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OK OK yes I should be getting back to work, but hey -- I'm the clubs columnist, it's my job to be braindead on Mondays. So I'm about to slip into the wormhole of Pandora.com, which got a few good mentions on NPR (I heard this from friends -- I can't get NPR where I live). It's part of the Music Genome Project, which aims to categorize music by subjects other than "scene" or "genre." Basically, you type in a song or artist you like, and a virtual panel of distinguished musicologists creates a radio station of songs that share basic affinities to your choice -- I'm imagining things like "melancholy" and "string section" and "Peruvian by way of Iceland" to be examples of the qualifying characteristics that link all the songs together. Or maybe it's colors and flavors -- like "Since U Been Gone" is brunette cheesecake and "Hollaback Girl" is purple baking powder. Or maybe it's like computer dating, MP3-style. But who knows? I'm always game to learn more about myself from computers, and lord knows with all the wealth of music out there in Webland I'm totally eager to have someone pick out my jams for me. -- Marke B

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