Head Crank: Items of Interest

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How about some tales from the Edgar Allen Poe Collection.

Perhaps something from the H.P. Lovecraft Collection would be more up your alley.

Or Maybe Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker would tickle your fancy.

Who can resist Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollestonecraft (Godwin) Shelley.

Great Free Software Online:


Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

Automatic privacy is here. Download Firefox to block over 2000 trackers.

An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

Opera isn't just a browser. It's an awesome browser.

LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from their large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers.

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player and multimedia framework capable of reading most audio and video formats (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, DivX, MPEG-1, mp3, ogg, aac ...) as well as DVDs, Audio CDs VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

Free Online Astronomy Goodies:


Heavens Above
After inputting your location at this amazing FREE web site, you can find out exactly where and when to look to see all visible satellites orbiting overhead. Includes International Space Station pass info, and to-the-second forecasts for the breathtaking, UFO-like, "Iridium Flares."

Space Weather
This great site has tons of information on our Sun and the daily effect it has on our planet. Includes links to live images from the SOHO Solar Orbiter.

A superb FREE virtual tour of our home galaxy, with amazingly detailed views of all the worlds in our Solar System.

Celestia Motherlode
Hundreds of FREE downloads for Celestia, including both real world & Sci-fi Spacecraft (Star Trek, Star Ways Babylon 5, 2001, etc.)

Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)
The Jet Propulsion Lab's home page is the gateway to a huge amount of free information and imagery from just about every US Space probe.

Mars Rovers
Explore Mars - as discoveries are made - by the two extraordinary Rovers, "Spirit" (currently stuck in Martian sand) and "Opportunity." These Rovers were supposed to last 90 days. They're now in their 5 year!

After more than 10 years in operation, the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft impacted the surface of Mercury on April 30, 2015, at a speed of more than 3.91 kilometers per second (8,750 miles per hour), marking the end of operations for the hugely successful Mercury orbiter.

Explore Saturn - as discoveries are made - with Cassini. This satellite, currently in its 5th year of operation, continues to explore the spectacular ringed planet and its enigmatic Moons

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