Reviews

The Natural Mind – Waking Up by Alan Macmillan Orr

"The Natural Mind- Waking Up" is Alan Macmillan Orr's 250-topic, 2-volume magnum opus into what it truly means to be human. The massive book took five years to write and covers diverse topics, from love to gambling, zoos, prostitution, supermarkets, banks, desire and so on. Orr drew from his personal experiences as he traveled the world searching for meaning, observing, and formulating opinions on the dire human condition. He shares what he learned through "The Natural Mind" and also encourages you, the readers, to contribute to the book's evolution.

In[Perfektion] “Perfekt Chaos” – free electronic dance album from Enough Records

In[Perfektion] is a Portuguese music project that began back in 2005. The band is composed of two former members of the now-defunct band Twilight Garden. The members of the band In[Perfektion] are Walter, who provides the vocals and is on the synths, and guitars; Charlotte, who is on synths and programming, and Hypecrash, a Live Member on the synths. Their third release, "Perfekt Chaos," is a five-track dark electro EP that was originally released in 2007. Now, the EP has been remastered is now available for free download via the netlabel Enough Records.

Rainlendar – a easy and customizable free desktop calendar

Have you ever spent too much time at your computer that you forget about your other commitments? Have you ever been so distracted by social networking or online gaming that you end up ignoring other things you need to do? Have you ever scheduled your appointments in a planner, but end up forgetting them once you log on to your computer? Then Rainlendar can help you out. Rainlendar is a customizable desktop calendar that allows you to set up tasks and events as well as alarms reminding you when to do them. It doesn't take up much space on your desktop either.

Notes & Scratches “Grace Park” – newest EP from a very friendly Chicago band

Grace Notes is Notes & Scratches newest release with four sad songs about departures. Speaking of departures, the band actually departs from its usual sound - the songs don't have a "celebratory feel", which is the band's trademark. For Grace Notes, they handpicked four songs which are melancholic, pining, and lonely. The album takes its time, like footsteps dragging where they don't want to go, with trumpets and viola on the background to set the mood. For sure, it's an album to listen to on difficult goodbyes. More about the band and an interview with Joshua Dumas (vocalist) after the jump.

Intense Racing 2: Free 3D Racing Game Download

For a free game, Intense Racing is undeniably self-assured. It challenges players like you to take the game on and become the worlds fastest racer. All you have to do is download the game, choose from among 12 cars, and race on one of the 15 race tracks available. The mechanics sound easy enough, until you get to the real meat of the game: the actual race. Although controlling the car is easy enough, maneuvering past the opponents can be problematic.

Happy Elf “Sexmachine” – free funny electro-pop album

Happy Elf is the performing name of Dutch multi-instrumentalist Jeroen Elfferich. As Happy Elf, Elfferich has released more than ten albums since 1999. He considers his music "electropopmusic," but the truth is that it is a good mix of various styles thrown together with a nice electronic beat. His latest release is "Sexmachine," a five-track mini-album that's all about dreams, sex, love, and relationships. Don't expect a thoughtful and introspective album, though; as the release information says, "[D]ont take it too seriously: its Happy Elf!"

Old French Fairy Tales – a public domain novel written by the Comtesse de Sgur and illustrated by Virginia Sterrett

If you're a fan of good triumphing over evil, of love conquering all and happily afters then you will love this charming little book written by the Comtesse de Sgur and illustrated by Virginia Sterrett called Old French Fairy Tales. It was published in 1920 and is now part of public domain. In it are five timeless fairy tales and eight breathtaking full page color illustrations dotted with smaller (but no less dramatic) black and white drawings for children of all ages - or even just children at heart.

Nasdat “Already Late” – a fresh alternative rock album

Already Late is a 7-track album by Nasdat, a band from Monterrey, Mexico. With musical influences from bands like Papirringas and Arizona Tea, Nasdat is able to produce a unique sound along the lines of the alternative and rock music genre. This rising band has already played in many local pubs and bars in Mexico, before they finally released this debut album.

EditPad Lite – Free Text Editor for Windows

Do you feel that your usual plain text editor needs a little more "oomph" into it? Are you looking for features that the Windows default just doesn't have? Then EditPad Lite may be the program for you. EditPad Lite is a free text editor on the Windows platform that may be small and compact (the installer file is only 3.1 MB, and the installed file can easily fit in your portable storage device of choice), but it's powerful enough and delivers many new features, including opening tabs, find-and-replace, and color customization, to satisfy your basic word processing needs.