Take Better Notes During Meetings

Instead, focus on the answers to the questions you’ve jotted down, or things that have particular resonance for you. If possible, “put it in your own words,” says Weimer. While a journalist wants an exact quote, for most things in life, the point is more important than the phrasing, and by putting the concept in a way that makes sense to you, “you’re making your notes your own.”

via Lifehacker

Like I Should

This morning I sat down to plan out some music related posts for the upcoming week. While browsing Last.fm I got curious about my own scrobbles. Specifically, I was interested in my “most scrobbled track”. Turns out it’s a track by a local Kansas City band named Oriole Post. Sadly, it appears they aren’t terribly active any longer.

Luckily, that doesn’t stop me from sharing the great music the did put out.

Oriole Post (track via: Last.fm. image via: Pitch.com)

Some thoughts on Apple’s Music Service

Apple’s new streaming music service is expected to be announced (launch?) next month. I imagine we’re all super interested to see how Apple will differentiate itself from its competitors. And if I’m honest, it’s been years since Apple has impressed me.

Below are just some quick (stream-of-thought) hopes I have for the service. Things that I think Apple could do to impress me and features that would set it apart:

  • Apple already knows what’s in our iTunes collection (those of us who use iTunes Match that is). I hope they leverage this for their new music recommendations.
  • One of the few features it’s competitor, Spotify, doesn’t offer yet is Smart Playlist. Wouldn’t it be great if Apple did? If we could create a playlist that say, automatically adds tracks to our library? Ex. “Automatically add (and download) new releases by Mumford & Sons to my library. Except those of which I already own.”
  • A web interface. Apple isn’t exactly known for creating good web apps. But I’d like to see the iTunes app not be a dependency for using the service.
  • More human curated playlists. To be fair, iTunes Radio does have some hand created lists.
  • Star ratings for tracks would be a nice touch as well.

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Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect

Do you remember the first song you heard from a band that would quickly become one of your favorites? I do.

The song was Hear I Dreamt I Was An Architect by The Decemberists. And according to Last.fm I first scrobbled this song back in September of 2007. Here it is, almost eight years later and still one of my favorites.

Cheers to you, The Decemberists! And a special thank you to Last.fm for the recommendation all those years ago.

Image credit: Olivier Bourgi