Gift Music Meme

This is the first meme I’ve created; I’d been thinking about it for a while, and with help and collusion from my friend MacAllister Stone, I think I’ve figured out how it might work. Won’t you play too?

The purpose of this meme is to gift a friend with a single song you’ve chosen from the iTunes store, and to have the friend blog about the song, and, if they like tag one or more of their friends. You have to have Apple’s free iTunes software for Mac or Windows to use the iTunes store.

  1. Pick one or more of your friends who listens to digital music; preferably someone who already has iTunes and an iTunes account, and who has a blog or Live Journal or something similar.
  2. Songs are .99 cents on iTunes; if people want to send MP3s directly, that’s up to them, but post the song title, artist, and album anyway. I suspect it’s possible to do this with other music services, but I don’t know. There are also lots of good sources for free music on the net; feel free to use those, or to publicize indie artists you like a lot. Oh, and there are free songs at Amazon too.

  3. Select the song you want to give.
  4. Post this meme on your blog or Live Journal, and list your friends, the songs you’ve chosen for them, (keep the song a secret until after you friend receives it, if you’d like), a link to their blog, and these instructions. Feel free to add a comment about why you chose the song.
  5. Purchase the single song for each friend, one at a time, (that is don’t buy three songs for three friends.) If you want to use the iTunes store Give music feature, find the song, then click the Gift button that’s included in the link for the album the song is on (near the top); then click the Gift button for that song. When you check out, you’ll be shown a form with spaces for your name, your friend’s name and email address, and a short message. This will be emailed to your friends, with instructions about how to download their gift songs. Use the message to send them a link to the permalink for your blog post about the meme so they’ll know to blog about the song. Use “Gift music” as the Tag if you tag posts.
  6. If you decide to “gift back” someone who tags you, please also tag someone else, so we can have a variety of musical tastes, journals, and people.

Troubleshooting: You do need to have the iTunes application installed before you try to download the song; it wouldn’t hurt to have it open either. If the URL in the email from the iTunes store doesn’t seem to work, try copying it, line by line to a new document, deleting any return characters or extra spaces your email program may have inserted as it “broke” the URL into separate lines.

I’m tagging the following innocent victims:

Updated: I’ve managed to find songs for some other people–that’s both hard and fun–so here are some others I’m tagging:

  • Dori Smith“Come on a My House” by Rosemary Clooney from 16 Most Requested Songs: Rosemary Clooney
  • Kip Manley “Avanti” by Corvax Corus from Mille Anni Passi Sunt

The First Annual Kalamazoo Bloggers’ Guild Meeting: What Say Ye?

Dr. V and Ancrene Wiseass are beginning to plan the First Annual Kalamazoo Bloggers’ Guild Meeting, but they’re running into some logistic difficulties and would like your input on several matters. To wit:

  1. If you’re thinking of coming, please let them know in the comments thread here. If you’re thinking of bringing a friend, colleague, significant other, familiar, or minion, please let them know that as well. We’d like to get a sense of how large the gathering will be.
  2. We’ve been told that it would be best to meet early in the conference so’s we can keep meeting and greeting over the weekend. This means we should probably aim to converge on either Thursday or Friday evening. Which night would you prefer, and what time frame would be best?
  3. The location of our guild-hall has yet to be determined, and we’d very much appreciate your suggestions. The shelter in the park near the pond is one possibility, but we’d have to cross our fingers and hope for good weather. Any other nominations?

N.B. I’m planning to be there. I know Ancrene Wiseass and Dr. V. are sensitive to issues of anonymity, so do feel free to let them know, even privately, if you can attend. As for me, I’m blind as a bat, and currently semi-deaf, and can’t remember faces, but please do introduce yourself. I’d love to meet you.

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Medievalist Bloggers at Kalamazoo

Elizabeth Carnel (AKA Lisa), one of the prime movers behind the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, and Dr. Shana Worthen, also known as Owlfish (and keeper of the Medievalist Weblogs List), organized a panel on medievalist bloggers at this year’s Congress. Thanks to Elizabeth’s kind efforts, I was able to file the paperwork last summer, and I’ll be joining medievalist bloggers Elizabeth Carnell, Michael Drout, H. D. Miller, Richard Scott Nokes, Michael Tinkler, and Alison Walker to talk about medievalist blogging.

The Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo is the only large academic conference I have ever heard people speak of positively; you don’t go to Kalamzoo to get a job, or earn tenure points; you go because it’s interesting, educational, and because of the community of scholars. It’s my first time, so I’m looking forward to it—especially because I’m hoping to meet some of the people responsible for the many medieval Web logs I regularly read.

Linkage

I’m sure you’ve noticed some changes in the links, over there on the left. Julius Caesar is, alas, on hiatus, though I suspect the real reason is that the Celts of Gaul proved more rebellious than he expected ;). The Spouse has begun to post regular snarky meta reviews of Entertainment Week, and my friend Glenn finally has a blog. Celtica Studica is doing a much better job than I am of posting about current Celtic archaeology. Last but not least, Kip Manley in City of Roses has taken traditional Celtic and fey lore and created a new urban fantasy serial.

Celtic Fonts and Backgrounds

From a rough analysis of my logs and the stats collected by Site Meter the most popular interior page of my site is the one on Celtic Fonts, and the most frequently entered search phrase, in terms of my Celtic Studies Resources is “Celtic backgrounds.” Now, I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure the people searching on “Celtic backgrounds” are not seeking Celtic cultural history, but rather, web backgrounds. That said, I’ve created an annotated page of links to sites with Celtic inspired web art here.