genius.  And it lives up to it’s name.

Genius knows how to anticipate my unspoken desires.  If you click on a song on your itunes and then Genius button, it will create a playlist of songs it thinks you will enjoy based on that song.  I must admit, I was a little weary.  Could technology really anticipate that I like an eclectic mix of music.  I have playlists with Tom Waits and Miley Cyrus.  Would it know that?

Well check this out.  I’ve been really into Bon Iver Skinny Love the past few days.  Let’s see what it creates for me.

1.Skinny Love – Bon Iver

2. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal

3.  The National – Fake Empire

4. Good to Sea – Pinback

5. L.E.S. Artistes – Santogold

6.  Electric Feel – MGMT

7.  Metal Heart – Cat Power

8.  Strange Times – The Black Keys

9.  Normandie – Shout Out Louds

10.  Anthems for a 17 year old – Broken Social Scene

11.  Track 11 (From the Crane Wife) – The Decemberists

12.  All of My Days – Alexi Murdoch

13.  How it Ends – Devotchka

14.  Off the Record – My Morning Jacket

15.  Track 7 – Matt’s Mix

16.  A & E – Goldfrapp

17.  Start a War – The National

18.  Hold on, Hold on – Neko Case

19.  M79 – Vampire Weekend

20.  I Woke Up Today – Port O’Brien

21.  is there a ghost – Band of Horses

22.  Ragged Wood – Fleet Foxes

23.  New York – Cat Power

24.  2080 – Yeasayers

25. The Dress Looks Nice On You – Sufjan Stevens

WHAT AN AMAZING PLAYLIST!!!!  The fact that it could pick up that Track 7 from Matt’s Mix fits with Sufjan Stevens blows my mind!

You’ve done it again Apple.  Well done.

I stand and applaud you.

High School Boy

No, it’s not that I like high school boys (well except for Zach Efron and Daniel Radcliff – but hey I am a woman aren’t I), but I like things that high school boys like. For example: If given the choice of any beverage in the world – the most expensive champaign, coffee, wine, an ice cold beer, anything, I would without a doubt choose Mountain Dew. I don’t know if its my rural Indiana upbring, but I think it is the greatest drink known to man kind. Yes, by drinking Mountain Dew I put myself on par with gamers who live in their mom’s basement and wanna be extreme athletes, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take for the refreshing beverage.

Unfortunately, my love for that beautiful yellow drink isn’t my only connection with high school males. I also really like video games. I should qualify that I don’t mean Halo or Grand Theft Auto. I could really do without either of those. I don’t understand the fascination with shotting prostitutes and I have yet to grasp the premise of Halo. I just LOVE Guitar Hero and Wii. After Guitar Hero 3 came out I completely embarrassed myself by beating most of my brother’s friends one weekend when we’re playing. This shows that I have way to much time on my hands. Instead of perfecting the perfect into to The Devil Went Down to Georgia I should be reading Kafka. But I don’t. Wii is pretty amazing. As I understand it, Wii has become a gaming system that women generally enjoy. I’m not very good at it though. I think the controllers give me too much control. But still, Wii is almost more entertaining to watch then to play. My love for the console started back in college with Moen’s Smooth Moves game. Who knew that raking leaves, shifting a car, and picking apples would be so much fun. Trust me – it is!

My third and final (for now) high school boy trait would be my love for Superbad. That moving is just fantastic. I find I could watch it every week and not get tired of it. I would love to be cool enough to hang out with Judd Apatow and co. I think this might become my new goal in life. The movie is an instant classic. Every character is gold – solid gold. I mean 2 of my top ten are the movie so how could it not be good? If this hasn’t made me cool enough, I recommend watching the dvd with commentary. They are hilarious and so entertaining. I could go on and on and on about my favorite parts of the movie, but nobody really cares so instead watch these videos, reflect and go watch the movie again. I guarentee that while watching you’ll say to yourself, “You know what self, Bess is right. This movie is amazing!” Maybe next post I’ll highlight how feminine I am, because this post actually just made me really depressed.