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This is a static archive of the domnit.org blog,
which Lenny Domnitser wrote between 2006 and 2009.

How to Sell Music

The way Cloud Cult does. High quality MP3s without copy protection: $10 download now; $15 download now, shipped soon.

Good music, too. I bought it on their website today after not overpaying for it at a record store yesterday.

New Site: A Few URLs

A Few Urls is a new site that lets you put several links in one link. This is occasionally useful when some website asks for one URL, but you really want to stuff in a few.

My use case was to link to the xkcd story arc Choices from del.icio.us. I can imagine that it might also be useful for linking to several related mailing list postings, or something similar, from a site like del.icio.us or Digg.

Take a look at the Choices link above. Notice that the URLs are right there, with commas in between, so if the site ever goes down you can easily figure out what is being pointed to.

Last night I hacked this together, and this morning I fixed the one bug I knew of. Go use it if you ever find yourself in the extremely narrow case where this is nice to have.



Hey, that doesn’t look too bad!

Filing Tennis

There is nothing I don’t love about this Federer-Nadal half-clay half-grass game. Most of the excitement came right when I found out the game was going to happen: the photograph of the court was ridiculous, and the fact that $1.63 million and 19 days were spent on a goof is sadly awesome. To top it off, it was actually a good game, ending 7-5 4-6 7-6. I won’t spoil it here, but the winner is mentioned at the link above. (I assume it was good since it was so close. I’m still waiting for someone to upload it to YouTube.)

My first thought, besides, WHHAAAAAA OMG USA USA!!1!—I know that neither player is American, but I still thought it—was of Superman vs. Spider-Man, and the way the crossover writers were careful to have a neutral setting for the heroes, to give neither DC nor Marvel a future sales advantage.

In SvSM, though, the rivals team up to fight the greater threat of Lex Luthor and Doc Oc. The comparison does not convey the fierce competition among the tennis stars.

I then considered the way a suitemate of mine was convinced he could beat a cheetah in a fight. The cheetah is light; I will punch it in the face, he reasoned. Its mass is relatively low, we argued, but factoring its speed, its momentum when pouncing is great. He persisted: It needs a savanna to accelerate. Finally, we chose a neutral ground, the medium-length field between the community of buildings where we live. It has urban elements, but also a pretty long stretch of grass.

But this scenario is too far-fetched to compare. Besides, it does not portray a legitimate competition: my suitemate doesn’t stand a chance. The tennis match was only played because nothing else would properly rank the titans.

Maybe I should be satisfied to keep this event in its own class.