Tuesday, February 27, 2007

MUSIC: A Recent Jamendo Find

"Thousand Yard Stare" by No, Really describes itself as "Electric Folk" and I am not really sure what that means, but the first track, which is in my opinion the standout, was sort of folk rock twangish, and the rest of it was pretty generic girl singer/songwriter stuff. Floodplain is the opening title. It is really worth a download, and I will be keeping on eye on Jamendo to see if this group comes up with anything else.

By the way, here is a quick Jamendo tip if you find Bittorrent as painfully slow as I do and if you are not a freak about having the slightly lower resolution files. The Jamendo player has an "export to M3U" link on it, and if you click that, it will send the whole thing to Windows Media Player, or whatever your default M3U client is. From there, you can do a "save as" on individual tracks and get the whole song downloaded easily.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

AUDIO: Lectures by Cory Doctorow

The popular Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing and other pursuits has been teaching a course at USC called "Pwned: is everyone on campus a copyright criminal?" The first four lectures are up at Internet Archive under a Creative Commons license, here. Cory has done a lot to promore Creative Commons and public domain issues. He also has some novels and other works available on-line for free download. His thoughts on these topics are generally worth hearing, and I will be downloading his lectures at once.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

MISC: The Over-Note

This is kind of a new one: a Commons-licensed printer template. What this guy has done is create a template he uses to print a series of icons onto sheets of post-it notes. Then when he writes a note, he colours over all the icons that do NOT pertain to his note, and the result is an attractive visual cue as to what the note is about. You can see it in action and download the templates here.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

E-BOOK: Anne of Green Gables Series

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery is one of those beloved children's classics so many people have treasured. The story concerns Anne Shirley, an orphan who is brought to the turn of the century Canadian village of Avonlea by mistake (the Cuthberts wanted a boy to help on the farm) and charms her way into staying there. It is beloved equally by children and adults. Most of the titles are available at Project Gutenberg's main site; a few are only available through Project Gutenberg of Australia :) Here they are, collected all in one place for you, in the correct reading order. Enjoy!

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Monday, February 19, 2007

MUSIC: Music by Bullette

Bullette is a pop-ish band with a fun, up sound. They have full albums, lyrics and the works on their very nicely designed website. Some of my favourite songs from there include:

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

AUDIO BOOK: Classic Fairy Tales, Part 3

In Part 1 of my little series on classic fairy tales, I posted about some collections which comprise the canon most people are familiar with as far as fairy tales are concerned. In Part 2, I branched out to collections from other countries and cultures of the world. Now, in part 3, I round up some freebie audio versions :) Loudlit.com and Librovix.org were my two main sourses, with a superbly produced collection of Japanese fairy tales from the fine people at Thought Audio. Enjoy!

1) Stories by the Grimm Brothers
2) Stories by Hans Christian Andersen
3) Collections or Anthologies

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Monday, February 12, 2007

E-BOOK: Classic Fairy Tales, Part 2

I previously blogged about some classic fairy tale collections in the Anderson/Grimm tradition most people think of when they think of fairy tales. In this post, I cover collections which showcase fairy stories from other traditions. I think short fiction is ideal for reading in e-book form, and this set of links should keep you busy for awhile :)

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Friday, February 09, 2007

E-BOOK: Classic Fairy Tales, Part 1

Project Gutenberg has a large collection of fairy tales, ranging from the collected works of Hans Christian Anderson and the Grimm Brothers to the more esoteric. A good starting point is the series by Scottish "man of Letters" Andrew Lang, who collected fairy tales from around the world and published them in a series of classic collections:
In Part 2 of this series, coming this weekend, I will post about fairy tale anthologies from many countries. In Part 3, I will look at audio versions.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

E-BOOK: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese-American writer whose most famous work, The Prophet, is well-known among artists, philosophers and spiritualists. It is a series of small poetic essays on matters of faith and belief. A quick read for most people :) The book is public domain in any of the "lifetime of the author plus 50 years" countries (e.g. the British Commonwealth) and can be downloaded at Project Gutenberg of Australia.

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

MUSIC: Another Fiddle Tune

Wow, I am on a roll with these. I have plundered all my usual sources, and this is the last of them for the time being.

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