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Tainted Love – Marylin Manson

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Marilyn Manson – Tainted Love HD 720p (best quality) by abdul190i on YouTube

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February 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm

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Tunages and Songwiches

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tony's tunages

tony's tunages


For those who didn’t know, I am also a musician.

I have created a new web page to promote my music.

I started playing guitar at the ripe old age of 13 (nearly 30 years ag0, so you’d think I’d know what I was doing by now). My guitar playing is influenced by Jerry Garcia, Bruce Cockburn, James Taylor, The Edge, Peter Buck, Johnny Marr, and others. I enjoy music as far ranging as baroque to bluegrass, Swedish death metal to Gregorian chants, numerous forms of folk music, punk music, rock music, ambient electronic music, industrial, dubstep, and a thousand other varieties of music from around the world, etc. I just LOVE music!

Being the tinkerer I am with computers, I have also recently begun creating electronic music.

Elektronika

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F1215854 elektronika by tony-baldwin-1

It will come as no suprise to you that the above tunages were all created with free/open source software, especially LMMS – Linux MultiMedia Studio and Rosegarden (mostly lmms), on Debian GNU/Linux systems.

Akoustika

And here we have some acoustic music I have created over the years (plus one tribute to Jerry Garcia, played by me).

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F1215856 acoustika by tony-baldwin-1

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November 24, 2011 at 7:24 am

Art & Music of Tony Baldwin

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July 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Luisa Maita – Lero Lero

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via YouTube – Luisa Maita – Lero-Lero.

No mp3brasil.com estão oferecendo o mp3 gratis, em troca por um tweet (A @ é destaque na @ e pra comemorar eu baixei uma música em troca de um tweet! ).  Pois, dessa forma fiquei sabendo dessa garota lindinha e talentosa, e fui buscando mais músicas dela.  Valeu, sim!

Luísa Maita Lero-Lero

Luísa Maita Lero-Lero


Se você gostar, pode comprar o disco inteiro Lero-Lero

ou ainda melhor, pode baixar todos os mp3s por somente US$5.00: Lero-Lero (Amazon Exclusive Version) (vem com um remix extra somente disponível no amazon!)

Comprei os mp3 dessa forma, e estou gostando demais!

In mp3brasil.com today they are giving a free download of this song, in exchange for a tweet.  Thus, I learned of this beautiful and talented girl, and went in search of more of her music. It was definitely worth it!

Follow this link to get the mp3 for yourself: 

If you like it, you can get the CD for $13 here: Lero-Lero

or, even better, download the entire mp3 album for only $5 here: Lero-Lero (Amazon Exclusive Version) (comes with an extra remix song ONLY available on Amazon!)

I bought the mp3s, and I am LOVING it!


Okay, desde que eu estava aqui de tarde escrevendo, eu tenho que dizer que NÃO POSSO PARAR DE ESCUTAR ESSA MENINA!
Eu tive que sair de casa, pois, fiz um disco das suas músicas pra levar no carro, E, também pois as suas canções no meu celular (android), e, fico escutando, de novo e de novo, sem cansar dessas músicas. Tem elementos folcloricos e de músicas tradicionais brasileiras, mas, também algo bem moderno, que nem posso describir, e, que ela tem influencias em outros artistas brasileir@s já e obvio (Céu, Marisa, Bebel, Adriana e muitos que llegaram bem antes) mas, ela tem criado algo bem distinto, ainda. Além de tudo, essas músicas possuem uma beleza cativante que me deixam louco pra ouvir-as de novo.
Você TEM que escutar esse disco. Eu juro.

Okay, since I was here this afternoon writing, I have to say that I CAN NOT STOP LISTENING TO THIS GIRL!
I had to go out, so, I burnt a disc of her music to take in the car, AND, I also put her songs on my cell phone (android), and I keep listening, over and over, without tiring of these songs. They have elements of folk and traditional Brazilian music, but, also, something quite modern,that I can’t quite describe, and, that she’s been influenced by other Brazilian artists (Céu, Marisa, Bebel, Adriana and many other who came before her) is quite obvious, yet, she’s made something all her own and original. Above all, these songs possess a captivating, hauting beauty to them that makes me crazy to hear them again.
I swear, you have GOT to listen to this disc.

🙂
./tony

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January 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Luisa Maita – Lero-Lero

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via YouTube – Luisa Maita – Lero-Lero.

