Richard Hatch is Guilty

This is unbelievable to me. Richard Hatch, winner of the first season of Survivor, neglected to pay the taxes on his $1 Million prize and other income he earned as a result of his newfound celebrity.

The jury on the first Survivor didn?t take long to deliberate and came up with a closely split decision ? four votes out of seven for Richard Hatch to win. Hatch?s latest appearance in front of a jury was similar ? they deliberated for less than a day and ended with a split decision. Hatch was found guilty of three of the ten allegations leveled against him by prosecutors.

The three charges of which he was convicted were those that focused on Hatch?s failure to pay taxes ? on his million-dollar Survivor prize, $327,000 he earned from a Boston radio show, and $28,000 in rent income. The other seven were related to bank, mail, and wire fraud charges, including those related to allegations that he misused funds that were directed to a charity he ran, Horizon Bound.

With the three convictions, Hatch faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in prison and $600,000 in fines. If he had been convicted on all ten counts, he could have faced 30 years in prison.

The interesting thing is that just a few days ago the press floated out a rumor that Hatch uncovered some cheating in Survivor and made a deal with the producers to not talk about it if they paid off his taxes. That sounds farfetched to me.

The new season of Survivor starts next Thursday.

This is unbelievable to me. Richard Hatch, winner of the first season of Survivor, neglected to pay the taxes on his $1 Million prize and other income he earned as a result of his newfound celebrity.

The jury on the first Survivor didn?t take long to deliberate and came up with a closely split decision ? four votes out of seven for Richard Hatch to win. Hatch?s latest appearance in front of a jury was similar ? they deliberated for less than a day and ended with a split decision. Hatch was found guilty of three of the ten allegations leveled against him by prosecutors.

The three charges of which he was convicted were those that focused on Hatch?s failure to pay taxes ? on his million-dollar Survivor prize, $327,000 he earned from a Boston radio show, and $28,000 in rent income. The other seven were related to bank, mail, and wire fraud charges, including those related to allegations that he misused funds that were directed to a charity he ran, Horizon Bound.

With the three convictions, Hatch faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in prison and $600,000 in fines. If he had been convicted on all ten counts, he could have faced 30 years in prison.

The interesting thing is that just a few days ago the press floated out a rumor that Hatch uncovered some cheating in Survivor and made a deal with the producers to not talk about it if they paid off his taxes. That sounds farfetched to me.

The new season of Survivor starts next Thursday.

New Built to Spill Song

No good way to download it yet, but Built to Spill’s myspace site has a new song from their new album due out in April. It’s called Going Against Your Mind and it’s pretty good.

No good way to download it yet, but Built to Spill’s myspace site has a new song from their new album due out in April. It’s called Going Against Your Mind and it’s pretty good.

Podcasts

Wow, most of the podcasts available through iTunes are awful. The only two I’ve found so far that I like are The Ricky Gervais Show (of The Office fame) and Mark Johnson’s BoardGamesToGo.

Anyone know of any other good ones?

Wow, most of the podcasts available through iTunes are awful. The only two I’ve found so far that I like are The Ricky Gervais Show (of The Office fame) and Mark Johnson’s BoardGamesToGo.

Anyone know of any other good ones?

OMI Forum Back Online

The Odd Man In forum is back online for now. There may be some trouble using your account in both Odd Man In and the message board as I had to copy over some of my mods. It’s better than nothing though.

OMI Message Board

The Odd Man In forum is back online for now. There may be some trouble using your account in both Odd Man In and the message board as I had to copy over some of my mods. It’s better than nothing though.

OMI Message Board

Cutie Theater for the iPod

Attention owners of the new video iPod: You can now enjoy the magic of Cutie Theater wherever you go. Cutie Theater has now been especially formulated for the iPod using a great, free piece of Software called Videora Converter.

Enjoy!

Attention owners of the new video iPod: You can now enjoy the magic of Cutie Theater wherever you go. Cutie Theater has now been especially formulated for the iPod using a great, free piece of Software called Videora Converter.

Enjoy!

Adjusting the Album Formula

In trying to figure out a good formula for ranking my albums I wanted to balance between the average rating of each song, the number of times I’ve played it, and the sum of all the ratings in the album. The first thing I did was throw out any mixes like my Beck Random Stuff mix, which isn’t really an album. Next, I eliminated any albums with less than 7 songs, which were mostly singles or individual tracks.

I weighted the three categories as follows:
Avg Rating: 70%
Play Count: 15%
Sum of Ratings: 15%

Getting an average rating score was easy since it’s always on a 0-5 scale. The others were more difficult. I took the max value for play count and rating sum and made the scale from 0 to that number.

Anyway, here is a chart with the top 100 results.

In trying to figure out a good formula for ranking my albums I wanted to balance between the average rating of each song, the number of times I’ve played it, and the sum of all the ratings in the album. The first thing I did was throw out any mixes like my Beck Random Stuff mix, which isn’t really an album. Next, I eliminated any albums with less than 7 songs, which were mostly singles or individual tracks.

I weighted the three categories as follows:
Avg Rating: 70%
Play Count: 15%
Sum of Ratings: 15%

Getting an average rating score was easy since it’s always on a 0-5 scale. The others were more difficult. I took the max value for play count and rating sum and made the scale from 0 to that number.

Anyway, here is a chart with the top 100 results.

