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Running in the Rain with Flo Rida (What’s a Flo Rida??)

March 8, 2009 Leave a comment

So yesterday’s run was pretty terrible.  It was supposed to be four miles.  Two out and two back, looping around the neighborhood where I grew up.  I made it the first two miles, but my legs felt like they were made of marble and I barely made it that first two.  I ended up walking mile #3 and then running the rest of the way for mile #4, giving me 3 miles run and 1 mile walked.

All in all, I just felt terrible.  Haven’t had a run that bad in a while, but my schedule is completely messed up right now, so it was bound to happen.  My wife is going to the doctor this week for treatment for a rotator cuff problem that she woke up with three weeks ago.  It took a week to get in with our family doctor and then another week for the MRI appointment and then another week for the results — so this Friday, at the end of week #4, she’ll finally see the doctor who actually deals with this sort of problem.

Right now she can barely move her computer mouse, let along go to the gym with me, and part of my running plan for the spring was to help her increase her miles.  So my schedule has been completely trashed lately, which helps explain why my legs weren’t in the “right state of mind” yesterday.

Anyway, tonight I go out to run the same loop, in the dark and in the rain, and it wasn’t easy, but I finished just fine — and ahead of my recent 9 minute mile pace, in fact.

What was the different?  I have no idea, but I did have a new lead song on my iPod: “Right Round” by Flo Rida.  I have no idea who “Flo Rida” is, but I caught this song on CSI: Miami last week, and it has been stuck in my head ever since, so I downloaded it from iTunes.  I don’t listen to much rap, but I like this track.  You can see the video here:

As you might notice right away, the song uses a good portion of “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” by Dead or Alive, which appeared on their classic 80s album Youthquake.

For the younger kids who don’t know Dead or Alive, here’s a link to the Jessica Simpson version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe2aqYkIbXM

So maybe it was the music or maybe it was just running in the rain, but either way, I’d better find out who Flo Rida is, just to be safe.

A Tip For Anyone Whose iPod Is Possessed and Playing Music All On Its Own

October 10, 2008 3 comments

Here is a tip for anyone who can’t figure out why your iPod is possessed and playing music all by itself when you’re not around and when the headphones aren’t plugged in, etc.  This had been happening to mine for a couple of months, draining the battery overnight, and generally proving to be a real pain.  I finally got around to Googling the problem last week and I wanted to post the answer I found in case anyone else has the same issue.

Somehow the alarm function got turned on, so every night the iPod just started playing music at midnight.

This is easy to fix:

1) Go To EXTRAS
2) Go To CLOCK
3) Select Your Time Zone, which should be highlighted by default
4) Go to ALARM CLOCK
5) Turn the alarm OFF if you’re not using it

That should do the trick for you if you’re having the same problem I was.  Good luck!

iTunes 8 Genius feature and The Ninja Cat

September 17, 2008 5 comments

On the cool technology front, I’m not a super geek, but I’m really liking the new “Genius” feature in iTunes 8.0, which does two things:

1) You can click on any song in your library and it’ll build a new “mix” based on that song.  Pretty cool.  The mixes I made this morning weren’t bad at all and used some stuff I normally wouldn’t (but liked).  For example, I have around 4,500 tracks in iTunes, and if I clicked on “Good” by Better Than Ezra and then clicked on the “Genius” button, it gives me this new mix:

“Good” by Better Than Ezra
“Inside Out” by Eve 6
“All Over You” by Live
“All For You (Acoustic Version)” by Sister Hazel
“Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum
“Barely Breathing” by Duncan Sheik
“My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit
“Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” by Spin Doctors
“A Lifetime” by Better Than Ezra
“You Wanted More” by Tonic
“What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?” by R.E.M.
“Everything Falls Apart” by Dog’s Eye View
“Never Let You Go” by Third Eye Blind
“1979” by Smashing Pumpkins
“A Long December” by Counting Crows
“Here’s To The Night” by Eve 6
“Life Is A Highway” by Tom Cochrane
“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by Crash Test Dummies
“Hey Girl (live in concert)” by O.A.R.
“I Alone” by Live
“Laid” by James
“Hey Jealousy” by Gin Blossoms
“Counting Blue Cars” by Dishwalla
“How’s It Going To Be” by Third Eye Blind
“Wonderful” by Everclear

That’s certainly a mix I would listen to in the car or maybe even while running.
2) The other thing you can do with the “Genius” feature is click on any song in your music library and iTunes will load a list of songs/albums in the iTunes store that you don’t own that you might like… and it seems to be pretty accurate.  This list shows up in a new bar on the right side of the screen in real time.
When I tried it this morning, there were a bunch of songs I hadn’t heard in a long time but thought, “Hey, that would be nice to have” and some new stuff that I didn’t recognize but (when I listened to the 30 second sample) thought, “That sounds pretty cool!”

I think this free feature could end up being VERY expensive for folks.  🙂

Another example… here are the result I get using “Good” by Better Than Ezra:
TOP SONGS YOU’RE MISSING:
* “Laid” by Better Than Ezra
*  “Tremble” by Better Than Ezra
* “Wallflower” by Better Than Ezra
RECOMMENDATIONS:
* “Santa Monica” by Everclear
* “In the Meantime” by Space Hog
* “Til I Hear It From You” by Gin Blossoms (which I own but this is a different version)
*  “Far Behind” by Candlebox
* “Possum Kingdom” by The Toadies
* “Cumbersome” by Seven Mary Three
* “Low” by Cracker
* “All I Want” by Toad the Wet Sprocket
* “The Freshmen” by The Verve Pipe (which I already have in a different version)
* “The Impression That I Get” by  The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

And about a dozen more… I previewed all of them and there are a lot of tracks here I’ll pick up the next time someone sends me an iTunes gift card for the holidays or my birthday.  😉

Before I go, here are a few things I’ve been reading online this week when I should have been working:

9 Weird Christmas Ornaments

How and When to Close a Credit Card

The Couch to 5k in 9 weeks running program

How Can I Change My Body Clock

And for those interested in Ninja Cats, I recommend the following video:

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