Another Chance to Save Internet Radio

According to the SaveNetRadio Coalition and the New York Times, SoundExchange committed temporarily not to enforce the new royalty rates so webcasters can stay online as new rates are agreed upon. Check out the links for more detail.

I guess this is good news, and it means that small webcasters will not be forced “off the air” tomorrow. I am really hopeful that this will keep my favorite stations broadcasting. In my estimation, Internet radio has completely changed the way people listen to music, and has created opportunities for independent musicians and people who are not working for large corporate conglomerates in the music industry. And though SoundExchange would have you believe otherwise, Internet radio gives exposure to musicians and actually sells music! I have discovered untold musicians by listening to my favorite sites. Here are a few of them:


Radio Paradise



And of course, NPR has a lot of great podcasting, and they are calling for protests of these royalty fee hikes.

Please contact your congresspeople and urge them to support Internet radio and oppose these stupid fees!

Yoga Podcasts

This is for you, Paul! And for my numerous other friends who have asked me for the link recently.

A couple of weeks ago I discovered some free vinyasa yoga podcasts through the iTunes Store. I just did a search for yoga, and there were all of these free hits, including many full yoga classes. I was thrilled, to say the least.

Finding time for yoga practice is challenging for me. I commute a long way to work, and my time is limited. I rely on home practice, and that is, shall I say, unreliable at best. I am fairly experienced, having practiced yoga on and off for about ten years now. But I am by no means disciplined or experienced enough to really feel confident as building a solid home practice.

I think these podcasts are going to change my life. They are really wonderful, challenging classes. If you have never taken a yoga class before, I wouldn’t recommend them. But if you have studied for a while and are comfortable practicing alone, these online classes are better than any video I have ever seen. And there is a good variety as well.

There are two teachers I have found who post free podcasts of their classes, Philip Urso of Salt Pond Yoga in Charlestown, RI, and Dave Farmar in Denver, CO. They are both great teachers. I find Philip a little more spiritual and gentle in his teaching, and Dave I find a little more athletic, butch, if you will. Don’t get me wrong, you will definitely break a sweat and work hard with each of them, its just a different vibe. If you’re interested, Philip Urso also has some free podcasts about A Course in Miracles.

This is a great kick-start to the old home practice for me. I’m inspired. Thanks Philip and Dave! Enjoy, everybody!

One final note: I have created a yoga group in Ma.gnolia: Yoga Reference. So far I am the only member, and I can’t seem to convince many people what a cool tool Ma.nolia is. I think it is a matter of time before it catches on, though. Or maybe I’m just a geek. Ma.gnolia is a web tool that I like a lot. It helps me track and manage book marks. Check it out!