Archive for October 14th, 2006

Download Magnatune’s songs quickly

Here’s a quick bash script that gets in the argument line the URL of a Magnatune hifi.m3u playlist and automatically downloads the (freely available) 128kbps mp3 songs listed in that playlist. Save the script as magna.sh and give it executable rights. Songs are saved on the terminal’s current working directory. Do not reuse the script on another terminal window if the previous downloading operation hasn’t finished yet.

#!/bin/sh
wget $1
cat hifi.m3u | while read i ; do wget $i ; done
rm -f hifi.m3u

Example of usage:
./magna.sh http://magnatune.com/artists/albums/westexit-nocturne/hifi.m3u

Do not forget to buy the album and support its artist if you actually like what you hear.

American Fascism Is on the Rise?

The precursors of fascism — militarization of culture, vigilantism, masculine fear of female power, xenophobia and economic destabilization — are ascendant in America today.”

Stan Goff, who wrote the above linked opinion piece, is a retired veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces. Among his arguments is the “masculine fear of female power”, but I don’t think that this really exists in the Bay Area and maybe in the greater California.