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Fragments and Shrapnel – 100% pure

There is no lint on this week’s version of Fragments and Shrapnel. It’s 100% pure organic, free-range content with no added hormones. Please enjoy responsibly.

This week a friend of mine told me about and I’ve become addicted. The premise behind the site is you punch in the URL of a website, like,, and a song is generated to the tune of your website.  According to the site, The codeorgan scans the page content and removes all characters not found in the musical scale (A to G) and then analyzes the remaining characters to find the most commonly used note. The result is an electronic song complete with drum machine and a 1970’s base line. I played with this site way too long when I had other pressing matters that needed attending. When geeks have spare time genius is created.

On other end of the creativity spectrum is This sparsely designed website is packed full of how-to crafty projects and photographs from the author’s Flickr page. Need advice on buying snow chains? It’s here! Are nose piercings inherently trashy? Probably, but you can find out here!   Not Martha is a mish-mash of interesting and unusual content that will have you coming back for more.

Finding a decent all-encompassing wine site is not easy. It’s either re-quotes from the latest copy of Wine Spectator or reviews of wine you will never find. That’s why I was very pleased when I stumbled on SpinTheBottleNY.Com.

The site is run by Sasha who apparently has no last name like Cher or Madonna. Sasha says the site is based on a simple premise: appreciating wine begins with understanding your own palate.  Figuring out what you like (and why) is the single most important thing you can do to ensure your wine well-being.  Sasha teaches classes in the “tri-county” area but if you don’t live near New York City, you can “spin the basics” and read articles on storing wine at the right temperature, why sugar is important in winemaking, and more. There are articles and videos on wine pairings, news and reviews.  This website is very drinkable and has notes of good feeling and camaraderie. The terroir has a down to earth and approachable feel.


About Anna Alexander

I get ideas. I write things. I sometimes follow through with those ideas. I also run long distances and live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband cat who lets us pay the mortgage on his house.

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