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A very cool site about music

I just love the internet--it brings us things like Sound Junction, a most excellent site where you can explore and deconstruct music, learn about how instruments work, and more.  It features original works in various genres that also have remixes commissioned by the site, and other cool stuff. 

Have fun exploring!

David Foster Wallace, 1962-2008

This is a hard post to write.  David Foster Wallace hanged himself yesterday, and the world is diminished by his absence.  If you've not yet discovered his writing, I urge you to as soon as possible.  I've posted about him before, but he should speak for himself: an interview with Charlie Rose from 1997.  My favorite quote from the interview:

"But what the really great artists do is they are entirely themselves.  They are entirely themselves, they've got their own vision, their own way of fracturing reality, and if it's authentic and true you will feel it in your nerve endings."

Also, a complete bibliography of and about his work. (Update: Harper's has posted free PDFs of all the essays he's written for them. Update 2: tributes at McSweeney's.)

Rest in peace, and profound thanks for the gifts to us all you've left behind.