Thursday, May 31, 2007

MUSIC: Songs by Peter Fox Simon

Found this album on a little netlabel and have been enjoying taking it for a spin. It's indie-rock type stuff. Enjoy!

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

AUDIO: Story by H.P. Lovecraft

Matthew Rasmussen sent me a link to his Commons-licensed podcast of H.P. Lovecraft's short story "The Music of Erich Zann." It clocks it at just under 20 minutes. Thanks, Matthew! More on the story:

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Monday, May 21, 2007

AUDIO: Panel Discussion from Cory Doctorow

(via boingboing)

Cory Doctorow says:

On April 28, I did a panel at the LA Times Festival of Books with Kage Baker, John Scalzi and Harry Turtledove, called “Science Fiction: The Road From Here to There.” The LA Times just provided us with the audio for this panel on CD and I’ve secured the permission of my co-panelists to rip the disc and put the audio up on the Internet Archive as an MP3, licensed Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. Enjoy!

MP3 Link

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

MISC: Free Media cd

This site has a whole collection of free media stuff available for download onto a cd or dvd. Contents include the Ubuntu Linux operating system, a variety of movies and music mixes, Project Gutenberg pics, Flickr photos and a few other goodies. The whole collection features open source or Commons-licensed items. Enjoy!

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

E-BOOK: The Dark House by I.A.R. Wylie

I found The Dark House on my favourite e-book site earlier this week, and have been zipping through it ever since. It's a somewhat gloomy but well-written coming-of-age story about an orphan-type trying to make his way in the world, and while this may be ground that has been trod upon before, this obscure addition to the genre makes for a quick and satisfying read. I have not been able to dig up too much information on its author, Ida Alexa Ross Wylie, other than that she was Australian and worked as a journalist. This seems to be one of those 'obscure works rescued from the dust-piles of history by the internet' type of books :)

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Monday, May 07, 2007

MUSIC: New EP from No, Really

I previously blogged about this group, whom I found on Jamendo. They have a new three-song demo EP out which is very good. Pop-ish indie folk-ish...good stuff. It's called Acoustic Demo and is of course available on Jamendo under a Creative Commons license.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

E-BOOK: A House-boat on the River Styx by John Kendrick Bangs

I had never, ever heard of this guy until his book popped up on the recommendations list at one of my favourite e-book sites, but apparently A House-boat on the River Styx is actually the first in what was apparently a popular series. At any rate, it was one of the funniest e-books I have come across in some time. Basically, the premise is this: Charon, the ferryman on the River Styx (aka the afterlife) is startled out of his soul-ferrying routine one day when a houseboat appears on the river. Competition! Or, not, as it turns out: the boat is a sort of floating gentlemen's club for dead people, and its executive (led by an affable Sir Walter Raleigh, Cassius, Confucius and others) wants to hire Charon to be their...janitor. Seriously. What follows are a series of farcical escapades with premises such as "Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson and Nero play pool" and "George Washington has a birthday dinner with Baron Munchausen, Doctor Johnson, Confucius, Napoleon Bonaparte, Diogenes, and Ptolemy."

The book is decidedly on the hammy side. Charon's initial reaction to the boat is "well, blow me for a landlubber if I like that!" for example. And I might have liked it better if the newcomers really did plan to compete with Charon and generate a little intrigue. But, lack of plot aside, I give this guy credit for his absurd but creative idea. Charon as the janitor on a boat full of famous dead people? Heh. I mean, really!

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

MUSIC: The Country Mix

Time for another mixtape! Enjoy these Commons Country-esque Hits :)

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