Grooveshark– This is probably one of the more popular options out there. It has a friendly user interface that is comparable to iTunes and has most of your mainstream music.

8Tracks– This is more for finding playlists than actual songs. You can search on everything from mood to time period to find a mix someone compiled. Good option if you don’t want to devote that much energy in select individual songs.

Last.FM– Another popular option here with an iPhone app even available for it. I am a fan because sometimes I just want to listen to music I know and other times I feel like finding new stuff based off of my interests. This integrates both worlds really well  and am pleased with the suggestions I have received.

Myspace– No longer competing with facebook this website is good if you want to search by a specific band/artist. Good options for both popular bands and small local venues.

Thissongissick– Minus the radio and a good amount of energy, it is not easy to find new, good music daily. This website/blog focuses on banger, house, rap and other similar types of music suggestions. This is personally a good fit for me and my friends because of all the suggestions in our favorite genres. if you do not enjoy this kind of music this will not be your site.

The White Panda– Mash! If you have the attention span of a small goldfish, this group’s website has 50+ mashes you can press play on to keep your ADHD brain entertained for days. Sometimes the mash-ups are just what you need and this group provides a large number of them for free with one click of the button.

Stumble Audio– This is a new favorite of mine. Unless you are living under a rock, you have realized EVERYTHING online is going social. This website does the same for your music and provides many options. Find what you like and share away.

Songza– The best way I can explain this website is Pandora + Facebook. You type in a song or artist and it creates a playlist for you to share with the world. There are other stations already created and you can search or suggest friends stations as well.

Musicovery– Feeling tired, energetic, calm or energetic? no matter your mood combination you can select your preference based off of this mood matrix and the website will suggest music for you. There are other options online similar to this website that have 100s of emotions and moods to chose from. In my experience this only make it less enjoyable and more time consuming.

Fizy– This is more of the jukebox version of grooveshark. Just straight music to play; simple and straight forward. This website is another simplistic format that allows you to search for both music and music videos.

 

Check the comments in the future for more additions

Everyone tries to utilize social media marketing but very few times does it actually turn into something awesome or even remotely interesting. American Airlines nailed it and has an awesome social media campaign running where you ‘like’ the AAdvantage fb page and receive a mystery amount of miles ranging from 100-10000. It was the easiest 300 miles I have ever earned. Earn you some miles at AAdvantage

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

 

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis

“you can only go as high as you reach”

 

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland

 

“If what you’re doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose.”

 

“The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”

 

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

 

“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

 

What the mind can conceive, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

 

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” – Seneca

 

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” -Albert Einstein.

 

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” -Milton Berle

 

“The sky has never been the limit. We are our own limits. It’s then about breaking our personal limits and outgrowing ourselves to live our best lives.”

 

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – Life’s Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

 

“When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails.” ~ H. Jackson Brown

“Either suffer the pain of discipline today, or the pain of regret tomorrow”

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself

 

“Everything you want should be yours: the type of work you want; the relationships you need; the social, mental, and aesthetic stimulation that will make you happy and fulfilled; the money you require for the lifestyle that is appropriate to you; and any requirement that you may (or may not) have for achievement or service to others. If you don’t aim for it all, you’ll never get it all. To aim for it requires that you know what you want” ~ Richard Koch

 

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis

 

Confidence comes not from always being right but not fearing to be wrong”

 

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

See more at Pick The Brain

If you are like me you find the idea of cats weird and know that the owners are just not as cool as dog people. This email forward is probably the funniest I have ever read and proves that cat people…well, just aint all right in the head. Enjoy this and other similar threads at 27bslash6

 

From: Shannon
Date
: Monday 21 June 2010 9.20am
To
: David
Subject
: Poster

 

Hi
I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing since then so I was wondering if you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old. missing on Harper street and my phone number.
Thanks Shan. 


From:
David
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
To:
Shannon
Subject:
Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
That is shocking news. Luckily I was sitting down when I read your email and not half way up a ladder or tree. How are you holding up? I am surprised you managed to attend work at all what with thinking about Missy out there cold, frightened and alone… possibly lying on the side of the road, her back legs squashed by a vehicle, calling out “Shannon, where are you?”
Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.
Regards, David. 

From:
Shannon
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 9.37am
To:
David
Subject:
Re: Re: Poster

yeah ok thanks. I know you dont like cats but I am really worried about mine. I have to leave at 1pm today. 

From:
David
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 10.17am
To:
Shannon
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
I never said I don’t like cats. Once, having been invited to a party, I went clothes shopping beforehand and bought a pair of expensive G-Star boots. They were two sizes too small but I wanted them so badly I figured I could just wear them without socks and cut my toenails very short. As the party was only a few blocks from my place, I decided to walk. After the first block, I lost all feeling in my feet. Arriving at the party, I stumbled into a guy named Steven, spilling Malibu & coke onto his white Wham ‘Choose Life’ t-shirt, and he punched me. An hour or so after the incident, Steven sat down in a chair already occupied by a cat. The surprised cat clawed and snarled causing Steven to leap out of the chair, slip on a rug and strike his forehead onto the corner of a speaker; resulting in a two inch open gash. In its shock, the cat also defecated, leaving Steven with a foul stain down the back of his beige cargo pants. I liked that cat.
Attached poster as requested.
Regards, David.



