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Weekend Links: The Problem With Being Michael Jordan

Since last week marked the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the legendary ship has been mentioned almost everywhere. Then again, it never seems to fade far from memory. In this fascinating piece, Daniel Mendelsohn explores why we can't let go of Titanic (It's a long one, but at the very least read the last few paragraphs on the last page - incredibly haunting!)
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People with the same names as celebrities must have it tough, as this great ESPN video spot shows: Why it Sucks to be Michael Jordan. Do any of you have a "familiar" name? And has it ever been a problem? (or a boon!)
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Found a site this week to bookmark for attention: "Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos where possible. Fakes will be sneered at. Updated as often as possible; usually each weekday."
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Pretty cool project: illustrating sheet music.
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Macabre, but oddly informative: the skeletons of cartoon characters.
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Here is a little game: try to keep the red block away from the blue blocks. What was your personal best? Mine was a mere 10 seconds and I was already starting to sweat (I first typed in "swear," which also applies).
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12 bizarre real-life places that are stranger than science fiction (including a temple of rats, a road that runs through a building, and the reason why a certain island of people will definitely survive the apocalypse).
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I would not have named this series of pictures "Britain's sexiest loos," but, well, they are some good looking bathrooms!
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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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