ME and Ophelia

Friday, April 22, 2005

Of free MP3 downloads

Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing Blog says Amazon has put together a listing of all the free, no-DRM MP3s you can download from their site, as promos for CDs.

Erin sez: "Amazon actually launched Free Music Downloads in February of 2001. The page mentioned is just the top 200 downloads, there are a lot more available here.

Jesse sez, "I wrote a GreaseMonkey script which make the songs link directly to the MP3."

[via Joi Ito with thanks]
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Personal tech for women

Super steam oven

See super new steam oven at Popgadget.

Basic specs: 25 litres, 240-240v, 50Hz, 21 menus, functions include steam, grill, roast, bake, defrost and reheat, 850ml water tank, 520 x 490 x 345mm, 20kg.

If you want to contribute a story or a tip to Popgadget, just let them know.

I've bookmarked it along with Limbic. This is one of Limbic's unreal posts. Heh.
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Tape Kitchen Timer

Tape Kitchen Timer

Tape kitchen timer looks handy. Cannot find if it is available for UK shoppers. Design by Jozeph Forakis. Aluminum. Height 4".

Sold per 6 pieces at kikkerland (USA - trade only). Or individually at Ship the Web.
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C'est la Vie! by GratisGab in Boston

Go read Horlicks for some chuckles - and see what your theory is on First Impressions (mine is in the comments at the post).

[via ChaiTeaLatte with thanks - welcome back Madhu - great see your blog door open again]
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"The Story of My Experiments With Truth"

Note to self - I'm filing a copy of this - posted today at my Sudan Watch blog - for future reference to remind myself of Jim's important post on VOIP; a new blog I started and deleted; when I almost stopped posting on the Sudan; my plans to order and read Gandhi's autobiography + see Gandhi dvd:

My most favourite blogger Jim Moore (who, sad to say, hasn't blogged much since this great post) is back on track with another brilliant big gun idea.

Here it is, in his latest post at Passion of the Present April 21, titled:

Sudanwatch on the SPLM's offer to help in Darfur..and hey, maybe the Genocide Intervention Fund should raise money for the SPLM/A to intervene in Darfur..

"Ok, here is a really interesting idea, highlighted by Ingrid Jones over at the terrific Sudan Watch blog.

Now combine this with the Genocide Intervention Fund, and we might have something."
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Open Letters to President of Sudan Blog

Mahatma Gandhi Autobiography - The Story of My Experiments With Truth

Here's pinging a note to Jim: Thanks for above post - great - just what I needed. A few days ago, I was on the verge of giving up blogging about Darfur. Posting nearly every day for one year seemed pointless and too disheartening. So many rubbish news reports and propaganda around. Politicians and bloggers don't have much to say. It was sickening seeing Darfur news reports churned out again like a repeat from last year ... shortage of food ... short of funds ... rainy season coming ... janjaweed still attacking. Out of frustration, I experimented with starting up a blog to post "Open Letters to the President of Sudan" in a lateral thinking effort to gain some understanding of what is really going on and why peace is taking so long. I even toyed with the idea of sending President Bashir a copy of Mahatma Gandhi's Autobiography "The Story of My Experiments With Truth" via But within 24 hours, I deleted the whole thing after realising what a complete waste of time and energy it would be trying to make contact with someone who doesn't even care to understand his own people, nevermind us. I'll email you later.]
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Found on the Internet - source unknown

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "While abhorring segregation, we shall love the segregationist. This is the only way to create the beloved community."

Over and over, he stressed separating the doer from the deed. He believed this was a crucial element to nonviolent struggle not only because of the moral obligation to love our enemies, but because he knew that part of the "truth-force" that Gandhi taught was to understand that men are neither gods nor devils to be falsely exalted by either praise or scorn. A beloved community relies upon honesty and equality, which are both endangered when anyone is given the powerful and illusive label of "bad guy."
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Warm thanks to Sudan Watch readers

Thank you to Bidisha Banerjee for kindly mentionting my Sudan Watch blog in a post at Slate Magazine April 20 (my birthday, nice surprise thanks) and to the many others who link and email messsages. The Slate post got noticed in Las Vegas.

Hi here to Waveflux too ;)

P.S. Be sure to bookmark - it has neat roundups of what bloggers are saying and thinking about. See today's blogs - the latest chatter in cyberspace - Il Cavalieri Rides Again by David Wallace-Wells.

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 4/22/2005
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