NerdCast #41: Nerdery Lab Experiment No.1 – Finding New Music With TasteMapper


This episode of the NerdCast features Andrew Golaszewski and Kevin Moot, two participants of the inaugural Nerdery Labs Program. They talk about their technology experiment that created data visualizations of the music listening habits of Last.FM users. Learn more about the Nerdery Lab Program, TasteMapper, and the challenges of working with large unstructured data sets and making sense of it all. If you’re a developer, a fan of music, or like hearing about cool applications of technology, this is the episode for you.

HostRyan Carlson

Guests: Kevin Moot, Software Developer & Andrew Golaszewski, Senior User Expereience Designer at The Nerdery

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Music’s affects on your brain & how to use that to your advantage

Any office dweller in the 21st century knows that a good set of headphones and music is crucial to surviving in the work world. Not only are headphones the international symbol for ‘I’m busy leave me alone’ but they also provide music that lets you block out the office hubub that can often be detrimental to actually getting work done.

Today Lifehacker has a great post on how music affects your brain and how you can use that to your advantage. Some of those advantages include:

  • recalling memories
  • boosting your immune system
  • enhancing your exercising
  • helping you cope when under pressure
  • fighting fatigue & boosting productivity

Music, it’s not just for blocking out annoying coworkers anymore.


Minneapolis musician Jeremy Messersmith wrote a song called “Tatoonie” and the video is the StarWars trilogy boiled down to two minutes and animated with paper.

P.S. Marginally related, for all your Halloween costume needs How to make a Stormtrooper helmet using milk jugs.