Open thread and bleg

For those of you who have an iPad, please list a couple of apps that you like and use all the time.

No iPad? Hit shuffle on your favorite digital music device and report the first song that pops up*. No cheating.

(*) You can also do it if you have an iPad.


Most Likely You Go Your Way, Dylan.

196 replies
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    4tehlulz says:

    The Antichrist – Slayer.

    I have nothing to add to that.

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    Marmot says:

    Father Cannot Yell — Can

    But I kind of wish I had 4tehlulz’s answer.

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    dmsilev says:

    Document management: GoodReader (general stuff), Papers (academic PDF files)
    Time waster: New York Times Crosswords (free app; subscription access to puzzles)
    Board games: Carcassonne, Ticket To Ride
    Reading: Kindle, iBooks

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    Laura says:

    Departe, Departe-The Cobbler’s Hornpipe (Ensemble Galililei)

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    Captain Goto says:

    “Make Mayan a Hawaiian” — Southern Culture on the Skids, “Dirt Track Date”

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    Kristine says:

    1st song up: I’ll Fall With Your Knife (Live)–Peter Murphy.

    iPad apps–iBook, Nook, Kindle

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    Dexter says:

    Pavarotti-Nessun Dorma

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    kindness says:

    Starmap. I originally got it for my iphone but the bigger screen on the ipad makes it even cooler.

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    Trentrunner says:

    StarWalk. Just get it.

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    BGinCHI says:

    “Color of a Lonely Heart is Blue,” Old 97s.

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    joeyess says:

    Crossroads – Cream

    And I have nothing to add to that.

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    Adam Tebrugge says:

    Delta Lady by Leon Russell

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    Superking says:

    Netflix is a must, the Kindle app is nice. And I have a bunch of music apps including: Korg iElectribe, Korg iMS-20, Garage Band, Sunrizer

    The standard productivity apps are pretty good too–Pages and Numbers.

    Then get a bunch of games–Angry Birds, Osmos HD, Infinity Blade, Words HD.

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    Stuckinred says:

    Kindle for the iPad, TED

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    scav says:

    Damn! Mine always comes up christmas. Fulfillment by The Boston Camerata. At least the next on is The Masterton Inheritance so I can listen to it.

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    All right.

    Certain members of this commenting community have managed to drive me almost entirely away from one of the first blogs on which I ever enjoyed commenting. So be it. You know who you are, and I anticipate many pie-filled suggestions that I fall onto my fainting couch or some equally feeble attempt to convince me that I’m beneath contempt. Or some such.

    However — given that one of the main reasons that some corners of this community have become SO UTTERLY INSUFFERABLE is because of an entirely childish and frankly outlandish hatred of all things ABL — I did want to swing by and share this:

    Here ABL is on Boing Boing, being funny and fabulous.

    Because she’s worth the internet’s time, and all y’all who spend your lives hating? Are not.

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    different church-lady says:

    I suit neither condition, so I will merely close my eyes, turn my head towards the stack of CDs near my desk and report the first one I see:

    [closes eyes, turns head, opens eyes]

    Ultra-Lounge vol 14: Bossa Novaville!

    When that fails, Secret Agent or Illinois Street Lounge at Soma FM.

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    Strandedvandal says:

    APC- Judith

    Angry Birds

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    dedc79 says:

    Steppin’ Out – John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers

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    cleek says:

    Superchunk – Brand New Love

    FYI : pie filter update

    I’ve modified the FireFox version of the Balloon Juice pie filter so you can add (and remove) people from your pie list by just selecting their name then clicking a button. No more editing!

    The Add/Remove buttons will appear at the bottom of the comments, just under the “Submit”. When you add someone, the comments will be updated instantly. If you remove someone, the script will have to refresh the page.


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    trollhattan says:

    “Spent Money” Roy Rodgers (not that one)

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    “Union Man,” the Cate Brothers.

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    Sarah in Brooklyn says:

    Hang On, Teenage Fan Club

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    different church-lady says:

    You know who you are

    Crap, what did I do this time?

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    Stuckinred says:

    Moe’s Notepad is cool. Photoshop for the iPad too.

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    blahblahblah says:

    “God’s Away on Business” – Tom Waits

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    pragmatism says:

    radiohead – separator
    words with friends is teh win. wanna play?

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    Rorgg says:

    Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas) by They Might Be Giants

    Yay for science!

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    Dr Dave says:

    Second movement of Keith Emerson’s Piano Concerto–
    a blast from the past, uploaded to my digital library from my vinyl copy of ELP’s Works, Volume 1 using my USB turntable. (This is a fun, if time-consuming, project, but cheaper than going out and buying digital versions of my entire vinyl collection.)

