This years podcast for Christmas: Well, it’s big. Took a while to prune down to this size; nearly two and a half hours! And I think it’s pretty fine.
I let it get big because it’s been a cruddy year and we may be facing the end of the country. I mean, Donald Trump is the worst president since Nixon. Trump is going in declaring he’s a racist bigot crook and claims it doesn’t matter. We knew what he was when you elected him. Elected him with all the crime and corruption and hatred you knew he’d bring.
Yeah, the year was a mess so it’s all the reason to celebrate because it may be the last time. There’ll be times coming when the celebration means more but the last time we can rejoice in freedom is always memorable.
Too many of my friends died this year. All tragically because all dyings are tragic. More reason to wonder why I’m still hanging around. I dropped a 150 pound hunk of steel on my head this fall. It didn’t kill me. Then O tried to face plant myself while driving my shoulder into a brick wall. It hurt but I wiped the blood out of my eyes and finished walking the dogs. I’m still here. Maybe as punishment? I doubt that. I can still sing.
We had some fun this year, at least in this house. Had three foster dogs, two of them are in a better place already. One, Big Samson the Gentle is going to be ready for a forever home sooner than we’d think. He’s really a loving kind.
We moved. It was hell and torturously expensive. Still deep in debt over it.
It’s one of the small reasons this might be the last Christmas PodCast. BlueHost, who I’ve been pretty happy with have announced a jacked up rate increase, about 70%! I don’t think I can afford that. I’ve made a point of ignoring all entreaties to monetize the site. Sometimes that gets me taken advantage of. It’s a small thing and doesn’t mean much. The site will vanish is all. But maybe I can find a cheaper acceptable alternative. I’ll look.
The site has had over two million unique visitors just to the main page, about seven million other people just looking for some music or to look at the pictures. I think that’s fine and gratifying. The pictures are worth seeing and the music worth hearing. HEY! Check out Material Issues great Christmas track “Merry Christmas Will Do” And Chris Von Sneidern’s track “Santa Claus,” for me they’re the new Christmas Anthems. But all the tracks are memorable, I think. I will always enjoy how spell correct tried to change Vibeke Saugestad into Vitamin Suggested. The podcast has already had about four thousand downloads and that’s just from the way I slop things around with all my non-announcements.
I do think you’ll like the music and I think it will make your spirits gladder and take you away from this place and to the place where dreams seem like yesterdays and hopes happen every tomorrow. It’s Christmas time and that means something. It’s the time you can believe Old Man Potter got arrested for stealing Uncle Billy’s money. A time when kindness is repaid with love and mercy. It’s that time when WWI troops stopped killing each other and sang carols to themselves and to their enemies and didn’t start shooting each other until December 26th. It’s a time when people are bigger than nations and we can take a minute and see the other person hiding there too afraid to speak. It’s Christmas.
As long as you can reach out and find a hand or a fuzzy head to hold and pet nothing is as bad as we think and all we are doing is what we need to do. And we believe that somewhere we are all trying to do the right thing.
Merry Christmas. Happy Chanukah. Feliz Navidad. To a brighter New Year.
