You Help Me I Help You
Complete an offer in the Mac Mini refferal on the right, and I will give you working iTunes codes for 18 songs.
When your offer goes green I'll email you the codes to the address you sign up with.
The best place to find the new hotness in offers is RateTheOffers.com.
UPDATE: I've decided to up the song count to 30. So once you go green you now get 30 songs.
UPDATE: This offer is over, I don't have any more iTunes songs to give away. If you still want to do MacMinis4Free through me be my guest.
Bleep Hijack 0.2
Bleep is a digital music store that sells DRM-free MP3s from a bunch of independent music labels. They offer full previews of most of the songs in their catalog that pause every 30 seconds, requiring user interaction to continue the preview.
I've whipped up a little app to download the full preview versions of any given album. Look around Bleep for something you like, and once you find it, note it's release code (ie. WARP105). Type the release code into Bleep Hijack and load up the album information. You are then able to download the songs to your hard drive as MP3s. Downloading an album looks the same to Bleep as if you were just previewing music on their site. The MP3s are encoded at around 90kbps, so this is really just to give you a *taste* of the full album unless you don't care about quality.
DOWNLOAD Bleep Hijack 0.2 (22KB)
This program requires the .NET Framework 1.1. If you don't have it, you'll need to go to Windows Update and get it.
[EDIT: Since the posting of this, some things have changed on Bleep that makes "Bleep Hijack" not work as well as it once did. I have not updated the program because I'm not trying to hate on Bleep, it was more of a proof-of-concept exercise.]22 Jun 05 | +Permalink+ | Comments (5)
The End of Trackbacks
Trackbacks, you were great while you lasted. Unfortunately spammers have taken a liking to you and I now get over 200 trackback spams sent here daily that I have to clean up, and I just can't do it anymore.
If you want to see who is talking about me, your best bet now is to keep an eye on my referral stats.9 Jun 05 | +Permalink+ | Comments (0)
The Matrix and The Terminator are from one book
I know in the past I vocalized the possibility of The Matrix picking up where The Terminator left off.. well it turns out they are actually both essentially ripped off from a book entitled The Third Eye copyrighted in 1981.
After seeing the Matrix, the author of The Third Eye noticed the uncanny similarity to her book, and sued the Wachowskis, Joe Silver, and Warner. Some of the similarities are cited by the author in this interview.
Late last year, after years of heavy investigation by the FBI, she won her case (story [use firstname.lastname@example.org if it asks to verify identity]) and will receive "one of the biggest payoffs in the history of hollywood".
On a side note, it is my personal theory that the second and third Matrix and Terminator movies branch off into their own directions because they are not directly taken from The Third Eye. Some could speculate this is why they are not as groundbreaking and original in their concepts.
Edit: Apparently The Globe added a little note to the end of the article, available in the printer-friendly version of the article. Thanks to reader Ed for pointing this out.
"CORRECTION REGARDING PREVIOUS STORY
In reference to the recent article entitled "Mother of the Matrix Victorious," some information has been deemed misleading. Ms. Sophia Stewart has not yet won her case against Joel Silver, Time Warner and the Wachowski Bros. The decision on October 4th enabled Ms. Stewart to proceed with her case, as all attempts to have it dismissed were unsuccessful. Ms. Stewart's case will proceed through the Central District Court of California.
The Globe Staff"