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    Sentient Puddle says:

    Apps: Garage Band. I got nothing to show off, but that shit’s crazy fun to screw around with for $5.

    Music: The Beatles – She’s Leaving Home

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    jacy says:

    “Giving Up the Gun” – Vampire Weekend

    Get the Kindle app if you have not already! It’s free from Amazon.

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    Stuckinred says:

    Thanks Cleek! Oops, someone tell him for me.

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    call_me_ishmael says:

    Warren Zevon – Desperados under the eaves.

    Although I was hoping for something more Anthrax’y…

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    cleek says:

    @Dr Dave:
    i’m doing that job for my father. he mails me stacks of LPs and i rip them to MP3. it’s slow and tedious, but i’m collecting a lot of old, obscure stuff doing it.

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    Kilkee says:

    Star Walk, also, too.

    “The King’s Shilling,” the fabulous Karan Casey.

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    Dennis SGMM says:

    Jefferson Airplane – “Somebody to Love”

    I grow old … I grow old …
    I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

    Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
    I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
    I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

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    thruppence says:

    uh-oh: “Troubled” | Peter Gabriel | Passion: Music from the Last Temptation of Christ

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    Ripley says:

    Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: “Woe-Is-Uh-Me-Bop”

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    Stuckinred says:

    Where’s shuffle on the iPad iPod?

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    uriel says:

    Just a few off the top of my head, all of wich (I belive) are free:

    Pulse- an excellent RSS aggregator

    Nebulous Lite- a very full featured text editor. I prefer it to pages in many ways.

    Opera- much faster than the built in implementation of safari

    Stanza, Bookman- for ebooks and comi- I mean graphic novels, respectively

    Pocket frogs

    What?!! It’s cute, damnit!

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    Dr Dave says:


    Love that, but you have to follow it immediately with their retraction–

    Why Does The Sun Really Shine?

    The sun is a miasma
    Of incandescent plasma
    The sun’s not simply made out of gas…

    I played those one after the other for my astronomy class last year and they were most amused.

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    pragmatism says:

    stuck, go to songs and at the top there should be a shuffle icon.
    ETA, i forgot the reply button is back. just when i gave up caring.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Gotta second Garage Band. There’s also some neat Teleprompter-type apps that are good for those of us who sing, yet forget lyrics.

    You can get a mic stand clip for the iPad, clip it up, and follow along. I love it.

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    flukebucket says:

    Leonard Cohen—The Future

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    Stuckinred says:

    Thanks, David Crosby, Music Is Love

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    Sentient Puddle says:

    @The Moar You Know:

    There’s also some neat Teleprompter-type apps that are good for those of us who sing, yet forget lyrics.

    That’s so me. What are some I should look at?

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    uriel says:

    Just to be clear, those are apps, not songs. “An excellent RSS aggregator” would be a shitty song title, even if Jellybean Benitez were involved.

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    twiffer says:

    ipad is my wife’s. i mostly use it to listen to the redsox games (mlb@bat) when i lose control of the tv. use the nook reader when i forget to charge my nook. oh, and world of goo.

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    chopper says:

    Charles Bronson: The Painful, Yet Unavoidable, Deathstar Comparison.

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    GeorgeBernard says:

    Elvis Costello–

    Welcome to the Working Week

    from My Aim is True

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    Rosalita says:

    Lost in the Flood – Springsteen, Live in NYC

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    C.J. says:


    Just saw them a few weeks ago, amazing performance.

    Queens of the Stone Age – Feel Good Hit of the Summer

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    Stuckinred says:

    Non reply on safari on the pad

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    freelancer says:

    Full disclosure, I have an iPhone, not an iPad.

    Star Walk is awesome. And I’ve recently become a Qrank addict. ABL and I go toe-to-toe a lot, but most days she ends up schooling me.

    Cat Stevens – Ready

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    Jane2 says:

    Yeah sure, I’ve got apps for reading, productivity etc, but my favourite ones are time-wasting brilliance: Star Walk, Video Time Machine, and Angry Birds Rio.

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    Three-nineteen says:

    “A Cat Had a Birthday” — Sesame Street Hot! Hot! Hot! Dance Songs

    Let me try it again.

    “Coconut Telegraph” – Jimmy Buffett

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    Sloegin says:

    Goodreader (don’t argue, just buy it).
    Evernote, Skype, Dropbox
    Pulse, ProPublica, Al Jazeera
    Qwiki, Merriam Webster, Medscape

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    Ronnie P says:

    iPad apps: if you don’t mind paying $6 for a game, Ticket to Ride online can be very addicting.

