Faithful readers of ~RtL probably know way more about Annie and I than you ever cared to. Well, this might make you happy, since you feel so close to us now.
Annie and I were coined the 'first HTDE power couple' by the people who run the How to Do Everything facebook page. Why, you ask? We were both featured on this week's podcast episode, Episode 7. I sent the following email to Ian and Mike regarding Pandora:
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From: Rob Reed <roberree@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 9:12 AM
I love your new podcast. I can't tell you how often I think about the
'nuclear option for hiccups'. I am half-tempted to buy a coke (they
always give me hiccups) and blog about rather it really works or not.
Anyway, my question is regarding Pandora. Is it better to 'thumb up'
or 'thumb down' every song, or if you're feeling apathetic toward a
song, just to let it play out? I know Pandora records songs that you
'up' or 'down', but there are always songs that I'm on the fence
about. I just wonder if the station will be more perfect for me if I
decided that I had to vote every song either 'up' or 'down'.
Thanks, and I'm already addicted,
They quoted my question (15:03) on their podcast and had it answered by the chief technologist of Pandora. (By the way, Pandora keeps track of thumb-ing, skipping, and listening to songs.)
The episode also had a shoutout to Annie (9:06) for being the person directly in front of Blythe Haaga in their March Madness bracket pool. (I was the one that sent Annie the link and convinced her to join the pool). Anyway, the person in front of Blythe at the end has to go on the podcast and "insult Blythe". Ian Chillag (the Ian Chillag that Peter Sagal says at the end of every Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!) just sent Annie a message saying that she better prepare herself, because it looks like she is going to be the one to do it. Annie is the least offensive person I know, so this is going to be so awkwardly amazing!!
While you're listening, you should find out what I'm referring to as the 'nuclear option for hiccups' in their old podcasts and enjoy the mental image of me doing the experiment for the knowledge of my devoted readers,