Top Of My Head

Thoughts on everything from Politics to Video Games

Date: April 21, 2008

Slacker Radio

I started listening to Slacker while at work. The concept is easy — you pick 15 (or more) of you favorite artists and Slacker keeps the music coming. No playlist to fiddle with or choices to make. Still, you can make your own playlists or listen to the pre-set ones. Since my tastes are pretty out there, I can hear Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line” right behind Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher”.

The best part is that it is all free — yes, free! Sure, you can sign up for Slacker Premium (which I have), but you don’t have to do so. There are benefits to having a premium account, like saving favorite songs to play out of your library and unlimiting skipping.

Now, I’m hoping to get a Slacker Portable sometime this year, so support my sponsors — order books/games from Amazon using my links and buy my t-shirts — in order to help me earn the cash needed. Or, do it the free way by clicking the below button and trying out Slacker. It’ll earn me an entry into a drawing for a free Slacker Portable and you get to listen to great music, so it’s a win-win situation!


Also, I’m trying something new by posting to two of my blogs at once, so…
God Bless and Happy Reading!>< FONT>

Harry Potter Reference Book

I’m sure we’ve all heard by now that J.K. Rowlings is suing a fan who has written a lexicon of Harry Potter. She wants the publication of Steven Vander Ark’s “Harry Potter Lexicon” to be stopped. Mr. Vander Ark has been running a Harry Potter Lexicon website of which Mrs. Rowlings approves. However; she feels that publishing a book is a “wholesale theft of 17 years of my hard work.”

Now, since I haven’t read Mr. Vander Ark’s book, nor have I visited his website, I have no way of knowing if he has indeed plagiarized the Harry Potter books. However; I do know that Mrs. Rowlings plans on completing a Harry Potter encyclopedia in a couple of years and if a lexicon is all ready out there, it could hurt the sales of her encyclopedia.

I’m glad I’m not sitting on that jury.

On one hand, Mrs. Rowlings has made a lot of money from Harry Potter and she has created an industry of Harry Potter related books, toys, etc. It’s not going to hurt anyone to have someone make a couple of bucks. (As a Harry Potter fan, I do have to say that I wouldn’t buy the lexicon, nor will I buy her encyclopedia either.) Since she’s planning her own encyclopedia it does sound like she’s only worried about her business future.

On the other hand, if all Mr. Vander Ark has done is rearrange her words, then that is stealing.

I’m really, really glad I don’t have to sit on that jury.
God Bless

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