Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Man Who Was Thursday

I have to recommend this one. I've just begun G.K. Chesterton's murder mystery The Man Who Was Thursday. So far it is really silly, poking fun at the pretensions of the "artists" living in an Art's District in London about 100 years ago. It so resembles what happens in DTLA that I am chuckling aloud while reading.
Available here, of course, in every format. Download from Gutenberg

Friday, August 29, 2014

They Call Me Carpenter

I'm loving this book by Upton Sinclair; They Call Me Carpenter.
It parodies the Hollywood film culture and is very visual. It could easily be a movie. Think Brazil. It's available in the Public Domain. You can download a copy here:
If you read it, leave me some comments along the way. I'd love to share the experience.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Open Source Seed Intitiative

The Open Source Seed Initiative has begun at the University of Wisconsin. Recognizing that we need to share our genetic heritage to build a stable future they have started with mostly edible plants like Kale, Carrots, Barley, Spelt etc. These seeds will be freely shared and can't be patented. They are available to anyone and everyone. The seed bank will grow and all the growers will help, share and benefit along the way.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

White Fang

I've just started A book club where all books are available for free in the Open Domain. We read and comment on the book as we're reading it. Everybody shares and you are encouraged to invite your friends to join.
The first book is Jack London's White Fang. I don't care what they say, this book is amazing. I'm about 1/3 of the way through and it is incredible. Here is a link to where you can download it White Fang on Gutenberg but it is widely available from other sources like Amazon and Google Books and Good Reads. You can read it on your computer, cell phone, Nook, Kindle etx. You can even print it out.
Open to all on Facebook at The Book Club of the Open Domain

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Author Arthur Schnitzler

I'm reading an exquisite book by Arthur Schnitzler called Berta Garlan.
He is a well-know Viennese writer from the late 19th century. His writing is still fresh and alive. His books have been adapted into a lot of movies, most recently being Eyes Wide Shut.
His work is available in the public domain so you can download this book now.
A friend of mine, Peter Schnitzler (Grandson) is hosting an event at the Getty on Sept. 9 at 4pm.
I'm reading this book and have reserved my tickets (free) for the Getty event.
Highly recommended

Monday, March 12, 2012

SXSW in the Open Domain

All the free/legal music available from SXSW available to download in two big files.
This will take care of my music fix for the next month or two.

Since 2005 SXSW organizers have been making individual songs from emerging artists available to download on the music site, and every year a devoted music fan at SXSWTorrent has been cataloging them all and releasing them as a two-part free BitTorrent download.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A great film in the Public Domain - His Girl Friday

A great movie: Witty and Funny. Carrie Grant and Rosalind Russell. Howard Hawks directs.
Fast-paced. There aren't many films this quick-witted, smart and charming.
A treat and a delight.
Download or view His Girl Friday
Did I mention that I recommend this one?