ROUND-UP: Posts from December
And now, the posts from December:
ADMIN: Happy New Year!
So, I did some new year cleaning up, and updated my website. You can now find a large assortment of netlabels and other fun stuff referenced in my links
page. And did you know I keep a music page where I have a running list of every Creative Commons song I have posted to the blog
? It's at 103 songs now, and my favourite ones are highlighted. Stay tuned for my 2006 round-up. Happy new year, everyone!
MUSIC: More from Tom Paul
I am off work this week and next, and finally had a chance to sit down and listen to more of Tom Paul after my earlier post
on him. He's good! He has two albums on Magnatune
. I've listened to both of them, and here are my favourite tracks:
Btw, Magnatune has just put an embedded player in. You can preview the albums now without launching a media player. Handy! I am going to spend some time on Magnatune this week digging up some more great music.
Labels: artist, Magnatune, music, netlabel
E-BOOK: More Seasonal Fun
As a follow-up to yesterday's Christmas songs, here is some holiday reading. Enjoy!
Labels: ebook, Gutenberg, special
MUSIC: 235 Commons Christmas Songs
Judaism aside, I had to post this :) Thanks to Uwe Hermann for putting it together.
MUSIC: Two from Magnatune
Here are two pop-ish finds from one of my favourite net labels, Magnatune
. Thanks to Uwe Hermann
for ferreting these ones out.
Labels: Magnatune, music, netlabel
MUSIC: A Very Commons Hannukah
The winner of my little holiday contest sent me a little rap tune in honour of this holiday season. Happy holidays, everyone! Lex, contact me at your convenience to claim your prize.
Labels: music, special
MISC: CC Non-Profit/Activism Guide
has posted a comprehensive round-up of non-profit and activist groups concerned with public doman, creative commons and fair use issues. The list includes the biggies like Internet Archive
and Project Gutenberg
, as well as groups specific to the US, Canada and UK. If you want to make some holiday charitable donations, or get involved as a volunteer or activist yourself, this is a handy cheat sheet as to who is out there. Click here
AUDIO: E-Books in Other Languages
has a growing collection of works in other languages. I tend to prefer the solo projects at Librivox, and unfortunately, none of the foreign-language ones in that category are in any of the languages I know. But I have been trying to brush up on my French lately, so I checked out their index and found a few interesting titles. Librivox is one of the most prolific free audio book producers on the net. The quality depends greatly on the skill of the narrator, which varies. But they do a good thing. Click here
to read their foreign-language titles.
Labels: audio, audiobook, Librivox
OTHER: Three Great Blogs
I thought it would be good to share some blogs that cover issues relevant to Creative Commons fans. If you want to start educating yourself on the politics surrounding copyright reform, these are good places to start.Michael Geist
is a Canadian journalist who writes about copyright law, and his blog is a wonderful education for those who are interested in copyright reform, Creative Commons and new models of doing business re. media in the internet age.Boing Boing
is an eclectic blog covering a wide variety of topics. Commons-related stuff comes up a lot because of Cory Doctorow, one of the writers, who has been involved with EFF
and has released several of his novels and stories
under a Commons license.
is a news blog which covers DRM topics and issues surrounding the commercial music industry. They are a bit strident at times, but round up a lot of good stories and get people thinking about the role of big business in all of this.
ROUND-UP: Posts from November
As usual, I'm kicking off the month with a round-up of previous posts. November was a bit slow because I was occupied with Nanowrimo
, but I still managed to dig up some cool finds :) My goal for the month is to try and post at least four times a week. I want you guys to have lots of good free stuff to keep you busy during your holiday travels :)
Previous round-ups can be found here:
And now, November's stuff...
MUSIC: The Sharp Things
I first found The Sharp Things
through CC Hits
, and recently included one of their songs on my Nanowrimo Mix
cd. Its sort of orchestral pop-ish stuff and is very good. Enjoy!
Labels: artist, music