The download's ready, so without further ado:
This link will take you to a folder where you'll see six files. Move your mouse cursor over each filename and a Download button will appear. There are three ZIP files- Disc 1, Disc 2, and Bonus- and three PDFs (track-by-track notes for the two main discs, brief track notes for the bonus).
Some of you, I'm sure, don't need the basic instructions I've included below- but they're here anyway for those who might need them.
You need to extract the mp3s from the ZIP file before you can do anything with them. (WinZip or WinRAR should work fine if your computer acts puzzled by ZIPs; both programs are free on the web.) If you want to see the tracks in iTunes and listen to them through that interface or load them onto your iPod, you'll want to create a folder with the extracted files in it and then "Add Folder to iTunes" from the iTunes File pulldown menu. Create a playlist in iTunes and/or your iPod and use the Track # data I've got in there to get everything in the correct order. The bonus tracks are just numbered according to alphabetical order by performer name and don't really require ordering per se.
If anyone has any trouble with extracting the ZIP files, please let me know. I probably won't be able to fix your computer for you if it's broken, but I can definitely help with basics.
An important note about these downloads: when I burned Discs 1 and 2 onto CDs, I used the Options tab in a song's info screen in many cases to stop the track early. This was done so each playlist could fit onto an 80-minute CD-R. The point of this? If you have the download tracks and want to burn them to a disc, you'll have to either discard one or two songs from each disc OR do what I did to get everything to fit.
One other important note: there are a few tracks that contain some of George Carlin's Seven Dirty Words. It's nothing you wouldn't hear in a PG-13 or R-rated movie (although I will not knowingly use a version of a song that contains words Caucasians are not entitled to use.) The majority of songs are clean enough for radio on their own.
I think that's everything- please feel free to distribute the folder link to individuals (please do not repost it on social networking sites or public message boards; I'm very serious about that). It'd be nice to know where it's going (copying my email address, email@example.com, on forwarded messages works fine). I know the RIAA isn't suing people any more, but that doesn't mean that there aren't people and organizations out there who don't try to stop any kind of distribution regardless of whether it's commercial or not. (This is definitely the latter.)
Happy holidays! I hope you enjoy this project as much as I do. If you scope all of this and would rather just have a CD mailed, send me a note with your mailing address.