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    Gromit says:

    I can’t say I use it that often, but GarageBand on iPad is pretty amazing. Just playing around with the synthesizers is incredible fun, and an actual musician could do some really neat stuff with it. I like Paprika for cooking, and I use 2do to keep lists and reminders on my iPhone and iPad synced, though I expect the coming iOS 5 update will make it obsolete. Hulu Plus and Netflix are kind of obvious, I suppose.

    As for games, I’ll second the recommendation for Carcassonne, which is easily the game I’ve wasted the most time with on iPhone and iPad (it is a universal app). World of Goo is a must-have if you haven’t played it elsewhere (or maybe even if you have). Right now I’m making my way through BattleHeart, which is infectiously charming for what is essentially a distillation of the grinding elements of RPG’s.

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    eastriver says:

    iiPad apps:

    The Weather Channel (very useful, real time radar)
    Skyfire (for watching Flash vids)
    The Elements (something like 14 bucks, but worth it. really shows off what the iPad can do)
    Waste Land (cool, shows off the iPads muscles, plus having it will surely get you laid at either Bennington or Sarah Lawrence)
    NASA (for the amazing fucking photos)
    Netflix (for much better resolution than watching through Wii or one of the other gameboxes; really, it will knock your socks off. You can watch amazing movies anywhere there’s WiFi.)
    Zappos (if you shop for shit online)
    Tour Wrist (for a taste of tomorrow)

    The NY Times app is killer if you pay for the subscription. (I’m not sure if any of the hacks for getting around the limited-usage still work.)

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    debit says:

    Building a Road, Spottiswoode & His Enemies

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    Three-nineteen says:

    @cleek: On behalf of all pie lovers, I thank you.

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    Savage Henry says:

    Sexy MF – Prince

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    JLM says:

    (You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further – Doors LA Woman Bonus Track

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    Gromit says:


    Where’s shuffle on the iPad iPod?

    Pull the song list down a bit. Shuffle is hidden at the top.

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    Andrew Beck says:

    Music Enternal – Dead Can Dance

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    jibeaux says:

    Girl Downtown by Hayes Carll.

    If you have a high twang tolerance, check him out.

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    burnspbesq says:

    GoodReader, instapaper, dropbox, PenUltimate, MLB AtBat, Watch ESPN, TuneIn Radio.

    First song up in shuffle, “Little Cabin Home” from Sweet Temptation by Ricky Skaggs.

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    J.W. Hamner says:

    I refuse to be embarrassed by this:

    Prince/Sheena Easton – “U Got the Look”

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    My Kind of Boy, Ella Fitzgerald

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    cleek says:

    going to Gillian tonight?
    i hear it’s gonna be hot.

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    cminus says:

    “The Envoy”, Warren Zevon. Does that make Zevon the first artist to double-up on this thread?

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    Scamp Dog says:

    The one I’m having the most fun with is Brushes, a painting app. I go to Denver’s City Park Jazz concert series on Sundays, and sketch the band. People are really impressed, which isn’t too bad for somebody who’s the weakest student in his “Fundamentals of Drawing” class. Good times!

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    jibeaux says:


    Really, really wish I were. David Rawlings is fantastic. Saw them years ago at the Cradle.

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    Gromit says:

    Oh, and how did I forget Pandora? Pandora + AirPlay = awesome.

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    Ryan says:

    You’re my Everything – The Temptations. Though, like everyone else in this thread, I have everything Zevon has ever done in my ipod.

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    Poopyman says:

    @kindness: @Trentrunner: Both of these. Also GarageBand and
    World Drums (?? Don’t have the iPad with me and can’t recall the real name). Good for killing time even though (or because) I’m not a drummer.

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    Sir Nose'D says:

    Rumpofsteelskin – Parliment. Not a song I am usually in the mood for…

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    BackScatter says:

    Reeder for RSS feeds

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    peaceweaver says:

    Music: Koka Kola, the Clash (London Calling)

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    WaterGirl says:

    Hey, as long as we are talking iPads, over the weekend I volunteered to compile a list of our complaints/requests for the BJ mobile site.

    If you have anything you’d like me to include, just make sure the words “mobile site” are in your comment, and I will include your input.

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    Eric S. says:

    What is this “i” thing you speak of. Bob Dylan’s “No Time To Think” was the first thing the Zune through at me.

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    NobodySpecial says:

    “Under My Thumb” – Blind Faith. (Yes. Live at Hyde Park.)

    Only iApp I own is Couch to 5k.

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    Constance says:

    @Emily L. Hauser/ellaesther: Thank you. I think some of that seems to be shifting to John Cole if last night is any indication. No desire to participate in a dialogue, just a complete lack of impulse control that allows them to spew filth and hatred in all directions. Really unpleasant.

