MUSIC: A Nice Instrumental Piece
Here is a nice piano piece for you to enjoy:
ADMIN: Announcing Debut of Commons Press
This is the big project that has kept me silent all week :) I started my own tiny little e-press. I wanted to give something back to the Creative Commons community after becoming such an avid consumer, and I wanted to have a place to allow other quality authors to share their work. If you have something you want me to consider adding to my index (with a resultant pimp on this blog, of course) just publish it at Scribd
or the Internet Archive
under a Creative Commons license, and if I like it, I will add it to my Commons Press index here
As for my first title, it's a cookbook/idea book called The Lunchbox Gourmet
. I have become more and more creative with my packed lunches ever since food allergies made buying food on the go more difficult. I have amassed a large collection of quick and easy, allergy-friendly, mostly vegetarian sandwich/wrap ideas, freezeable treats ready to go with minimal prep work, quick to assemble pack and go items, snacks, side dishes, thermos recipes and canned soup substititutes. At Scribd
, you can download it in a variety of formats, order a printed copy or read it on-line. And share the link
! It is commons-licensed and wants to be free.
Labels: Commons Press, ebook
OTHER: Interactive Jewish Calendar
Call this a cross between a software rec and a website rec :) This interactive Jewish calendar
is a browser-based appelet that lets you view the Jewish holidays for a given month. You can also view candle lighting times and weekly parsha titles.
WEBSITE: Scribd Documents Community
is a new-ish web community marketing itself as a YouTube
for readers. Users can register for a free account and upload any document. Viewers can read it in the browser itself, download it in a variety of formats, export it as an mp3, rate, review or save to favourites. Some but not all of the documents are available under a Creative Commons license
. For example, this story
by Cory Doctorow. I did some experimenting and tried the MP3 save. It produced a clean file, but the robot woman was a little stilted and mechanical. The feature is a cool idea, though, and I look forward to seeing how it develops. I also like that all documents get a link to a print-on-demand service embedded in as part of the formatting. The authors get $1 if you order a printed copy.
MUSIC: Another Fun Instrumental Tune
Found this one via Black Sweater, White Cat.
Labels: instrumental, Internet Archive, music
MISC: yBook Ebook Reader
This is my first software post to this blog, but it's such a perfect download for avid e-book readers that I couldn't resist! yBook
is a freeware e-reader program from "Spacejock Software
" which has a few interesting features, It can display more than one page at a time to better simulate the feel of a paper book, for example. And it has integration with Project Gutenberg
: you can download the entire Gutengerg catalogue, browse it, search it and load any title into the program with one click. Handy! View screenshots here
or fo straight to the download
. Thanks to Lifehacker
for clueing me in to this one.
MUSIC: The Lovely Festival Companion
Black Sweater, White Cat
has been posting a Commons song a day, and while their tastes tend to run a littl etehcno for me, I have been keeping en eye on them for the occasional tip. One of their most recent finds, the Lovely Festival Companion
, is a compilation album to promote what appears to be some sort of Belgian rock festival. The tracks are all generally solid efforts, but a few to me were especially standout:
Labels: Internet Archive, music
E-BOOK: Stories by Peter Watts
Sci-fi authorPeter Watts
has made his entore backlist available on-line for free under a Creative Commons license. The short stories
are regrettably only available as PDF files, but the novels
can be read on-line or downloaded ad PDF or zipped HTML. I am reading Blindsight
right now, and so far, so good. I will be keeping on eye on this guy!
WEBSITE: Wikibooks Open-Source Textbooks
Sorry for the quiet this week. I'm back, I promise! My link for today is Wikibooks
, a Wikipedia-based collection of nearly 25,000 open-source textbooks which can be both browsed and edited by visitors. You can search by category, Dewey decimal number, Library of Congress number or alphabetically. I browsed the cookbook section, and its small but growing collection of recipes of a variety of types was supplemented by links to Wikipedia
entries on cooking techniques, nutrition topics and more.
ADMIN: Index of Old Posts
I set up a page on the website to index all the old blog posts. Figured it was a bit more accessible than the old monthly round-ups :) Get it here