Hoover IB partners with mental_floss to raise funds

Dear Hoover IB Supporter,

Today's challenging economy has made it harder than ever for us to raise funds, but we think we've found a fun, smart solution that's going to make everyone happy.

We've teamed up with mental_floss magazine-- the brainchild of Hoover High alum Will Pearson -- to offer you a quick and easy way to support the IB program. In 2001, mental_floss began as a magazine for knowledge junkies. Since then, it's wowed critics and received rave reviews in everything from Newsweek to the Washington Post. The company, which specializes in blurring the lines between education and entertainment, has a whole host of products that are perfect for every knowledge lover you know: from wonderful books, to hilarious T-shirts, to a whole host of games and puzzles.
The partnership is simple. When you use the special Hoover IB coupon code at the bottom of this post, 30%* of your purchase price will come back to us for IB programs. The offer's good from April xx until June xx. So, go ahead and get your Mother's Day, Father's Day and graduation shopping out of the way, and help out our school in the process.

Thanks again for your support for Hoover IB. We're excited about the potential of this exciting, new partnership.
Brad Coltrane
Hoover IB Advisor


1) Visit

2) Pick out the mental_floss products you enjoy and put them in your online shopping cart.

3) Before checkout, enter "HooverIB" in the coupon code space. If you'd like a specific student to receive credit for this sale, enter his/her name in the space labeled "If this is a fundraiser, please name the student you're supporting."

4) That's it!

*Hoover will get 30% of your purchase; all items in the store with the exception of bundled items (t-shirt+subscription deal, book packages, etc) are eligible for the Hoover IB fundraising campaign.



New AI-Driven Music System Analyzes Tracks for Perfect Playlists

Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or recovering from a breakup, a well-curated playlist makes all the difference. If you don't have time to pick the perfect songs manually, services that use the AI-driven system Sonic Style may be able to figure out exactly what you have in mind based on your request.

According to Fast Company, Sonic Style is the new music-categorizing service from the media and entertainment data provider Gracenote. There are plenty of music algorithms out there already, but Sonic Style works a little differently. Rather than listing the entire discography of a certain artist under a single genre, the AI analyzes individual tracks. It considers factors like the artist's typical genre and the era the song was recorded in, as well as qualities it can only learn through listening, like tempo and mood. Based on nearly 450 descriptors, it creates a super-accurate "style profile" of the track that makes it easier for listeners to find it when searching for the perfect song to fit an occasion.

Playlists that use data from Sonic Style feel like they were made by a person with a deep knowledge of music rather than a machine. That's thanks to the system's advanced neural network. It also recognizes artists that don't fit neatly into one genre, or that have evolved into a completely different music style over their careers. Any service—including music-streaming platforms and voice-activated assistants—that uses Gracenote's data will be able to take advantage of the new technology.

With AI at your disposal, all you have to do as the listener is decide on a style of music. Here are some ideas to get you started if you want a playlist for productivity.

[h/t Fast Company]

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