...and no, I'm not talking about the iPhone or electricity. Right now I'm pretty convinced that the greatest invention the world has ever seen is, without a doubt, Pandora Radio.
For anyone who doesn't know, Pandora Radio is radio on the web. Go to Pandora.com, type in your favorite song/artist/genre, sit back, and enjoy. Pandora creates a commercial-free radio station *just for you* that plays songs that are similar to what you originally typed in. I'm pretty sure it used to be called the Music Genome Project. Pretty cool, huh?
Pandora and I have had an off and on thing for a few years now. I'll rediscover her and listen to her anytime I'm near a computer for a month or so. Then all of a sudden, I dump her again. Its a vicious cycle, but she's always willing to take me back. :)
Last night I was having dinner with a friend when The Temptations "Ain't to Proud to Beg" came on the radio at the restaurant. I love The Temptations. I love that song. I was singing and dancing in the restaurant, luckily my friend did too. Yeah, that's right. We're cool like that.
That's what brought me back to Pandora this time. I heard The Temptations and game over. I'm on a total Motown kick. Thanks to Pandora, my computer has been pumping out Motown hit after Motown hit. I've been rocking out to The Supremes, The Jackson 5, Ray Charles, and Otis Redding, just to name a few. It sure makes a Thursday go by a heck of a lot faster!
As a side note, in Greek mythology Pandora was the first woman, the gods gave her a jar or a box filled with all of the bad stuff in the world (war, disease, etc) and told her not to open it. To make a long story short, she of course opens the thing and lets all of this crap out of the box and that's the reason why there's anything bad in the world.
First of all I don't think its fair to give anyone a special box, tell them not to open it, and then think for even a second that the person is going isn't going to open the box. Second, its pretty unrealistic that everything bad in the world could fit into a box, but I digress.
So in conclusion, if you haven't already, check out Pandora Radio. Its awesome and totally worth it!