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Claudia’s 365 Days of Music: Year 10 – A Review

Holy crap, y’all, it’s the final year of this project!

Before we get to the stats, let me mention again (since it’s been a few days since the actual blog post about it) that my thorough “Decade of Music” review is coming at the end of January (hopefully). I would like to do it sooner than that, but I just haven’t had the time to compile all of the information I want to for the review. I’ve been way too busy with work.

A disappointment, I know, but hey – we all know I’m really good at being a disappointment.

ANYWAY. Expect that later. For now, let’s just look at 2019:

Total songs: 365
Total time: 23 hours and 59 minutes
Mean song length: 3:45

The Five Stars
Listed in order of acquisition!
Airwaves by Airplanes
Ice Cream by MIKA
Canada Dry (Acoustic) by Barenaked Ladies
Send Me On My Way (Jesse Bloch Bootleg) by Rusted Root
When I Need a Friend by Coldplay
Door by Caroline Polachek

The five most beautiful/touching songs of the year:
When I Need a Friend by Coldplay
Underneath the Stars by VOCES8
Air on the G String by Bach (played on the Whitworth Hall Organ)
The Sound of Silence by VOCES8
Lully Lulla Lullay by VOCES8

The Overall Top Five
Canada Dry (Acoustic) by Barenaked Ladies
This song is simultaneously chill, uplifting, and melancholy. I’ve really gotten into the Barenaked Ladies this year and this song, from their newest album “Fake Nudes,” is definitely my favorite. And I like this live/acoustic version better than the album version because of the piano. So good.

Ice Cream by MIKA
AAAAAAAA MIKA IS BACK! A hot, sexy, summer song with a very catchy chorus. Love it.

Send Me On My Way (Jesse Bloch Bootleg) by Rusted Root
The bass in this song is nnnnnf. This remix takes a pretty chill song and gives it a lot more exciting energy. 1:33 goes BOOM!

When I Need a Friend by Coldplay
Chris Martin has a perfect voice. The only way to improve upon it, as this song demonstrates, is to give him the backing of a choir. This song is just stunningly beautiful.

Door by Caroline Polachek
Caroline has a captivating, haunting voice. The way it’s layered and used in this song makes this song haunting as well. I love the chords in the chorus.


Again, stay tuned for the Decade of Music project review…hopefully at the end of the month!

Claudia’s 366 Days of Music: Year 9 – A Review

2018: The Year Of Muse

Let’s do it.

Total songs: 365
Total time: 22 hours and 30 minutes
Total size: 2.68 GB
Mean song length: 4:10

The Five Stars
Listed in order of acquisition!
Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis
Damn Son by Tobu
Something Human by Muse
Pressure (feat. the UCLA Bruin Marching Band) by Muse
Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version) by Muse

The five most beautiful/touching songs of the year:
Sense of Touch by Mark Isham
Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version) by Muse
The Blue Planet by Hans Zimmer
Ancestral Plane by Ludwig Goransson (from Black Panther)
With or Without You by April Meservy & Aaron Edson

The Overall Top Five
Pressure (feat. the UCLA Bruin Marching Band) by Muse
This is by far the best song of the year. I heard the original version of Pressure first and thought, “hey, this is really close to a Five-Star.” Then I heard this and immediately loved it. I love how the mood of the song completely changes with the marching band. Love the brass in the chorus. Love the drums. The whole thing is too cool for school. It’s my jam of the year.

Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version) by Muse
This is the most cinematic-sounding song I’ve ever heard that was not specifically written to be part of a score. It gets your heart pumping. It’s so freaking good.

Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis
The chorus of this song is pure unadulterated joy. I can’t currently think of another song that evokes such an immediate mood boost as the chorus of this song. Listen to it with heavy-bass headphones and get an extra shot of happies.

Damn Son by Tobu
I think this is the second year in a row that Tobu has made the top five. I love the chorus, it makes you want to dance. Like I said last year, Tobu has really energetic songs.

Something Human by Muse
HEY LOOK IT’S MUSE AGAIN. I like how human (haha) the lyrics and meaning of this song are while there’s still so much electronic-ness to it. It’s like a robot who’s gained sentience and wants to be a human (like Bicentennial Man, which apparently is like the worst movie in the world according to a lot of people, but I really liked it!).



*I didn’t do a pie chart of playcounts by genre because everything kept getting reset as I burned through all those laptops this summer.

