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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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Two people suggested Pandora to me in the past 24 hours.  It’s from the creators of the Music Genome Project.  You create a radio station based on things that you like (e.g. I’m listening to the Pink Floyd Station right now) and it find music you’ll like.  You give it feedback, and it adjusts its recommendations.  It harkens back to Agents Inc (Firefly) from the mid-1990’s, but in addition to recommendations, actually streams the music and lets you buy the song from iTunes or the album from Amazon.  Very cool.

Tori Amos Covering I Don’t Like Mondays

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I just had a run where I used up 100% of what I had. I had a great run yesterday (1:15) in Anchorage on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.  I decided to go 1:30 today on The Homer Spit and ended up going 1:45.  I was DONE when I was done.  I came home, took a shower, and laid down in bed.  Two hours later I got up.  My eyes are puffy.  I feel completely zoned out.  It’s a wonderful thing.  Highly recommended.

During the aforementioned run, I listened to a couple of Coverville podcasts (my current favorite show – fortunately there’s 125 or so out so I’ve got plenty to catch up on) on my iPod Shuffle. I was about 4 miles into my run when an incredibly haunting version the Boomtown Rats’ “I Don’t Like Mondays” came on.  This is Tori Amos at her absolute best, singing one of my favorite songs, in a way that makes you feel like you were almost there when 16 year old Brenda Ann Spencer opened fire on an elementary school across the street from her San Diego house in 1979 (ok – maybe it was that I was 4 miles into a run that – well – cooked my brain.)

Bonus tracks on this podcast include Lyle Lovett covering the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” and Alanis Morissette covering the Police’s “King of Pain.” For those of you that want to sing along, here are the lyrics.

The silicon chip inside her head
Gets switched to overload.
And nobody’s gonna go to school today,
She’s going to make them stay at home.
And daddy doesn’t understand it,
He always said she was as good as gold.
And he can see no reason
‘Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to be shown?

Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
I want to shoot the whole day down.

The telex machine is kept so clean
As it types to a waiting world.
And mother feels so shocked,
Father’s world is rocked,
And their thoughts turn to
Their own little girl.
Sweet 16 ain’t so peachy keen,
No, it ain’t so neat to admit defeat.
They can see no reasons
‘Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to be shown?

Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
I want to shoot the whole day down.

All the playing’s stopped in the playground now
She wants to play with her toys a while.
And school’s out early and soon we’ll be learning
And the lesson today is how to die.
And then the bullhorn crackles,
And the captain crackles,
With the problems and the how’s and why’s.
And he can see no reasons
‘Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to die?

Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
I want to shoot the whole day down.

The Royal Black Squadron’s Trip To Armadillo

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In the “I’m going to go hide under my bed now” category, Ben Casnocha pointed me to the British Royal Black Squadron’s rendition of “Is This The Way To Armadillo (sic)”.

Pink Floyd Reunites on Live8

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Live8 is just awesome.  I’ve been tethered to my computer for a while watching it live on AOL

Pink Floyd is on stage right now in London (the first time since 1981 as a full band, including Roger Waters.) I love Pink Floyd.  I once listened to Dark Side of the Moon for an entire semester during college (I had an early CD player – I started it at the beginning of the semester, pressed the repeat button, and pressed stop at the end of the semester.  Yes – I occasionally turned the volume down to sleep at night.)  I have fond memories of my mom yelling “turn down that shit” when I was home from college visiting for the summer blasting The Wall.

They started with “Breathe In The Air“, then “Money“, then “Wish You Were Here”, and finished with “Comfortably Numb.”  Man, these dudes look old (except for David Gillmour), but boy can they sing and play their instruments. 

Seeing a teenager in the crowd wearing a Dark Side of the Moon prism t-shirt made me smile.  I wonder if he can sing the following lyrics backwards like I can.

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
running over the same old ground. What have we found?
The same old fears, wish you were here.

or maybe

When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse,
Out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone.
I cannot put my finger on it now.
The child is grown, the dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.

Go sign the Live8 online message to the leaders at the upcoming G-8 Summit.

To: The 8 most powerful leaders in the world

50,000 people are dying, needlessly, every day of extreme poverty.

At this year’s G8 summit meeting, it is within your power to put an end to this tragedy. It is an extraordinary opportunity which it would be shameful to ignore. We urge you to take these 3 steps to make extreme poverty history…

  1. double the aid sent to the world’s poorest countries,
  2. fully cancel their debts,
  3. change the trade laws so that they can build their own future.

Technorati has a bunch of Live8 tag action going on so I figured I’d add to the mix. ;

Fish Heads

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At lunch today (sushi) with Amy and my two nephews, the song “Fish Heads” suddenly inserted itself in my head.  No one at the table remembered it, but the waitress did and we struggled through the chorus together.  I whipped out my trusty T-Mobile Sidekick and googled “Fish Head Song.”  Voila – lyrics:

Fish heads fish heads
Roly poly fish heads
Fish heads fish heads
Eat them up
(Repeat Chorus)
In the morning laughing happy fish heads
In the evening floating in the soup
Ask a fish head anything you want to
They won’t answer they can’t talk
I took a fish head out to see a movie
Didn’t have to pay to get it in
They can’t play baseball they don’t wear sweaters
They’re not good dancers they don’t play drums
Roly poly fish heads are never seen
Drinking cappuccino in Italian restaurants
with Oriental women
(Repeat Chorus 2X)
(Repeat Chorus a capella)

This was from Barnes & Barnes’ debut album (yeah – huge success those Barnes & Barnes guys).  Dr. Demento (remember him all you 40 year olds – well – he’s still around) claims it was the all time most requested song on his show.  Yum.  Yeah.

Sorry for the multiple posts – I was trying a new posting editor and it was an unhappy experience.

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