Friday, September 29, 2006

AUDIO BOOK: A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens

I found this one via Learn Out Loud: a 14-hour recording from Literal Systems of one of Dickens' best known works, A Tale of Two Cities. I've always thought Charles Dickens was a bit underappreciated these days. His work remains quite accessible to a modern reader, and he has a fine soap opera-ish sense of the dramatic which veers into sensationalist melodrama quite often. Had he been writing today, he would have found a home in Hollywood, or cranking out genre thrillers or romances :) Check out the e-text too at Gutenberg or Many Books.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

MUSIC: Totally Free Song

I was in the mood for a little humour today :) Here you go...

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

MUSIC: The Community Music Project

The Community Music Project is an interesting set of cc-licensed disks of folkish altish music out out over several years. I first found them on the Internet Archive and while not all of it was really my thing, a few of the songs stood out for me. Start out with these three, then go exploring. You won't be sorry!

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Friday, September 22, 2006

MUSIC: More from 15 Megs

15 Megs of Fame is a great source for cc-licensed music. Sadly, you do need to log in to listen. But once you are in (for free), you can listen at will. I already blogged some of my 15 Megs finds. Here are a few more:

Monday, September 18, 2006

ARTIST: Grayson Wray

Grayson Wray is another Magnatune find. The music is a little hard to describe---sort of pop-ish celtic-ish stuff like Great Big Sea or Spirit of the West. Fun stuff. Enjoy! Two tunes to get you started...

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

AUDIO BOOK: Longer Poems from Librivox

I have already blogged about Librivox, a wonderful volunteer-run project that records public domain audio books under a Creative Commons license. Who needs drm-infused when so much great stuff is available for free? Time to share more of Librivox's riches. Today: some wonderful poetry: this is longer stuff than the usual quickie verse, and can be quite hypnotic to listen to. Here are some of the best from the growing Librivox catalogue.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

E-BOOK: Adventure by H. Rider Haggard

H(enry) Rider Haggard was one of the more prolific pulp writers of the Victorian era. He wrote in the genre of 'adventure' in the Indiana Jones type of vein. I first came across his work in a university course on popular fiction of that period. Here are his best known works.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

MUSIC: Two from Magnatune

Here are two fun songs from netlabel Magnatune. Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

MUSIC: Five from Jamendo

Jamendo is a netlabel which distributes its albums via p2p networks. I have not fallen completely on the Jamendo love train yet---I find p2p a bit slow and clunky in this context, and much of their music is not in English, which isn't always my thing. But I heartily support the concept and sentiment behind what they are doing. Most of the music I have from them is stuff I have found through other sources like CC365. So, herewith, my five best Jamendo tracks:

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

ROUND-UP: Posts from August

Happy September! I hope those of you involved in back-to-school, either as parents or as educators, have a smooth transition. I hope the rest of you enjoy a lovely fall! Here is a round-up of all posts in this blog from August. To start off with, a recap of previous months:

Now, onto the goodies from August!

Hmmm. I seem to be tilting heavily to the music side. How is the ratio feeling to you guys? More books and audio books? Podcasts, even if they are not public domain or CC-licensed? Or do you like the music bias? What would you like to see on this blog? Leave me a comment if you want to. I listen!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

MUSIC: Hot Bitch Arsenal

I moved this weekend, hence the radio silence. Sorry about that! Anyway, let's start off the month with some music. This link was sent to me by a reader of this blog! The group is called Hot Bitch Arsenal. It's a little more 'electronica' than I generally go for, but there was one song I enjoyed...

I'll be back tomorrow with the round-up of July posts. Enjoy the long weekend!

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