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Monday, December 24, 2012

Linus Explains Christmas in HD

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Raindeer---with Gene Autry

Ho ho ho

Check out Sketchy Santa's dot com for  a review of Santa's you may want to avoid. Quite interesting holiday photos and reaction shots.  A thank you to the Huffington Post for this lead worth following.

Google vs. Bing


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My personal results:

65% of all searches
Word instead of image centered
Advertising clearly labeled
Advertising dies not figure in the priority of search results
5 x  the data base oh Yahoo & Bing
Faster on all but Windows 7 pro
Works on all platforms
Better fact or info searches
Better news and non-commercial access
Does not censor
Gathers data on you and your searches

Bing/ Yahoo:
Commercial advertising priority on search results
Lots of flash and images
Favors Microsoft "partners"
best for shopping
Poor for fact checking or search
Integrates into Windows 7
Fastest on Windows Pro
Explorer priority
Graphics based
Censorship imposed
Exclusivity of content imposed
gathers data on your and your searches

Bing/vs/Google site runs both allowing full Google power and acccess to Microsoft only content

Sources include the Atlantic on-line, Time Magazine, Microsoft owned "searchengineland", PC World, Science Friday on NPR's All Things Considered, Wired on line, Wall Street Journal and Tech World.

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Christmas Favorites...did not come from where you think they did

For a collection of Christmas music and the stories behind them go to

Thank you to a friend from Chicago for passing this very Chicago card on to us.

Deck the Halls with Advertising

My favorite seasonal satire...

Deck the Halls with Advertising: Stan Freberg Skewers Christmas Commercialism, by Randy Rendfeld, Guest Blogger

This 1958 Stan Freberg audio file satirizes the over-commercialism of Christmas.
It begins with Mr. Scrooge calling a meeting of important “advertising people” to find new ways to tie products to Christmas.
One advertiser talks of depicting a more rugged Santa smoking a preferred brand of cigarette. In the ad, Santa has “both sleeves rolled up and a tattoo on each arm.” One tattoo says “Merry Christmas,” the other “less tars.”
The sketch turns a bit preachy when Bob Cratchett, who owns a little spice company in East Orange, N.J., talks about the true meaning of Christmas. But “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” also turn a bit preachy, and most of us appreciate those works regardless.
Freberg was known for refusing to allow alcohol and tobacco companies to sponsor his work. Limited sponsorship became a problem when in 1957 “The Stan Freberg Show” replaced Jack Benny’s show on CBS Radio.
This sketch is an audio delight for the Christmas season. The better your sound system, the more you’re likely to enjoy it.
In this YouTube age when so many of us prefer a visual presentation with our sound files, cartoonist Paul Glickman has updated Stan Freberg’s satire of Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song).”
Stan Freberg tackles the Christmas them

Stan Freberg has twice assisted the State of Oregon in celebrating statehood anniversaries. The following is fromFreberg’s Wikipedia entry:
“In 1958, the Oregon Centennial Commission, under the sponsorship of Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company, hired Freberg to create a musical to celebrate Oregon’s one-hundredth birthday. The result was Oregon! Oregon! A Centennial Fable in Three Acts. Recorded at Capitol in Hollywood, it was released during the Oregon Centennial in 1959 as a 12″ vinyl LP album. Side one featured two versions of an introduction by Freberg (billed as “Stan Freberg, Matinee Idol”), with the second version including a few words from the president of Blitz Weinhard Co. This was followed by the show itself, which runs for 21 minutes. Side two includes separate individual versions of each of the featured songs, including several variations on the title piece, Oregon! Oregon!
Fifty years later, as Oregon approaches its Sesquicentennial, an updated version is being prepared by Freberg and the Portland band Pink Martini as part of a signature series of performances throughout the state. Pink Martini will tour the state and perform four regional performances in the northern, southern, and central areas of Oregon in August and September 2009. This is being made possible by a grant from the Kinsman Foundation for a $40,000 launch of Pink Martini’s Oregon! Oregon! 2009 with Stan Freberg.”


  1. Beginner’s mind. This quality of awareness sees things as new and fresh, as if for the first time, with a sense of curiosity.
  2. Nonjudgment. This quality of awareness involves cultivating impartial observation in regard to any experience—not labeling thoughts, feelings, or sensations as good or bad, right or wrong, fair or unfair, but simply taking note of thoughts, feelings, or sensations in each moment.
  3. Acknowledgment. This quality of awareness validates and acknowledges things as they are.
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  6. Letting be. With this quality of awareness, you can simply let things be as they are, with no need to try to let GO of whatever is present.
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Merry Christmas

Intelectural Property Theft Cost Jobs

In this video, ICE Director John Morton talks about how the theft of intellectual property costs American jobs and what his agency does to protect them this wrapup of achievements in 2011, ICE Director John Morton shows how American jobs are being stolen through IP theft

Dubbing Through The Decades

A Christmas Story goes Commercial...

Merry Christmas to All!

And she brought forth her firstborn son & wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:7-11

Manuia le Kerisimasi, Feliz Navidad, Mele Kelikimaka & MERRY CHRISTMAS 2012!

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I yust go nuts at Christmas - Yogi Yorgesson

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