Friday 5 for November 23: Black

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I don’t want to get into what we in the United States call Black Friday, but it’s today. However, it gives me a chance to ask questions about black, my favorite color.

  1. What’s your favorite black article of clothing?
  2. What’s the best black food?
  3. How did you pass the time during your most recent extended blackout (power outage)?
  4. When did you last play blackjack?
  5. What are some songs in your iTunes (or other media player) whose titles contain the word black? *

Thanks for participating, and have a lovely weekend!

* It might be fun to make a smart playlist in iTunes. It surprises me that more people don’t play around with these (they can be very useful as well as fun!), so here’s a quick lesson on how to do it, in case you don’t know.

First: In your FILE menu, choose “NEW SMART PLAYLIST.”

Second: Define your playlist. For question 5 above, click the pull-down menu that says “ARTIST” and choose “NAME” (for song name). The next pull-down says “CONTAINS” — leave it like that. Now type the world BLACK in the window that follows. Your playlist editor should now say something like MATCH THE FOLLOWING RULE: NAME CONTAINS BLACK.

Third: If you want to add a second rule, such as limiting the length of the songs, or the genre of the song, or the year the songs’ release, or even the number of plays the songs have had, just click the + button and define your secondary parameter.

Fourth: Click OKAY. The smart playlist shows up in your left sidebar, where the other smart playlists are, such as “iTunes DJ,” “Recently added,” and “Recently played.” The name should be highlighted so you can named your playlist whatever you want. I named mine BLACK.

Now when you click that playlist, you can see how many songs you have in your iTunes containing that word. I have 32. How many do you have?

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