Well, first, the confession. My time machine has broken down. I am firmly back in the 21st Century of music.
What did I learn from my trip? Well, the 80s had LOTS of synth music. My son commented a couple of times. 'Dad, why are you playing all this synth music'. I also discovered some new friends (Joy Division and OMD). What component of my time machine failed? I think I tried to be too strict with my timescale. 1980 to present day – 30 years was too narrow a resource. I love Blondie, but had previously only been exposed to two albums (Eat to the Beat and Parallel Lines) so, visiting the 80s and only having Autoamerica was a true wake up call, and not in a good way.
Autoamerica is just not that good an album. EtoB and PL are both albums where I like (if not love) every track. But with Aa, I can see that they where trying to do something DIFFERENT from the previous albums. But I feel, that for me personally, they don't succeed. As I was listening, I felt , 'how can every track be soo bad!, soo different from what is before, AND soo different from Rapture, which I love'. But after a while, I realised, the other tracks are actually quite similar in style to Rapture, it's just that I like Rapture, it's a good song. Whereas, the other songs on the album which stylistically are very similar, just don't make it. But, because I am soo familiar with Rapture, it transcends the style and becomes an anthem in it's own right.
I came out of the 80s with Ween and Katy Perry. They where the album purchases I had on my iPhone, apart from the 80s playlist. But, I am looking forward to re-introducing myself to old friends and new. Earlier Blondie, Mike Oldfield, Simon & Garfunkel, modern Tom Waits and others.
Ok, enough of the music. Now onto the introduction.
A couple of years ago, I was writing Ruby and Rails code for Sleepydog. Mostly investigating media markup and social media aggregation. One of the projects was a framework for procedural media tagging. Recently, I have been thinking about the framework I built for that exploration and wished to blog about it. I asked Toby if it would be ok. He very kindly agreed. So, I will be trying to write a series of articles that describes the framework from bedrock to tagging. The first few postings will cover some bread and butter helper code, then I will be able to get into some more of the 'computer sciency' bits.