    I’m new to the whole commenting scene and I honestly don’t understand people who hang around just to spit on people. Obviously seriously psychologically damaged. Get a life, folks!

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    stuckinred says:

    @jibeaux: They are coming to Athens as part of the grand re-opening of the Georgia Theater.

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    Jim says:

    iBook FREE
    Kindle FREE
    Weather Underground FREE
    Weather Radar Map HD Not Free but cheap, handy for storm tracking.

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    twiffer says:

    oh, music: tom petty, saving grace

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    elmo says:

    Angry Birds
    and my partner loves Pocket Frogs, but I dongeddit.

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    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    @Ryan: The Hindu Loves Gods? He recorded it down the street.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    @Sentient Puddle: I’m using ProPrompter, although it seems to be more set up for broadcasters. Like the cue points, though. OnSong also looks pretty good.

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    JadedOptimist says:

    Left Right by the Chemical Brothers. The next song that shuffles up – this is true! – is Fifty Million Frenchmen, by the late, great Sophie Tucker.

    What does that combo say about me?

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    Uriel says:


    Non reply on safari on the pad

    If you click on the ‘Link’ link it should appear-does on mine, at least.

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    Uriel says:


    Non reply on safari on the pad

    If you click on the ‘Link’ link it should appear-does on mine, at least.

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    pete says:

    From the mothership: Dance of Kali by Prem Joshua from Dance of Shakti. I have no idea what this is, it came from my girlfriend’s daughter about 18 months ago and I have never played it before. Sounds kinda cool.

    From the iPhone: Desperation Samba (Halloween in Tijuana) by Jimmy Buffett, from the Bars part of his box set. Seems sorta appropriate nowadays.

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    Uriel says:

    @Uriel: @Uriel:
    Also, it will automagically double post on your behalf, apparently. :/

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    Jim H says:

    Music: “8th Wonder” by The Gossip

    This is what listening to NPR’s All Songs Considered does for me.

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    RNoman says:

    “Trinkle Trinkle”, Thelonious Monk

    Performed by Jazz at the Lincoln Center

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    Crashman says:

    Nobody Hurts You (live) – Graham Parker

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    Julia Grey says:

    Okay I was reading a much earlier thread, and commented/asked this question there, but since it’s so old I figured I wouldn’t get an answer, so I’m bringing it foward:

    Shorter Redstate: “Markos may be a former Republican but he’s still useful to us!”

    You do realize you’re commenting at Balloon Juice, right? John Cole, former Redstate contributor/editor, only left the GOP a few years ago himself.

    And Charles Johnson (?) abandoned the right-wing asshole line at Little Green Footballs. Are there others?

    All of which causes me to wonder, have there been any similar high level blogosphere defections in the other direction? Liberal to Conservative?

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    “The Way” by Fastball

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    Ol' Dirty DougJ says:

    Get Stanza, Instapaper, and a good RSS reader.

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    WaterGirl says:


    I thought maybe that was you telling us that you have to click link twice. :-)

    Edit: Cleek, stuckinred passes on his thank you for your new update.

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    Uriel says:


    and my partner loves Pocket Frogs, but I dongeddit.

    That may be because your partner is a sane, rational human being of refined tastes, while you are a crazy person. Just a guess.

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    JonBoy says:

    Kindle is the book reader, Instapaper is great for reading longer posts off-line, TED for interesting news and if you use Facebook, Friendly is the best app for that (until they unlock the iPod version built into the O/S).

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    geg6 says:

    I do not have any of that new fangled digital music stuff on any of my electronic devices.

    Mainly because digital music SUCKS. Can’t listen to its tinny noise.

    I’ll stick with my lps, thank you very much.

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    geisha gurl says:

    Harlem–Gay Human Bones

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    Marmot says:

    @Gromit: There’s Carcasonne for the iPhone?! You may have just destroyed my plan to do something useful with my free time.

    @Constance: Wrong thread.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Andrew Bird, Nomenclature, from Noble Beast.

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    lamh34 says:

    David Bowie – Let’s Dance.

    What can I say, David Bowie loves da sistas (one in particular, I.C.U. Iman) and the sistas love him back.

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    peej01 says:

    on the iPad – ibooks, Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies. Trying to find a better browser than Safari. Don’t have my music on the iPad since I have an iPhone (no, I’m not an Apple geek).

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    freelancer says:



    When my friend was telling me about it years ago as a newish game for Xbox Live Arcade, kept pronouncing it “Carcass-One”.

    I said “That looks like a French word, you’re probably not pronouncing it right.”
    “Psssh, whatevs!”

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    elmo says:

    Uriel: :-)

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    Marmot says:

    @freelancer: Ha — and look here, I’ve gone and misspelled it. It’s Carcassonne, like you expected. What I get for taking German, I guess.

