EmpyreLounge.com announces Top 50 CDs of 2004Written by EmpyreLounge.com
EmpyreLounge.com is proud to present our picks for top 50 CDs of year. “The Top 50 CDs of Year” was written by 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 view Top 50 CDs of 2004, navigate to http://www.empyrelounge.com/cd/2004/bestof/
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Substitute the Internet for Your TVWritten by Daniel Punch
I have fond memories of waking up early on Saturday mornings and softly tiptoeing out to family room to watch early morning cartoons when I was in elementary school. Then in high school I became more interested in action-oriented TV shows in evening. A little while later, I found that I just didn't have 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 discovered 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 than professionally produced, high-budget TV shows that stream so liberally to your TV box. Every one is a labor of love, so even when production values aren't high you know that someone has poured themselves into product, which brings satisfaction beyond that of watching some stale TV show now into it's 19th series and just churning out money makers.
Cartoons were my first port of call. It's been a long time since I've been awake and free early enough in morning to watch some animated entertainment (and besides that, cartoons on TV now are largely trash). A friend introduced me to my first online cartoon, 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, but main reason to visit and continue to return is a lovably vicious character named Strong Bad. The creators of web site answer roughly one email a week using this character that basically insults people in 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 offers 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 on 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.