I came into the office after the holiday weekend and said hello to colleague Greg Powell.
He complemented me on the music I’d been playing (loudly) in my office over the weekend.
But I wasn’t in my office. What gives?
There’s some software I use called PushBullet. It’s on all my devices. If the webpage I’m looking at is not appropriate for that device, I click on PushBullet and it will push that link off to a more appropriate device.
I came across some music videos while riding my stationary bike. I had no headphones nearby, so I pushed those pages to my office to listen to today.
But, YouTube is hyperactive: autoplay is its default.
As soon as they showed up in my office, they started playing.
And once they finished with the first one, they played the rest of the autoplay list on the right hand side.
It can’t have sounded that great, with several tabs all playing at the same time. Here’s what was on:
- The previous link to Mark Perry, which may have just played once.
- Amy MacDonald — a whole playlist starting with “Mr. Rock & Roll”, via Newmark’s Door.
- The “Chrixmix Mixtape” from Kids Prefer Cheese, although I’m not sure this started up on its own.
- “Lazy”, by Jimmy Barnes and Joe Bonamassa, via Tim Worstall, although I’m not sure this one started on its own or not.
- And a whole bunch of classic arena rock, with quite a bit of Heart and Journey … all because I followed a link to an acoustic set by Prince. I’m not a fan of Prince, but I do know he had chops when wanted to show them off, and I was right.
Just for the weirdness, here’s the history from the day I wasn’t there.
I do not quite understand what happened with the Prince link. I clicked back repeatedly, and sure enough on Monday it led to all the arena rock, but on Tuesday when I played it, I was led to more of a Prince playlist.