Claudia’s 365 Days of Music: Year 8 – A Review

Holy crapples, it’s the eighth year of this music project. I’d have to say that 2017 has been the best year for music thus far, so let’s GET DOWN TO IT BITCHES and go for the end of the year music review.

Total songs: 365
Total time: 24 hours and 29 minutes
Total size: 2.54 GB
Mean song length: 4:02.25 

The Five Stars
Listed in order of acquisition!
Infectious by Tobu
Running Away by The Royal Foundry
Run for Cover by The Killers
Life by Tobu
Golden Dandelions by Barns Courtney

The five most beautiful/touching songs of the year:
Planet Earth II Suite by Hans Zimmer
Jupiter from “The Planets” for 5 Pianos by The 5 Browns
Desert Symphony by The Piano Guys
Beautiful Calgary by Jaimie Stewart
Paradis Perdus by Christine and the Queens

The Overall Top Five
Running Away by The Royal Foundry
What can I even say about this song? This song is perfection. PERFECTION. I heard it on an Alberta Energy YouTube ad and knew I had to have it. That SYNTH. That CHORUS. NNNNNF I LOVE ALL OF IT

Infectious by Tobu
There is so much energy and forward momentum in this song. It puts me in a walking mood, which is always a good indication that I really like a song. It also WHOMPS your eardrums when you play it loud enough, which is fantastic.

Golden Dandelions by Barns Courtney
I originally had this at number four behind Run for Cover, but I changed it just at the last minute because I can’t get enough of this song right now. There’s something otherworldly about his voice and the tone of this song that’s very unique. And catchy. And sing-along-able.

Run for Cover by The Killers
I mentioned this when I first downloaded this song in July, but there’s such an odd mood to this song that makes it so appealing. It’s got this like frantic, anxious urgency behind the lyrics that’s really hard to describe (“frantic, anxious urgency” doesn’t quite do it), but that’s really relatable somehow. I dig it.

Life by Tobu
Tobu and his energy-filled songs, yo. This one’s not nearly at the level of Infectious, but I love the way he layers the different components of his songs so that they build to an awesome mix at the end. Life is a really good example of that done very well.


Claudia’s 366 Days of Music: Year 7 – A Review

Hello, foolios! So year 7 of this project is now complete. It was a pretty damn good year for music, so without further poopin’, let’s get down to the review.

Total songs: 366
Total time: 24 hours and 29 minutes
Total size: 2.54 GB
Mean song length: 4:02.25 

The Five Stars
Listed in order of acquisition!
Lone Digger by Caravan Palace
Hula Hoop [Mark Ianni Bootleg] by Omi
Tightrope by WALK THE MOON
Hide and Seek (A Capella Cover) by Dan Wright
Gone by JR JR
Jealousy by Robert DeLong
Kids by OneRepublic
Tilted by Christine and the Queens

The five most beautiful/touching songs of the year:
Hide and Seek (A Capella Cover) by Dan Wright
Silhouette by Owl City (this is such a heart-wrenching song, holy hell)
Romeo & Juliet : Act IV, Scene LII, Death of Juliet performed by The London Symphony Orchestra
The Revenant Main Theme by Ryuichi Sakamoto

The Overall Top Five
Tightrope by WALK THE MOON
For the second year in a row, WALK THE MOON takes top spot here. The fast tempo of this song is great, and I love the fact that it switches from 4/4 time to 3/4 time for the chorus. Not a lot of “popular” songs have a time change like that, let alone such a prominent one.

Gone by JR JR
This song has the best energy. I love the drums and the whistling. It makes me want to dance.

Tilted by Christine and the Queens
I might be a little biased with this one, as I just recently downloaded it and am still in the “zomg must listen to this 50 times in a row” phase, but there’s not a single thing I dislike about this song. It’s got such a unique sound and is simultaneously upbeat and kind of haunting. I’ve had it stuck in my head ever since I downloaded it.

Hide and Seek (A Capella Cover) by Dan Wright
Better than the original, in my opinion (sorry, Imogen!). Can I have a favorite chord of the year? If I can, it’s definitely the chord at 2:49. I love it.