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    Tuttle says:

    Work iPad so my most used apps are Remoter (VNC client) and Prompt (ssh client). At home I use Netflix and Crosswords the most.

    First song, “The Todd Killings” by The Angry Samoans.

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    Brachiator says:

    @ Tim F:

    For those of you who have an iPad, please list a couple of apps that you like and use all the time.

    A most important tool for me: reading and annotating pdf files: GoodReader and iAnnotate

    For writing: SimpleNote and iA Writer
    For outlining: Index Card
    For reading Google Reader Feeds: FlipBoard, Reeder
    For learning what hot apps are out there: AppAdvice
    For Tweets: Twitter
    For Fun, NPR, This American Life, PBS
    For Work and iPad Connectivity: Dropbox, Evernote
    For great photos: Fotopedia
    For news: BBC News, Rachel Maddow, The Daily Show, NBC Nightly News, Guardian, CNN
    Amazing shit: NASA, Emerald Observatory, 3D Sun, Star Walk, PLoS Reader
    Productivity: Penultimate, Notability, Quickoffice, Google Voice
    Why The Hell Not: Movie Vault, Daily Motion, xkcd, TED, Aweditorium, Vevo HD, The Onion

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    jackmac says:

    Stoned Soul Picnic, Laura Nyro version

    iPad apps I use a lot: Pages (I’m a writer); various flavors of Angry Birds for diversion;

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    Djur says:

    Raekwon – Heaven & Hell

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    twiffer says:

    @cleek: i dinna see these buttons after downloading the filter script. thought it might be cause i set KillAddToAny=true; that does not seem to be the case.

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    Cronin says:

    Could’ve Moved Mountains / A Silver Mount Zion / “Born into trouble as the sparks fly upward”

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    badpoetry says:

    Tower of Song, Leonard Cohen

    Could have been much worse than that.

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    evinfuilt says:

    Staring at my iPad I see my main apps:

    Evernote (can not live without)
    TWC Max+
    HBO GO
    Plants vs Zombies (most enjoyable time per $ spent ever.)
    GroceryIQ (if you have it on an iPhone as well.)

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    WaterGirl says:

    oops, forgot the music part… shuffle brought up Freedom Rider from John Barleycorn Must Die (Traffic)

    also forgot to say that if you have an iPad and you don’t have the zagg ipad keyboard & case, stop what you’re doing and go order it. i got mine after stuckinred mentioned it on here once, and i can’t figure out how i loved without it.

    oh, and Trentrunner: i just bought starwalk. I’ll let you know if you owe me 5 bucks, or if I owe you a debt of thanks.

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    donnah says:

    I like Bookworm for a time-killer. It’s a Popcap game.

    I also love SoundHound, which is perfect for me because I hear a song on TV or in a movie I’m watching at home and I wonder who it is. I hit my Soundhound app, it does a quick recording, and then tells me the name of the song, the band, where to buy it on iTunes, and sometimes even the lyrics. It’s cool.

    Also StormTracker for weather and Starwalk.

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    Wag says:

    U2–Until the End of the World

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    @Emily L. Hauser/ellaesther:

    Uh, Emily . . . the man just asked people to share some choices in apps and tunes.

    Did that offended you?

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    JerryN says:

    When The Circus Comes, Los Lobos.

    iPad apps: iTap RDP (to RDP into Windows servers), pTerm (to SSH into Linux servers) plus the built in VPN support let me do IT support from anywhere. Skype, Flipboard, Angry Birds.

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    burnspbesq says:


    I’ll stick with my lps, thank you very much.

    I knew there was a reason I liked you. C’mere and gimme a hug, you big Luddite.

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    Wayne says:

    If you like the stars:
    GoSkyWatch Planetarium
    One of the coolest programs ever.

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    Dust Bowl Dance – Mumford and Sons

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    Julia Grey says:

    Uh, Emily . . . the man just asked people to share some choices in apps and tunes.

    It’s an OPEN THREAD.

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    machine says:

    FileApp Pro
    Note Taker HD

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    Chet says:

    For those of you who have an iPad, please list a couple of apps that you like and use all the time.


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    Jamie says:

    Reeder for wasting my life reading blogs.
    Nebulous for writing stuff – I’m a programmer, I like text editors.
    Things for todos.
    Netflix, because I don’t have a TV.
    OmniOutliner, because I write a lot of outlines.
    Shredder, because I’m a chess geek.
    PocketMoney – syncs with the iPhone version, and the only way I can keep track of money.
    Rebirth is an awesome music app.
    Civ Revolution is a huge time sink, if you like strategy games. As is Battle for Wesnoth.
    TypePlay is a nerdy fun typography/art app.

