Thursday, November 30, 2006

E-BOOK: Works by Ernest Bramah

Ernest Bramah was an early 20th century mystery author whom I had never heard of until discovering his works in the stacks of Project Gutenberg. He is known for two very different series of books, the first featuring a blind detective and the second set in a fantasy version of China. I admit I have not checked out the China ones yet, but the blind detective one caught my eye and I have just started reading. Here is one book from each series to whet your appetite:

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Monday, November 27, 2006

MUSIC: Seasonal Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton, whom I have blogged about before, has some great seasonal tunes. To officially launch us into the holidays, how about this one?
Now that you're in the mood, here are his two Christmas songs. 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!

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

OTHER: Flickr Commons Pool

Flickr 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 Contest

The 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 Gutenberg

Here were the top ten e-books downloaded at Project Gutenberg inthe last seven days:
Not a lot of fiction on there, which surprised me. Going further down the list, you ge the usual Austin, Twain, Verne and short story compilations :) Have never heard of Annie E. Keeling before. I am thinking the popularity of this particular title might perhaps be inspired by the Coppola film about Marie Antoinette.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

MUSIC: Song by Reza Kaleel

Found this pop-ish tune on Garage Band. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

E-BOOK: Sonnets by Shakespeare

This 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:

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

ARTIST: Ross Rainey

Found 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 :)
FYI: He has three albums available on the Internet Archive site.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

E-BOOK: Five Favourite Poems

Poem 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:


Monday, November 06, 2006

MUSIC: My Nanowrimo Music Mix

Nanowrimo 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:

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

ROUND-UP: Posts from October

Firstly, here are the previous round-ups:
Now, onto the recap of October posts :) The highlight, ofcourse, was the announcement of this blog's first 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.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

MUSIC: Two songs about Tom Cruise

I 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!