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Free Background Music for Your YouTube Projects

AKA... How To Get Free and Legal Background Music for Your YouTube Projects

AudioSwap (http://www.youtube.com/audioswap_main) - I tried YouTube's option on Buddha Electra (my nephew and I were having fun with one of his toys) and managed to find a free clip that fit the mood. The problem with AudioSwap is that you aren't in control of editting so you can't fit the music to the movie and also they warn: When you add a new soundtrack, the audio track on your video will be permanently replaced. Here is another blog post about AudioSwap and their video example of a rhino that must have been beautiful baby.

Royalty Free Music.com offers a comprehensive music library of production music for your various royalty free music needs including full albums, tracks and free music clips, loops, and beats available for download. I am particularly drawn to ... Free Music Clips from Royalty Free Music.com. By the way, they also have a page talking about Copyright Law and YouTube .

Royalty Free…

My Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses..., originally uploaded by Aditi Kidambi.






Max, originally uploaded by Tante Bluhme's.






copper kettles, originally uploaded by 1vintage1.




woolen still life, originally uploaded by la fattina.


brown paper packages tied up with string, originally uploaded by fluffymarmot.

There are a few of my favorite things....

While You Were Sleeping

What happens to your computer when you don't shut down....

Have you ever noticed when you use your computer first thing in the morning, the icons appear to be in a different place than when you left? Have you sensed that something goes on if you leave your computer on overnight? Well, when you go to bed at night and forget to shut down your computer, I think you ought to know what actually goes on.

For the first time, someone has "captured" what takes place after you leave the room....

http://www.xs4all.nl/~jvdkuyp/flash/see.htm

(I always knew that there were computer gremlins.)

Sand and Stone

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

....AMEN TO THAT!




Sand and Stone

TWO FRIENDS WERE WALKING
THROUGH THE DESERT.
DURING SOME POINT OF THE
JOURNEY, THEY HAD AN
ARGUMENT; AND ONE FRIEND
SLA PPE D THE OTHER ONE
IN THE FACE.

THE ONE WHO GOT SLA PPE D
WAS HURT, BUT WITHOUT
SAYING ANYTHING,
WROTE IN THE SAND:

TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SLA PPE D ME IN THE FACE.

THEY KEPT ON WALKING,
UNTIL THEY FOUND AN OASIS,
WHERE THEY DECIDED
TO TAKE A BATH

THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN
SLA PPE D GOT STUCK IN THE
MIRE ! AND STARTED DROWNING,
BUT THE FRIEND SAVED HIM.

AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM
THE NEAR DROWNING,
HE WROTE ON A STONE:

"TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SAVED MY LIFE ".

THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLA PPE D
AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND
ASKED HIM, "AFTER I HURT YOU,
YOU WROTE IN THE SAND AND NOW,
YOU WRITE ON A STONE, WHY?"

THE FRIEND REPLIED
"WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US
WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN
IN SAND, WHERE WINDS OF
FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY.
BUT, WHEN SOMEONE DOES
SOMETHING GOOD FOR US,
WE MU…

To Be 6 Again...

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife, looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she'd like to have for her Birthday.

"I'd like to be six again", she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster, everything there was. Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down.

He then took her to a McDonald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M's. What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile an…

About the Label

The MySpace Pics label is my method of organizing images on TinyPic so that I can use them when I'm using my account. You see, I am not a great fan of those image Web sites with massive amounts of advertising and pop-ups. So I started keeping track of my favorites (a year and a half ago). Note: The images and posts are liable to change, but the labels will remain.

I do have some of my own images on my Web site.


Theme Labels

Fairy Pics
Mermaid Pics
Rose Pics
Lil Pics (smilies)



Color Labels
(not specific to the tinypic images)

apricot
blue
orange
pink
purple
rainbow
red
yellow

Style Labels
(not specific to the tinypic images)

glitter
reflection




The Color Purple

I found the color quizes at Isabelle's blog this evening, and got to playing. According to the quiz, my aura is violet.

Interestingly enough, I was having all kinds of fun today posing my purple water bottle in front of the bright-blue screen on my computer thinking the violet color was absolutely lovely and worthy of a photograph. I mentioned this to a woman at work, and she looked at me like I was nuts. The colors were a lot like those in this image below....


