On Monday I turned 28 (yea for me!) which as it turned out happened to be the 28th of February. Ergo, it was my Golden Birthday. I had a FABULOUS birthday weekend. It started Saturday night at Vision with Kristen, Cooper, Jin and Jen (and of course Amy). Together with Jen getting us all in for free and Jin feeding me cheap drinks all night I can say without a doubt that I had a great time and I was inebriated. Thanks to Amy for getting us home.
Monday was my big birthday surprise. Amy had me believe that she and I were going out to dinner just the two of us. However, when we got to P.F. Chang's I quickly realized that a lot of my friends and family were there for a big surprise dinner. I had no clue that Amy had planned this. I was soooo excited and happy. Thank you, Amy for such a great weekend.
But as promised, the presents are for you. If you like music, and who doesn't, then there's nothing better than getting music on the cheap (read: free). I don't care what you think about "Illegally Downloading Music" and how it is "Hurting the Music Industry" - cry about it some place else. My body flows with pirate blood. Arrrrgggghhhh!!
Through my traversing along the internets I came across this gem of an article - "How To Find MP3's with Google
" Yes, people, it's VERY easy to find pages and pages of mp3s all for the plundering if you use the secret password. I'll explain:
Lets say you want to see if there is some music by an artist that you like. For example - DJ Tiesto. If you go to Google and type in "mp3 DJ Tiesto
" you will be sadly disappointed. You're not going to find the booty that way. But you can tell google to look for file types and by using limitors you can tell google to not return web pages - just files. Don't worry, it's not that confusing. If you wanted to find some music by Tiesto all you have to do is type this in: intitle:index.of + mp3 + "tiesto" -html -htm -php -asp -txt -pls
Yea, pretty sick isn't it? Just replace the word "tiesto" with your artist and pilfer til your heart's content.
Maybe you want to find a certain song. Just replace "tiesto" with the song name.
Yea, you know you like it :P
Some notes: some of the links you get from Google won't work. Deal with it - move to the next. When you find a good link go the page and hold down your mouse on a link and choose "Save link as..." (might be something different if you use a PC/IE - I use Firefox because it's a damn better browser). If you just want to listen to the song just click on the name it should play right in your browser.
The Piece de Resistance: Lets say you click on a link from the Google results and you quickly realise you've hit a jackpot. Lots of files - lots of stuff that you like. Clicking and saving each file would take forever - so what can you do? On my Mac I use SiteSucker
because it's free and it works. If you're on a PC there are plenty of similar programs (try HTTRack
) SiteSucker is a website copier - meaning that you type in an address and it will pull all of the pages and files that finds linked from that page. So, while you aren't copying a website you can use the program to download the files for you. Yea, it's THAT easy.
But seriously: this is hardcore. You might not find everything but you can find a lot of good, new music as well. The beauty is that there is no spyware/malware. You don't share the files that you get so you've got that going for you. And hey, I'm not responsible for you or your actions. So be cool, stay in school and don't smoke crack.
Oh, and if you feel guilty for not getting me anything for my birthday (and you should you cheap bastard) I TOTALLY want this flask - shaped like a frickin' cell phone
. Think of all the places you could sneak that thing into. Baseball games, a club, work, church...
Right now I'm feelin' - just fine
The music that I'm groovin' to is - a whole bunch of stuff