Wednesday, February 10

Woot's Changing The Log In (But Not In A Bad Way)

by Scott Lydon

Hey, guess what? Our little site keeps getting better, and as part of that process, we sometimes have to make some small changes. This time it's to the way you log into your Woot account. It's such a small change you'll barely even feel it, so we wanted to tell you anyway. Ready? Here's the big change: now you'll have to log in with your email address. Yeah, we know. It's barely worth noting, right? So don't panic, your user name isn't going anywhere. It's just a little thing we did for security reasons to keep you even safer.

Now, instead of logging in like this:


You'll be logging in like this:


Simple? Easy? YES! So keep it in mind: starting right now, you'll log in with your email. Give it a shot, then race to the forums to say WOO HOO I DID IT or I DID IT... BUT I'M NOT HAPPY I DID or some shade of grey between the two. And if you've got questions, ask away! Maybe one of our mods will notice and have an answer for you! Oh, yeah, and we updated this blog post on 2/18, just in case you noticed it changed. Basically we just took out the original deadline because we passed it. No turning back, friends! We're in this together!

(PS: please don't try to email Monte, he's very busy and will never check it.)

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Monday, February 08

Music Monday: Harmonies

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! It's always neat how different layers can combine to make a greater harmony. Today Scott's looking at some of these layers when they're dissected one by one. You'll catch on pretty quick if you know your music history. Let's begin, shall we?

The Journeymen - Run Maggie Run


In the early '60s, this trio of folk friends formed to harmonize sweetly. Dick, John and Scott put out a few albums and did okay, but never really broke any records or anything. But don't they sound nice? That's harmony right there!

More harmonies to come! Sing along if you wanna!

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Monday, February 01

Music Monday: Giving

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Each song is a little gift to us, the listener. But how many songs are just about giving? Scott's found five. And then he'll ask you to do your part.

Pebbles - Giving You The Benefit


You remember Pebbles? It's okay if you don't. She had a couple of hits in the late '80s and early '90s. But she does illustrate that giving doesn't always have to be physical. You can give your trust just as easily as you can give a present. Even though it's easier to get rid of trust. Obviously.

Four more, comin' right up.

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Friday, January 29


Monday, January 25

Music Monday: RIP Glenn Frey

by Scott Lydon

The world of rock is cleaning house. We lost Lemmy, we lost Bowie, and now we've lost an Eagle. Scott's never been the biggest Eagles fan, but he still respects the man's music and skill. Today's a five song tribute to the great Glenn Frey. RIP.

The One You Love


I'm starting with this because it's the first Glenn Frey song I really remember. As a kid, I heard "Hotel California" in my uncle's van (that's where I first heard Pink Floyd too) but I never bothered to learn any of the band members names, because hey, I was a kid! So the first time I heard this song I had no idea the singer was connected to the Eagles in any way. This perfectly-passable '70s love song is right up there with any radio friendly hit, and in my head it's where Glenn Frey began. Even if that's not actually correct.

More Frey talk comin' right up.

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Monday, January 18

Music Monday: RIP David Bowie

by Scott Lydon

On Sunday the 10th I went to bed early, after listening to the radio. Possibly I missed the news that Bowie had passed by just seconds. That's why last week's Music Monday went up as it did, because I didn't get the news until my phone started buzzing with texts from East Coast friends, asking if I'd heard the news. I'm writing this on January 11th but you won't read it until the 18th, and by then, everybody and their mother will have heard the Bowie recaps to death. So I'm not going to do his history or life anything. Instead, I'm going to to be thinking about me and my Bowie experience. I encourage you to do the same inside, if you care to.

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Monday, January 11

Music Monday: The Quiet Storm

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's taking a look at a format mostly saved for late night radio slots, the "quiet storm." If you know it, you love it. If you don't know it, you probably still have heard it without knowing what it was. Either way, you're going to be happy with today's smooth Music Monday. Also you should be reading this in a low tone. Think Barry White's voice.

The Art Of Noise - Moments In Love


Nobody would expect a little group of knob-twiddling producers to make a song that wound up being a soulful classic, but the Art Of Noise's instrumental has long been the official bed music for "quiet storm" DJs when they talk about the weather and what songs are coming up next. Also here's a tip: remember you just read that and keep it locked away, because sooner or later someone will say "what's that song?" and you'll look like a genius when you know the answer. I've done it more than once and it always blows minds.

More quiet storm coming up. Get ready. Aw yeah.

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Monday, January 04

Music Monday: Folkways

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Scott's starting out this year with an exciting tribute to the always-interesting Smithsonian Folkways label, home to some of the least-known and most-sought-after vinyl records ever produced. Thankfully they have also gone digital so modern people can listen too. Want to find some examples? Sure ya do!

Surf Textures


Of course this is the relaxing classic, just plain ol' ocean sounds behind a lovely cover. This one probably surprised more than a few people who were expecting a slow moody jazz record, but it also probably made more than a few people pretty happy. Releasing nature sounds is always risky, but surprisingly, it's not the most risky thing that Folkways has ever done. You'll find out what I mean by that in just a few seconds.

Four more, coming up. And hey, if you like these, you can visit the Folkways website and discover some more insanity genius.

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Tuesday, December 29