[Surfnetkids: 29 Jul 2009] Social Music

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#1. July 29, 2009

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Last week I asked for mom bloggers, and then immediately went off on vacation with my hubby. We had a wonderful time, by the way, driving up the California coast to Santa Ynez, the central coast wine region. Anyway, I am still collecting names, and haven’t yet contacted anybody (so no worries if you haven’t heard from me!) If you would like to write a parenting blog at Surfnetparents.com and you have blogging experience, let me know.

One more thing. I need help at Delta Airlines in Atlanta. I am trying to change the return flight for my daughter in Tel Aviv. (More on her trip after I have her permission to blog about it!) Anyone have any contacts at Delta?

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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#3. Social Music

by Barbara J. Feldman
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Social Music Printable (** for premium members only)
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In the old days, radio disc jockeys controlled what music was heard over the public airways. Nowadays, everyone’s a music critic, and we rely on friends (virtual and otherwise) to recommend new sounds. This week’s crop of sites use the power of the Internet and social networking to take music discovery to new heights.

Blip.fm
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Release your inner DJ and create an Internet radio station to share with friends (and the whole world.) So what exactly is a blip? It’s a single music track accompanied by a short text message. Blip.fm is a Twitter-like social network that allows you to follow other DJ’s with similar music tastes, and to see what sounds your friends are listening to. With good integration between Blip.fm and Twitter, FriendFeed and Ping.fm, Blip.fm is also a way to integrate music with your existing social media activities such as Facebook or MySpace.

iLike
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iLike is a social network application with over fifty million members who share music recommendations, playlists, and personalized concert alerts on networks such as Facebook and MySpace. The first step is to scan your existing iTunes music library and install the iTunes sidebar plugin. Next is to add iLike to your Facebook or other social network profile. Using the wisdom of crowds, iLike will recommend music you’re likely to enjoy, and let your friends know what you are listening to.

iTunes Genius
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New in version 8 of the free Apple music organizer iTunes, is Genius, a recommendation engine and playlist creator. To get recommendations of songs not already in your library, add the Genius Sidebar (select Genius in the View dropdown menu.) To create custom playlists based on a single song, click the Genius icon in the lower-right hand corner when that song is selected. These created playlists are terrific fun, and are based on the playing habits of millions of users.

… Click to continue Social Music.

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Social Music Printable
Internet Radio Printable
Music Piracy Printable

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#5. Surfing the Calendar

Fellowship of the Ring Published
Jul 29, 1954
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Harry Potter’s Birthday
Jul 31, 1980
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J.K. Rowling’s Birthday
Jul 31, 1965
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National Inventor’s Month
August
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Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
August
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William Clark’s Birthday
Aug 1, 1770
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Anne Frank’s Last Diary Entry
Aug 1, 1944
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Francis Scott Key’s Birthday
Aug 1, 1779
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Albert Einstein’s Atomic Bomb Letter to President Franklin Roosevelt
Aug 2, 1939
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Declaration of Independence Signed
Aug 2, 1776
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Columbus Sails for New World
Aug 3, 1492
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President Harry Truman Signs Act of Congress Designating June 14 National Flag Day
Aug 3, 1949
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#5. Quote of the Week

“This bridge will take you halfway there — the last few steps you will have to take yourself.” ~~ Shel Silverstein (September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999) American poet, songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter and author of children’s books.

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