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Spotify & My Spotify Playlist

I’ve been a massive fan of Spotify since I was first made aware of it in late 2010. In fact I still remember how amazed I was at the technology, the interface and the whole concept. Since then I’ve been using Spotify pretty much daily and have since migrated to the Premium plan.

Admittedly this only happened when Spotify started limiting free accounts to 10 hours of playing time, but I was so in love with the service I was more than happy to start paying.

Now I use the Android application to listen to my music or the recently discovered stand up comedy wherever I am.

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Ed Sheeran – You Need Me I Dont Need You Music Video

I first heard of Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) while watching coverage of Glastonbury 2011 and his live set left me stunned. Since then I’ve been following his new releases and this video has just dropped. I’ll be honest, I prefer the live version of this song by miles but the video is great and I couldn’t resist posting it.

Edit:

Here’s Ed Sheeran – You Need Me I Dont Need You at Glastonbury 2011 (starts about a minute in). Compare and contrast!

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Can Google Predict Oscar Winners?

As an experiment to see if search trends can predict the future, Google have set up a small microsite allowing you to browse search trends best on award categories at the Oscars.

It’s not the first time Google has made it easy for people to monitor search trends for specific events, the UK 2010 elections is a good example, (although the data is now limited to the last month). What’s really interesting is the potential for search trends to give insight into the outcome of future events, whether they be political, award shows or perhaps even the sentiment of the people regarding military action.

A quick search in Google Trends shows interest in the Iraq War has dropped consistently since 2004 among UK searchers – is this due to reduced media coverage or a general loss of interest in the population? (probably a combination of both).

I look forwarding to expanding on this topic a little more in the future, so before we get to heavy, let’s get back to the Oscars.

Google’s Oscar Predictions

  • Best Picture: Black Swan
  • Best Director: Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
  • Best Actor: James Franco (127 Hours)
  • Best Actress: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Fighter)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams (The Fighter)
  • Documentary Feature: Restrepro (possibly Inside Job if recent trend continues)
  • Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
  • Cinematography: Black Swan
  • Costume Design: True Gift
  • Documentary Short: Poster Girl
  • Film Editing: Black Swan
  • Foreign Language Film: Biutiful
  • Makeup: The Way Back
  • Original Score: Inception
  • Original Song: Coming Home
  • Live Action Short Film: The Crush
  • Sound Editing: Inception
  • Sound Mixing: Salt
  • Visual Effects: Inception
  • Adapted Screenplay: 127 Hours
  • Art Direction: Inception
  • Original Screenplay: Inception
  • Animated Short Film: Day & Night

How accurate are these predictions likely to be? Well, it’s very had to say. The trends displayed by Google almost certainly don’t filter these films trends based on the category they’ve been nominated for, so the awards in italics are ones I think Google Trends may have right and others are difficult to call.

Let’s come back in a week or so and see how Google did!