From:
Shannon
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 10.24am
To:
David
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah thats not what I was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small? 


From:
David
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 10.28am
To:
Shannon
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
It’s a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
Regards, David. 


From:
Shannon
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
To:
David
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Thats just stupid. Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in colour please. Thanks. 



From:
David
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 10.46am
To:
Shannon
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
Having worked with designers for a few years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I don’t come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log onto Facebook and look out of the window. I am willing to overlook this faux pas due to you no doubt being preoccupied with thoughts of Missy attempting to make her way home across busy intersections or being trapped in a drain as it slowly fills with water. I spent three days down a well once but that was just for fun.
I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.
Regards, David.




From:
Shannon
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 10.59am
To:
David
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

This is worse than the other one. can you make it so it shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing missy off it? I just want it to say Lost. 


From:
David
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
To:
Shannon
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster



From:
Shannon
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 11.21am
To:
David
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you. Thanks. 


From:
David
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 11.32am
To:
Shannon
Subject:
Awww

Dear Shannon,
I don’t have a cat. I once agreed to look after a friend’s cat for a week but after he dropped it off at my apartment and explained the concept of kitty litter, I kept the cat in a closed cardboard box in the shed and forgot about it. If I wanted to feed something and clean faeces, I wouldn’t have put my mother in that home after her stroke. A week later, when my friend came to collect his cat, I pretended that I was not home and mailed the box to him. Apparently I failed to put enough stamps on the package and he had to collect it from the post office and pay eighteen dollars. He still goes on about that sometimes, people need to learn to let go.
I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed instructions.
Regards, David.


From:
Shannon
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 11.47am
To:
David
Subject:
Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my cat. 


From:
David
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 11.58am
To:
Shannon
Subject:
Re: Re: Awww

I know, but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of this. If anybody calls and says “I haven’t seen your orange cat but I did find a black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car, do you want it?” you can politely decline and save yourself a costly veterinarian bill.

I knew someone who had a basset hound that had its hind legs removed after an accident and it had to walk around with one of those little buggies with wheels. If it had been my dog I would have asked for all its legs to be removed and replaced with wheels and had a remote control installed. I could charge neighbourhood kids for rides and enter it in races. If I did the same with a horse I could drive it to work. I would call it Steven.

Regards, David. 


From:
Shannon
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 12.07pm
To:
David
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Awww

Please just use the photo I gave you. 


From:
David
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 12.22pm
To:
Shannon
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww



From:
Shannon
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 12.34pm
To:
David
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I didnt say there was a reward. I dont have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan. 


From:
David
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 12.42pm
To:
Shannon
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww



From:
Shannon
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 12.51pm
To:
David
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Can you just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten minutes and I still have to make photocopies of it. 


From:
David
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 12.56pm
To:
Shannon
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww


From:
Shannon
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010 1.03pm
To:
David
Subject:
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Fine. That will have to do.

 

Incredibox: Each sound is assigned a man. You pick multiple sounds in a sequenced order and create a musical beat that is hard to stop listening to. It is simple and amusing

iNudge: This tool is slightly more complex but has more functionality to create something awesome. You simply pick an instrument on the side and select a grid cells to select the pitch/note. The higher on the grid, the higher the tone. Pretty simple idea that is all about layering

Drumbot: If you are looking for a little more serious musical creation Drumbot allows you to create drumbeats (the name pretty much says it all). It is straight forward and for people with more of a musical background but can be utilized by anyone.

I know there are TONS of these online and plan to update this list as I come across more in the future. Unfortunately, most are either not entertaining or don’t really provide any value, but keep posted here for the few awesome ones to be posted in the future.

 

Here is the sad truth: MTV no longer plays music videos and there really aren’t too many options out there.

Fortunately for those of us that still like catching music videos, there is ViddyJam; the Pandora of Music Videos from Youtube. All you do is set your musical preferences (just like in Pandora) and click “Jam” to see a streaming playlist of music videos. Welcome back music television

Groupon is something I have been using and preaching for some time now to others. It was not until reading this TechCrunch article today that I truly realized the magnitude of this awesome little idea. In short:

1. Commerce (like everything else) is going towards a social platform

2. You will have deals that are listed in a feed that are relevant to only you

3. How you buy online will be changed

4. Google (pending board meeting) will be expanding into yet another market

5. Expect this idea to blow up in a city near you very soon


No iTunes, no problem. Next time your computer fails you and you lose it all, your music is one thing you will no longer have to worry about. MP3Tunes is a website that allows you to store (and play) all of your songs remotely. So next time you are at a friends house and want to show them that new song or listen to music at work without downloading iTunes, just upload your music to MP3Tunes and you will have access to it anywhere there is an internet signal. You can also dowload the song or send it to any mobile number.

It is also worth noting that for all of your other online storage needs, I wrote about a website a couple of months ago called Dropbox that allows you to store 2 GB free online for everything else.

 

See more at MP3Tunes.com