Thursday, December 22, 2005

For your holiday listening pleasure 

Old Tyme Radio Christmas broadcasts in mp3 format. I'm planning on downloading and burning some to CD for my drive home. I'm especially intrigued by the "It's a Wonderful Life" and the Charlie McCarthy pieces. We'll see how many i can grab while frantically wrapping presents tonight... :)

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

typography/typesetting links 

I just grabbed the following links from laurashapiro at LJ. I can give no better descriptions than she does:

I want to offer this extremely helpful overview of typography (.pdf) to any type junkies out there (lo, I am one of your number) or other interested people. If you've ever wondered what makes some fonts better-looking than others, or what to call the little bit that hangs off the bottom of a "q", this handout will enlighten you. There is also this series of excerpts from The Mac Is Not A Typewriter, a classic which addresses basic typesetting and desktop publishing concepts like widows and orphans. Great stuff.

Well, she's got me intrigued. :)

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

fun with stoats and paper 

Paper Stoats! in both summer and winter varieties!

I so gotta print me out one or two of these. i think they'd look nice on my desk at work which is sadly devoid of decoration at the moment...

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

it's beginning to sound a lot like christmas... 

I just found a page chock full of Christmas Hymns. I've been craving more traditional hymns like the Boar's Head Carol, the Wassail Song, In the Bleak Mid-winter, that sort of thing. and this seems like it might be a fine resource for new arrangements for my singing group. yay!

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Blast from the past! 

Who doesn't love Richard Scarry? But have you perused his Best Word Book Ever recently? I thought not. Luckily someone has -- and has pointed out a bunch of differences between the 1963 version and the new and [one assumes] improved 1991 version. Be sure to hover your mouse over the images -- many of them have notes pointing out the specific changes.

I know it's not PC, but i do miss the little indian mouse holding the giant ice cream cone. so cute!

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i've been trumped again 

I've not-infrequently thought that it would be nice to be able to search for a tune on the web -- not by the name of the tune, but by the tune itself. but it seemed to me that describing a tune would have a bunch of difficulties. Even if you had notation for describing the pitch and duration of the notes you were thinking of [and making that user-friendly seemed to be no small task], how would you deal with a song being in the database in the key of C, but the searcher typing in their search tune in the key of D? Or the song being stored in 4/4 time, but the searcher typing it in in cut time? Sure it could all be translated on the fly, but I didn't think the resulting mess would work all that well.

now, i haven't played with this too much yet, but I seem to have been proved wrong: Musipedia. It's even got a piano interface to let you "play" the song you want to find -- or you can whistle if you've got a mic! (i wish i had a mic!)

it doesn't have pop songs in it yet, but i'm sure it will someday. in the meantime it can help with all those classical instrumental pieces that i recognize instantly but have no idea what the name is!

(pointed out by Sara)

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