Better than being a lump on the couch for pretty much two days, followed by a day where I definitely over-exerted myself because I freaked out about the fine layer of greasy soot all over everything.
On the music front...
I Got My Own Last FM Radio Station
I've finally caved and paid for my LastFM account.
After scrobbing 9,493 tracks since August 2005, yes, I think I have enough variety to actually have a private radio station that includes every track I've scrobbed thus far (with more to come). (You do not need to be a member to listen to Liz Marcs's LastFM Radio Station, so feel free to click 'n listen.)
However, while I was ponying up money to get my own radio station (in essence) I decided to nose around and check out the massive February 2007 update:
LastFM Now Supporting Muscial Communities
LastFM appears to have jumped on the "community" concept. Essentially, a bunch of people can pool together in a community and create a "community" radio stream (I think this is available to both free and paid accounts).
lunatunes, the far less snobbish and a lot more fun version of audiography has created such a community here. (Here's the Lunatunes LastFM Radio Station, if you want to listen.)
LastFM Now Offering Free MP3 Downloads
I think you have to be a LastFM member for this (although you don't need to have a paid account to get the free downloads). From what I gather, every week LastFM changes the list, but you can now get Free MP3 Downloads. The files are perfectly safe, and they are not proprietary. If you're looking for a fantastic way to hear new music, this is simply outstanding.
LastFM Now Allows People to Create and Store Playlists
This feature needs a little bit more work, but it's a very good idea otherwise. You're somewhat limited in track choices if you want to have a playlist with full songs, but it's a very good start. I'll wait until I"m feeling better before I play with it.
If You're On LastFM
Feel free to friend me over there. If you're not a member, it is a free service. I've used LastFM for nearly two years without any incident whatsoever on both my work and my home computers. I only recently ponied up the money because I do use the site so heavily. (I basically pay LJ for the exact same reason...I use it so much that I might as well.) However, far as I can see, the free accounts are worth getting as well, if only because of the free downloads.
By the way, the background on the U.K.-based LastFM is fascinating read, so check it out.