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    burnspbesq says:


    It’s actually possible to get good sound out of an iPad, but it ain’t cheap.

    The first and most important thing is to load it with good files. CD-resolution AIFF or Apple Lossless.

    The second most important thing is good headphones. Depending on your taste and your budget, that can run you anywhere from $100 to $1,500 (my go-to headphones for mobile use are the Monster Turbine Pro Copper, which can be had for around $350).

    Finally, an external digital-to-analogue converter and/or headphone amp. Cypher Labs makes an external asynchronous-USB DAC called the AlgoRhythm Solo ($550, I think) which is reputed to be really good (I haven’t had a chance to play with it). There are a lot of good portable amps out there; I’ve had a Ray Samuels Audio Predator ($475) for about four years, and haven’t heard anything yet that I like better.

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    Jane2 says:

    Ayieeee!! All these great suggestions for apps means I’ll have no time to work to pay for them all.

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    kestral says:

    First song is… let me hit the button here… mirage coordinator from Umineko no Naku Koro ni.

    What? It’s good jogging music.

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    tarylcabot says:

    Ragdoll Blaster 2 – great combination of shooting game with strong engineering background. You can buy the HD ($5) or non-HD versions ($2).

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    King of Fools By IQ.

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    Ricky Roma says:

    Instapaper, Reeder, Flipboard, Twitter, Evernote, Simplenote, Omnifocus, Keynote for work.

    Carcassonne, World of Goo for Games.

    NPR, This American Life, PBS for news.

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    J says:

    Joe Jackson, Glamour and Pain

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    Mitch Guthman says:

    I have lots of apps from newspapers, magazines, BBC, France 24 and NPR. (Which I actually use quite a bit because some of the magazines I like are hard to get on the road). I have Kiosque, Kindle, Zino and iBooks. Dropbox (which I highly recommend), CheckPlease, Pages, FedEx Mobile and Delivery Status. Collins French-English dictionary, Le Robert, Bescherelle and Antidote. The gogo Inlight app. In the summer, I load iWatermelon (which seems to actually work). Sid Meier’s Priates. Find my iPhone.

    For travel, I like FlightTrack. There are a lot of great apps for travel that I load only when I’m traveling to the destination for which they are useful. Tons of great apps for London and Paris, especially if you use public transit or taxis. (If anybody wants my favorites, just ask because they make life in SF, London and Paris much easier. There are also some really great touristing apps for those cities—-but some crappy one, too )

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    Gromit says:

    Sounds like there might need to be a BJ Carcassonne tournament…

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    Drive By Lurker says:

    (Long time lurker.)

    iPad apps:
    * Instapaper. Worth every penny.
    * Other reading apps in order of my usage: Kindle, iBooks, Stanza, Google books.
    * Netflix.
    * Epicurious. Seriously worth it.
    * TED. Fabulous talks streamed right to your couch.
    * Flipboard.
    * Amusement: NYT Crosswords, Flight Control HD, Osmos, World of Goo, and alas, Angry Birds.
    * Google Earth. Really cool + super creepy.
    * Dropbox, because why not. Pairs well with PlainText. Also SimpleNote for notes.

    Hope that helps!

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    Brachiator says:

    Hit shuffle on your favorite digital music device and report the first song that pops up*. No cheating.

    Just hit shuffle on google music beta and got Somersault (Danger Mouse Remix).

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    normal liberal says:

    @Brachiator: I second the Emerald Observatory stuff – quirky and not really necessary, but so, so pretty.

    Thanks to all for the iPad recs – I now have a long list of stuff to go download. It sounds like I need 3d Sun in my astronomy folder.

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    Mr Furious says:

    First song: “Cat Fever” Little Feat, from Sailing Shoes.

    Recommended Apps: I’m a magazine guy by preference and profession, so my apps skew heavily that way. The app I produce for Automobile Magazine is pretty sweet if I do say so, but it ain’t free. Issues of Car and Driver are free and quite good on iPad. EVO (U.K.) has the best car mag app out there’d, and a sample issue.

    Other good mag apps: Popular Mechanics, Esquire, Fortune

    Other apps: only non-mag app at the moment is Netflix. Indispensable for streaming.

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    Osmos is still my favorite game for iPad. Plants vs. Zombies was a close second until Pro Zombie Soccer Apocalypse. Silly name but it rocks.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:


    Love that album.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Mr Furious:

    I’m a magazine guy by preference and profession, so my apps skew heavily that way.

    There have been recent news stories about the popularity (and relative absence of bells and whistles) of the New Yorker magazine app.

    They may discretely augment a story with a little video, or have an audio reading of a poem.