Hula Hoop [Mark Ianni Bootleg] by Omi
As anyone can probably tell by looking at the songs I tend to post on here (or just by looking through my yearly music lists), I have a soft spot for remixes and mashups of songs that I enjoy. This is an example of that. The original Hula Hoop is okay (I think it’s got 3 stars from me?), but in keeping with the apparent theme of this year’s top five, this remix has a lot more energy and oomph to it. Kind of techno-ey.

Now, pie charts!

Pop dominated in terms of the number of songs downloaded, but things were a little more even in terms of playcount.

Onward to year eight!

Claudia’s 365 Days of Music: Year 6 – A Review

‘Sup, bitches? The 6th year of my music project has ended, so let’s look at some stats, shall we?

Total songs: 365
Total time: 24 hours and 27 minutes
Total size: 1.72 GB
Mean song length: 3:57.43 

The Five Stars
Listed in order of acquisition!
Over my Head (Gabe Flaherty Remix) by The Fray
Doin’ It Right (Decadon Remix) by Daft Punk
Gold (Thomas Jack Radio Edit) by Gabriel Rios
Say What You Want by The Barenaked Ladies
Work This Body by WALK THE MOON
Take a Walk (A Capella) by Passion Pit
Amazon (Original Mix) by Gabe Flaherty

The five most beautiful/touching songs of the year:
Dare You to Move by The Vitamin String Quartet
Shenzou by Steven Price
Nessun Dorma sung by Pavarotti
The Gravel Road by James Newton Howard
Deliverance by Brian Tyler

The Overall Top Five
Work This Body by WALK THE MOON
I love everything about this song: tempo, length, lyrics, THE DRUMS, and especially the last like 15 seconds, when that extra layer of background lyrics (noises?) is added. This is tied with Gold as my favorite for the year, I’m pretty sure.

Gold (Thomas Jack Radio Edit) by Gabriel Rios
I really like the violin in this song (and the general chorus as well). Plus, the lyrics made me think of an interesting idea for a story, and any song that inspires me to write gets an A+ in my book.

Take a Walk (A Capella) by Passion Pit
This guy managed to take my second favorite Passion Pit song and perform it (in my opinion) better than Passion Pit. The first 25 seconds deserve a five-star on their own, holy freaking crapples. Beautiful.

Amazon (Original Mix) by Gabe Flaherty
So the dude who gets one of his remixes into my “Top Five” list every year (see the next song in this list for an example) made an original song, and it’s awesome. The chorus makes my toes tingle.

Over my Head (Gabe Flaherty Remix) by The Fray
FREAKING GABE FLAHERTY, MAN. This was like one of my first songs of the year and it still is one of the best ones. He gives a very different feel to this The Fray song, and I really like it. Again, the chorus is fantastic.

Now, pie charts!

The Year in Music

[Edit: Ugh, Office 2013. They fucked up a perfectly good pie chart is what they did. Look at it. It’s got bad formatting.]

In terms of play count, alternative, electronic, and pop were all pretty evenly split. Interesting.

Playcount by Genre

Onward to year seven!

Claudia’s 365 Days of Music: Year 5 – A Review

Hey look, it’s year five! That means I’m halfway through this project. Pretty cool. Let’s get to some stats, shall we?

Total songs: 365
Total time: 25 hours, 39 minutes, and 28 seconds
Total size: 2.33 GB
Mean song length: 4:14.16

The Five Stars
Listed (sort of) in order of acquisition!
Suit & Tie (Oliver Nelson Remix) by Justin Timberlake
Metropolis by Owl City
Speed of Love by Owl City
Not a Bad Thing by Justin Timberlake
Magic by Coldplay
O (Fly On) by Coldplay
Don’t by Ed Sheeran
Jealous (I Ain’t With It) by Chromeo
I Won’t Let You Down by OK Go
Pumped Up Kicks (Gabe Flaherty Remix) by Foster the People

The five most beautiful/touching songs of the year:
O (Fly On) by Coldplay
Midnight by Coldplay
River Flows In You by Yiruma
Blue and Green Music by Samuel R. Hazo
Piano by Jake LaVallee

The Overall Top Five
Magic by Coldplay
It should be clear to anyone who reads these yearly reviews that I’m a pretty big Coldplay fan. Magic is, well…magic, haha. I love the tempo of this song and of course the general sound as well. It’s just so chill and easy to listen to.

Suit & Tie (Oliver Nelson Remix) by Justin Timberlake
This remix is vastly better than the original song. If you kind of like the original but aren’t too big of a fan of it, I’d recommend checking this out, especially if you like more of an electronic feel to your music.

