June 22nd, 2006


Search for mp3s the easy way... use Google!

So, I made a long entry, with the intent of sharing a bookmarklet I hacked together which enables people to automatically search Google for mp3s and ogg files in a highly efficient manner, but I forgot...

LJ doesn't allow javascript links in posts! So, you get the text for the link instead.

How to make it work

Bookmark something else, rename it to Google Music Search (or something along those lines) and change the URL in the link's properties to the following:

javascript:Qr=document.selection.createRange().text;if(!Qr){void(Qr=prompt('Enter musician to search for:',''))}if(Qr)location.href='http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22intitle%3Aindex.of%22+%28mp3+OR+ogg%29+%22'+escape(Qr)+'%22 -htm -html -php -asp &meta='

Or don't. See if I care...

Either way, I have my handy dandy little bookmarklet over here, which I find to be quite effective and convenient for most music searches, especially when you're out there somewhere. (gesticulates wildly!) 

No ripping, Frostwire, BitTorrents, etc. required.

"Music travels on the air, not obedient to boundaries, whether racial, cultural, linguistic, classist or legal."
Bernice Johnson Reagon


Update: For those of you who are curious about what Google search string I'm using, well, it's a modified form of this one:

intitle:index.of + "mp3" + "band name" -htm -html -php -asp

...as recommended by this webpage

It works pretty well, and screens out most of the phony pages put up by mp3 download sites to get you to use their service. 

That said, I would be very interested to hear from anyone who might have sone suggestions on how to make the google search string even more effective at this task. If you have any ideas, please let me know.

The conflict in Afghanistan spreads.

This article, based largely on an interview with the Director General of Pakistan's intelligence service, is both troubling and rings true.

Basically, he claims that the insurgency in Afghanistan has spread from being centered around the Taliban, to also include warlord, tribal, and religious fundamentalist groups within Afghanistan society.

"This is a pure Afghan style of resistance in which (an Afghani leader) could be seen to be silent, but his aides, relatives and tribe would be active in the resistance. And when the resistance reaches a certain level, the main person goes back to his region to dig out his arms cache, which he would have stored a long time ago, and then joins hands with the resistance.

This is just the tip of the iceberg you are watching; this situation will further escalate as the whole environment is now conducive to resistance. Russia is annoyed with the Americans, Iran is hostile to Western interests and Pakistan is no more in a position to adhere to American directives.

The trade of raw opium [in Afghanistan] has reached US$2.4 billion, and the trade of narco-drugs has reached up to $4 billion. Where are the drugs going? Of course, they come from Afghanistan and go to Russia. Even if 10% of the trade is used for arms purchases, it serves the purpose of the resistance. And what else could Russia do to support the anti-US resistance but just turn a blind eye on the drug trade? And it is doing so."