    But the coolest thing is that you can easily tap through all the cartoons in an issue.

    I also like the Economist app, and the ability to mark specific stories for later reading.

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    Allen says:

    “Make It All Okay” by R.E.M. (from Around the Sun).

    In a way, using the iPod app on my iPhone IS cheating, because I only have a very small percentage of my CDs ripped–in general my favorites.

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    dude says:

    Oh yeah by Daft Punk.

    I would also like to take this open thread to say I find Imani ABL to not only be awesomely smart and thought provoking, but also supremely hot. I had suspected this, but the slow clap video confirmed. To me, ABL will now mean A Badass Lasercat.

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    birthmarker says:

    My Back Pages by the Byrds

    I am getting an IPad Friday while the state is having a tax-free weekend. I am planning to get the 16gb wifi 3G. Since I don’t have internet on a phone, do I need the 3G? Or should I get the 3G for the day I have internet on the phone? Please be kind, I am techno-illiterate.

    Games– I play Bejeweled and Lumines on my ITouch. I don’t really “get” Angry Birds or PvZ. Even on the ITouch the Kindle app is good for short books.

    I am bookmarking this page for future reference!

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    Mr Furious says:

    Meant to say BACKissues of C/D are free, but my dumb iPad autocorrected it to “issues.”

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    Brachiator says:

    By the way, from Lifehacker, 50 Free Apps We’re Most Thankful For

    Not just iPad stuff.

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    Gus says:

    Please Don’t Bury Me-John Prine.
    Only thing I use the iPad for is reading books, web surfing and email.

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    Alex S. says:

    Bjork – Cover me

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    RossInDetroit says:

    Neko Case – Things That Scare Me.

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    Song: Black Metallic by Catherine Wheel

    iPad apps: Crosswords, Kindle, Numba HD, (ahem) Farmville HD, BBC News, NPR

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    Lukeness says:

    Forscore. It makes my iPad a digital music stand. Fabulous app.

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    TimidlibertinE says:


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    Comrade Carter says:

    (01) Cold Lampin’ With Flavor – Public Enemy
    (02) Alec Eiffel – Pixies
    (03) Final Straw – REM
    (04) I’m The Decider – The Real Baby Jesus
    (05) Working Class Hero – John Lennon
    (06) Strange – REM
    (07) No Apostrophe T – Tom Lehrer
    (08) The End – The Doors
    (09) American Idiot – Green Day
    (10) Mr. Bojangles – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    (++) I’m Against It – Ramones

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    Atticus Dogsbody says:

    Memphis – The Badloves.

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    And Another Thing... says:

    Kindle, Netflix, Photoshop express, photogene, Petersons Feeder Birds of No America (includes bird calls), Astroware Sudoku, Angry Birds, Google Earth, Garage Band, Epocrates (medication ref.)Fotopedia Heritage. This last one is photos of the UNESCO World Heritage sites w/Wikipedia links. They are gorgeous pics and the ipad is a fabulous digital photo viewer.

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    RossInDetroit says:


    I’ll stick with my lps, thank you very much.

    I like my old vinyl but I got accustomed to the remote control convenience of digital. As a compromise I modded a B&O turntable and added RF remote. Now I can start, stop, pause, backward and forward from anywhere within 400 yards.

    Because I’m a nerd.

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    YellowDog says:

    Honey Don’t, The Beatles (Live at the BBC)

    IPad apps: FeedlerPro (RSS feed reader–using it now to write this), 1Password

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    Jane2 says:

    @birthmarker: I wouldn’t bother with 3G. There are so many wi-fi spots around, plus wireless capability, that I have as much internet as I want on my ipad.

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    Anya says:

    Eddie Vedder – Love Reign O’er Me

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    PTirebiter says:

    Don’t You Just Know It – Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns

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    Comrade Colette Collaboratrice says:

    @badpoetry: @flukebucket: I got “Famous Blue Raincoat” by Leonard Cohen. Next up: “Were You Lyin’ Down (When You Stood Me Up)” by Gurf Morlix.

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    John says:

    Ultra Nate – Free

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    pete says:

    @Julia Grey: Lib to Con bloggers? I think it’s a bit soon. Lib –> Con is a very traditional dynamic (Hitchens is only an example) but it usually takes a while, whereas folks such as our gracious host can have a Damascene conversion when the scales drop from their eyes. The former lefties who go bad usually suffer from something more like gradually worsening cataracts, accompanied by developing I-got-mine and finally severe Gerroffamylawn.