Aloha Christmas – Dukes Of Surf
Ski Party – Wondermints
Are You Ready For Christmas – BBBs
Merry Christmas Will Do – Material Issue
Even Santa Gets The Blues – Eugene Ruffolo
It’s Xmas (And Everyone Is Miserable) – Dirty Sidewalks
Help Me Forget – Solicitors
A Christmas Carol (For The Losers In Love) – Vibeke Saugestad
Christmas Eve Can Kill You – Everly Brothers
Christmas At Ground Zero – Weird Al Yankovic
A Surfer’s Christmas List – Surfaris
I Want An Alien For Christmas – Fountains Of Wayne
I Want Elvis For Christmas – Holly Twins (with Eddie Cochran)
(I Want) A Beatle For Christmas – Patty Surbey And The Canadian V.I.P.s
Santa Got Lost In Texas – Little Joe (Michael Landon)
Santa Got A DWI – Sherman Linton
Christmas For Cowboys – Jars of Clay
Come All Ye Faithful Surfer Girls – Chevelles
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Tommy Roe
Jingle Bell Laugh – St. Nicklas
Jingle Bells Slide – Jack Scott
Hey There, St. Nicholas! (Plain White T’s vs Smokey Robinson) – Voicedude
Little Drummer Boy – Miracle Legion
Santa’s Got an Airplane (Version 2) – Beach Boys
Santa Claus – Chris Von Sneidern
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Ronnie Spector And Darlene Love
Under The Christmas Tree – Swingin’ Neckbreakers
2000 Miles – Grip Weeds
Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band
Merry Twist-Mas – Marcels
Come On Christmas – Barely Pink
It’s Always Christmas At My House – Huntingtons
Let It Snow – Me, You And Her
Look Around You (It’s Christmas Time) – Bobby Goldsboro
4th Of July / Christmas Rag – Peter Case
A Round About Christmas – Kingston Trio
Shchedryk (Ukranian Bell Carol) – Pink Martini
Jingle Jangle Christmas – Vibeke Saugestad
Christmas Would Not Be Christmas – Carpet Frogs
X-Mas – Epicycle
Everyday Is Christmas – SWAG
The Dawn Of Correction – Spokesmen
Twas The Night Before Xmas – Huey Piano Smith
White Christmas – Platters
The Bells Of St. Mary – Bob B Soxx And The Blue Jeans
Amazing Grace – Jeff Beck
Gloria in Excelsis Deo – London Symphony Orchestra
New Year’s Revolution (demo) – Graham Parker
The Christmas Song (Unreleased Alternate Take) – Nat King Cole
Silent Night – Everly Brothers And The Boys Town Choir
O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) – Mormon Tabernacle Choir
iTunes-Get ’em while you can!
Direct Download From Site
MP3 Version that I’m to Jolly to wonder why MP3 still exists
Click images for desktop size: “Admiral Skull” by Frank HamiltonI’m going to have to remove all the mp3’s from the site.
I’ve spent a lot of energy in not monetizing this site. And I get approached a lot. I find it strange. I mean I track the 100 or so visitors that come here a day. I don’t track them but I like the little counter at the bottom of the page. It counts the number of people who come here to the front page and that manages to exclude the number of google image searches and the ilk. I like to think of people enjoying the pretty pictures but i don’t feel the need to count them. Some people do though. I guess if you count the people I don’t know the site has about 47,000 visits a day. Which is still not that many.
That also doesn’t count robots. Little apps that crawl the whole structure of the site. I have most robots turned off in robot.txt but , of course, complying with robot.txt is voluntary.
About a half dozen of these robots are looking for mp3’s. Which is no big deal except these robots generate html links to sites that sell the mp3’s for money. Which I think is creepy and wrong. But what bugs me is that they never asked me or even told me what they were doing and a few of their rather lazy customers assume that I get a cut or get pay from these sites!!
I think there are enough places in this world who view the world as a walking wallet and enough people conniving how best to extract money from you. I wanted to make sure that this thing of mine was a haven from that. It’s the point, among a myriad million other diffuse points, of this thing.
So I guess the best thing is just to delete the mp3’s.
The podcasts stay though. No one has figured out to extract money from them yet!
It’s been a bad week for me. I hope for no one else. I had to go back to work. Bad news. I live in a “Right to Work” state. That means workers have no rights. I mean none. Not even the right to a
Click images for desktop size: “A Letter” by Vargas coffee break or a lunch 15 minutes. No rights whatsoever. And plenty of employers who contrive to exploit that.
Our new little white puppy had to go in for heart worm treatment. I once had another little girl who died of heart worm so I’m a bit obsessive about it. They inject the dog with arsenic to kill the heart worm. They use long needles in the lumbar region. Then it’s important, as in life or death important, that the little girl stay as quiet and as unexcited as possible for two months!
The first night the little girl cried woefully and it agony all night. The next day she had to be rushed to the vet. It seemed she was having a bad reaction to the pain killer she gets for the heart worm treatment.
That night the giant (100 lb. plus) dog broke through the baby gate and attacked the little girl. She had to rush to the emergency vet. Three hundred bucks and a lousy patch up job later and she was still alive and all right and probably regretting ever being “rescued”.
She’s such a sweet and gentle thing she bears no grudge or anger. She tore me up pretty badly but that was always just her panic and pain. The pain she did to my body was minor to the pain and guilt I felt for letting her down and being remiss in protecting her.
She smiled at me today and that makes it better.
I’m still angry with giant dog.
