A few quirky tidbits of interest…
A group of squid isn’t, unfortunately, called a squad, but is instead called a shoal. What a shame. (Source: BoingBoing.net) However, be it known, that I am officially introducing several words into the language: people who own one of these cute little new Fiats are called Fiatecians (Fee – uh – tee – zshians). And the plural of Prius is Prei (Pree – eye).
The younger among the reading public probably have not seen these out in the wild, but these are called rabbit ears and were very common once upon a time long, long ago. No, really. This was pre-Netflix, pre-iTunes, pre-DVDs, pre-VCR… (Source: BoingBoing)
The little music elves at Pandora have been busy creating an awesome collection of holiday music channels with different themes. Click any link to go to that channel or music from that and similar artists. Just another reason I think Pandora is way awesome!
Christmas Radio – Enjoy an extensive mix of traditional Christmas favorites and timeless holiday classics spanning the decades and genres for the season from a variety of artists like Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, Frank Sinatra, John Lennon and Vince Guaraldi Trio.
Today’s Christmas Radio – This station is dedicated to this year’s holiday music releases, including: Blake Shelton, Jeremy Camp, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Cee Lo Green, Richard Marx, Christina Perri, Celtic Woman, Rod Stewart and Colbie Caillat.
R&B and Pop Holidays Radio – Turn on the latest Christmas releases from today’s hottest artists and a festive mix of R&B and pop holiday classics from the cast of the hit show, Glee, Brian McKnight, Mariah Carey, Michael Buble and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Family Christmas Radio – Delight children with a collection of family favorites and Holiday music just for kids featuring artists like Spongebob Squarepants, Vince Guaraldi Trio, Connie Talbot and Kidz Bop Kids.
Classical Christmas Radio – Hear a relaxing compilation of Classical holiday pieces featuring orchestras, soloists and simply beautiful Christmas choirs from Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops Orchestra, Antonio Vivaldi, The Cambridge Singers.
Peaceful Holidays Radio – Create a serene soundtrack for your holiday celebrations with favorites by the world’s most popular modern instrumentalists including Jim Brickman, Mannheim Steamroller, John Tesh and Tim Janis.
Christian Contemporary Holidays Radio – Experience the biggest Christian artists performing holiday classics including this year’s new releases from artists like Amy Grant, TobyMac, Michael W. Smith and CeCe Winans.
Jazz Holidays Radio – Enjoy a tasty mix of instrumentals and vocals with a mellow holiday vibe interpreted by Jazz artists from yesterday and today like Ella Fitzgerald, Chris Botti, Ramsey Lewis and Vince Guaraldi Trio.
Navidad Latina Radio – A mix of Latin holiday classics by a wide variety of artists spanning the decades in the Latin genre, including Gilberto Santa Rosa, Celia Cruz Y La Sonora Matancera, Willie Colo and Luis Miguel.
Navidad Tropical Radio – Christmas traditions of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Cuba, The Dominican Republic and Colombia, including music by Ramito, Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe, Guillermo Buitrago, Celia Cruz & La Sonora Matancera
Soulful Holidays Radio – A compilation by some of the best performers in the history of R&B & Soul spanning the decades, featuring: Kirk Franklin, K-CI & Jo Jo, Boys II Men, Al Green, The Emotions and Stevie Wonder.
Electronic Holidays Radio – Dance to a mix of all the classic holiday favorites remixed by some of today’s top names in Electronic music including Kaskade, Thunderball, Juan Atkins and Afrodisiac Soundsystem.
Source: Pandora Blog
Laser Assisted Crosswalk
I love this laser-assisted crosswalk signage concept. I’m amazed more people aren’t killed here in San Francisco on Market Street. It’s bedlam at rush hour!
War on Xmas
That whole “war on Christmas” ruse isn’t about Christ. It’s about the deity of capitalism and materialism. I, for one, refuse to keep Capitalism in Christmas with its pathetic camping out in store parking lots and trampling over people, just acting like savages. (By the way, my friend Dan keeps the Yule in Yuletide. Hysterical!)
Nothing Says Capitalism Like Waiting In Line To Get Screwed By People With More Money Than You. Camping in public places to demand important things like economic justice and equality is now mostly illegal in many places. But if there’s, like, a REALLY good sale going on somewhere, then happy shopping!”
Source: Max Slavkin at Upworthy
- From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to the Holidays (pandora.com)