One of my first ideas for the name of this blog was "Metattention", or Meta-ttention, or MetAttention, or... well, something like that. Blogs are about things you devote attention to, so the name made sense.
Second only to my desktops PC's (older Dell running Jubuntu, eMac, and Dual G4 at home) and laptop, the device that drives most of my attention is my iPod. I got it last year on my birthday, and it has been the most significant gadget purchase since PalmOS devices extruded into the negative space of my pockets.
My big thing is podcasting... I love it. With that, and the music playback, my iPod is a constant companion - in the car, in the office, even while shopping (yes, sometimes I am one of THEM). At home I stream music from the iTunes library throughout the house. My commute time is now dominated by mostly IT related shows. Once in the office I usually have some music playing in the background by plugging the iPod into some speakers.
So as you can see, there is a lot of audio coming out of this device and the library it synchronizes with. Every day. For the last year. Music and podcasts.
So here is what I want: Audio "attention data" fed automagically via RSS to my blog. Imagine an "iPodRoll" that lists the last 10 things I listened to. Maybe even with links (album cover? show home page?) if the metadata in iTunes is rich enough. This may be somewhat orthogonal to efforts like Attention.XML, but I am not going to worry about that for now. This is just a fun little hack to work on one evening while bored.
I don't know RSS. I don't know how iTunes stores its info. But I am dumb enough to try and pull this off - stay tuned!