This is a failed podcast. I wanted to tell an emotional story to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Somehow it comes off as just a bit of an uptempo mess that’s pretty much subject to incorrect interpretation. But there’s some great tunes here and you can dance to it. And, get right down to it all these podcasts are for my wife anyway.
The Cool and The Crazy 7
Lady, That’s My Skull
Gene Pitney & George Jones – I’ve Got $5 And It’s Saturday Night
Shonen Knife – Bitzkrieg Bop
Ricky Nelson – There’s Good Rockin’ Tonight
Bob Luman – Let’s Think About Living
Strangeloves – I Want Candy
Elvis Brothers – Motormouth
Wanda Jackson – Riot In Cell Block Number 9
Beat Farmers – Hollywood Hills
Preston Epps – Bongo Rock
Buckinghams – I Call Your Name
Phantom Rocker & Slick – My Mistake
Adam Schmitt – Can’t Get You On My Mind
Spirit Of Troy – Hang On Sloopy
Boss Hoss – Go! Go! Go!
Travoltas – Barbra Ann
Me First & The Gimmee Gimmees – Sloop John B
Los Planatronics – Shape Of Things To Come
Del Shannon= Reason To Believe
Starry Eyed & Laughing – Chimes Of Freedom
Byrds – 5D
Dl Byron – Listen To The Heartbeat
Downbeat 5 – Dum Dum Ditty
Roy Orbison – You Got It
Trashmen – New Generation
Weird Al Yankovic – Canadian Idiot
Boss Martians – She Moves Me
Equals – Police On My Back
Bomboras – David’s Mood
Jigsaw Seen – The Daily Planet
Gene Pitney – It’s Over
Click images for desktop size: “Attack!” by Lavakillu I’ve had to turn off comments on the site.
I was getting about 3,000 spam comments a day. I don’t have time and energy to write. Burning off some of that to deal with deleting huge globs of nonsense was exasperating and exhausting.
It appears to be coming from one BotNet coming from a furniture store in Nebraska. Blocking that just bounced around to other Windows networks mainly small retail joints in the midwest.
Love that all these Windows guys have gotten their broadband hijacked. Great OS.
My wife complained about me having comments turned off on our fifth anniversary. (Anniversary of meeting, not of marriage.) I turned comments back on for an hour or so and got hit with 65 spam comments. She didn’t post her comment. She was mad at me about something. Probably me not remembering the anniversary but maybe for something else.
Everything else has gone as well as can be expected. Feeling pressured to deal with the US Immigration to get my wife down here.Coping with that as best as I can.Did the big annual dog walk with my puppy. She hates her diet but she’s starting to look magnificent. She attracted her share of stares and coos.That’s something because there were we’ll over 500 dogs on the walk, everything from Italian Greyhounds to Chinese Crested. They all seemed like good dogs to me.
Before the walk and even after my puppy has been extremely happy. I’m not sure why or if the why matters. She’s just laughing about everything and enjoying being with me and tormenting me as much as possible. Although I think she feels like I’m tormenting her.
Click images for desktop size: “Always With Honor” by Unknown They’ve jacked the price of my drugs 325%!!
I wasn’t alone on that. At the clinic pharmacy there’s been a lot of violent disturbance because of the price increase. A sense of entitlement I guess. Some of it probably just fear. I felt fear, trying to figure out how I could pay for it all. I take 12 pills a day plus the insulin.
I managed to save some money by going to different pharmacies. The $4 generic works for one of the drugs, and another is normally $44 but I found one doing it for $10.
The scary prices are on the Plavix (the most profitable drug in the world at over $200 a month) and the insulin (Lantus) which goes for about $200 a month.
Health care reform – who needs it right?
I’m incensed that our government has gotten so corrupt that they’re letting Comcast, Time Warner et al own the internet. Comcast already blocks sites that disagree with their illegal tactics. Obama is so busy trying to criminalize children for downloading music that he’s forgotten one of his main campaign promises, an open and free internet.
Instead he is abiding by the wishes of the corrupt Republican Senators and the corrupt dog Democrats in the house (all whom have received MASSIVE chunks of cash from Comcast and Time Warner.
Click images for desktop size: “Tony Bennett” They wrote a “bi-partisan” (hey, corruption and greed know no party lines) letter demanding the FCC ignore their mandate and care for the money grubbers. Obama clearly agrees with them and is letting it happen.
