I like making websites and music using freeware and DIY technology; here's how-to's and links so you can, too. Also on my blog are more how-to's!

Collective Tracks!

Chicago, July 08 @ Desiree Alliance
GPXXX Navigation System

Austin, Oct 08 w/ SkillShare Austin
Grassroots Media Justice Tour
"This heart is like..."

San Antonio, Oct 08 Esperanza @ Grassroots Media Justice Tour "When I'm free..."


The Hart Collective site has a great how-to for beginning web design.

DIY RSS text: www.downes.ca

This site has a great resources and how-to web for making zines: grrrlzines.net

Generally Useful Links for DIYers

* Creative Commons Copyright [Most of the above is lisenced under with their smart "Some Rights Reserved" copyright]

* URL Redirection: www.webalias.com

* Webstats, list of free tools: http://webdesign.about.com

* Open Source Scripts: www.webreference.com

* Mac Freeware:
Audio - http://www.freemacware.com/

D I Y Audio - Shareware / Freeware / Mashup

Don't have Garageband? Can't afford ProTools or a mixing studio? NO PROBLEM!!! When I made my first album, it was with a 2001 Windows machine running ME, $40 of RAM, a $1.50 computer mic from the dollar store, and the following freeware:

To Mashup and Produce Music!

To Record Your Amazing Voice

1. the Garageband that came with your Mac, record a vocal track, slap on whatever vocal enhancers and/or background noises you'd like and "Share" the file as an MP3 or M4A

2. Windows Sound - Open your PC. Go to -->Start -->Accessories -->Entertainment -->Sound Recorder. It's there, promise. -WINDOWS SOUND RECORDER

3. Download and install the free audio editor/recording software Audacity and use it to record into your computer. Add on any background music you'd like [or not] and save the file as an MP3.

Making & Having a Website:

Resources for learning HTML & CSS:
* Webmonkey: http://www.webmonkey.com [really good tutorials!]
* html.net: http://www.html.net/tutorials/css/ [made CSS super simple to 'get']
* W3Schools: http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp [W3 web standards]
* HTML Goodies: http://www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/html/
* HTML Code Tutorial: http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/

HTML Editors - Free/Shareware:
* KompoZer - for Mac & PC. The best of the free, in my opinion.
* NVU - for Mac, basically version 1 of KompoZer
* Pagebreeze - for PC [most os's]
* CoffeCup - for PC [XP or Vista only]

Free Templates:
* http://www.oswd.org/ [OpenSourceWebsites]

Free Javascript / DHTML [to make nice things like the galleries on this site]:
*Dynamic Drive - free, original DHTML and Javascripts

Setting Up Your Website:
* Register a Domain Name [ex. www.myradsite.com]: http://www.godaddy.com
**Consider registering your Domain as "Private" - it is well worth the $8**

* Server Space to put the site [html and images] onto
o Free - http://www.freewebs.com [the original hadassahsbizzare was hosted there!]
o List of free hosts: free-webhosts.com
o Not Free, but *green!* - http://www.dreamhost.com

* Collect Your Stats - these are both free and simple.
o http://www.hitslog.com/ [definitely sold my info and made me get junk mail. tho]
o http://www.statcounter.com