I discovered a wicked slick independent and underground music site: Epitonic. (Sort of a lie: I had seen this site before, but had since forgotten about and have rediscovered it.) Record companies allow Epitonic to make available one or two tracks from a CD as mp3’s (in hopes that it will encourage listeners to buy the album). Among other options, you can download the mp3s, make up your own playlist and listen to them as an mp3 stream, or listen to their radio station that is customizable by genre.
A great way to explore independent music (I am building up quite a mix of music, and have placed a few CD’s on my wish list). Check out my playlist. Sweet.
I installed Ubuntu on my iBook (which went surprisingly smoothly), and spent a good portion of yesterday tweaking my Gnome desktop (I’m such a dork). For those interested, I got:
- 1. the wallpaper from Pixelgirl (from this page),
- 2. the icons here,
- 3. and the gtk and metacity theme here and here.
Note: I did alter the desktop picture a tad. I flipped the image so that the girl is on the right (so my icons, which are on the left, sit on whitespace don’t obstruct her face), and I deepened her eye-color a bit so that the blue of her eyes more closely matches the highlight color of the gtk theme (which you can see in the desktop pager on the bottom right). If you’re at all interested in the altered version of the picture, you can get it here.