FTP Problem Still Persists

The FTP problem I mentioned a few days ago still exists, which is pretty annoying. At first they didn’t know what was causing it, but now they said it’s affecting everyone on my server. I must be the only one still using it. ha. I know I’m on one of their older ones and I haven’t switched over to the newer one because I’m sure it will break everything.

Half the stuff on this site is broken now anyway, so maybe I should give it a shot!

The FTP problem I mentioned a few days ago still exists, which is pretty annoying. At first they didn’t know what was causing it, but now they said it’s affecting everyone on my server. I must be the only one still using it. ha. I know I’m on one of their older ones and I haven’t switched over to the newer one because I’m sure it will break everything.

Half the stuff on this site is broken now anyway, so maybe I should give it a shot!

Album Rankings

I did some playing around again with the iTunes library data and made some Excel charts.

Which years had the most of my top 100 albums? Find out!

Also, here’s a huge list of my top 50 albums according to my iTunes algorithm. I don’t agree with all of it, but it’s not bad.

I did some playing around again with the iTunes library data and made some Excel charts.

Which years had the most of my top 100 albums? Find out!

Also, here’s a huge list of my top 50 albums according to my iTunes algorithm. I don’t agree with all of it, but it’s not bad.

Data Analysis on my iTunes Library

You can export an XML file from iTunes that contains all the data from your music library. Today I’ve been playing around with this perl script that can read the file and export it into an HTML page. What I really wanted to do was use it as a starting point to help me crunch some numbers. So far, it’s been working great and I used it to find out my top ten albums.

The formula I used to calculate each rating was as follows. (Note: You can rate each song 0 through 5, but when you export the file it shows up as 0 through 100 with 1 star = 20, 2 stars = 40, etc.)

((The sum of the ratings for each track / number of tracks) + The sum of the ratings for each track + (number of times played / 3)) / 2000

This won’t be the final formula I use, but the eventual one will resemble it. I want it to reward albums with many good songs, but also the occasional track heavy album with half good and half bad songs. I also wanted to give a boost to any albums that are heavily played (note: It only counts if I’ve played it on my computer or my iPod and I only recently got an iPod).

Here are the results:

Artist
– Album
Year Disc Number Tracks Tracks Played Rating
Beck – Random Stuff ???? 1 22 96 108.20%
Frank Black – Teenager Of The Year 1994 1 22 110 103.20%
Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville 1993 1 18 99 96.65%
Pixies – Complete ‘B’ Sides 2001 1 19 120 87.25%
The Breeders – Last Splash 1993 1 15 122 78.80%
Elastica – Elastica 1995 1 16 140 78.80%
Frank Black – Frank Black 1993 1 15 54 77.70%
Beck – One Foot In The Grave 1994 1 16 83 76.80%
Pixies – Trompe Le Monde 1991 1 15 124 76.70%
Pixies – Doolittle 1989 1 15 100 74.20%

Clearly, this algorithm favors good, long albums that I’ved played alot. Teenager of the Year and Exile in Guyville fit that description well. The random Beck album I threw together from various downloads makes sense since I assembled the tracks myself!

The only shocker on here is that Trompe Le Monde is rated higher than Doolittle. Ha! 6/10 are Pixies or ex-Pixies, too. Something might be up with the Pixies B-Sides album, since I don’t think it deserves the top ten. My ratings must be off.

You can export an XML file from iTunes that contains all the data from your music library. Today I’ve been playing around with this perl script that can read the file and export it into an HTML page. What I really wanted to do was use it as a starting point to help me crunch some numbers. So far, it’s been working great and I used it to find out my top ten albums.

The formula I used to calculate each rating was as follows. (Note: You can rate each song 0 through 5, but when you export the file it shows up as 0 through 100 with 1 star = 20, 2 stars = 40, etc.)

((The sum of the ratings for each track / number of tracks) + The sum of the ratings for each track + (number of times played / 3)) / 2000

This won’t be the final formula I use, but the eventual one will resemble it. I want it to reward albums with many good songs, but also the occasional track heavy album with half good and half bad songs. I also wanted to give a boost to any albums that are heavily played (note: It only counts if I’ve played it on my computer or my iPod and I only recently got an iPod).

Here are the results:

Artist
– Album
Year Disc Number Tracks Tracks Played Rating
Beck – Random Stuff ???? 1 22 96 108.20%
Frank Black – Teenager Of The Year 1994 1 22 110 103.20%
Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville 1993 1 18 99 96.65%
Pixies – Complete ‘B’ Sides 2001 1 19 120 87.25%
The Breeders – Last Splash 1993 1 15 122 78.80%
Elastica – Elastica 1995 1 16 140 78.80%
Frank Black – Frank Black 1993 1 15 54 77.70%
Beck – One Foot In The Grave 1994 1 16 83 76.80%
Pixies – Trompe Le Monde 1991 1 15 124 76.70%
Pixies – Doolittle 1989 1 15 100 74.20%

Clearly, this algorithm favors good, long albums that I’ved played alot. Teenager of the Year and Exile in Guyville fit that description well. The random Beck album I threw together from various downloads makes sense since I assembled the tracks myself!

The only shocker on here is that Trompe Le Monde is rated higher than Doolittle. Ha! 6/10 are Pixies or ex-Pixies, too. Something might be up with the Pixies B-Sides album, since I don’t think it deserves the top ten. My ratings must be off.