Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Listen Up!

Whaddaya know. Plan to go to Barcelona for three weeks and then * POOF * the whole trip gets cancelled. Good news is that this gives me two more nights (with my sweetie) at home, and I find myself today with a completely free schedule.

More proof that bad news, when turned on its side, presents opportunity.

One of the things I've found with my time today: PENNsound. From the website:
PennSound is an ongoing project, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives. We intend to provide as much documentation about individual recordings as possible; new bibliographic information will be added over time (please contact us if you can supplement the information already provided). As part of the PennSound project, the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image (SCETI) in collabortation with the Annenberg Rare Book and Mansucript Collection at the University of Pennsylvania is developing a sophisticated cataloguing tool for all our sound files; this should be available in about one year.
Put this through your academic jargon translator and this paragraph resolves to:
Hundreds and hundreds of poems and other literature readings in mp3 format for your iPod or other digital audio player.
Oh ... and it's all free. Cool.

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