No mp3brasil.com estão oferecendo o mp3 gratis, em troca por um tweet (A @ é destaque na @ e pra comemorar eu baixei uma música em troca de um tweet! ).  Pois, dessa forma fiquei sabendo dessa garota lindinha e talentosa, e fui buscando mais músicas dela.  Valeu, sim!

Luísa Maita Lero-Lero

Luísa Maita Lero-Lero


Se você gostar, pode comprar o disco inteiro Lero-Lero

ou ainda melhor, pode baixar todos os mp3s por somente US$5.00: Lero-Lero (Amazon Exclusive Version) (vem com um remix extra somente disponível no amazon!)

Comprei os mp3 dessa forma, e estou gostando demais!

In mp3brasil.com today they are giving a free download of this song, in exchange for a tweet.  Thus, I learned of this beautiful and talented girl, and went in search of more of her music. It was definitely worth it!

Follow this link to get the mp3 for yourself: 

If you like it, you can get the CD for $13 here: Lero-Lero

or, even better, download the entire mp3 album for only $5 here: Lero-Lero (Amazon Exclusive Version) (comes with an extra remix song ONLY available on Amazon!)

I bought the mp3s, and I am LOVING it!


Okay, desde que eu estava aqui de tarde escrevendo, eu tenho que dizer que NÃO POSSO PARAR DE ESCUTAR ESSA MENINA!
Eu tive que sair de casa, pois, fiz um disco das suas músicas pra levar no carro, E, também pois as suas canções no meu celular (android), e, fico escutando, de novo e de novo, sem cansar dessas músicas. Tem elementos folcloricos e de músicas tradicionais brasileiras, mas, também algo bem moderno, que nem posso describir, e, que ela tem influencias em outros artistas brasileir@s já e obvio (Céu, Marisa, Bebel, Adriana e muitos que llegaram bem antes) mas, ela tem criado algo bem distinto, ainda. Além de tudo, essas músicas possuem uma beleza cativante que me deixam louco pra ouvir-as de novo.
Você TEM que escutar esse disco. Eu juro.

Okay, since I was here this afternoon writing, I have to say that I CAN NOT STOP LISTENING TO THIS GIRL!
I had to go out, so, I burnt a disc of her music to take in the car, AND, I also put her songs on my cell phone (android), and I keep listening, over and over, without tiring of these songs. They have elements of folk and traditional Brazilian music, but, also, something quite modern,that I can’t quite describe, and, that she’s been influenced by other Brazilian artists (Céu, Marisa, Bebel, Adriana and many other who came before her) is quite obvious, yet, she’s made something all her own and original. Above all, these songs possess a captivating, hauting beauty to them that makes me crazy to hear them again.
I swear, you have GOT to listen to this disc.

🙂
./tony

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January 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

DjVu: Free alternative to PDF (and a script to convert plain text to DjVu)

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djview4

this article, as .djvu in djview4

First, a bit of ranting about open standards and free file formats:
Okay, you know I’m always harping about using Open Document Formats.
So, on the LibreOffice user list today there was discussion of a viable Free/Open alternative to .pdf files. After all, PDF is, indeed, a proprietary format, owned by Adobe, and it is ubiquitous, and there really should (must, perhaps), be a free, open alternative. As such, someone on the list mentioned DjVu, which, frankly, I’d never looked at before (I had heard of it, but knew not what it was). It’s a free/open file format that was initially created for scanned documents, from what I gather, and has been around since the late 80s, still maintained by the original authors, and is now used for all kinds of gro0vy stuff.
I did a bit of research, googling, apt=cache searching, and poking around. Eventually, I aptitude installed djview4 and djvulibre and experimented a little. I have drawn the conclusion that, yes, in my opinion, DjVu would be an excellent candidate to be used as, in fact, a better option for many reasons, for the purposes .pdf currently serves (a portable document format that preserves formatting, essentially). Works great.

But there IS a rather glaring drawback…
The one big drawback is, conversion tools are lacking.
One can not, for instance, simply write a DjVu file in any kind of document editor, as you can write a pdf with many different editors, web browsers, most office software, LaTeX editors, and basic text editors, such as tcltext, and, frankly, even in a command line interface.
But to create DjVu, you can only convert other files to DjVu.
Then, in general, and this is what most irritates me, it seems you have to convert from non-free formats. There are no tools, for instance, to convert directly from plain text, LaTeX (.tex), .odf (.odt), .png, or even html files to a .dvju file. What’s worse, is that all of your Free and/or open source browsers, document editors, etc., will export or print a file to .pdf, but not to .djvu. OpenOffice.org will write a .pdf. LibreOffice, and Abiword will write a .pdf. LaTeX editors will write a .pdf….Everybody will write a .pdf, but nobody has written code to write a file directly to .djvu. In my opinion, that needs changing. We need to use open standards and free/open file formats (all kinds of reasons for that discussed in this entry to this blog).

