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Should I be happy today? October 12, 2009

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Facebook has unveiled a new feature which can tell us over time the moods of the US population on the social networking sites, just by monitoring positive and negative keywords used in users’ status updates.

From the official app page:

Every day, millions of people share how they feel with the people who matter the most in their lives through status updates on Facebook. These updates are tiny windows into how people are doing. They’re brief, to the point and descriptive of what’s going on this week, today or right now. Grouped together, these updates are indicative of how we are collectively feeling. Measuring how well-off, happy or satisfied with life the citizens of a nation are is part of the Gross National Happiness movement. When people in their status updates use more positive words–or fewer negative words–then that day as a whole is counted as happier than usual.

Unsurprisingly, people are generally happier on national holidays like Christmas, Halloween and Easter. The thing that probably shocks me most from this graph is that Americans are happier on Thanksgiving than they are on Christmas. Really makes me feel like I’m missing out on something.

[Image: New York Times]

A Leak on the New Moon October 12, 2009

Posted by Patrick in Cinematics, Muzak.
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The New Moon soundtrack has leaked online, and as the roster of bands announced before its release suggested, it’s really quite an exciting one.

I’m not sure how the soundtrack producers managed to get so many talented names on board, but somehow they did. Improving quite vastly from the first soundtrack’s collection of artists, the tracklisting name checks every indie artist from Grizzly Bear to Death Cab for Cutie.

Even more outstanding is the fact that every song is original and exclusive to the soundtrack, although I have my questions about Muse’s I Belong to You, which is labelled here as a “New Moon Remix” but is really just a shortened version, omitting the Mon Coeur S’ouvre a Voix portion.

The major difference with this soundtrack in comparison with the first is that it’s a lot more sombre and downbeat, which (groan) in some ways reflects the tone of the second book.

The stand-out tracks, predictably, are Bon Iver and St. Vincent’s Roslyn, Thom Yorke’s Hearing Damage, Grizzly Bear’s Slow Life and Editors’ No Sound but the Wind. This could change for me, however, as I haven’t had a good listen to some of the tracks. The good news is, however, that there doesn’t seem to be any duds.

Listen to Bon Iver & St. Vincent and Grizzly Bear’s contributions below.

Bon Iver & St. Vincent – Roslyn (download)
http://kiwi6.com/upload/hotlink?id=x4xfpe84

Grizzly Bear (feat. Victoria Legrand) – Slow Life (download)
http://kiwi6.com/upload/hotlink?id=bre84gj8

View full post for the complete tracklisting >>

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