Aug 31, 2006
Aug 30, 2006
Universal Music has announced they will back start-up, SpiralFrog, a new digital music service providing "free" downloads. The business model is advertising-supported, costing both the listeners/viewers and sponsors.
The SpiralFrog site states DRM (digital rights management) will be used in all audio and video material. Hmm... not sure how I feel. We'll have to wait and see how this is all presented. I prefer uninterrupted ad-free music & video. I also prefer the ability to burn a CD as well as listen on my computer and mobile devices. I don't like restrictions on my entertainment. It's like taking my freedom away from driving from one state to the next. You can go here, but not there.
Nothing material is free. I'll gladly pay for freedom. Of course there are laws around freedom. The laws are just not working in the music world. It’s an extremely tough world to police. Piracy ticks me off as much as the next artist. The problem lies within society, education, government, etc. It our values and morals that are screwed up. The human spirit has been tampered with and guiltless thievery is occurring all over the world. We're (artists) not all millionaires with multiple endorsements. Artists rely on sales royalties. However, there is the other end of the spectrum, and many music lovers avoid piracy and support the artists they love (as they want the artists to continue making music).
I'm not saying SpiralFrog is bad idea. The payment process is simply not my preference and there is a lot of controversy around DRM (often referred to as "digital restrictions management").
My favorite digital music resource is Magnatune.com (no DRM, read more here). The music is Creative Commons licensed and music lovers can listen for free (at the expense of Magnatune staff and technology) or download at the price they name ($5-$18 per album). It has proved to be an extremely positive resource for my albums. I've had fans and businesses all over the world discover and license my music through Magnatune. Many contact me directly stating how much they appreciate the freedom to download my music in any popular format and use my music as they wish (non commercially, unless licensed).
Check out interesting information about information policy issues at http://ipaction.org.
(a lot of thoughts in this post...I could have gone on all day)
Aug 26, 2006
The International Championship is tomorrow night on ABC Sports. Georgia (the US champs) will take on either Mexico or Asia.
Aug 25, 2006
“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.”
~ U. Thant, Burmese diplomat and third Secretary General of the United Nations (1909-1974)
Respect is where progress can start. We cannot move forward in any positive manner without taking the time to understand each other. Ignorance, impatience and lack of respect is a recipe for disaster.
Aug 24, 2006
Completely free to join and use, BookMooch.com is truly a genius resource. BookMooch.com utilizes a point system to attain books (as well as feedback scores).
If you wish to give your points away, you can donate points to charities and other causes (listed below).
Charitable Fund: a pool of charitable points we give to organizations we believe are worthy
Public libraries: allows libraries to stock their shelves for free
Children's Hospitals: kids can order books directly from their hospital beds
BookMooch Owners: to thank us for running BookMooch
Aug 22, 2006
The site provides video guides for travel destinations, local events, restaurants and more. (A great site for any of you with a business to market yourself in a local search.)
Aug 18, 2006
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Aug 12, 2006
"A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on."
~ Carl Sandburg
"People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one."
~ Leo J. Burke