EmpyreLounge.com announces Top 50 CDs of 2004

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EmpyreLounge.com is proud to present our picks forrepparttar top 50 CDs ofrepparttar 110025 year. “The Top 50 CDs ofrepparttar 110026 Year” was written byrepparttar 110027 EmpyreLounge.com editorial staff, with assistance from a selected group of frequent visitors & contributors. The Top 50 CDs includes a diverse set of artists including Prince, Snow Patrol, Elliot Smith, Velvet Revolver, Ray Lamontagne, The Killers, Breaking Benjamin, Ingram Hill, and John Frusciante. To viewrepparttar 110028 Top 50 CDs of 2004, navigate to http://www.empyrelounge.com/cd/2004/bestof/

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Substitute the Internet for Your TV

Written by Daniel Punch

I have fond memories of waking up early on Saturday mornings and softly tiptoeing out torepparttar family room to watch early morning cartoons when I was in elementary school. Then in high school I became more interested inrepparttar 110024 action-oriented TV shows inrepparttar 110025 evening. A little while later, I found that I just didn't haverepparttar 110026 time to dedicate an hour or so a day to sitting and watching mindless entertainment at a given time slot, and so I no longer watched TV at all. Gone are my days of watching those humorous cartoons and ridiculous heroes every week.

I recently discoveredrepparttar 110027 online film scene, though, and it's fantastic. Short films, up to about 20mins in length, just posted online for all to download. Many of them are better thanrepparttar 110028 professionally produced, high-budget TV shows that stream so liberally to your TV box. Every one is a labor of love, so even whenrepparttar 110029 production values aren't high you know that someone has poured themselves intorepparttar 110030 product, which brings satisfaction beyond that of watching some stale TV show now into it's 19th series and just churning outrepparttar 110031 money makers.

Cartoons were my first port of call. It's been a long time since I've been awake and free early enough inrepparttar 110032 morning to watch some animated entertainment (and besides that,repparttar 110033 cartoons on TV now are largely trash). A friend introduced me to my first online cartoon,repparttar 110034 enormously popular and hilarious Homestar Runner (http://www.homestarrunner.com). This site is fantastic. There are longish cartoons and games, with new ones being added every now and then, butrepparttar 110035 main reason to visit and continue to return is a lovably vicious character named Strong Bad. The creators ofrepparttar 110036 web site answer roughly one email a week using this character that basically insults people inrepparttar 110037 most hilarious ways possible. It's all quite family-friendly and is more than worth a bookmark.

More animated wonders and filmed entertainment can be found at Atom Films (http://www.atomfilms.com), which has become a free service recently. Also worth a look is Ifilm (http://www.ifilm.com) that offersrepparttar 110038 lower-bandwidth streams of films for free. Be slightly wary here though as there is an uncensored section and occasionally some videos will show up onrepparttar 110039 main page that aren't entirely family-friendly. These two sites showcase hundreds of short films, from animated to live action, from musical to martial arts. They host music clips and film festival winners as well as some non-professional but often still high quality work.

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