Bulk lyrics importer

Dear Lazyweb: I want to import the lyrics for many thousands of songs into iTunes. How?

I ask this question every few years, and the answer has so far remained: "you can't".

I thought about trying to write something to scrape MetroLyrics since their HTML isn't too bad, but wow what a pain in the ass. I don't want to do that. (Before you suggest buying the MetroLyrics app, read the reviews: it's bullshit.)

There are hundreds of apps out there that will display a pop-up window of the lyrics already contained in the ID3 tags of the currently-playing song; and some of them try to search the web for lyrics; but the dozens of them that I've tried have sucked at this, badly. Also, none of them will do it in bulk. Do you use one that doesn't suck?

Since most of my library doesn't have lyrics, I want to bulk-download as many as possible, non-interactively, without having to play each song first, and without having to click, like, 50,000 times.

It's hard to search for this shit because it's a morass of spammers and "free ringtone" malware.

Apparently the music labels don't offer embedded lyrics within the legal MP3s sold by Amazon and Apple because that would undermine their profitable sideline of suing aforementioned lyrics malware websites.

Previously, previously.

Update: This year, the current best option appears to be Get Lyrical. It's not very good, but it seems to be the best of a bad set of options. It gets its info from Lyrics Wikia, from which several of the other apps also pull.

Update, 2013: I wrote my own.

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Have you accepted JWZ into your heart?

I'm told that this is a thing that happens now:


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'tis the season

Note: the Jack Chick movie, The Light of the World, is available in its entirety on the Youtubes.


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Goatse hair

Also you know you can get a goatse.cx email address now, right? But that won't last, because as someone pointed out, an email address can't contain a colon.

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These are a few of my favorite things.

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Shield Energy Critical

Every time I roll over one of these things I feel cheated that I didn't pick up mines or a speed boost or something.

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Game over, man. Skynet has come for our clowns.

Playing Catch and Juggling with a Humanoid Robot

The juggling is at 1:35.

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Student Suspended for Refusing to Wear a School-Issued RFID Tracker

...because RFID is The Mark of the Beast. No, really.

Northside Independent School District in San Antonio began issuing the RFID-chip-laden student-body cards when the semester began in the fall. The ID badge has a bar code associated with a student's Social Security number, and the RFID chip monitors pupils' movements on campus, from when they arrive until when they leave.

The suspended student, sophomore Andrea Hernandez, was notified by the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio that she won't be able to continue attending John Jay High School unless she wears the badge around her neck, which she has been refusing to do.

The Rutherford Institute said it would go to court and try to nullify the district's decision. The institute said that the district's stated purpose for the program -- to enhance their coffers -- is "fundamentally disturbing."

Like most state-financed schools, the district's budget is tied to average daily attendance. If a student is not in his seat during morning roll call, the district doesn't receive daily funding for that pupil because the school has no way of knowing for sure if the student is there. But with the RFID tracking, students not at their desk but tracked on campus are counted as being in school that day, and the district receives its daily allotment for that student.

This is what we call "burying the lead":

The Hernandez family, which is Christian, told InfoWars that the sophomore is declining to wear the badge because it signifies Satan, or the Mark of the Beast warning in Revelations 13: 16-18.

The district, in a letter last week to the family, said it would allow her to continue attending the magnate school with "the battery and chip removed." But the girl's father, Steve Hernandez, said the district told him that the offer came on the condition that he must "agree to stop criticizing the program and publicly support it," a proposition the father told WND Education that he could not stomach.

Apparently the removal of batteries also removes... the... Satan?

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The Joy Formidable

"I'll show my tits if you show your scrotum."

She said she had lost her voice, but it was only apparent during the banter, not the songs! An amazing show by an awesome band at one of our little town's newest venues, The Chapel. It's a beautiful place, the sound is great, and I'm totally excited about the prospect of having another good venue to see bands -- except that another other part of me says that this is just more bad news for my business. But then my inherent optimism (fuck you) says "the tide raises all ships" so I try to embrace the former sentiment. Anyway, it was a great show. I love these guys.

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Disqus → WordPress?

Dear Lazyweb, anyone got a working way to import old Disqus comments into WordPress? Presumably by converting the Disqus XML export format to the WordPress XML import format.

Note that this plugin is for some ancient version of Disqus and doesn't work.

Update: The answer appears to be "no", so I hacked it out mostly by hand. I did not come up with a more general solution, sorry.

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