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American Idol Secrets No Longer Secrets

Online sources are telling who made the Top 24 in Las Vegas auditions for American Idol. Fox can’t be happy with this development with many who had a favorite that they know had been eliminated may not even watch the show when it actually airs this week.

Personally, it doesn’t bother me because I like to know ahead of time what is going to happen but for some people who like to live in the moment they don’t want to know who won in advance.

Apparently there are spies divulging the secrets to online websites making it possible to know before airtime who will survive the latest cuts.

Joesplaceblog.com has posted the names of the 24 finalists with a photo of each singer.

Don’t click on this link unless you want to know ahead of time who the 24 survivors are.

SPOILERS ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.joesplaceblog.com/2011/02/the-top-24-of-american-idol-10/

 

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David Archuleta Explains Reason For Leaving Jive Records

David Archuleta is now saying he left Jive Records due to his career taking a new direction. Earlier it had been reported that Jive had dropped him from the roster of artists due to poor album sales.

Archuleta said he wants to take his music in a different direction. It will be interesting to see what kind of music he will embrace when making this change.

He also dropped his management agency saying he wants to take control of his life. Hopefully these changes will help him advance his career after his last album failing badly in total sales.

This article at USA Today better describes his reasons for the changes:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2011/02/david-archuleta-goes-on-the-record-about-leaving-jive/1?csp=34

 

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Archive.org: Great Multimedia Website

Archive.org will keep a reader entertained for hours.

Archive.org is probably the best source for audio and video online this side of YouTube.  The home page for the website as I write this article has a link to an audio version of a Grateful Dead concert at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum at New Haven, Connecticut on May 11, 1981.

The concert is only one of 803,305 audio recordings at the website.  There are 2,214 old time radio related links to old time radio shows and magazines that were printed during the height of the popularity of old time radio.

One Roy Rogers episode has been downloaded 74,882 times showing that the website is available for downloading many of the old time radio shows we grew up with.

Old time radio fans will love looking at list after list of old time radio shows available for downloading including some of the more obscure shows which have very few episodes in existence.

The live music archive features 88,813 archives while the moving image archives total 451,934.

Avid readers will enjoy knowing that there are 2.694,639 texts including books and ebooks. The new Bookreader at the site includes Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin and is the example shown of how the Bookreader works.

http://blog.archive.org/2010/12/10/2685/

There is an audio version of some books but the one I listened to was not of the best quality and seemed to be a computer generated voice which probably would be tiring to listen to for an entire book.

Most readers may not enjoy the voice and instead opt to read the books without sound. For those that like the audio they should enjoy the feature that highlights the portion of the book being read by the voice.

The Mega Reader iPhone app provides access to the 1.8 million free books at archive.org so they each iPhone user can have their own personal reader.

Each volume of the Warren Report investigation of the assassination of  President John F. Kennedy is available to read.

The site is an excellent source of reading material for educators and students who are looking for books that are no longer copyrighted.

One word of caution: it could take hours just to look at what is available at archive.org. This website may have the most content of any website online and is worth going to the website to see for yourself what is available.

http://www.archive.org/

 

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