Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Looking for Christmas Music?

I hate "mall mixes" know, the stupid replayings of holiday music that play the same crap over and over and over until you WANT TO KILL SOMETHING AND IF YOU HEAR SOME 80s NEW WAVE VERSION OF RUDOLPH AGAIN YOU *WILL* KILL...


So I like the 40s and 50s for Christmas music...and I went to and made my own holiday mix. Starting with Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" and let them do the rest. It rules. So far, I've listened to Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and of course Bing Crosby. It's exactly what I wanted.

Naturally, you can also put together your own preference for music--looking for that Beach Boys version of "White Christmas"? Or the one by Lee Ann Womack? Go ahead and click. :)

I sound like an ad, I'm sure, but c'mon! Free internet radio, tailored to your personal tastes. If a song plays that you don't like, you give it a thumbs-down and it'll move on to another song. Add more music or more types of music, and it'll grow as you like. I had a subscription to another Internet radio site, but I'm thinking of letting it lapse.

The only drawback to the site is that it doesn't do classical music...yet. Check it out, read about the Music Genome Project (which is freakin' cool) and if you do sign up and want my mix, let me know and I can email you an invite. You don't need to download anything, even. And when the holidays are over, check out the selection on other types of music. I have two techno stations--two different subgenres, natch--as well as a hard rock station and a soft-folk-guitar station. Seriously!

*urges* Now, go check it out! :D

Saturday, December 2, 2006

My First Angora

Angora bunny is one of those fibers that make my life worthwhile. I love everything about it: the range of colors from blinding snowy white to deep brown and black, the softness, the halo--not to mention my obsession with bunnies in general. It's also one of those fibers that you find in the LYS going for $25 for a 2oz skein. It's one of my 'holy grail' fibers, and until today I have had to content myself with buying blends and playing with inexpertly-cut bits that have been given to me because they were unusable otherwise.

Apologies for the crappy pictures.

Bought at today's Nutmeg Spinners' Guild meeting and spun on my lovely Bloodwood spindle. I have 2oz, though this is only about 1/2 oz so far. I couldn't wait to get enough to ply. :) I started spinning it almost immediately upon purchasing it. The fiber came from the lovely Woolybuns, who will be posting a picture of me on her blog, in which I grin like a fool and hold up my spindle with the first part of my singles on it. :D Not necessarily a flattering pic, but a fun one nonetheless. :D