Tuesday, August 29, 2006

E-BOOK: My Favourite "Classic"

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is the first "classic" that I read and enjoyed. I had been turned off of the classics as a kid and did not return to them until forced to read this one in university. I loved it. Heathcliff is such an original character in literature, and while I wanted to smack Catherine more than once, I found their relationship compelling enough to keep reading. This is one classic that has not lost its touch.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

MUSIC: Steadman

Found the group Steadman through CC365. Very pop-ish acoustic stuff. I am still exploring their massive site (over 100 songs for download!) but have started with the album "Revive" and am enjoying it so far.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

MUSIC: Secret Dakota Ring

Another find from 15 Megs. These guys are sort of indie pop/rock type of stuff. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

AUDIO BOOK: Genesis (in Hebrew)

I have only just found a small index on Librivox of recordings in other languages. Sadly, no Petit Prince! But I did find a recording of the book of Genesis from the Bible, in its original Hebrew! How fun!

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

MUSIC: Three more from Garage Band

I was back at Garage Band again and found a few more goodies :) Enjoy!

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

MUSIC: Songs by Mercy Machine

Mercy Machine is one of my Magnatune finds. I have already blogged one of their songs, but I thought it was time to do a spotlight on them. Some of their stuff is on the acoustic side (the already blogged Last Vision on Dahlia Street and Adam Undivided being examples) but some is more pop-ish (Plain, Bastard). All of them are wonderful, chart-quality songs with catchy tunes, clever lyrics and excellent vocals---sort of a mixed-gender Indigo Girls or Blue Rodeo type of vibe. They have two albums worth of music available at Magnatune.

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Monday, August 14, 2006

MUSIC: Songs by Heath Whitelock

Found this one at Opsound via Uwe Hermann. Sort of pop-ish acoustic-type stuff. Fall is my favourite of the tracks, but the others weren't bad either.

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

E-BOOK: Five of Shakespeare's best

My recent viewing of the fabulous Paul Gross series "Slings and Arrows" has me looking fondly upon my stash of Shakespeare. It's too bad his stuff has kind of nerdy high school connotations. Much of it is quite good. I admit, I am not big on the history plays, but I quite like many of the other ones and I think they are reasonably accessible if one is so inclined. Here are my pics for the best of Shakespeare---not necessarily from a 'most important in the scholarly canon' point of view (or else I suppose I would have to replace Twlefth Night with Julius Ceasar), but from the point of view of a regular reader who just likes to be entertained. As with all e-books I post about here, I am linking to the Many Books page instead of the Project Gutenberg one, so you can download the books in the format of your choosing.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

MUSIC: Three by Red Orkestra

Fading Ways is a netlabel offering music in a variety of genres. They have a sampler series on-line where you can download several mix-tape albums worth of material for free. My favourite artist in the series is Red Orkestra. Three songs:

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Monday, August 07, 2006

MUSIC: Three from other blogs

Time to give props to some other cc-focused blogs out there :) Here are three recent finds that were brought to my attention by other bloggers.

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

AUDIO BOOK: Metamorphosis by Kafka

Another production from Thought Audio. This is one of those books I had always meant to read and never quite got around to. MP3 player to the rescue! I spent a week's commute on this one. Metamorphosis is the tragi-comic story of Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning to find he has turned into a bug. As with other Thought Audio productions, this one has top-notch production values. The narrator is clear, smooth and non-instrusive. It was an excellent listen. If you do prefer to read, there is an e-text version from Project Gutenberg too.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

MUSIC: Five great instrumental songs

I know I have made it my quest to focus my CC search on pop/indie type stuff, but I do enjoy a change of pace sometimes. Here are my pics for some great instrumental/non-vocal cc songs: some rockin' fiddle tunes, neato ambient-type stuff and other cool stuff. Try it!

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Friday, August 04, 2006

UPDATE: Email and other news

I am delighted to have so many new visitors! I hope you will stick around, and I hope that if you have any suggestions for new stuff I can feature, you will let me know. I am sure you understand that the quest for mp3 player content can be a never-ending one :) I welcome all suggestions for great ebooks, audio and music (especially pop-ish indie or folk-rock type stuff; that was one of my initial difficulties with CC---so much of it is techno, punk or electronica which do not terribly interest me).

Anyway, to facilitate comments and suggestions from other people, I dug around the Blogger help area and found out how to add my email address to the sidebar. Oh, and if you check back on my website tomorrow, I'll have the free fitness workouts page up. I checked my Geocities stats just now and the page isn't showing up. It'll be fixed tomorrow. Welcome! I hope you will stay and enjoy the free downloads.

ROUND-UP: Posts from July

I got boinged! Welcome to the new readers who found me that way. You are just in time for my round-up of all the posts from July.




MUSIC: Five folk rock songs from 15 Megs

15 Megs of Fame is another of those community-type sites like Opsound or Garage Band, but it has a slick interface and some nice features: streaming is totally within the browser, you can bookmark your favs with one click, and you can download every song. The whole site is cc licensed, and you can listen for free, but you need to create a free acount to download. Anyway, here are some finds from the Folk Rock category:

Oh, and today is my birthday. I feel gifted with all the great free music and audio ebooks the wonderful sites I link to make possible for me, and I would love it even more if I could spread it even further and bring new people onto the CC love train. So, share the wealth, would you, and for my birthday gift, pass along the link to this blog to others?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

MUSIC: Three great artist websites

I am all for spreading the indie love :) Today, I thought I would share some more artist websites---great performers going it alone with just a website and some demo songs with a cc license, trying to build a fanbase. So, I have already blogged about Josh Woodward, Jonathan Coulton and Shannon Campbell. Here are three more:

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