Tuesday Tunes‬ #183 – Ozzy Osbourne

ozzy John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English heavy metal vocalist, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the pioneering band Black Sabbath, whose dark and heavy sound has often been cited as key to the development of the heavy metal genre. Osbourne left Black Sabbath in 1979 and has since had a successful solo career, releasing 11 studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the U.S., although he has reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions, most recently in 2011, to record the album 13, which was released in 2013. Osbourne’s longevity and success have earned him the informal title of “Godfather of Heavy Metal”.wikipedia

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Celebrating 100 Aussie parkruns 🏃

Celebrating 100 Aussie parkruns 🏃

Our home Westerfolds parkrun comes in at 3m:24s #EmbraceTheHill

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Cycling strategy : VIC, NSW, QLD

* Victoria’s cycling strategy (VIC)
Cycling into the future 2013–23 – Victoria’s cycling strategy (2012-Dec) [VIC]

* Transport for NSW blueprint, Sydney’s Cycling Future
Sydney’s Cycling Future – Cycling for everyday transport (PDF) (2013-Dec) [NSW]

* Inquiry into Cycling Issues (QLD)
Inquiry into Cycling Issues – rp-39-29Nov13 (PDF) (2013-Nov-13) [QLD]

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2014-2015 CX World Cup #2 Koksijde, Belgium

2014-15CX-Calendar

Men’s Elite Race | 2014 Cyclo-Cross World Cup 2/6 – Koksijde, Belgium

Women’s Elite Race | 2014 Cyclo-Cross World Cup 2/6 – Koksijde, Belgium

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This weeks links (2014-11-24)

In brief:

* ‘Serial,’ Podcasting’s First Breakout Hit, Sets Stage for More (2014-Nov-23) [NYT]
… To call something the most popular podcast might seem a little like identifying the tallest leprechaun, but the numbers are impressive for any media platform. “Serial” has been downloaded or streamed on iTunes more than five million times — at a cost of nothing — and averages over 1.5 million listeners an episode. That is as many people as watch an episode of “Louie,” the buzzed-about comedy on FX. Ira Glass, the host of “This American Life,” told me his show took four years to reach one million listeners. “Serial” raced past that in a month. … (http://serialpodcast.org/)

* 10 top cycling trails in Australia (2014-Nov-20) [Australian Geographic]

Cycling:

* Cycling Australia’s Year in Review – 2014

* The Week in Bike #45 – TWIBmas is All Around/ [cyclingtips]

Some reading/listening:

* Ursula K. Le Guin – National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters November 19, 2014

❝ Thank you Neil, and to the givers of this beautiful reward, my thanks from the heart. My family, my agent, editors, know that my being here is their doing as well as mine, and that the beautiful reward is theirs as much as mine. And I rejoice at accepting it for, and sharing it with, all the writers who were excluded from literature for so long, my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction—writers of the imagination, who for the last 50 years watched the beautiful rewards go to the so-called realists.

I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality.

Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximize corporate profit and advertising revenue is not quite the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship. (Thank you, brave applauders.)

Yet I see sales departments given control over editorial; I see my own publishers in a silly panic of ignorance and greed, charging public libraries for an ebook six or seven times more than they charge customers. We just saw a profiteer try to punish a publisher for disobedience and writers threatened by corporate fatwa, and I see a lot of us, the producers who write the books, and make the books, accepting this. Letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant, and tell us what to publish and what to write. (Well, I love you too, darling.)

Books, you know, they’re not just commodities. The profit motive often is in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art—the art of words.

I have had a long career and a good one. In good company. Now here, at the end of it, I really don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river. We who live by writing and publishing want—and should demand—our fair share of the proceeds. But the name of our beautiful reward is not profit. It’s name is freedom.

Thank you.

Something from Bandcamp:

Caffeine, Vol. 1 by Mikos Da Gawd

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** December Challenge – Christmas/New Year **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the December Challenge – Christmas/New Year;

Our December challenge will be pretty easy, as we will all be busy preparing for Christmas and the New Year….so, any books relating to Christmas, and of course, the New Year, is all you have to choose! You can read as many or as few as you wish:) It’s your choice!

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Wednesday WIN (2014-Nov-19)

TableTop S03E01 – Tokaido: Jason Wishnov, J. August Richards, and Chris Kluwe join Wil Wheaton

Tokaido – Gag Reel – TableTop Season 3 Ep. 1

Divergent [Youtube]
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.
(not sure how long this will be available)

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