Jealous (I Ain’t With It) by Chromeo
I love the kind of old school feel of this song. It’s also got a nice bass line.

I Won’t Let You Down by OK Go
I’m actually not really sure why I like this song. I mean, it’s a good song in general, but I’m not sure why I like it more than others. I’m listening to it now and am noticing that it’s got an almost disco-esque feel to it, so maybe that’s it.

O (Fly On) by Coldplay
This is a BEAUTIFUL song. It’s actually quite haunting if you listen to it in the right mood. I can’t recall when exactly it was, but remember awhile back I mentioned that I’d like this song played at my funeral/pseudo-funeral/whatever people end up doing when I die? Yeah, that’s still what I want.
(And then scatter some of my ashes over Leibniz’ grave…or at least sprinkle a little in the air close by if you’re not allowed to dump ‘em.)

Now, the obligatory pie charts:



This was a very pop-heavy year, haha.

Onward to year six!

Claudia’s 365 Days of Music: Year 4 – A Review

It’s year four! I think this was the best year yet as far as this project goes. Let’s get to it!

Total songs: 365
Total time: 24 hours, 18 minutes, and 28 seconds
Total size: 2.69 GB
Mean song length: 4:17.4

The Five Stars
Listed in order of acquisition!
Best of All Possible Worlds by Bourgeois Tagg
Gold by Owl City
One O Six (A.N.D.Y. Remix) by Jupiter
I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) by Icona Pop
Doin’ It Right by Daft Punk
Chocolate by The 1975
Wake Me Up by Avicii
Mirrors (Radio Edit) by Justin Timberlake
Hey Brother by Avicii
Pompeii by Bastille
United State of Pop (Living the Fantasy) by DJ Earworm

The five most beautiful/touching songs of the year:
Allegri – Miserere mei, Deus by Géza Pécsi, József Gregor & Liszt Ferenc Kamarazenekar
Alleluia by Eric Whitacre
Cajun Folk Songs: La Belle et le Capitaine by Frank Ticheli (yay Ticheli!)
O Vos Omnes by Paul Mealor
Warning Sign by Coldplay

The Overall Top Five
Doin’ It Right – Daft Punk
Preeeeeetty sure this song is perfection. I love how simple and repetitive it is. That’s what makes it GREAT. Plus, the tempo is just right. Go find and awesome pair of speakers (or headphones) and crank this up.

One O Six (A.N.D.Y. Remix) – Jupiter
This is a very “Claudia” song. That’s really all I can say about it.

Chocolate – The 1975
I didn’t like this song too much when I first got it—probably because I didn’t think the vocals fit the music—but it grew on me. Also, this was the iTunes freebie offered on Leibniz’ birthday, so I’m reminded of him every time I listen to it. ;)

Mirrors (Radio Edit) – Justin Timberlake
I like the lyrics to this song for some reason. Not sure why. I also love how Justin still has that “boy band” sound to him.

Pompeii – Bastille
I really, really like Dan Smith’s voice, especially in the chorus. This is another song whose lyrics I actually pay attention to. There’s almost a euphoric feeling to it even though it’s titled “Pompeii” and is apparently inspired by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Now, want some pie charts? Yeah, I know you do!



END! Bring it, 2014.

Claudia’s 366 Days of Music: Year 3 – A Review

This was a damn good year for music. So without further ado, let’s get to it!

Total songs: 366 (leap year!)
Total time: 24 hours, 16 minutes, and 42 seconds
Total size: 2.53 GB
Mean song length: 3:59.28 (VERY close to the previous two years’ means)
First song: Stand Behind the Music by Anjulie
Last song: United State of Pop 2012 by DJ Earworm

The Five Stars
The final list for the year; listed in alphabetical rather than acquisition order because of the death of Vaio II.
(Far From) Home by Tiga
Chocolate Disco by Perfume
Class of 1985 by Alex Rooks
Death Sentence Lost! (Coldplay vs. Dethklok) by …And Sushi! Productions
Let it Go by Dragonette
Madness by Muse
Paradise (Gabe Flaherty Remix) originally by Coldplay
Some Nights by Fun.
Take a Walk by Passion Pit
The Night Out (Madeon Remix) by Martin Solveig
This Is So Good (Radio Edit) by Ehrencrona

Yes, there were a lot this year. Like I said: damn good year for music. I seriously recommend listening to all the songs listed above.

