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Microsoft Research DRM Talk

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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by Cory Doctorow
53 minutes, 1 second
Unabridged Speech on Technology and Business Issues
2004

Cory Doctorow DRM Talk

On June 17, 2004, science fiction author and EFF spokesman Cory Doctorow talked to Microsoft Research Group and other interested parties about Digital Rights Management (DRM), copyright, and the technology that cleaves them together and apart. In five parts, Doctorow covers everything from DVD region coding and the player piano to the Apple iTunes Music Store and why Sony didn’t create the digital successor to its once-ubiquitous Walkman. Everything you ever wanted to know about DRM, but were afraid to tell Microsoft.

Read by Alex Wilson. The text of this speech is freely available online [new window].



Funding A Free Audio Library

Originally for sale on December 7, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later (approximately; apologies for the delay). See the Mission page for why.



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Casey at the Booth

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

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by Alex Wilson

3 minutes, 16 seconds
Unabridged SF poem/parody
2008

Casey at the Booth

A Filk of the Republic Sung in the Year 2088.

A political parody based on Ernest L Thayer’s Casey at the Bat. First appeared in Inconsequential Art #4. Text online here. Cover art by Constantine Markopoulos.

Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.




 

Waiting for the Zephyr

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

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by Tobias S Buckell

13 minutes, 19 seconds
Unabridged Short SF Story
2000


Waiting for the Zephyr

When the fuel went, Mara’s town turned to windpower. They struggled on as the lights left, as the cities fell fallow, and plastic became a memory. Their only link to the outside world is the Zephyr, and now it too has not shown up. Originally published in Jackhammer. Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal of the Willamette Radio Workshop.

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Getting Past Being Joe Blow Neopro

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

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by Tobias S Buckell
1 hour, 17 minutes
Unabridged SF-Related Essays on Writing
2003

Science fiction and fantasy author Tobias S. Buckell talks about a much-ignored period in the working writer’s career: after one makes that first major professional story sale, but before he or she has turned that exception into the rule. Buckell discusses “the benefits, the experience, and the dangers of being a Joe Blow Neopro,” along with “some strategies to move out of this stage in of our careers.”

These six columns originally appeared in Speculations in 2003, when Buckell was still a neopro. His advice is likely worth reading because his first novel, Crystal Rain, comes out this month from Tor Books. Columns included:

  1. An Introduction
  2. Putting in the Time
  3. Original Source Creativity
  4. Professionalism
  5. Taking it Up a Notch
  6. Plan Your Career Now

Spoken Alexandria podcasted the column twice weekly between February 1st through 18th, and now the bundled downloads are available free. Read by Alex Wilson.

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The Fish Merchant and Other Stories

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

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Shed Skin

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

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NIMH: Men and Depression

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

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from the National Institute of Mental Health
1 hour, 1 minute
Unabridged NIMH Informational Brochure
2003

Men and Depression

A detailed booklet describing what you need to know about depression in men: how it looks, how it feels, getting help, and getting better. Read by Alex Wilson.

Full text (including a printable and redistributable brochure) available at the
NIMH website.

Have you known a man who is grumpy, irritable, and has no sense of humor? Maybe he drinks too much or abuses drugs. Maybe he physically or verbally abuses his wife and his kids. Maybe he works all the time, or compulsively seeks thrills in high-risk behavior. Or maybe he seems isolated, withdrawn, and no longer interested in the people or activities he used to enjoy.

Perhaps this man is you. If so, it is important to understand that there is a disease of the brain called depression that may be underlying these feelings and behaviors. It’s real: scientists have developed sensitive imaging devices that enable us to see it in the brain. And it’s treatable: more than 80 percent of those suffering from depression respond to existing treatments, and new ones are continually becoming available and helping more people. Talk to a healthcare provider about how you are feeling, and ask for help.

Or perhaps this man is someone you care about. Try to talk to him, or to someone who has a chance of getting through to him. Help him to understand that depression is a common illness among men and is nothing to be ashamed about. Encourage him to see a doctor and get an evaluation for depression.

For most men with depression, life doesn’t have to be so dark and hopeless. Life is hard enough as it is; and treating depression can free up vital resources to cope with life’s challenges effectively. When a man is depressed, he’s not the only one who suffers. His depression also darkens the lives of his family, his friends, virtually everyone close to him. Getting him into treatment can send ripples of healing and hope into all of those lives.

Depression is a real illness; it is treatable; and men can have it. It takes courage to ask for help, but help can make all the difference.


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NIMH: Eating Disorders

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

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from the National Institute of Mental Health
15 minutes, 56 seconds
Unabridged NIMH Informational Brochure
2001

Eating Disorders

Facts about Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions

A detailed booklet that describes symptoms, causes, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping.

Full text (including a printable and redistributable brochure) available at the
NIMH website.


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Most of My Friends Are Two-Thirds Water

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
 

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by Kelly Link
27 minutes, 20 seconds
Unabridged Short SF Story
2001

Most of My Friends by Kelly Link

“Sexy blond aliens invade New York City?” A short story from Link’s short story collection Stranger Things Happen, a Salon Book of the Year and one of the Village Voice’s 25 Favorite Books of 2001.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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The Retrieval Artist

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2 hours, 1 minute
Unabridged Science Fiction Novella
2000

The Retrieval Artist by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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Retrieval Artists find people who have Disappeared. But people Disappear for
a reason–they don’t want to be found. When Anetka Sobol shows up at Miles
Flint’s office on the Moon, he immediately knows that this case is going to
be complicated.

A hard-boiled science fiction mystery. A Hugo Award Nominee, Locus Poll Award Nominee, and AnLab Award Nominee first published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Read by Stefan Rudnicki.


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