I was first introduced to Shakira through Whenever, Wherever (2001 song), via the video, and really loved it. I hunted through my resources and found that she had been around for quite some time and a lot of her music was in Spanish (Españoles). Many thanks to that anonymous person somewhere in South America who had an excellent collection which I could build on.
Having lost my fear of "foreign" music through my appreciation for Lacuna Coil (Italian) and later for Vintersorg (Swedish), I fell in love with her voice even when not in English.
A strange aside.. for some reason a song or two really rung a bell for me.. as if I had heard them before somewhere. Nada es facil ("Inevitable", 1998 - Dónde Están Los Ladrones? #05) did that for me. Weird.
I also bumped into a couple of other artists by the name of "Shakira".. go figure. =)
TODO - Select songs
TODO - absorb bits of pushmeaway?
A metal/rap-ish/"alternative" metal band, who I know from their very early days and still have pre-release songs from Xero and Hybrid Theory.
They were really great, but like their peers they slid downhill. I stopped caring about them many years ago.
Health, Exercise >
These are exercises which I've tried myself.
Health, Exercise > Tension >
This was me playing around with some different ways to visualise and enact tension in various parts of my body. These exercises are not meant to be used for strengthening or conditioning but for awareness.
Inaugural Speech of Nelson Mandela (South Africa, 1994)
Writing > samurai >
What is the most important virtue a samurai may posses?
Writing + Software >
Copyright versus Community in the Age of Computer Networks, July 2000
I know that this would be frowned upon, but I made some minor formatting edits for readability. It seems that the copy I have below is different than what's hosted, so perhaps it's been updated.
See also On text localization