My First Story in Shorthand Online Software!

Shorthand is an incredible, and incredibly EASY to use online platform that lets you create multiple web page stories in one vertically sliding web page (URL), full of pictures, videos, text and other objects capable of being embedded online!

If you look at a sample gallery of what news sites, bloggers and others have created with Shorthand, you’ll see why I’m calling it the new gold standard for online news. You can use it for longer stories, or for developing stories you can add to as time goes by, like live coverage of a hurricane, for example, to show changes over time and/or document “progress”. The BBC and Guardian have recently created some stories I’ve loved using Shorthand, which is why I gave it a try myself!

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Share Your Year’s Themes in Songs on Facebook

Here’s a simple and fun Facebook meme idea as you reflect back on your year. Think about some themes, big events, important memories and such for your year, and pick a song that describes each, with a little description, to share. An example for me would be a lot of unexpected reunions with people in my past, of whom I thought of fondly, through chance events. As a result, I might pick Continue reading

Radio Station Playing Only Music by Dead Musicians?

Just an idea that came to me during one of my free thinking sessions I practice to try to think of interest, slightly radical ideas to keep my mind open and abstract as I aged. 🙂

What if there were a radio station that only played popular music by musicians who were deceased? Its repertoire could literally grow all the time, to include entire catalogs of new musicians having just passed away. In fact, it could do tributes to them by introducing new catalogs over several hours each day following the deaths.

I understand it might seem morbid to have that cloud of thought overhanging your listening enjoyment, that all these people were dead, but I get quite reflective some time listening to music by people no longer with us. And you might get a few surprises to hear songs by people you didn’t know had died. That’s when the reflection would kick in for me.

As for groups, play songs people who passed away had a hand in writing if they didn’t sing, or only songs they sung, and make it clear at the beginning and/or end, of course.

And hopefully, nobody listening will hope someone will die soon so they can hear their music on the station. Just turn the dial, eh? 🙂