I’ve made a BlackBerry Messenger channel for people to come together and discuss music they love, hate, or anywhere in between. To find the channel either do a search or use the pin, C0045F22E. Or you can use the QR code below. I used the same favicon for the group as I used for the site. I hope to chat with you soon.
Pin for BBM channel
I have been rejected from the Amazon Associates program for “Lack of content which is original and beneficial to your visitors,” so I will no longer be making links to Amazon. I may even go as far as to remove old links to Amazon if I get the time.
I wanted to bring something to everyone’s attention that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued trademark protection for “π.” That means that if you ever want to end a sentence with “π”, and you want it to be a statement, you would have to obtain licensing rights before you could do so. Sure, most of us won’t be affected by this (directly), but text book publishers, particularly in the mathematical fields, would likely need to pay that licensing fee. You might have noticed the qualifier “directly” in the previous sentence. That’s there because we can expect the cost to be pasted onto us by publishers, especially if they overlook the use of “π.” in a book for which they did not obtain a license. We need to speak out against governing bodies from issuing excusive protection for common images, words, and phrases. Write to your senators and representives to reform the law so atrocities like this are unlikely to happen. And speak out publicly. Doing something as simple as tweeting, “You can’t have π. #SavePi” can help spread the word about the trademark trolls. A simple message like that not only raises awareness to the problem, but that we want common images, words, and phrases back for public use.
I have included a simple image you can use. Feel free to use it, or create your own. All I did to make it was opened Paint.NET and created a square image that I typed “You can’t have π.” in Times New Roman. You can use my image or you can create your own custom image.
At the behest of Verizon, a federal appellate court struck down the FCC’s Open Internet Order and internet providers are now free to discriminate – block or slow down – any web site or application they choose.
If this does not sound right to you, please head over to Credo Action’s site to sign a petition to the new FCC chair to reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service and restore Net Neutrality.
You can CLICK HERE to be redirected to Credo Action’s petition.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 31,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Click here to see the complete report.
Now that you can be used on Android and iOS, I created a BBM group you can join and communicate with others. Just download the app and scan the QR code below to find my group. I’ve never used BBM myself, but I am going to give it a try.
I just want to take time and reflect on the three years I’ve been running this blog. I am actually pretty surprised that I have been able to post a different song for the past 1,097 days (plus a few bonus songs) without having any duplicate entries.
And while I don’t have a new contest to commemorate my third anniversary, I do want to point out that the original contest that I posted two years ago is in fact still open for someone to win.
I would like to take a moment to thank all my readers for getting me to over 50,000 page views last night. I could not have done this without you. Thank you!
I’m sure some of you have noticed changes with the links I provide. Bing has incorporated the music search into it’s regular search page. If you want to download the song, the links now appears in the upper right-hand side of the page. I’m sure most who have clicked through to Bing have figured this out, but I wanted to point this out to everyone. I’m not going to change the links in the post I’ve already set up to be published or that have already been published seems how the links still work, and the wording will remain “Bing Music” until the end of July. I’m not sure when or if Microsoft will every break the links I provide, but I’m not paid to maintain my blog, so I won’t be going back to fix anything that becomes broken. I’m sorry in advance if any link breaks, but you should be able to search yourself for any song posted with a quick copy and paste.