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Building and singing… the world does both. Here are two excellent examples.

Scalzi, Hayden, and Bucknell took part in a panel, recorded and now online, called A Study in Online Community Building, all about how to create the future of publishing in an online world. I expect you will enjoy this, but I hope you will learn from it as well. I certainly learned a bit, and thanks to Brenda Cooper for the link. And then the Stand By Me World Cover, courtesy of Zadi and by way of Gizmodo. Thanks, gang!

Playing For Change | Song Around The World “Stand By Me” from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

At least for this competition, but I have to agree with the majority of results. The poll was put together at Total SciFi, and coming in at number one was the Doctor Who Theme, by Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire. By the first note, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind what the show is; how many theme songs have that power? In second place was the Red Dwarf theme (and did you check out the Terry Pratchett interview about this months Red Dwarf special?), with The X-Files in third. Hot on its heels came Buffy the Vampire Slayer in fourth place, and Star Trek TOS came in at 5. The rest include the 7) Twilight Zone, 8) Battlestar Galactica, 9) Quantum Leap, and 10) The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I have no clue how Thunderbirds ended up on the list. Here are a few variations on a theme…

And one more, for good measure; see the full version here

And there are a few (or a few thousand) more…

A few entries for this category… The Category being SteamPunk. There was one song that had embedding disabled, but you can still watch it here. Smashing Pumpkins Steampunk… what could be better? The tribute to the 1902 Jules Verne classic movie was just the icing on the cake.


Built around a core of Anime and JRock classic tunes, Jazz and Just Plain Good Music soon joined the mix on my Pandora Anime Radio Station. The result isn’t always what I expected, going off on Blues or Ballads or Backbeat Swing for a time, then bouncing into Alternative, Boogie, Punk, and other forms of quality rock. After a year of tweaking, it seems to play nothing but great music; and on those rare occasions when it doesn’t, I tweak a bit more. What I enjoy most is the amount of world-class music it includes I had never heard before, or even heard of. BONUS!!!

As a person who actually still owns a Commodore 64 I had to share this one. In the fight between Billy Gates and Steve Jobs, I vote for Linus Torvalds every time. And then there is Amanda Palmer, buddy of Neil Gaiman and driving force behind Dresden Dolls; if you don’t already know her music, here is an intro with her song Coin Operated Boy. They have started her 10-part interview at Apex, and if you need a better understanding of who she is, check the next video in this group (but only if you are not easily offended, or perhaps work in and understand the media industry). And then one last music track, just because it is one of the most amazing video/audio edits I have seen lately. Enjoy…