(The bad news: No Mixtape Monday post today. The good news: Mixtape Monday is expected to return next Monday, continuing on with the alphabetical mixtape rundown with the letter O.)
The newest addition to The Hideaway is located at the bottom of the right hand column, just below the link to the now year long dormant Shuffle Shame site: The Big Shuffle. It is the last five tracks from HERC's ultimate ongoing shuffle of his digital library which includes both files ripped from his CD collection and a few thousand of the 39,194,575 tracks available via Spotify. The tracks are scrobbled by the Last.fm Windows plug-in
monitoring the media players HERC uses most often. Shortly after originally posting this entry on The Hideaway, last.fm updated their site functionality and completely obliterated the sweet little plugin.
HERC's specific reason for posting this widget is twofold: 1) he is fascinated by the library shuffle concept and 2) as his once mighty mental prowess continues its slow and steady decline, he needed a single place to track his history across the different players, computers and portable devices he uses on a daily basis. HERC figures that if the NSA has access to his music listening habits then so should his viewers - complete transparency is what makes America great. You'll notice that sometimes HERC abandons his favored shuffle practice altogether as he builds or enjoys a playlist, has a hankering for a single artist's discography or even a single album or song on Repeat for an hour. Feel free to contact HERC about any song(s) you see listed - every track has the potential to be a conversation starter.