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Five '70s & '80s TV Stars' Web Sites

I was feeling nostalgic recently and decided to Google some of the TV stars I grew up watching. Turns out, many have their own Web sites, and one even has a blog.

1. Dick Van Patten

Boy did I love Van Patten on Eight is Enough, where he played Tom Bradford for 5 seasons. Still alive and well, Dick is now selling pet food at Natural Balance, Inc, with his partner and son, Jimmy Van Patten. I especially like "Dick's Corner" where he posts photos and keeps his audience up-to-date on his activities.

2. Bob Denver

bobdenver.jpgThough Gilligan passed away in 2005, at the time of his death, Bob Denver was busy with something called Little Buddy Radio, an online radio station. From the Web site: "Rocking airwaves around the world, it's Little Buddy Radio Online! The format, spanning all decades of musical memories, makes it possible for music lovers to 'Cruise Through Time" on Little Buddy Radio 24 hours a day. This station is owned and operated by The Denver Foundation, Bob's last legacy. He loved West Virginia and wanted his foundation to help the handicapped and disadvantaged in the area."

3. Erik Estrada

CHips.jpgFormer CHiPs star Erik Estrada is still acting, most recently in a show called Husband for Hire on the Oxygen network. But more interesting is the important work he's doing with the Safe Surfin' Foundation. From the Web site: "Erik has now joined forces with the Safe Surfin' Foundation & Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces around the country to protect our nation's children from the sexual predators who prowl the Internet looking for their next victim. Their Task Forces are located throughout the United States and stand ready to offer assistance to the law enforcement community, and to the citizens they are sworn to protect."

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4. Suzanne Somers

suzanneproducts.jpgThe pinup from the classic Three's Company is probably the most famous of the lot, and as such, you smart readers might already know this, but I sure didn't. She's now got her own line of products, which she sells at SuzanneSomers.com. From the site: "I have carefully selected and tested each item. As you know, I will not put my name on a product unless I truly believe it works. I have beauty products, fitness products, weight-loss products, books, tapes, jewelry and apparel! Now I can offer you all of these items with the ease and convenience of ordering online. We are working every day to bring you more products. Make sure you check in frequently as we will be updating the site constantly."

5. Lydia Cornell

toocloseforcomfot.jpgYes, former Too Close for Comfort star Lydia Cornell (the fetching blonde) is now blogging rather regularly over at her own Web site - topics seem to be about whatever is on her mind that day. Here's her blogger bio: "You're supposed to be married to the person who annoys you the most -- the most spiritual growth happens with your enemies. That's why the Arabs and Israelis live next door to each other, THEY JUST DON'T GET IT YET! I live in a house of men: I have three boys and two dogs including my husband. And they're all going through puberty. The dog gets more affection than I do; I have to compete with Chazzie for back rubs! We also have a bearded dragon who loves classical music. He sways his head to Handel's Water Music and Mozart."lydiablog.jpg

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New AI-Driven Music System Analyzes Tracks for Perfect Playlists
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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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