Your Aura is Violet




Idealistic and thoughtful, you have the mind and ideas to change the world.

And you have the charisma of a great leader, even if you don't always use it!

The purpose of your life: saying truths that other people dare not say

Famous purples include: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan B. Anthony

Careers for you to try: Political Activist, Inventor, Life Coach

What Color Is Your Aura?

Didn't quite match the same results....



You Are Lavender




You are a sweet person with a very soft personality.

People…

Don't You Be Yelling At Me

Don't you be yelling at me.
Originally uploaded by Mareen Fischinger An anonymous conversation that I had at work. The debtor owed a few hundred dollars to some credit card company. I was on inbound and answered the phone to someone screaming at me.

Me: How may I help you?

Debtor: I'M NOT PAYING THIS BILL. SOMEONE CURSED AT ME.

Me: Ma'm, could you please stop yelling.

Debtor: I WAS TRYING TO BE REASONABLE, AND THEY YELLED AT ME

Me: Today? Are you asking to speak with one of our supervisors?

Debtor: NO, WHEN I FIRST GOT THIS @#$@#$ CREDIT CARD.

Me (thinking): Five years ago? Wow. Talk about upset.

Notes to Netflix

Notes to Netflix
Originally uploaded by LauraFries.com I was reading Tanya's Netflix vs. Blockbuster post and started surfing to Web sites like Hacking Netflix.com and eventually found Post-Its that people have sent to Netflix on Flickr.com.

Have you done this yet?

Not the sticking Post-Its in the envelop, but the....

"Oops, I sent Monk in The Legend of Ron Burgundy envelop. Could you plese resent me Monk, I haven't seen it yet."


Rather than correct that spelling, I'll just point to Cora Zane's Thursday Thirteen about being tired.

Thirteen Bumper Stickers

Thirteen Bumper Stickers

I wanted to copy Jenna's thirteen things Google said "Annalee should" do. However, I could only find six things. Only six? I'm absolutely sure there are more than six things that I should do. So if I can't Google, then I guess I will have to giggle. Below are thirteen bumper stickers at AzureGreen that I'd buy if I wanted to cover my bumper.

Do Not Meddle In The Affairs Of Dragons For You Are Crunchy and Good with Ketchup - This one I found hanging in a cublicle at work, and had to check out the Web site.

Sex Is Like Air. It`s not Important Unless You Aren`t Getting Any

Watch Out for the Idiot Behind Me

I Do Whatever My Rice Crispies Tell Me To

If going to church makes you a Christian, does going to the garage make you a car? - This site has all kinds of WICCA bumber stickers and other items. They describe their business as being "created to be a discipline and point of focus for magical work and spiritual growth."

Last Time We Mix…

The Heron Smiles by Annie Humphrey

I found a free download of the title song from Annie Humphrey's album The Heron Smiled at Rhythms of the Globe.

I don't own a lot of Native American CDs because it is harder to find radio stations that play the music, and I like to fall in love with a song before I buy. Most of my CDs are from artists that I've known, or heard thanks to attending a POW WOW or some other function. Perhaps that is why this song is there on Rhythms of the Globe Web site, now? It is really lovely, and they know the song advertises itself.

The lyrics in this song speak to me. Having grown up in a Native Alaskan family and close to those roots, I've always been drawn to animals and looking to them and to nature for insight. This song The Heron Smiled reminds me of animal speak and totems. I'm not sure if that is what the writer meant (I'm not sure that Annie Humphrey writes her own music), but it worked for me. Either way, Annie Humphrey has a lovely voice.

Here is a review of the albu…

Don't Click It vs. Click It

This next post proves that some people have even more time on their hands than I do! I found these pages, but someone else created them!



Don't Click It
http://www.dontclick.it/


This is a Web site devoted to not clicking your mouse. I kid you not.



Then there is...


The One Billion Clicks Project
http://www.1bclicks.com/



Their motto is "click it". Their Web site is devoted to getting people to click a useless button one billion times. It isn't even a very pretty button, is it?

