One of my very favorite things about Autovist is building randomness into it and never knowing what it will do next. This makes it endlessly fascinating for me. When I was a 9 years old and building up a record collection, I began having a big problem…
…once I had around 8 records, I started to dislike having to pick one to listen to because it was like choosing one over all the others. So I took an index card, cut it into smaller pieces, wrote the name of each album on a piece, and put all the pieces into a jar. When I wanted to listen to some music, I picked out a record from the jar. This made choosing music so fun! Because what I’d listen to next was always a surprise!
But it didn’t stop there. I kept a piece of paper in each record and wrote the date on which I listened to it. It was fascinating to see how long it had been since I listened to any individual record as my collection grew.
I do the same thing today using iTunes. I now have more than 11,000 songs and still enjoy seeing how long its been since I previously listened to the current song playing:
And, of course, it seems that I’m doing the same thing with Autovist:
I can truly say that creating and using Autovist is the most fun I’ve ever had!
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