Songbird 0.2

Get SongbirdI’ve been using Songbird 0.2 all day long. The first thing I noticed was how slow Songbird is at parsing ID3 tags. I’ve only got 1,276 songs in my library and it took 5+ minutes to scan all those mp3 files and figure out the artists/albums.

The volume seems flaky too. I’ll set the volume and go work on something else, and I swear it sounds like the volume is rising and falling slightly as I work with other applications.

I really like the interface, it’s very quick and responsive, and it looks pretty too. I really can’t believe how responsive it is. I sort of expected it to be on par with iTunes, slow as hell.

If you’re going to give Songbird a try, the minimize to tray plugin is a must. Well, it is for me, I hate clutter on my taskbar. Songbird 0.2 has been very stable for me so far, it hasn’t crashed or died unexpectedly once. I will probably end up sticking with Songbird as my main music player, mostly because it’s cross-platform.

[via Download Squad]

Gmail Adds MP3 Player

Google has apparently added an MP3 playing feature to Gmail. So, if someone emails you an mp3 as an attachment, the little google player will come up to allow you to play the sound right from Gmail. Very neat.

You can also embed this player in your website so your visitors can listen to an audio clip right from any page. The embedded player at Gmail calls this URL to play the attached MP3:
http://mail.google.com/mail/html/audio.swf?audioUrl=MP3_URL

UPDATE: iSpider goes into more detail on how to embed the player in a website.

[Via Paul Stamatiou]

Paris is Pregnant

I can’t confirm the statement which makes up the title of this post, caught your attention though, right? All day long, one of the top searches on Technorati has been “paris hilton pregnant”. Who the fuck cares? I can’t honestly believe that many people are searching to find out if Paris is pregnant. She’s a cumslut attention whore who shouldn’t even be allowed to breed.

This just reminded me of the South Park that was on Comedy Central lastnight. Paris and Mr. Slave have a “whore-off” to see who the biggest whore is. Paris whips out a pineapple and proceeds to sit on the pineapple until nothing but the top is sticking out from under her skirt. Then Mr. Slave owns her by taking off his pants, holds his cock in his hand, and jumps on Paris’s head, making her disappear within his ass.

The point is, Americans and pop-culture types in general shouldn’t give Paris any more attention than she deserves. Yes, she’s probably preggo. She’s probably no stranger to being preggo, abortion seems like it’d be her kind of thing.

South Park was trying to get the message across that parents shouldn’t allow their kids to act like Paris. Parents shouldn’t even allow their young children to know of her existance. Pretty soon we’ll have third graders running around in tube tops and thongs…as was the case in South Park.

It still baffles me that this is one of the top searches on Technorati, and has been all day. I shouldn’t be surprised though, people are retards.

Seriously though, I can’t even find one reliable source reporting that Paris is preggo. What the fuck makes people search for shit like this? That’s what I wanna know. Must be on the National Enquirer or some shit like that, like “Bush’s Booze Cricis” was.

UPDATE: A few blogs are taking note of this, mostly just taking note that “paris hilton pregnant” is a technorati top search. Technorandom says it’s undoubtedly a lie…in a very sarcastic way. And JensOfNorway would like to let everyone know you can place wagers on topics like this, and supposedly make a decent amount of money. Uncle Fire takes basically the same approach that I took: People are fucking stupid for even paying attention to shit like this. I include myself in the “fucking stupid” group, otherwise I wouldn’t even be writing about this.

Oh, I think this post would make a good dessert with Basil’s lunch…gotta be about supper time though. Might as well participate in the Mudville Gazette open post too, along with Jo’s Cafe (TGIF Specials) and Cafe Oregano.