That said, today I wrote a script to convert a plain text file to DjVu (but, yes, I had to round-trip it through .pdf, darn it).
This script was written on a Debian/Stable (lenny at the time of this writing) system, on AMD64 arch, using all tools available in the lenny repos.
It requires (obvious when you read the script) enscript, ps2pdf, and pdf2djvu (part of dvjulibre).
The script first converts your text file to postscript with enscript, the from postscript to pdf, with, surprise, ps2pdf, and, then, the final step of converting to .djvu.

The script looks like this:
#!/bin/bash

#!/bin/bash

# Converting a text file to a DjVu file
# copyright © tony baldwin / tony@baldwinsoftware.com
# release according to the terms of the GNU Public License, v. 3 or later

# first, make sure you named a file. duh.

if [[ $(echo $*) ]]; then
text="$*"
else
echo "try again, and include the file name..hello!" && exit
fi

# okay, enscript like ASCII best, so let's test our file encoding
# if we have anything other than ASCII, we will convert with iconv

enc="$(file --brief --mime-encoding $text)"
echo This file is encoded as $enc

if [ $enc != us-ascii ] ; then
echo We need to convert to ascii first.
echo Converting text encoding now ...
iconv -f $enc --to-code=ascii//TRANSLIT $text > tempy
mv tempy $text
newenc="$(file --brief --mime-encoding $text)"
echo Ok, now we have $newenc encoding and can proceed with conversion to djvu ...
fi

# from here, things are fairly self-explanatory

echo converting $text to $text.ps

enscript $text -q -B -p $text.ps

echo converting $text.ps to $text.pdf

ps2pdf $text.ps

echo converting $text.pdf to $text.djvu

pdf2djvu $text.pdf -o $text.djvu

echo renaming ...

rename.ul .txt.djvu .djvu $text.djvu

echo cleaning up ...

rm $text.ps $text.pdf

echo all done

# here, we are using the variable $text, which is $filename.txt, and changing it to $filename
# so we can append .djvu and open the resulting file in djview4

ntx=${text%.*}

djview4 $ntx.djvu &

exit

# This program was written by anthony baldwin - tony@baldwinsoftware.com
# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
# (at your option) any later version.
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
# GNU General Public License for more details.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
# along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
# Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

What it’s doing? The first thing the file does is check the file encoding of the file in question. Enscript seems to play nice with ASCII, but not utf8 or some other encodings, so we’re converting to ASCII before doing anything else. Then, the script converts your text file to postscript with enscript, then from postscript to pdf, with, surprise, ps2pdf, and, then, the final step of converting to .djvu. At the end, the file cleans up the directory, removing the .ps and .pdf files. Then, it opens your file in Djview4. I have commented the script accordingly.

I actually turned the script on itself, and created a DjVu file of this text, available here.
With this, I may very add the capacity to export a .djvu file to tcltext. Why not? It’s just a shame, imho, that such an export is not direct, without having the cross into proprietary territory via .pdf, in order to be accomplished.

Also, as a gift to my fellow freedom fighters, foss hackers, and open standards supports, I have created a DjVu of my poetry here which contains all the poems published in my recent book  (but not the paintings and photographs).

And, this full article in djvu format here.  This last was fun, because I ended up having to change the text encoding first.  Apparently enscript doesn’t like utf8. I had copy/pasted the article into tcltext, which generates utf8 here (system default).  I made a .dvju that had all these weird character substitutions (like /200a#blahblah for a quotation mark?).  This is why I updated the script with the enscript text encoding conversion feature.

Now, if you use firefox or some other mozilla derivative, there’s actually a plugin for view such files in your browser, included in the djvulibre packages..  Otherwise, you’ll need a djvu viewer, such as djview or evince.

Anyway,
Enjoy.

./tony


Este artículo en español: http://www.gnewbook.org/pg/blog/tonybaldwin/read/83736/djvu-excelente-substituto-al-formato-nolibre-de-pdf-pero
Esse artigo em português: http://softwarelivre.org/tonybaldwin/blog/djvu-otimo-substituto-ao-formato-nao-livre-de-pdf-mas…

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January 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Merry Christmas / Feliz Natal / Feliz Navidad / Joyeux Noël

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December 24, 2010 at 11:22 am