I ordered a slider rig from Konova (konovaphoto.com) in Korea on Friday, November 29th and, lo and behold, it showed up on my doorstep on Monday. I paid $1,094 for the slider, a riser, pan/tilt head, manual crank, motor and a fancy computer controller and shipping was free (built into the business model, of course) and I expected it in a couple of weeks, but BAM, there it is. Seems nice enough, but I'll let you know after I get a chance to catch my breath.
Rampant Media now has all of their products (so far) on a simple external HDD. I have professionally purchased about $600 of Rampant Media to date and it's a tiny fraction of what you get for a grand here:
It's all truly drag-n-drop, noting to download, nothing to "install" and no proprietary intermediary software to jerk you around when really you just want to get going (unlike that other company that forces you to use their software, even for their ostensibly "drag-n-drop" products that look an awful lot like Rampant's). Yes, to get the results you see in Rampant Media Tools demo videos, you WILL need to learn about blending modes and the like, but that's how the pros do it...and so should you.
Downside? You're only going to get the currently released media and at the rate the team is churning out new content, there's probably something new comping out next week. Maybe Rampant should offer a subscription?
Disclaimer: I'm personally friends with owner-operators Stefanie and Sean, but as I mentioned before, I've also purchased about $600 of their content and will unhesitatingly buy more.
Free music - or more accurately, free-to-use music - is becoming quite common on the Open Sauce Internets. It's getting harder and harder to justify violating copyrights when you can ask Moby to use his music or strike a deal with The Easton Ellises. Quality classical music is harder to come by, what with the dozens of professional musicians that need to be paid, complex recording setups and administrative overhead to organize those sorts of shindigs. That's why I was pretty excited to find Musopen's music on archive.org. The funding for the project is crowdsourced, so it's not like a bunch of mixed-talent volunteers got together and donated their time, instead, real musicians and singer were paid real money to perform and it makes a huge difference. I suppose the Musopen Symphony Orchestra might not be as good as The Academy of St Martin in the Fields as directed by Sir Neville Marriner, but judge for yourself: the music is really excellent. And it's not just Creative Commons or Open Source or GNU or whatever, it's genuinely Public Domain, so, technically, you can burn CDs and sell them if you want. But that would be a really s%^tty thing to do. So don't. Instead, why not donate to their Chopin project?