Ten Things That Defied Categorization
Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.
1. The Library of Congress American Memory project "provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience."
2. Also from the LoC, France in America /France en Amérique, a "bilingual digital library" that explores "the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century."
3. FreeMusicZilla freeware allows you to download music from social music services like Last.fm, IMEEM, and Pandora at no cost.
4. Store and manage your bookmarks better with Link Collector freeware.
5. Use plain language to talk to Microsoft Word with Natural Word freeware.
6. Play with your web page colors with PagePainter and SwatchBook freeware.
7. For all the other would-that-everything-could-take-place-in-a-featureless-void writers, Manon at Serendipity has a room description generator.
8. Sources and Experts List compiled by Kitty Bennett for the newsroom of the St. Petersburg Times.
9. For those who think we #7's are weird -- decorate your fictional interiors to your heart's content with Sweet Home 3D freeware.
10. Generate variously-styled vampire names for your undead crew over at Seventh Sanctum's vampire name generator.
Some of what's upcoming this week on PBW:
Bypassing the Blues
Observations on Gang Blogging
RW: In the Pink
Missing in action post: Voice vs. Style