Monopoly on the Web
Blogmusik - World Jukebox
Blog musik have to be up with the best of them. Sites such as www.finetune.com are also good - they all have different strenths and weaknesses. One drawback of finetune for example is that you have to put lots of tracks in your playlist. This means that you can't really guarantee to get to hear the track you want immediately. With Blogmusik however you can create a playlist with just 2 or 3 tracks and then click and play away.
Just type the name of the band or track and then add the songs to your playlist. They have everthing from the Arctic Monkeys to the Beatles.
Colourful Talk at ted.com
First off, here's what you can't do at www.ted.com
1. Laugh at boring high falutin "Lectures" delivered by people who can't combine a shirt with a tie and a comb with their hair.
2. Chuckle at boring low brow "Talks" by people who can't combine a slide projector with a rubbish skip.
But what you can do is find Lectures and Talks (lets reclaim the words) that are intriguing, colourful, provocative, amusing, enjoyable and educational.
Every week they at least 2 new talks on the site and there is also a vast archive.
Some are short some are long. For example there are 3 short and sweet talks by Storyteller, writer and slam poet "Rives". Rives controls the Internet Length: 04:15 Posted: Dec 2006, Rives remixes TED2006 Length: 04:23 Posted: Apr 2007, and Rives on 4 a.m. Length: 09:17 Posted: Jul 2007. They are great fun and won't take up much time!
Then there is Will Wright who wrote the famous "Sims" game showing us his his latest ... "Spore". This is all done on a massive screen above him. Part of the game involved creating life forms and the graphics on this are pretty impressive. Will Wright makes toys that make worlds Length: 16:49 Posted: Jul 2007. You can also Download this talk in high resolution (480p).
Another really amazing use of the big screen is Hans Rosling reveals new insights on povertyLength: 19:09
"Be sure to watch straight through to the (literally) jaw-dropping finale." I could go on with more examples but best to go to the site www.ted.com and search for yourself. It has a very pleasing interface and you can search and browse for subjects by subject, type of subject, most discussed, speaker etc etc.
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