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自从在wired的RSS Feed里不断看到Avatar的消息,无论围绕卡梅隆或者片场花絮如何传奇–记得有一则是卡梅隆重金聘请南加州大学的两位教授, 一位帮助其设计了pandora的全套语言, 另一位似乎是设计了环境, 在我的脑海里, Avatar和Pandora是完全不同的东西,跟电影和故事不相及的东西。

但凡是自建博客, BBS的人, 对头像一定不陌生,这就是Avatar, 就是帖子里的头像. 参与者也可以使用www.gravatar.com的服务, 通过一次头像的上传和设定, 在所有支持GRavatar的体系里,大多数的博客系统,CMS系统,例如Wordpress, 当你以电邮地址登陆站点, 你的Avatar如影随形自动就显示在你的帖子,留言里。以后当你看到如下图的多彩双B的符号, 就应该知道是choubb大侠的手笔了。

互联网的Avatar和阿凡达的寓意似乎有些类同。我翻开历史一查,这历史没有年代, 呵呵。歪歪斜斜的每个页都写着“印度教”几个字。读音也是从印度语借来的,指天神下凡所借的肉身或具形。Avatar更多更直接的会被认为是印度教中Vishnu的肉身。阿凡达影片里对人类顶礼膜拜, 几近成神;而神仙一般的Pandora居民, 无疑成了贱民, 原住民,甚至可以挂上原始两个字做其形容词。

Pandora是什么,作为数字原住民,直接的反应是www.pandora.com。两三年前意外发现这个网站时,重新燃起了俺上互联网的兴趣。这是一个在线音乐电台网站,目前的豆瓣电台,虾米电台有一点点P的影子,差不多是画虎反类猫的感觉吧。P网是第一个吸引俺每日常去的娱乐网站。即使到今天,在国内仍然没有能堪比2,3年前的P网的站点。进了互联网的圈子, 才知道Pandora依然成了推荐引擎的一个经典,跟亚马逊的社会化推荐引擎并驾齐驱,也被称为基因推荐。

P站上手很快, 一个简单得不能再简单的收音机UI, 创建自己的电台,也许就是一个标签而已, 比如创建Avatar频道, 然后搜索选择你认为应该属于Avatar频道的歌曲,歌手或者作者。可以是一首两首,也可以使几十几百首,1分钟内之内, 你的电台就搭建完毕,也开始播出了。P站根据你的初始设定的歌曲,以及收听途中的反馈, 不断学习你的口味,不断推荐新的类似风格的曲目。一切自动而行,听者无需做任何动作,除非你需要反馈,前进或者购买下载。到今天我还记得从P站学到的新歌 The King’s singers 版的Wind Beneath My Wind. 不过好景不长,因为版权原因, 几个月后,P站停止了对中国地区的服务。打开了的盒子竟然也能收放自如,还算是Pandora么?美国佬真的是一帮癫狂的家户。下附俺的P站欢迎信作为纪念。

Welcome to Pandora

Thu, November 16, 2006 5:05:43 AM

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tim.westergren@pandora.com” <tim.westergren@pandora.com>

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Dear Fellow Music Lover –
Thanks so much for joining Pandora!  We’re very happy to have you on board, and we look forward to providing you with many hours of great music listening and discovery.  We encourage you to listen as much as you like for free:
http://dbm.pandora.com/t?r=927&c=693934&l=21110&ctl=14E1812:27D8C5B8F328CAE05A4ACCB946197A96050542759970026E
Over the coming months, in addition to adding thousands of newly analyzed songs to the service, we’re going to roll out a steady stream of new features – so please stay involved – let us know what you like and don’t like and what ideas you have for making it better. Listener feedback has played a huge role in helping us improve the service over the past few months.  Not surprisingly, many of the best new ideas have come from listeners just like you.  To send us feedback or read up on the latest Pandora news, please visit our blog at http://dbm.pandora.com/t?r=927&c=693934&l=21110&ctl=14E1813:27D8C5B8F328CAE05A4ACCB946197A96050542759970026E (you’ll also find our interactive diary for our cross-country trip to meet our listeners and do research for the Music Genome Project).
Lucia, Jem and I will read EVERY email we get from you and promise a speedy reply (actually, Lucia and Jem are great at speedy replies; it may take me a little longer because I’m on the road a lot).  If one of us can’t answer, we’ll call in reinforcements.
Happy listening!
Cheers,
Tim, Lucia & Jem
Tim Westergren
Founder, Pandora
Lucia Willow & Jem Fanvu
Listener Advocates, Pandora
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