Here are the five most beautiful/touching songs of the year. Listen and get emotional, yo.
Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor) by John Murphy
Surface of the Sun by John Murphy
O Superman by Laurie Anderson
Peponi by The Piano Guys feat. Alex Boye
The Legend of Ashitaka Theme (End Credits) by Joe Hisaishi (anyone else think this would be an amazing song to play in concert band?)

The Overall Top Five
Paradise (Gabe Flaherty Remix) – Coldplay
Nnnnnnnnnnnnfff, this song. Paradise was this year’s version of Sleepyhead in that there were many remixes/mashups/alternate versions of the song downloaded. But this version? Holy crap. It actually has more plays than Sleepyhead as of my writing this (though that’s mainly because all my playcounts got reset at the beginning of October).

Madness – Muse
I think I nearly bludgeoned my eardrums to death with this song, as it practically begs to be cranked to 11 and then repeated half a dozen times. I’m liking Muse more and more these days; the fact that this song sounds so unlike all their other stuff thus far made me like both it and them much more.

Death Sentence Lost! (Coldplay vs. Dethklok) – …And Sushi! Productions
Dethklok? Yes! Colplay? YES! Mashed together?! HOLY CRAP! I still maintain that this is an incredibly soothing song; I listen to it when I’m stressed out. I think one of the coolest things I’m getting out of this project are mashups of songs that don’t sound like they’d mesh well but in actuality are quite perfect together (another example from last year: TiK ToK Together, a mashup of Ke$ha and The Beatles).

(Far From) Home – Tiga
The baseline of the chorus for this song makes me want to make sweet love to sound waves. This is another “bludgeoned your eardrums” song. It’s also short, so that actually kind of forces you to put this on repeat so you can get an adequate high from it.

Some Nights – Fun.
I discovered this song about three weeks before it really hit big and all the stations started playing it (haha, hipster much?); but actually, I’m glad it got pretty popular. I like being at the rec center and randomly hearing this song over the radio. Jazzes me up.

Now. Are you ready for some PIE CHARTS? First is the breakdown of the total 366 songs by genre, second is the percent of total plays by genre.



Here’s to next year and more awesome tunes!

Claudia’s 365 Days of Music: Year 2 – A Review

HEY DUDES, it’s year 2 coming to a close! Music review time.
Total songs: 365 (again, duh)
Total time: 23 hours, 3 minutes, and 37 seconds
Total size: 2.29 GB
Mean song length: 3:59.35 (last year’s? 3:59.412. CREEPY.)
First song: Ecstasy by zZz
Last song: United State of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom) by DJ Earworm

Time for the bests!

Top 10 Favorite Music Videos/Regular Videos Featuring the Artist(s)

  1. Baby I’m Yours – Breakbot
  2. Judas – Lady GaGa
  3. The Cello Song – Steven Sharp Nelson
  4. Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses
  5. Jupiter – Gustav Holst
  6. Paradise – Coldplay
  7. Shoes – Tiga
  8. Check It Out – will.i.am & Nicki Minaj
  9. Shut Up and Let Me Go – The Ting Tings
  10. Last Friday Night – Katy Perry


The Five Stars
The final list for the year, listed from January to December acquisition.
Baby I’m Yours – Breakbot
Check It Out – will.i.am & Nicki Minaj
Corrente – Karl Jenkins
Good Life – OneRepublic
Paradise – Coldplay
Without You – David Guetta feat. Usher


The Overall Top Five
Paradise – Coldplay
This song is phenomenal. It’s not Sleepyhead by any stretch of the imagination (for any of you just tuning into my blog, Sleepyhead is the greatest song in existence in my opinion), but I really, really, like this one. I can’t explain why, I just do.

Good Life – OneRepublic
This song is very closely tied with my moving to Ontario to start a new beginning. We all saw how well that worked out, but Good Life is still tied into that part of my brain that houses the little ounce of hope I have left.

Corrente – Karl Jenkins
I can’t remember what led to my finding this song…all I know is that within five hours of downloading it I had played it the maximum number of times it could be replayed in five hours. It’s very uplifting and makes me want to do art.

Without You – David Guetta feat. Usher
The fact that it is impossible not to get up and dance/jump/groove to the chorus makes this song a winning one in my eyes.

