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Monday, April 30 2001

Finale of the music series

I'll close the topic of music today with a couple ending remarks.

Mary Ann writes about "the day the music died," last Friday's topic:

There are a number of other music providers on the web similar to Napster. I know my son has a list of them somewhere and will try to get them from him and send them off to you. One that I can think of off the top of my head is called Gutella (I'm not 100 percent sure about the spelling). But I also know that ZDNET had a list of them as well at one time and it's probably still in their archives. If anything, it might be worth a look-see.

When people like music, there will be a bit of difficulty stopping them from sharing the files now that they can be made into smaller size. I will try to find what I can.

I found Gutella (www.gutella.com) and you had the right spelling, Mary Ann. I will try it again on Monday from work, Lord willing, to see if it's easy to use and what kind of collection is available through it. Compared to Napster, from its first impression, looking only at Gutella's home page, it appears less user friendly. A series of screens pop up automatically when you log on, advertising casinos, loan businesses, and other entities, and they continue popping up as long as you stay logged on to the Gutella home page or click any link from it. Gutella itself is less attractive and less professional in appearance than Napster (using photos of sparsely dressed female music performers who seem placed on the page for "eye candy," to put it kindly, or as soft-core porn, to put it more frankly). But that's today's media.

Thanks for sharing the tip and I look forward to any others you find. The "critique" is just for general information and not intended to sound unappreciative.

Finally on the music topic, I failed to mention in the entry labelled "interchangeable performers," last Wednesday, the comparison between the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean, who were a natural interchangeable pair of groups.

Starting tomorrow, we'll try using a potpourri approach for a while, with no declared ongoing topic but rather whatever comes up in the course of the day, one or more topics per day. Suggestions are welcome.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Why mothers turn grey

One day a little girl was sitting watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast to her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?"

Her mother replied, "Well, every time you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for while, then asked, "Momma, how come all of grandma's hairs are white?"

Sent by Virginia in Millville

Creativity

The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuation, disturbances, imbalances—need not be signs of impending disorder that will destroy us. Instead, fluctuations are the primary source of creativity. —Margaret Wheatley

Quoted by Phil Steffen
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