We’re exhausted, hot and thirsty… but once we weren’t nose down in the dirt and stood back it was all worth it. Sure, Paula did most of the work, but I’ll take credit for all of it.
I think that covers about 10% of our flower beds… should be done with spring cleaning by about November.
First iteration is working! More info at Straight Apex: http://straightapex.com/first-alpha-unit/
Was in Best Buy for a power strip and happened upon this Bluetooth speaker. I’m pretty sure the target markets for JBL’s new gadget are the states of Washington and Colorado.
I have a sudden craving for Doritos…
… and I’m really good at shaking sticks at free music.
If you have an Xbox Music subscription make sure you install the Music Deals app. Back in November Microsoft released 100 albums for free, and now for December they’ve released another 50 free albums. There is a catch, of course: you need to have an Xbox Music subscription* (… or not, see note at end). Since the subscription is only $10 you may want to subscribe just to download the albums… you can always cancel right after.
Now you’re likely thinking: “it’s probably just a bunch of crappy old music, only available for Microsoft devices and with obnoxious rights-management handcuffs.” That’s what I thought, and I was wrong.
The albums aren’t DRM-crippled and they’re not 96kbps samples… they’re 320kbps MP3 files and MSFT has released apps for iOS and Android. Another great thing is there’s lots of great music from a good selection of genres. Most people’s musical tastes should be covered. Since my taste is fairly indiscriminate I made out like a bandit – 65 free albums and counting!
Here’s a selection of albums available in the current free 50:
- Night Visions – Imagine Dragons
- Bad Blood – Bastille
- The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
- You’ve Come A Long Way Baby – Fatboy Slim
- Songs In The Key Of Life – Stevie Wonder
- Exodus – Bob Marley & The Wailers
- To The Sea – Jack Johnson
- All That You Can’t Leave Behind – U2
- Tron: Legacy – Daft Punk
- The Lateness Of the Hour – Alex Clare
- Anthology: The Sounds Of Science – Beastie Boys
- Love On The Inside – Sugarland
There is an expiration date on this deal, however… the first 100 albums are already gone and the latest 50 will expire in a little over a week.
* A note on the subscription requirement: after I posted this my friend Jonathan commented on Facebook:
I don’t have an XBox Music subscription and still could download these. I think you just need an MS account. Hurray for free music
Leave a comment below if you’re able to download the music without a music subscription.