Check It Out – will.i.am & Nicki Minaj
I DO NOT KNOW why I like this song so much; it’s totally not my usually preferred style of music. I think I might like it ’cause of its awesome bass during the chorus.

And now some tasty, tasty pie charts. First is the breakdown of the total 365 songs by genre, second is the percent of total plays by genre.

So looking at my numbers, it appears that I listened to songs purchased in 2011 a total of 7,977 times. The mean length of song is almost exactly 4:00, so that means I listened to a total of 1,914,480 seconds of music (31,908 minutes, 532 hours, or about 22 days).


ALSO: I realized I promised y’all some comparative stats with this year’s and last year’s music. I ultimately decided to save that data and use it for one (or more) of the tests I’ll be featuring on my new secondary blog StatsWeekly. Did I mention a secondary blog ever? Well, now I did, so there. I’ll probably use the data on here sometime, too. Can’t let it go to waste, you know. Reduce, Reuse, Regression.

Go to the “365 Songs” tab and check out the bottom for this year’s list.

I’ll be your eigenvector if you’ll be my eigenvalue

Graph of genres

Mean song length: 4:00
No five-stars this month.


Total number of walks: 85
Total mileage: 673.1
Total steps taken: 1,348,433
Total calories burned: 37,535


               month       miles    calories      steps
month     1.00000000 -0.02778855 -0.07326894 0.03896221
miles    -0.02778855  1.00000000  0.98203163 0.99229965
calories -0.07326894  0.98203163  1.00000000 0.95563610
steps     0.03896221  0.99229965  0.95563610 1.00000000


Tune in tomorrow for mega music review!

Music Music Bo Busic Banana Fana Fo Fusic, Fe, Fi, Mo Music…MUSIC

It’s another month down! One more and we’ll be at the end of the year, meaning I’ll have TWO data sets of 365 songs. Rock on.

Graph of genres:

Mean song length: 3:44
The five-star: Without You by David Guetta (featuring Usher)

Is Superman’s costume considered his strong suit?

It’s that time of the month (not THAT time, weirdos):

Graph of genres

Mean song length: 3:35

No Five Stars this month. Lots of pop though.

Okay, that’s all.

Oh wait, no it’s not!

I’ve found several month-long memes in my travels across the internet and have decided to do one for the month of October (minus the last day, ‘cause it’s just a 30 day meme).

These are the issues to be addressed:

  • Day 01 — Your favorite song.
  • Day 02 — Your favorite movie.
  • Day 03 — Your favorite television program
  • Day 04 — Your favorite book.
  • Day 05 — Your favorite quote.
  • Day 06 — Your favorite music video.
  • Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy.
  • Day 08 — Describe the style you had 10 years ago.
  • Day 09 — A photo you took.
  • Day 10 — Talk about a regret you have.
  • Day 11 — Share a story from your childhood.
  • Day 12 — Explain how you got one of your scars.
  • Day 13 — How do you think others view you?
  • Day 14 — Talk about the cuteness of your pets.
  • Day 15 — A poem you wrote.
  • Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly).
  • Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.) that is your favorite.
  • Day 18 — Tell us about your best friend.
  • Day 19 — A talent of yours.
  • Day 20 — A hobby of yours.
  • Day 21 — A recipe.
  • Day 22 — Your deepest fear.
  • Day 23 — Write a love letter to yourself.
  • Day 24 — Reveal your most guilty pleasure.
  • Day 25 — If you have tattoos, show them. If not, talk about the tattoos you want or why you don’t think they are right for you.
  • Day 26 — Talk about the last “random act of kindness” you encountered.
  • Day 27 — The last thing that made you cry.
  • Day 28 — Say something to your 15 year old self.
  • Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days.
  • Day 30 — Share what you have learned, if anything, about yourself in the last 30 days.

NOW that’s all.

Float like an ice cream soda, sting like a papercut

OH CRAP August is over. Music analysis time!

Graph of genres

Mean song length: 3:34

NO five-stars!

The end. And no, I don’t know what’s up with the country binge this month.

Are we there yet?

Today was a long day. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Right now we’re in Kalamazoo, MI and are going to make a break for the border tomorrow.

Oh yeah, and this:

McDonald’s in Spartaaaaaaaaaaa!

OH YEAH, and I realized that I suck at life and forgot to post July’s music stats way back when. So here they are.

