More Mega-Web2.0

I just stumbled across this one -- it's a really nice amalgamation of Web2.0 sites. I have a handful of other ones from the other day, but they're bookmarked on my work laptop (I know, I'm working to get my account going again, I'm actually working on the 500+ bookmarks I just sucked into it right now). I will get to it though, and hopefully have something worthy of posting.

In the meantime, open your ears, and put your wallet back in your pocket -- check out jamendo
"On jamendo, the artists distribute their music under Creative Commons licenses. In a nutshell, they allow you to download, remix and share their music freely. It's a "Some rights reserved" agreement, perfectly suited for the new century.

These new rules make jamendo able to use the new powerful means of digital distribution like Peer-to-Peer networks such as BitTorrent or eMule to legally distribute albums at near-zero cost...

On jamendo you can freely download music from all genres, write your own reviews, and participate..."

Wikimedia Projects

Wikimedia Foundation

Imagine a world in which every single person is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge....

Wikipedia - Encyclopedia
Wiktionary - Dictionary
Wikiquote - Collection of quotations
Wikiversity - Free learning tools
Wikinews - Free-content news
Wikibooks - Free textbooks and manuals
Wikisource - The free library
Wikispecies - Directory of species
Commons - Shared media repository

The Catalyst: How open source design (and a big shot of fashion) saved Puma, and invented an industry.

"Puma North America was on the verge of bankruptcy after its parent's eight consecutive years of losses; it had little cash and even less cachet in an industry of heavyweights such as Nike, Adidas, and Reebok. So instead of trying to one-up the peddlers of performance-enhancing gear, Zeitz (Jochen Zeitz CEO, Puma AG - Nuremberg, Germany) inverted industry priorities, deemphasizing sport in favor of more fashion-driven thinking: color, line, and style.

Puma has since become the fourth-largest athletic apparel company in the world, a transformation that testifies to Zeitz's vision and willingness to roll the dice. After spending several years kicking the company's bad habits--by slashing production costs and regaining control of U.S. distribution, among other things--he decided to put an unrestrained 21-year-old skateboarder named Antonio Bertone in charge of a new division called "sport lifestyle" to incubate experimental fashion projects.

Zeitz, meanwhile, has gone on to turn his company into an open-source design playground."

NYT: Fly Away Home - 4,000 mile round trip made by millions of monarchs...

"Are we almost there yet?"

"The butterfly that goes from Canada to Mexico and partway back lives six to nine months, but when it mates and lays eggs, it may have gotten only as far as Texas, and breeding butterflies live only about six weeks. So a daughter born on a Texas prairie goes on to lay an egg on a South Dakota highway divider that becomes a granddaughter. That leads to a great-granddaughter born in a Winnipeg backyard. Come autumn, how does she find her way back to the same grove in Mexico that sheltered her great-grandmother?

Wildebeest, in their famous migration across the Serengeti, learn by following their mothers — or aunts, if crocodiles get Mom. But the golden horde moving south through North America each fall is a throng of leaderless orphans.

Birds orient themselves by stars, landmarks or the earth's magnetism, and they, at least, have bird brains. What butterflies accomplish with the rudimentary ganglia filling their noggins is staggering."