By the way, I found this old post on Networkworld that talked about them when they were a new web site and had only a few thousand clicks. Now the One Billion Clicks Project say that they've had just over 9.1 million clicks.

Grammar Rock - Mr. Morton

Romance on Schoolhouse Rock!Remember the songs of Grammar Rock? I sure do. Here is more information about the entire series of 1970's educational cartoons on Wikipedia.

I don't recall the 30th Anniversary Edition of Schoolhouse Rock! being released by Disney a few years back. Even though the videos are on YouTube, this is one DVD I've added to my wish list.

Open for Submissions - Limited Time

AWE-STRUCK E-BOOKS IS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR A LIMITED PERIOD OF TIME

http://www.awe-struck.net/asubmit/authsub.html

Awe-Struck E-Books is open for for submissions for releases in 2009 in the following areas:

> Regency Romance
> Historical Romance
> Paranormal Romance
> S/F and New-Age Romance
> Inspirational Romance
> 'Out of the Box' Romance--something new and different!
> Futuristic Romance
> Time-Travel Romance

Hail the Chief

Da-da-da-daaa...

The local news had a picture of a lovely rainbow accompanying a hail storm in the mountains east of Reno that colored the skies as Air Force One touched down this evening here in Reno. President Bush has a meeting of some sorts here in town. They didn't really get into that on the news, they just had a picture of the rainbow and pink-tinged cloudbank.

It was really pretty around sundown yesterday too. There were huge thunderheads over that eastern range, and it was a great sunset. Because of yesterday's view I'd considered going photo hunting, but I didn't think about it today until it was too late.

Speaking of the moon, that is why I am still up. However, I'm starting to get tired. I can't see myself staying up a few more hours to catch the total eclipse.

How to Monetize Your Blog

Warning: This post is rated P for Potty Humor.

You know, I was wandering around the WWW in the not so distant past and had seen an article about How to Monetize Your Blog. Right at the top of their list was Google AdSense. They had written a nice little article giving tips and ideas without sharing the reality of monetizing your blog by advertising for other people. I remember thinking that I'd rather read the truth than mumbo jumbo from someone that probably just wrote that article to get search engine hits.

Out here in the trenches, I decided to sign up for Google AdSense in September 2005. It's been slightly less than two years ago and I've had 26,582 page impressions (as of today) and made $16.97 doing it. That is about .70 a month. I'm so looking forward to the year 2017 when I can finally cash in.

I am not complaining. I didn't expect miracles because I've been an Amazon.com referral associate for an entire decade. Besides, monetizing this blog isn't my …

Suppose iPhones are Waterproof?

I'll tell you why they sent you a bill on a box. Because, they agreed to send you an itemized bill for your convenience when you signed the contract. Or, didn't you read it before you signed?

Actually, many written contracts include that being billed isn't required prior to payment (and that is why Justine was able to post the AT&T Simplified Billing post). Companies only send bills to customers to expedite payment. But, they really don't care if the mail gets to you. They do not care if your postal worker is new and delivers your mail to the guy upstairs. Nor do they care if that guy fed your bill to his shredder. They want their money, and put it in the contract that you're responsible to pay them even if they don't tell you to pay them. (Well, most written contracts anyway.)

The company I work for collects debt that AT&T sold to a debt purchaser after giving up and the first thing out of the mouths of 99 out of 100 old AT&T users is: “I don’t know …

Google Watching Out For Us

Years ago I found this fellow on the Internet for adoption. I used to have him on my Web site, linking back to the creator's Web site.



I was wandering around my old Web pages recently and the link didn't work. Light bulb comes on.Google!It occured to me that the owner may have just moved the site, so I opened Google and this is what I got...



Of course, being an average surfer so I clicked faster than I read, and this is what I got...


They're protecting me from nothing. The Web site is gone. As I recall, the creator was an active graphics user that people talked to. So I'd have to assume that someone else caused this malware problem and Geocities deleted her account. Still, it is nice to know that Google's bots are keeping an eye out for us.By the way...Last night I was chatting with a blogger I've been talking to for years and she mentioned that I post a lot of images. I know. This post is proof. But, I can't help myself.

I used to have so many images on my We…