Graph of genres:

Average song length: 3:19

The Five Star: Good Life by OneRepublic


June’s almost over, thank GOD. Tomorrow is a new day, a new month, a new beginning.

My road out of here.

Well. In the meantime, SONGS!

Graph of genres:

Mean song length: 3:37

No Five-Stars this month, though today’s song is pretty close.

I’m also starting a statistics blog. I would have started it today, but, you know…I’m one of those people who has to start stuff like this either on the first of the month or not at all.

So tomorrow!

Octagon Penn

Aaaaaasldfjlgjeoaicjsd stressed.

And that’s all I’ll say about that.

Anyway, on to music!

Graph of genres:

Mean song length: 3:57

The Five-Star: Check It Out by will.i.am & Nicki Minaj. I honestly don’t know what it is about this song, but I dig it.

I still don’t know if I like my header

Hey people. No Canadian Mall installment today, mainly because I’ve run out of interesting malls. There may be more installments later, there may not be. But in the meantime, RECTANGLE WALK!

“A” (and “G”) = my house. This route is exactly 20 miles, but by the time I got to mile 16 it was late (started late because I got distracted by music) so  I just took the bus the rest of the way, haha.

Anyway, the main reason for this was to get a reasonable estimate of how long the 40K walk would take. 16 miles = 25.7 kilometers, so it’s totally doable before it gets dark, assuming I start early enough. Maybe next weekend.

OH YEAH, and it’s April 30th, so…

Graph of genres:

Mean song length: 3:48

No five-stars again. This year has a lot of really good songs, but none quite good enough for five stars.

Tune in tomorrow for anniversary excitement!


It’s graph time! I know nobody gives a crap, but it’s fun.

Genres graph:

Mean song length: 3:51

The Five Star
Baby I’m Yours (feat. Irfane) by Breakbot

Also this because it’s fantastic:


And this because I TOTALLY CALLED IT in my NaNo last year.

What I wrote:
“Twenty years ago Google Face was practically brand new, just coming out of beta and gaining users at an incredibly fast speed. I guess that’s what happens when you practically release a Google Maps version for people […] Google Face not only tracks faces but also attaches to them an individual’s personal information, such as their date of birth, their parents’ names, their social security number, things like that.”

What the article says:
“Google is working on a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people’s faces in order to access their personal information […] Google’s Profiles product includes a user’s name, phone number and e-mail address. Google has not said what personal data might be displayed once a person is identified by its facial-recognition system.”

The future is terrifying. This is exactly why I’m afraid of Google.

How do we know that one is the loneliest number? Have we interviewed it?


Genres graph:

Mean song length: 4:22

Still no five stars this year. But they’ll happen.

Okay, I feel like crap so I’m going to go pass out in a chair for a bit. Bye.

Music! Music! Music!

So…just because I’m the way I am, I kind of accidentally downloaded a new song every day for this month, so I guess that whole thing’s happening again. But let it be! Because the only thing better than having a huge data set? TWO HUGE DATA SETS.
Data make life complete.
It’s graph time.


Genres. Let’s do orange this year.

Mean song length: 3:56

No five-stars this month.

December Song Review

Happy birthday, Maggie!

So I know December’s not technically over, but it’s late and I already have tomorrow’s song, so HA.

Graph of genres:

Mean song length: 4:05

The Five Star: The Man Who Murdered Love by XTC

Join me tomorrow for the year in review!


Today’s song: I’m The Man Who Murdered Love by XTC

November Song Review

November’s over and so is NaNoWriMo! But that whole thing will be analyzed tomorrow; right now it’s time for this month’s music review.

Graph of genres:

Mean song length: 4:22

NO five stars this month!



Today’s song: Peanut Butter & Patience by Deru

October Song Review

Happy Halloween, bitches! It’s music review time!

Graph of genres:

Mean song length: 4:01

The five star: Mediational Field by Susumu Hirasawa

Woohoo, two more months!



Today’s song: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers

September’s Song Review

Today’s the 270th day of the year. It’s also September 30, which means it’s time for another month’s music review!

Graph of genres:

Mean song length: 3:54

The five star: Alejandro by Lady Gaga



Today’s song: Sour Cherry by The Kills

August’s Music Review

Look, another month gone. Song review time!

Graph of genres:

Mean song length: 4:44
There were NO five-stars this month!

Today’s song: Give Into Me by Takida