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A Talk with Threes App Designer Greg Wohlwend (New Disruptors 74)

Greg Wohlwend co-created the popular game Threes. He talks with host Glenn Fleishman about the joy of success, the burden of being independent, and the problems with parasites.

Talking CASH Music with Maggie Vail and Jesse von Doom (New Disruptors Episode 73)

Maggie Vail and Jesse von Doom are the co-executive directors of CASH Music (Coalition of Artists and Stakeholders) a non-profit organization that brings an open-source approach to music distribution and production. CASH focuses on educating around those ideas through online resources, stakeholder events, and face-to-face workshops, as well as offering a software platform.

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A musical letter to the FCC by Jonathan Mann: 'Don't Blow up the Internet'

By Jonathan Mann: "Don't Blow Up The Internet | Song A Day #1939." Don't set us up the bomb, FCC. [Video Link]

Contact the FCC commissioners if you're concerned that the new proposed internet rules will gut Net Neutrality, and change the internet to a less free and less open communications platform: "FCC planning new Internet rules that will gut Net Neutrality."

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A chat with Henry Smith, Spaceteam Game Designer (New Disruptors 72)

Henry Smith is a games app developer, and the evil genius behind the addictive multi-player app Spaceteam. Spaceteam won oodles of awards, and it has the added benefit (or problem) of being free. Henry has an active Kickstarter to fund future development of free work over the next year.

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'The Digital Prophet Song,' by Jonathan Mann

Friends! Have you heard the good news? A prophet walks among us! He's The Digital Prophet. Video Link.

Editor's note: Just so we're all clear here, I think Shingy's cool. Read the rest

New Disruptors 51: I Am Super Mann, And I Can Sing Anything With Jonathan Mann

Since January 2009, Jonathan Mann has posted a song every day. Not five days a week: seven days a week. There is no rest for the wickedly productive. While he makes his living by writing and performing bespoke songs for organizations, Jonathan never stops creating for himself — and his fans.

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'Fukushima, Syria and Miley Cyrus' Tongue,' Jonathan Mann's Song A Day

Video Link. A new masterpiece by Jonathan "Song-A-Day" Mann.

Looks like we're going to war again Looks like we're going to war Looks like we're going to war again Syria here come the bombs You don't think that we do this just for fun, do you? Something has to be done Now look at Miley Cyrus' tongue

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Super Mario Rock Opera, by Song a Day guy Jonathan Mann, debuts in NYC Aug 17

Singer-songwriter Jonathan Mann, best known as the Song a Day YouTube star, has a cool new project that those of you in New York can enjoy.

"My Super Mario Rock Opera goes up at Joe's Pub this Saturday, August 17th," he says. "The one-line pitch: Mario becomes self aware. Would love to see some happy mutants there!"

I ran into him recently at our blogging pals Laughing Squid's barbecue in Brooklyn; he shared this news with me there, and I knew many of our readers would dig it.

As many of you may remember, Jonathan wrote me a song --all for me! it was amazing!--called "Kittens in Space," to cheer me up when I was going through treatment for breast cancer, and gagging on chemotherapy. The song worked. Watch it below. Read the rest

You're vs Your song

Jonathan Mann sez, "The internet abounds with people misusing Your and You're. I wanted to write a simple catchy tune to help them remember which is which!"

Your doing important work, sir.

Your vs. You're Song (Song A Day #1655)

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Musical comment on TSA pornoscanners

A musical statement on the TSA accepting comments on the full body scanners

Video: Kittens in Space, by Jonathan "Song A Day" Mann

I'm recovering from yesterday's chemo infusion (my fifth!), and feeling kind of lousy. Jonathan Mann asked me this morning if he could write a song for me as his daily song project, and if so, if I had any theme requests. I was like, duh! Kittens, and space. And like a beautiful internet miracle, bam! Just hours later, he created the wonderful video above: "Kittens in Space."

More about Jonathan: YouTube channel, Facebook, Downloads, Twitter, mailing list, Soundcloud, blog, G+, app.

Lyrics follow.

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Ballad of the Virginia mandatory transvaginal ultrasound

Jonathan Mann has devoted today's song-a-day entry to the notorious Virginia transvaginal ultrasound. He notes, "As I was writing this song, the Virginia house passed a bill which still mandates ultrasounds within 24 hours of an abortion, but thankfully, they left out the transvaginal part.

I still think the songs stands, though."

More Jonathan Mann songs on Boing Boing.

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The song about the song of the Jurassic cricket

Last week, we learned that scientists had reconstructed the song of a Jurassic-era cricket. This week, song-a-day impresario Jonathan Mann has written a ballad to that lonely insect and its ancient quest for love.

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Pizza is a Vegetable, a jaunty ditty about Congressional scientific illiteracy

Attentive readers will recall Congress's reclassification of pizza as a vegetable for the purpose of mandated healthy school lunches. Jonathan Mann's composed a jaunty ditty to correct the record.

Pizza Is A Vegetable (1056)

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A Duet with Siri

[Video Link, by Jonathan Mann, via Sean Bonner.] Read the rest

Song-a-day man commemorates 1,000th song with album, video

Jonathan sez, "I've been writing a song and posting it on YouTube every day since January 1, 2009. On September 28, 2011, I will be commemorating my 1000th song by releasing an album. The first single and video from the album is 'Are You A Real Person,' about a friend request I received from an attractive girl who looked vaguely familiar. The video for the song, directed by Albert Birney, combines live action, animation, and family portraits Albert found on the side of the road. The goal was to convey the unsettling experience of wondering whether a pretty face online is a real person you know -- or a spambot."

Jonathan Mann - Are You A Real Person? (official HD) (Thanks, Jonathan!) Read the rest

"I wish I understood string theory": The song

It's the saddest song in the world, if you're a physicist. Musician Jonathan Mann offers a plaintive lament from the heart of a right-brained layperson. Read the rest

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