June 3, 2005

Friday iPod Divination

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at June 3, 2005 10:57 PM

Sean Carroll has come up with an exciting twist on the old Friday Random Ten theme: the iPod as a tarot deck substitute. This might seem like an unseemly activity for a rational science-type such as myself, but if uber-skeptic Carroll has done it, it must be ok. I have consulted coldwine (my iPod mini) and obtained the following results: (click the link above for the interpretations of the items)

  1. The Covering: Autechre, Augmatic Disport
  2. The Crossing: Ladytron, commodore rock (live in sofia)
  3. The Crown: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, We're All In Love
  4. The Root: Belle & Sebastian, Legal Man
  5. The Past: The Decemberists, The Bagman's Gambit
  6. The Future: TV On The Radio, Dreams
  7. The Questioner: Matt Sweeney & Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Bed Is For Sleeping
  8. The House: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Criminal Piece
  9. The Inside: The New Pornographers, The Laws Have Changed
  10. The Outcome: Belle & Sebastian, If You Find Yourself Caught In Love

Hmm, some of these songs are overtly political (especially the Ted Leo), and some are overtly romantic; number 10 is both. So either I'm due for a romance, or I'm going to take up anti-war activism. Or I'll fall in love with an anti-war activist?

Speculation is welcome in the comments, as well as your own iPod readings.


covering: Lifetime Piling Up (Talking Heads)

crossing: I Can't Wait (Nu Shooz)

crown: Do you believe in shame? (Duran Duran)

root: The Cockroach that Ate Cincinatti (Rose and the

past: Friends will be Friends (Queen)

future: Monument (Depeche Mode)

questioner: Devotion (Indigo Girls)

House: Milk [Trance Mix] (Garbage)

Inside: Live for Loving You (Gloria Estefan)

Outcome: Need You Tonight (INXS)

OK, so this was disturbing on several fronts---see, especially, root (and outcome and a couple others to a lesser extent).

Posted by: Mason | June 5, 2005 12:05 AM

You're going to Italy. Maybe you'll fall in love with an Italian. They are, of course, notoriously bad at war. That's how it all fits together, seems to me.

Posted by: Dad | June 6, 2005 10:03 AM

Perhaps I'll fall for an Italian girl, but get shot down due to anti-American sentiment stemming from our foreign policy? There was an Onion article on this subject a few weeks ago, but I don't think it's online anymore.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | June 6, 2005 5:34 PM
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