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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

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The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra performs music from Nobuo Uematsu’s Final Fantasy VI

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The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra performs music from Nobuo Uematsu’s Final Fantasy VI, orchestrated as a symphonic poem called Born with the Gift of Magic (arr Roger Wanamo). Conductor Andreas Hanson. Recording from the Final Symphony concert in Stockholm Concert Hall, June 2014.

Source: Final Fantasy VI: Symphonic Poem

Amazing performance. I recommend it even if you’ve never heard of the source material.

The Doors Sing “Reading Rainbow” Theme (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)

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Filmmakers fighting “Happy Birthday” copyright find their “smoking gun”

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A 1927 kids’ songbook proves “conclusively the song is in the public domain.”

Source: Filmmakers fighting “Happy Birthday” copyright find their “smoking gun”

If they’ve been collecting millions of dollars a year for 80 years based on an invalid copyright (especially if they knew it was invalid), this is about to get interesting.




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Say what you will about Tay Zonday, but his new song Musicolio is pretty catchy. There’s also a free MP3, like normal.

One-minute vacations

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I found this website that has ambient noise from many different situations. I’ve been setting things like rain and thunder on a continuous loop and listening to it when I’ve gotten tired of hearing music. Bonus points ’cause it’s free.


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I used to be into an operating system called BeOS. There was a band made up of employees of Be Inc. called The Cotton Squares (archived) who had their songs posted in MP3 format on their website, but I can only seem to get two of them: 5038 and Virtual Void. Oddly, only a few people on BeShare seem to have any.

The horrible thing is, I think I deleted them a few years ago. That’s the thing about computers, you can be a pack rat with out cluttering up your house. I guess I went on a spring cleaning rampage.

Update (2010/06/06): I’ve found copies of the MP3s I mentioned since writing the original post. I think it’s pretty safe to say they’re some of the last copies available. Since I know I’m not the only person who would go looking for these, I thought I should post them here. The BeOS has gone away, the band’s site is down, I can’t figure out how to contact their label, their fan club is no more, and I can’t even find anything on Amazon.
I think I found Baron Arnold (a member of the band) Facebook and Twitter, so I’m trying to ask him first.

Update (2010/06/22): My efforts to contact the band, its members, and their label has hit a standstill. All seem to have disappeared a number of years ago (but if that’s not the case, please let me know!) and I can’t find any commercial copies of these anywhere. I know several people have come by my site looking for more info about the Cotton Squares, so I thought I’d post the MP3s. Here they are:

(I especially like Focus Pocus.)

This is strictly a posting as a fan. If you’re the copyright holder and would like them removed, please contact me.

Update (2010/07/14): Baron has blessed sharing the MP3s here. See the comments below.

Update (2010/09/19): Joe Prostko contacted me with a download of the above songs, plus some remixes. Turns out I’m not the only one re-hosting this stuff. :) Thanks, Joe!