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Name: Michael Crawford
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Besides writing programming tips as well as webmastering and web design tips, some of which are offered under Creative Commons license, I also play piano, and offer free music downloads, also under a Creative Commons license.

If you live near Portland, Oregon, or Vancouver or Seattle, Washington, check my concert schedule from time to time, maybe you can catch a live performance.

You can obtain a Free as in Freedom copy of my Compact Disc at my performances.

I also wrote quite a popular article back in July 2003 about legal music downloads offered by many of us independent artists.

I am dead certain that the phenomenal success of Apple's iTunes Music Store, as well as the ready availability of non-DRMed paid music downloads, is the direct result of my article being Google's top hit for legal music downloads for about eight years.

A while back the RIAA put up its own Legal Music Downloads index, but all the links were to RIAA Member Labels, all of which are paid downloads, most of which use DRM.

I have no problem with requiring payment to download one's music - if you offer so much as one complete track of your music for direct HTTP for FTP download, then I'll be happy to link you in return for your reciprocal link from anywhere on your own site - my backlink need not be on your homepage nor your download link.

But I do have a problem with DRM, as well as with incomplete "preview" downloads.

The RIAA's Legal Music Download page was #2, directly under my own #1, for maybe three or four months then it quite mysteriously disappeared!


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In December I realized that I was badly depressed, so I asked my psychiatrist to prescribe imipramine. As a very old antidepressant, it is not commonly used anymore, but my experience is that it works well for me.

I haven't been able to find work so what little money I get, I earn by singing on the street for tips. I had a setback when I got bronchitis, and could not raise the money for bus fare to get to my pharmacy. That led to my getting depressed again.

I went to the emergency room, they set me up with one dose and a bus ticket. Now I'm back on track. For quite a long time, I would get into these really foul states of mind. Now it has been two or three weeks since the last time that happened.

I can tell that I'm still somewhat depressed but in general life is a lot better. Antidepressants are always slow to take effect. One has to establish new patterns in one's life.
Is Sanity Such A Good Thing

Not long ago all of my obsessions disappeared, leaving me with nothing to do. I'm really bored.
16 Feb 2016 (updated 16 Feb 2016 at 22:34 UTC) »

In early December I realized I was getting quite depressed. I'd lost interest in everything, I was sleeping too much, I was no longer studying my shiny new guitar. I asked my psychiatrist for imipramine, which is a very old antidepressant and so not commonly used anymore, but my experience is that it works well for me.

For one thing I courted the woman I would later marry while taking imipramine. She divorced me when I was not taking it. Would antidepressants have saved our marriage?

It mostly works well, but every antidepressant takes a long time to take effect. A few days ago I took up the study of Javascript, then pulled a Conway's Life implementation right out of my ass. It felt good to be writing code again.

But today, despite knowing there are many ways I could occupy my time, I have no interest in anything. Just now I'm telling myself This Will Soon Pass.

I'm expecting a Mac OS X driver contract soon; it was to have already started but there have been some delays while their windows people do some manner of workaround, which workaround it is expected I will use. It would be good to be back to work.

It's not about the money, it would be about having some purpose other than to make it to meals at the soup kitchens on time.

Never Say Die

After some scouting around I assigned myself a Haiku ticket. I'm just going to silence some warnings, but there are lots of programs that need that. This will be a good way to get back into Haiku development.

I've only contributed in very modest ways so far but I'd like to do a lot more.

Haiku is mostly written in C++. C++ has a bad reputation, but it's my favorite language. It's just that you need to write C++ the way C++ wants to be written. If you follow the naive advice to use it as "A Better C" you will never get the bugs out.
From The Same Train Wreck That Brought You "Living with Schizoaffective Disorder" and "My Deepest Fear"

Just the intro so far of a very rough draft:

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"The darkest parts of Hell are reserved for those who preserved their neutrality during times of moral crisis."
- Durante degli Alighieri - "Dante"

Living with Schizoaffective Disorder was - and, twelve years later - still is such a huge hit in large part due to the kind assistance of ladies germs such as yourselves. Please mail your comments, criticism, rants and Molotov Cocktails to mdcrawford@gmail.com

My days are numbered, so please don't delay.
I Had a Better Day Today

It's not normal for me to be stuck in such a rut as I have been. All I could think of to do all day long was repeatedly reload a few websites looking for something new to read. I mean like checking google news dozens of times per day.

The following passage from Timothy Miller's How to Want What You Have came to mind:

A sincere and scholarly religious seeker occasionally experimented with mescaline. While spending an evening in his study amid his books, music, and works of art, rapturously intoxicated, he suddenly figured out the secret of happiness. After recovering from his initial exhiliration, he realized he could not trust himself to remember the secret, so he wrote it on a slip of paper where he would be sure to find it later. Sure enough, he felt groggy the following morning, recalling only dimly that he had discovered something momentous. When he eventually came across the slip of paper, he recalled that he had written the secret of happiness on it, and that he had felt quite certain of its power and correctness at the time he had written it. Hands trembling with anticipation, he unfolded the scrap of paper. He had written, "Think in different patterns".

It is quite common for me to get depressed when I come down from a manic episode, but it is not necessarily so. I was determined to have a better day today and I did.

I met a man on Portland's light rail today, who had just successfully popped the question to his lady. That was nice to meet such a happy man.

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