This seems small compared to the fact that Republican policies are leading to the end of the world down in the Gulf of Mexico, but as the internet gets shut down there’s a chance, a real good chance, that we’d never even have known about the oil spill and BP’s ignoring of it.
Again Obama, instead of declaring it a disaster and sending in the troops to blow the hell of the leak and stop it, he lets BP dilly about and make money.
There’s a sadness in the world.
Hit with overwhelming tiredness. Want to talk about the new music I’ve been listening too.
Click images for desktop size: “The Day We Met For Coffee” by J3 Concepts Sometimes there’s just an empty space. It doesn’t want filling.
I don’t know exactly what that means, but I know how it feels.
Sometimes I miss being innocent.
My blood levels are getting better. Much better, normal really, but there are these odd spikes. So I talked to my old doctor.
No more coffee . . . or I can have decaf coffee. I’ve no big problem with that but its just another small pleasure, another enjoyable vice taken away. He also thinks its dangerous for me to be a vegetarian. No red meat but I should be eating chicken, turkey, that kind of stuff.
I don’t like my body dictating this much to me.
Except for this I’ve been stud healthy most of my life. No allergies, no chronic this or that. Never ever even had an earache. Nothing hurt me badly at all. Except other people, but that would be the case for most of us I’d figure.
So I really don’t have any experience dealing with this. I don’t know how to gracefully accept a limitation imposed on me by my body. My body was always my friend. Now it feels like its not.
The way I’ve been dealing with it is the same bull headed way I deal with everything: Get my head down and bull through it. Ignoring everything, every stitch every bloody cut and patching up what can’t be ignored until . . . I almost wrote “until its too late” instead of typing the thought in my head which was “until I have time”.
I should just whine better. Learn to be graceful in the face of this. I realize I don’t have a clue as to what that graceful attitude would be. If it even exists.
Click images for desktop size: “Preying Mantis” by WallPaper Maniac There was someone I was dating along time ago. It didn’t last long. She wasn’t dating me, she was dating some image of me that may or may not have ever existed. She didn’t like me being morose and said to me, “You never heard about Jackie Kennedy being all morose when her husband got shot!”
Now I wonder what she wanted to convey, other then making me look at her as if she were a slime encrusted gastropod alien. And the thought “Where do I meet people like this . . . oh yeah, Hollywood.
But I don’t know how to behave as gracefully as Jackie Kennedy. Somebody probably wrote a book about it. A book I’d most likely never read.
I’ve figured out the AJAX code to get the little pop-up windows of the web sites on my links page. It works great on the local server but choked when I went live. Which is how I discovered what every first year Computer Student already knows, for security reasons you can’t make an XMLGetRequest to another server or another domain via the browser . . . You can, however, get the server to make a proxy request to a third server.
As soon as I figure out what that means I plan to get right on it. Or kludge together a brilliant work around . . . or at least make up something that will work.
And today I’m using Beta 27 of ecto. I still like the app a lot. It finally solved one major issue for me. It now properly uploads the pictures to the server. That means I don’t have to go and manually create the thumbnails then open an ftp app and upload the things. This way is much quicker and easier.
And I am so busy that I NEED the 45 or 50 seconds that normally takes.
The layout tools have shown a marked improvement as well. Now it is possible for it to use my css file and create the layout exactly as it would appear instead of me either guesstimating or firing up the local server and examining it that way.
I still use MarsEdit to add in the extra span tags and special styles. That may be force of habit. Or the fact that I have all the code snippets stored inside of MarsEdit. I guess my next big adventure will be to try and do a post solely in ecto.
I’m also getting yancy (there’s a word you haven’t heard since your grandfather bounced you on his knee) waiting for the next Leopard Update. It supposedly will fix my biggest issues!
I wish Mac and iPod etc hadn’t gotten so successful. It used to be that Apple was mainly worried about keeping their customers happy now they’re just trying to become Microsoft.
And I am still excited about the Super Bowl. I want to see the Patriots play.
But its been so dull so far. I mean, Plaxico Buress predicting that the Patriots will only score 17 points is hardly deeply interesting. Nor is the state of Tom Brady’s ankle that fascinating.
There’s no great hype, no deep analysis of each teams match-ups, that sort of thing.
I’ve been hearing more about commercials than the game. More about the money than the game.
Although I did just learn today that one of my Texas players signed with the Bengals! Which is great football news.