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Reading blog posts is now more fun! (maybe even useful)

I’ve updated the pages where you can read the latest post excerpts from mp3 blogs.

You can now see images as well as any links that the excerpt has. Fancy! 🙂

Check it out!

Monkey Contest Winners

Here are the drawings that we decided were the best mix of creativity and skillful execution:

First Place – Jonathan Sims. See how this drawing was made

79 Jonathan Sims

Second place – Bethany Deline. See how this drawing was created

16 Bethany Deline

Third Place
– Ned Schwartz. See how this drawing was created

8 Ned Schwartz (No Email)

Honorable Mention – Sean McManus. See how this drawing was created

21 Sean McManus

There were many other great submissions, you can find them all here or view them as a slideshow.

Thanks for playing!

Monkey Contest is Over!

The monkey-drawing contest that went on for most of last week is over. There are about a hundred kickass submissions, and we are working diligently to find the best ones.

Stay tuned for the announcement of winners and more later this week.

Thanks for playing!

Draw an Arctic Monkey and Win CDs!

[UPDATE: The contest is now closed]

What’s an arctic monkey? I don’t know either.

But I am sure YOU can draw it.

And if you draw an awesome one, you can win 3 CDs of your choice from Insound, Amazon or, CDUniverse.

How to Enter:
[UPDATE: The contest is now closed]

1. Go to and use GE‘s excellent sketchboard to draw your impression of an “arctic monkey”.

2. Once you’ve sketched *it*, click SEND, fill out your name and e-mail and put as one of the friends to send it to. Be sure to check the box to mail a copy to yourself as well – this way I can see your e-mail address and click SUBMIT.

3. There is actually no step 3, that’s it! 🙂

[UPDATE: The contest is now closed]


There are three prizes: The winner gets 3 CDs of their choice from either Insound, Amazon or CDUniverse. Second place gets two CDs and third place gets one.


Submissions will be accepted from Wednesday, March 14th, 3:00PM Eastern Time until Tuesday, March 21st, 12:00PM ET.

Not-so-fine print:

1. You can enter as many times as you wish, but you can only win once.2. You must provide your correct name and e-mail address to be eligible to win. 3. All CDs won must be selected from the same store. In other words, if you win two CDs, both of them will be ordered from one of the stores listed. 4. Each CD can have a maximum price of $20. I know that excludes some crazy imports, sorry! 5. This contest, the Hype Machine and are not affiliated in any way with General Electric, Domino Records or the Arctic Monkeys. This contest also does not represent endorsement of the Hype Machine or by General Electric, Domino Records or the Arctic Monkeys. 6. By submitting your drawing into this contest, you allow the Hype Machine and to display it as needed to show off your goods.

This is a Picture I Did Not Take

That’s how each entry begins at Unphotographable – a project by Michael David Murphy where he writes about incredible moments not captured by a camera:

This is a picture I did not take of a television set in Nyaung U, Myanmar, showing BBC News via satellite on a morning in early December, when the Myanmar government declared their yearly extension of democracy leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi’s house arrest, and how, less than ten seconds after this brief mention of her name, there was a city-wide blackout.

If the Burmese junta can’t control what the television says, they still control the electricity, albeit ten seconds too late.

There are many more.


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