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Online Christmas Music

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

HarpIt is too soon to start steaming Christmas music. I plan to only do that for a few hours during the actual holidays this year. Searching for a reliable source of Christmas music can be frustrating. All Things Christmas has a good playlist and it works very well. I plan to update this posts with other good links as the season approaches. I just tried a dozen links from a search and many of them were not working.

If You Haven’t Got a Penny…

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

People’s grave concerns about the economy are bound to affect how they celebrate Christmas this year.


Christmas parties are already being canceled
by cash strapped employers. There is no talk of this year’s Tickle Me Elmo.

My wife and I made a no Christmas presents pact years ago. It was not entirely a financial decision. Gift giving can be stressful for many of us.

Food is going to be a major focus of Christmas in my house this year. Free streaming Christmas music will probably play a role as well.

I am Not a Leader of Men

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Last Monday, I was on a train reading a newly purchased copy of Death of a Salesman. I can only vaguely remember reading it in school and I was surprised and a bit creeped out at its relevance.

There have been many of Pop Culture References made to this award winning play. I spotted one that hasn’t been cataloged in Wikipedia. One of my least favorite bands, Nickelback, has a song called Leader of Men. One line of lyrics echoes Biff Lomans rebuke of his father’s American Dream.

I am Not a Leader of Men

If Biff and Willy Loman were real, they would probably be a bit disheartened to find that Nickelback has pushed them all the way to the 4th page of a Google query for this line. I know I am.

Death isn’t current enough to be effectively used a metaphor for the American political scene or the present economic crisis but I hope that somebody close to GWB makes some kind of Biff remark that he won’t get.