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    toujoursdan says:

    Hasard by Arianne Moffatt (Here’s the You Tube version )

    On my iPod Touch:

    TuneIn Radio
    Al Jazeera
    CBC Radio
    Living Earth (World clock and global cloud patterns based on satellite observations)
    CineXPlayer – plays Xvid files

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    burnspbesq says:


    Tough question to answer without knowing more about your lifestyle. I never felt like I needed 3G built into my iPad; I can get a wifi connection most places I want to use it. And now that my iPhone can be used as a portable hotspot, I totally don’t need it.

    So the question for you to ask yourself is, how often will I be stranded without an internet connection if I don’t have 3G.

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    Albatrossity says:

    “My best was never good enough”
    Bruce Springsteen
    on the album “The Ghost of Tom Joad”

    Amen, brother

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    Jennifer says:

    Boogie Chillun, John Lee Hooker (the original, aucoustic version that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck)
    Next up, Guns of Brixton, The Clash
    Let’s Take it to the Stage, Funkadelic
    Loser, Beck
    I’ve Got the World on a String, Frank Sinatra
    If I Had a Boat, Lyle Lovett
    Hot Pants, James Brown
    Long Gone Lonesome Blues, Hank Williams Sr.
    …and so on and so forth.

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    rikyrah says:

    I have a cellphone
    and a laptop
    I read physical books
    and have an MP3 player.

    why get an IPAD?

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    bubba says:

    Willin, Little Feat

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    burnspbesq says:


    Everyone’s answer to that question is different. Here’s mine:

    (1) I can carry more books on my iPad than you can fit into any bag that will fit under the seat in front of you.

    (2) My iPad boots up in three seconds, has a better screen than your laptop for watching video, and doesn’t become useless when the person in front of you cranks their seat all the way back.

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    Kristine says:

    @cleek: Just downloaded pie filter, you wonderful person you.

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    Tommy D says:

    Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know

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    Carl Nyberg says:

    “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da”–The Beatles

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    Richard Fox says:

    Sketchbook Pro. Amazing drawing tool for the artist in you. Buy a Griffin Stylus to draw in the program.

    Sketchbook Pro allows you to draw with your fingers, but how idiotic is that?
    (Okay, maybe not idiotic, but I need a pencil or pen or brush, damn it.)

    Best feature: if you make a mistake you can erase. Pure genius. Trying doing that with india ink on watercolor paper. Genius, I tell you. Have a good evening…

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    kay eye says:

    In Spite of Ourselves, John Prine and Iris Dement.

    British Library 19th Century Collection. The Best App!

    (Well, the Miro Quartet playing Beethoven came up on my shuffle but it sounded so insufferably elitist, so I waited awhile. Got Iris and John. Now it’s doing Little Richard. I’m going to shut it off.)

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    Zastrozzi says:

    Time – Alex Gopher

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    DanielX says:

    Concrete Blonde – Ghost of a Texas Lady’s Man

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    birthmarker says:



    Thanks! You just saved me what, 200 dollars??

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    Fiasco says:

    Well, I may not be allowed to play because I use the Samsung Galaxy Tab (7″) that I’ve modified to also be my mobile phone. Anyhoo…

    Pacific Naval Fighter
    HBO Go

    First up on PowerAmp tonight- “Darling Buds of May” Brothers (UK).

    @Burnspbesq: What’s up? Haven’t seen you since the demise of the DBR PP Board (TNTDevil). Hope you and yours are well.

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    Dilford says:

    I know I’m too late but just got back from an evening meeting and wanted to try this “random” thingy one time. Up popped Television Personalities’ “Diary of a Young Man”. I had forgotten I even had this album (“And Don’t the Kids Just Love It”).

    There is a lot of seriously good, out-there music in the BalloonJuiceaverse!

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    burnspbesq says:


    Doing well, thanks. Looking forward to the upcoming games in China. Yourself?

    Man, those were the days, weren’t they?

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    Derek says:

    Love and Happiness – Al Green

    Not particularly indicative of the overall theme of my collection. Another time:

    Tom Sawyer – Rush

    A little closer.

    Dana Gould – Frank Still Loves the Ladies.

    I think the picture is clear now.

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    Rincon Blue says:

    Phone’s random: The Blue Hawaiians – “Shakin’ All Over”

    iTunes’s random: Stan Getz – “Blues For Herky”

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    RossInDetroit says:

    @Fucen Pneumatic Fuck Wrench Tarmal:

    ass ponys, little bastard.

    My wife likes to sing the chorus at other drivers while in the car. You know why.

    Viva Chuck Cleaver.

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    Skip Intro says:

    iPad – Flipboard, Terra browser, words with friends, feeddler RSS

    I was a teenage anarchist – Against me!

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    pbfishtaco says:

    My Father’s House, Bruce Springsteen (Nebraska)

    I aint got no ipad…..just a good old ipod played to death.

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