Saturday, March 24, 2007

Auditory and Visual Treats (with some chopped greens)

Quick link-post of some visual goodies and a single tip for some streaming mood-music to enjoy while web-surfing.

A Sound Choice

I've really been loving the radio play feature of iTunes.

I've got a playlist created with a number of "presets" for favorite web-based streaming radio stations.

The ones that get the most playtime are all from SomaFM.

It is a wonderfully eclectic mix of 11 commercial free alternative sounds.

My favs (in order from highest) and SomaFM's descriptions:

  • Secret Agent - The soundtrack for your stylish, mysterious, dangerous life. For Spies and PIs too!
  • Groove Salad - A nicely chilled plate of ambient beats and grooves.
  • Doomed - Dark and scary industrial-inspired music for tortured souls.
  • Illinois Street Lounge - Classic bachelor pad, playful exotica and vintage music of tomorrow.
  • Drone Zone - Served best chilled, safe with most medications. Atmospheric textures with minimal beats.
  • Space Station Soma - Tune in, turn on, space out. Spaced-out ambient and mid-tempo electronica.
  • cliqhop idm - Blips'n'beeps backed mostly w/beats. Intelligent Dance Music.

Let's hope that NPR and other Internet radio stations prevail against the ongoing battle for broadcaster royalty fee structure that threatens to leave many smaller and independent a bloody wreck and on life-support.

For more info, see these two great posts over by the ARS Technica team:

Internet radio may face crippling fees. Should XM Radio and Sirius be alarmed?

NPR fights back, seeks rehearing on Internet radio royalty increases.

Sic' em good, NPR.

Visual Goodies

Flickr collection of Ron Turner covers - Big collection of Retro illustrations found on such mags like Practical Mechanics and pulp novels. I miss that style of artwork nowadays. More pics and a bio on Ron Turner over at Book Palace. --spotted on Drawn! blog.

19th Century Clipper Ship shipping posters - I especially like the "Flying Scud" image. Also see 140 sailing card images available in larger image formats at the Library of Congress! For more historical perspective on clipper ship cards see this informative post by Bruce Roberts along with the Library of Congress Westward by Sea page. --spotted on Drawn! blog.

Always impressed by Sci-Fi images of what the World of Tomorrow will look like? Futurists, architects, movie makers and set-designers have been teasing us forever. Now the cutting edge architectural blog BLDG BLOG has posted a wonderful look at some of the cream-of-the-crop images and visionaries: Science Fiction and the City: Film Fest Update! There are some great images and wonderful links for more info.

Shredded Greenery Links

Twelve Glow Sticks in a blender - via Will it Blend? and BlendTec

IT Infrastructure - via Will it Blend? and BlendTec

Healthy Green Drink - via Will it Blend? and BlendTec

10 day survival pack for your vehicle for just $25 - I know the chances of getting stranded with the family in blizzard conditions here on the Gulf-Coast are next to nil, but there might just be a time on a late-night trip along the coast or out hunting somethin' in the woodz when this could just save someone's life. Very well written article. Worth reading if nothing else.

Daily Cup of Tech Helps Find Lost Child - Summary: Dude and his wife takes two little boys to Disneyland. Go over the "don't get lost" plan and outfits 'em both with a custom USB drive necklace. Three-year old boy does the natural thing and wonders off in Mickey's World and gets lost. Gets found and taken to the Mouseketeer Security desk. Boy pulls out USB rescue drive. Security plugs it in, displays contact info and tips for dealing with child. Security phones mom and dad--all reunited and every impressed with this technology solution. Very clever!

Gives new meaning to a "rescue USB stick" doesn't it?


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