I have found a new thing to like in Vancouver: the Vancouver Giants Junior A Hockey Team!
In my youth, I was a die-hard NHL hockey fan - specifically the Maple Leafs, which is really die-hard considering their dismal record in the 1980s and 1990s. But the series of strikes and lockouts the NHL and its players have had over the last two decades has forced me to stop being a fan. I have zero respect for millionaires and billionaires duking it out over their money while tens of thousands of minimum wage workers go without a paycheck because of their strikes and lockouts.
But I love hockey. I love the game, love watching it. So basically I only watch hockey every 2-4 years - during the Olympics and during various World Cup style hockey series. But now I've found a new way to enjoy hockey - hungry, good hockey! $25 ticket Hockey! Go Vancouver Giants Go!
This is really, really fucked up. We really need to change the "get out of jail free" card that is the "Not Criminally Responsible" law in Canada. I am not mandating regular jail for these folks, but they do need to be locked away for life.
I have my entire library of music in iTunes, have had it that way for half a decade. I have a lot of complicated smart playlists that get updated frequently because of song additions, song plays, ratings, etc etc. I also have a variety of static playlists I've created for things like exercise, specific mood music and more. And occasionally, I add music to these existing static playlists, or create new ones.
When you first sync Google Play Music with your iTunes library, it does pull up and create SOME playlosts from iTunes, but certainly not all of them. For instance, it doesn't seem to pull any playlists I have within folders in iTunes. Smart Playlists also don't seem to get imported. Even with these failings, I'm okay with that.
What I'm not okay with however is that new playlists you create don't get imported by Google Music, and playlists you've changed in iTunes don't get updated on Google Play Music. And in addition, if you do create a new playlist in iTunes and specifically mark it for importing using Google's kinda craptastic music import "engine" on a Mac (it becomes one of the System Preferences panes), it does import the playlist but nothing inside the playlist - when it sits in your Google Play Music left side pane, there's no songs in the playlist.
The whole System Preferences import / music thing Google has for Macs and importing music from iTunes feels like an incomplete hack - a 0.3 alpha software program. It's been over a year now - how about a more elegant, complete solution, Google?
Don't get me started on how Google santitized all my music when it was uploaded from my computer - all my "explicit" songs by 100s of artists are now the sanitized, "clean" versions on Google Play Music when I listen to them. Pink not saying "shit"? what the fuck! And Google's only solution for this is for me to go through each song I think has been sanitized and click a two click "fix inaccurate match" link. I said don't get me started. ;)
NB - this is a nearly 6.5oz cup (Le Crueset), so I'm not filling it to the brim. I like my americanos balanced with a 2:1 ratio of water to espresso.
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