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Nov. 11th, 2007

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Recently I ripped a bunch of Talking Heads CDs, and one of the songs (on disc 1 of the Sand in the Vaseline compilation) is an early B-side titled:

Love → Building On Fire

with the arrow read as "goes to" like in mathematical limit expressions. (They're an art-rock band, go fig.) :} When I put the disc into my CD drive and let Easy CD-DA Extractor program fetch the track info from freedb, the song's title came up as:

Love --> Building On Fire

which is an acceptable rendition that looks right on non-Unicode-enabled machines. Unfortunately, the less-than and greater-than symbols are illegal characters in Windows filenames, so when making the mp3 file, CD-DA replaced the greater-than sign with a parenthesis as per my user-defined settings, resulting in a file named:

Talking Heads - Love --) Building On Fire.mp3

Love pickaxe Building On Fire? Not quite the right thing. I wondered if maybe I'd have to fake my way around the arrow by naming it "Love [goes to] Building On Fire.mp3" or something. But then I remembered that Windows allows Unicode in filenames, so I fired up Character Map, and changed the filename to:

Talking Heads - Love → Building On Fire.mp3

Ta-daaaah!

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From:wbwolf
Date:November 11th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
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I didn't have that problem when I ripped "Exit → Running" by Megumi Hayashibara or "♂ ♀ Kiss" by Matsumoto Akiko. Personally, I'd love to get "♥ or $" by Prince, a B-side from Parade....
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From:chocorisu
Date:November 11th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
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What a hassle! Why doesn't freedb just store all its track names in Unicode in the first place, I wonder?
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From:orv
Date:November 11th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
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I've wondered that, too. I suppose because CDDB didn't, and they're just an open clone of CDDB. And of course when CDDB started, Unicode support wasn't that common.
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From:woyro
Date:November 11th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Talking Heads, one of my favourite bands in the world!

one of the BEST titles for an album...FEAR OF MUSIC.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:November 12th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
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I read the first eight words and my brain processed them as saying that you ripped a bunch of people's heads off. o_O
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 12th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
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HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOU-- er, I mean, no, I did no such thing, that would be silly!
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From:vakkotaur
Date:November 12th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
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I assume there's something explaining that the arrow is to be read that way. I saw it and my first read of it was as "yields" as in chemical reactions.

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 22nd, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
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Well, I knew it was because back when I was becoming a Talking Heads fan, various sources I looked at listed the song as "Love Goes To A Building On Fire" or "Love Goes Building On Fire". Neither one quite right, but they gave the idea.
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From:octan
Date:November 12th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Character Map is a pretty neat tool, though I wish Windows handled such things like MacOS does, though, letting you use Alt+Key to create certain special characters (Alt+C for © for example) and giving you MS-Word-like combination character abilities (Alt+tilde followed by N produces "ñ").

As for CD ripping... I tend to have to make changes to stuff anyway, including adding the artist name to the filename and dragging it out of the subfolders practically all rippers create anymore.
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From:keeper1st
Date:November 13th, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)
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When I first got online, in about 1984, "-)" was a commonly used symbol, representing "tongue in cheek". (It was used where modern folk would use the ":)" emoticon.)

So... "--)" could be "two tongues in cheek". Does Pleakley sing the song or somethin'?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 22nd, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
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David Byrne kinda sounds a bit like Pleakley in the song!

BTW, I don't know if you were there at the time, but back in 1995 or 1996, #animaniacs (or maybe #watertower?) got trolled by some guy (or maybe he was a bot) named LORD_ITO, who kept typing -) as a smilie. I assumed it was an eyeless variant of :-) .
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From:keeper1st
Date:November 22nd, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
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Hmm, I don't remember that. Maybe I wasn't around for that one. I'm sure it wasn't one of the old Santa Cruz geeks; they'd be smarter than any troller!
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