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Why The Music Industry Is Failing In Today’s World

Longing For Lullabies - Kleerup Featuring TityoI’ve long felt that the music industry has been out of touch with reality with the business model it has been using since the Internet became so popular. My opinion remains unchanged but I wanted to share a recent experience, that had the record industry been set up to capitalize on it, they would have not only gotten a sale from me, for which I was perfectly willing to spend money on, but because of sheer stupidity and region issues, I was forced into downloading for free, what I was perfectly willing to pay for.

I am a subscriber to Sirius Satellite Radio and one of the programs I like to record on my Sirius Radio is a weekly broadcast called “Nordic Rox” which is a three hour program specializing in music from Scandinavia. The witty tagline for the show is that it is home for “Good Looking Music.” The program is hosted by Sven Lindström and is sometimes joined by Per Gessle of my favorite group, Roxette. As I tend to like acts from Sweden, it’s a good opportunity each week to hear some classic and new material from Scandinavian artists. Well on one of the recent shows, I came across a song entitled “Longing For Lullabies” performed by the remix outfit called Kleerup featuring vocals by Titiyo. Titiyo is the younger sister of Neneh Cherry, and half-sister to Eagle-Eye Cherry.

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Upgrading My Running Shoes To Nike Zoom Elite+ 4

Nike Running ShoesSince running has become part of my routine and my endurance has been building steadily since I started my running program at the end of November 2008, it seemed that the cheap Court Classic brand shoes I bought from Costco many, many years ago but barely used prior to my running program needed to be retired. They were fine for a couple of months, as I went from a complete novice at running to about the point when I first got afflicted with shin splints. I suffered through the shin splints and the increasingly sore knees for longer than I should have, but what can I say, I’m a little stubborn about feeling like I’ve not gotten my money’s worth out of the products I buy.

I was chatting with Antonio Roderick, a friend of mine from college via the chat feature of Facebook and he was applauding my running program having read one of my progress reports I posted here to my blog. He suggested that I really ought to go to a store specializing in running shoes and have them evaluate my run so they could pick out running shoes that are ideal for my feet. Not only would the shin splints go away, but they would make a world of difference.

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Star Trek Original Series Season One 50% Off At Amazon

Star Trek The Original Series Season 1 Blu Ray Box SetAmazon.com is having an incredible sale on the First Season Blu-Ray Box set for Star Trek: The Original Series. Amazingly they are offering it before it’s release on April 28th, 2009 for 50% off the list price. I don’t know how long the sale price is going to last, but it’s probably the lowest it’s going to be offered for a while.

The Original Series finally hits Blu-Ray after the failed attempt by Paramount to go HD-DVD exclusive. The previous HD-DVD release of the first season of Star Trek only had the brand new digitally enhanced versions of the show, where all the special effects had been replaced with brilliant new CGI versions. (Think how George Lucas did with the original Star Wars movies, except the Star Trek folks exercised far better restraint on adding extraneous crap to the episodes). The episodes look as if they were made today.

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The Quik Pod Works Great With Flip Video & Still Cameras

Quik Pod Extendable TripodThe Quik Pod is an amazingly simple and fantastic hand-held device that allows you to take self portraits without your arm being in the way. The amazingly clever device that telescopes out 18 inches allowing you to include more of your background and allowing the objects in the photos to appear more natural without any arms in the picture.

It’s a perfect tool to have when you need to snap a quick photo and don’t have a friend handy to hand over the digital camera to. Just set your camera’s self timer and hit the button, extend the Quik Pod, and smile. The Quik Pod is also brilliant to use for self video blogging with Flip Video cameras. If you’re a little too self conscious talking into a camera with someone holding the camera, this is the perfect tool to take the video yourself and be your own camera person. Continue reading The Quik Pod Works Great With Flip Video & Still Cameras

The Quest For Xylitol

Searching for XylitolI recently received a recipe for a sugarless brownie that sounded rather interesting, so I decided I should try and make one. If the brownies turn out as delicious as they were described, then this might make for a great way to curb a sweet tooth for cake.

I was able to get all the ingredients for the brownie and it’s sugar free frosting at my local Vons, well all except the called for Xylitol, which is a natural sugar substitute. It’s something that can be baked with and doesn’t have the neuro-toxins found in Sweet-n-low, Nutrasweet, or Splenda. Well my search also took me to Henry’s Marketplace, but no luck there. I then tried Stater Brothers but no luck there either.

So off to Albertsons, where I thought there was a good chance they might have it as I had purchased a box of Truvia sweetener there and I remember they had a choice of things available, but unfortunately no, there was no Xylitol to be found there. Maybe Trader Joe’s would have it. No such luck at all. At this point I was getting frustrated that it was no where to be found. Reluctantly, I gave Ralph’s a try, as it’s the only major grocery chain in the area I hadn’t yet checked. And no luck there either.

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Ryan’s Incredible Store Is Now Open

Ryan's Incredible StoreI’m pleased to announce the opening of “Ryan’s Incredible Store” as a compliment to Ryan’s Incredible World. Ryan’s Incredible Store is powered by Amazon.com (so you get Amazon’s great prices and incredible service) with products personally selected by me.

You can select things as varied as great books like Raymond Aaron’s “Double Your Income Doing What You Love” and Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” to the latest iPod and Nike+ technology to start your own running program like I am doing. Additionally, I have a small “ABBA” store for some of the recommended ABBA products as well as some favorite DVD’s and Blu-Ray discs.

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