Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Seatbelts music, YAY!

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

A week or so ago I bought all the albums by The Seatbelts off of eBay. With shipping/etc. the total came to ~$62, which is an awesome deal. The first group (6 of them, one of which was a re-release of one on one disc and a compilation of two others on the second disc, so actually 8) came on Tuseday? Wednesday? and the other group (CD-Box, which has 4 CDs and a little booklet that I can’t read because it’s mostly in Japanese) came on Thursday. So I’ve ripped all except CD-Box (gotta finish that up soon…) to my computer, and am listening to them as high quality .oggs now instead of pirated .mp3s.*

To go along with it, I got a new music player. XMMS has served me well for a long time, but I’ve really missed the ability to have playlists automatically generated by band/album/how much I like the song/etc. It also has a really annoying minimization problem. So now I’ve tried Rhythmbox and amaroK and I like both, and I think I’ll stay with amaroK. They both need a lot of work, neither of them is as good as they could be, but they’re more what I need than XMMS.

* That’s the main reason I don’t pirate much music. You can never get the format you want, and even when you do the metadata is in a billion different formats and you have to fix it yourself. In this case, though, they’re good enough that I had ~15-20 anyway. Oh, yeah–Take that, RIAA! Yet another testimonial of someone first getting pirated music to try it out (my friend told me about them), and then buying it! Not that this music was from the RIAA, I’d never actually support them.

Pope/Vatican Rag

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

So today, though it may be a bit late, I finally decided to honor the Pope’s death—by downloading The Vatican Rag by Tom Lehrer.

Actually, it was really hearing Scott Joplin that made me think of it, but oh well.

AIM can now publish anything you say

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

From Slashdot:

“AOL has posted new terms of service for AIM, that include the right for AOL to use anything and everything you send through AIM in any way they see fit, without informing you. A sample passage: ‘…by posting Content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this Content in any medium. You waive any right to privacy.’”

So now I’m trying to get everyone I know on Jabber. If anyone wants a free Jabber screenname, just ask me.