When a CD gets stuck on infinite repeat during the night


One night, the CD player got stuck due to a scratched disc and ended up repeating the same track over and over again. I dreamed that the song was O(n²) in length,¹ with each new verse one bar longer than the previous one, but unlike a cumulative song,² the location of the inserted bar varied randomly from verse to verse.

Moral of the story: Don't use CDs that skip for falling-asleep music.

¹ Also known as O(√n) in complexity.

² "However, the last two lines of every stanza starting from the second stanza onwards except for the last stanza and the last four lines of the last stanza do not match with the lyrics." Dear Wikipedia: Could you try making even less sense?

Comments (8)
  1. The Wikipedia citation feels a lot like http://www.xkcd.com/1155/

  2. mockmyberet says:

    Are you sure you just weren't listening to Hey Jude?

    github.com/…/heyjude.vbs

  3. [ github.com/…/heyjude.vbs ]

    Now with improved for-switch antipattern!

  4. Slashdotter says:

    Inifinite Jukebox for Hey Jude – labs.echonest.com/…/index.html

  5. Carl D says:

    The paper on the complexity of songs is brilliant!  Thanks for that.

  6. Eric TF Bat says:

    You reminded me of this:

    Last year we drove across the country. We switched on the driving… every half mile. We had one cassette tape to listen to on the entire trip… I don't remember what it was.

    — Steven Wright

  7. Marc K says:

    What's a CD?  Oh, you mean that thing I use to install music onto my music player.  You can listen to those directly?

  8. Silly says:

    @Mark K. Yup that's right: you can just stay and *quietly* listen to the CD rather than leave the room while your Dictaphone is recording.

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