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Thursday, November 30, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
MUSIC: Seasonal Jonathan CoultonJonathan Coulton, whom I have blogged about before, has some great seasonal tunes. To officially launch us into the holidays, how about this one?
Chiron Beta Prime offers a sci-fi twist on the annual Christmas letter, and Podsafe Christmas Song is catchy and cute.
So far, Coulton has yet to release a Podsafe Hanukkah song. In fact, I have scoured the net in vain for such a thing. There is still time to write one yourself and enter it into my contest. You can win a great prize!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
OTHER: Flickr Commons PoolFlickr is a wonderful, easy to use photo sharing and photo storage web site. Many users have chosen to make their photos available under a Commons license. You can browse them via this link. Use them for: collage artwork, desktop wallpaper or screensaver, ads or flyers for non-profit events etc.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
REMINDER: Hannukah ContestThe entries for the contest are due in about a week. So far, they are, shall we say, few in number :) Last call for entries! You can win a real prize, you guys!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
E-BOOK: Top Ten Titles at Project GutenbergHere were the top ten e-books downloaded at Project Gutenberg inthe last seven days:
- Great Britain and Her Queen by Annie E. Keeling
- Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 01 by Elbert Hubbard
- Manual of Surgery by Alexander Miles and Alexis Thomson
- The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci — Complete by Leonardo da Vinci
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Kamasutra by Vatsyayana
- Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases by Grenville Kleiser
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Ulysses by James Joyce
- How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin
Sunday, November 19, 2006
MUSIC: Song by Reza KaleelFound this pop-ish tune on Garage Band. Enjoy!
- Reza Kaleel, The Way Things Might Have Been
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
E-BOOK: Sonnets by ShakespeareThis is one of the classics of Western lierature: the Sonnets, by Shakespeare. Yup, he didn't just write plays :) Here are some links to help you experience this poetry classic:
- E-Text in a variety of formats
- Audio Book from Librivox
- Wikipedia entry on William Shakespeare
- Wikipedia entry on the Sonnets
Sunday, November 12, 2006
ARTIST: Ross RaineyFound this guy via Uwe Hermann. It's coutryish, popish rootsy stuff. Some of them are a little political---one has the opening line 'Gonna hurt Osama...' for example :)
Here are the best ones, in my opinion---leaning more toward the pop side, as usual, with a smattering of country thrown in for good measure :)
Internet Archive site.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
E-BOOK: Five Favourite PoemsPoem Hunter is one of those uploading free-for-alls with all sorts of nonsense, but they also have one of the most substantial "classics" sections I've seen in a poetry website, and a search engine that is fairly impressive. Here are some of my favourites:
- After Great Pain by Emily Dickinson
- East Coker by T.S. Eliot
- Be Still, My Soul, Be Still by A.E. Housman
- The Waking by Theodore Roethke
- The Oak by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Monday, November 06, 2006
MUSIC: My Nanowrimo Music MixNanowrimo is going on right now, and I am having a great time. My city, which has one of the most active local chapters in the world, has a full-tilt schedule of writing and social events, the high point of which has for many been the annual mix cd exchange. I was all set to participate and spread the CC love to my fellow wrimos when my cd burner had issues with the cheapie dollar store disks I bought. I was disappointed that I could not participate in the swap and get some cds tonight, but then I thought there is no reason why I can't still share mine with everyone else---they are the best of my favourite commons-licensed songs and hence are all freely shareable. Most of these songs are ones I have blogged about already, but here they are, collected together in honour of Nanowrimo. Music to enjoy. Music to write by. My top 15 Commons favs, in no particular order:
- Hype, My Innocence
- Over All Brothers, My Style
- Brad Sucks, Making Me Nervous
- Mercy Machine, Plain
- The Sharp Things, Boy's Club
- Cindy Alexander, Immortal
- Deborah Dalton, Brother's Keeper
- The Main Drag, A Jagged Gorgeous Winter
- Tutash, Gold
- Suzy Y Los Quattro, Make my Day
- Joshua Morin, Stay Away from Me
- The Happy Planets, Back 2019
- King Benny, Raindrops and Diamonds
- Deshead, I Meant to Remember
- Jonathan Coulton, Chiron Beta Prime
Saturday, November 04, 2006
ROUND-UP: Posts from OctoberFirstly, here are the previous round-ups:
contest. You have one more month to send me your best Commons-licensed Hannukah song. I have very few entries so far, so this is wide open for you to win :) As for other topics, a lot got put up this month.
- Books to Read Before You Die, Part 1
- Books to Read Before You Die, Part 2
- Books to Read Before You Die, Part 3
- Books to Read Before You Die, Part 4
- E-Books Post-1930
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
MUSIC: Two songs about Tom CruiseI know, random topic there :) Who would have thought there would be two songs out there about this? I'm back from a weekend out of town and thought it would be fun to kick things off again with some music. Enjoy!