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For the Record

A few quirky tidbits of interest…


Fiat 500A group of squid isn’t, unfortunately, called a squad, but is instead called a shoal. What a shame. (Source: 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).

Rabbit Ears
Rabbit Ears

Rabbit Ears

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)

Pandora Elves

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.

Country Christmas Radio – Enjoy country holiday favorites and discover new seasonal releases from country music’s biggest stars including Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Toby Keith and Blake Shelton.

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.

Folk Holidays Radio – A collection of holiday instrumentals from the finest folk acoustic guitarists from the 70s to today like James Taylor, John Fahey, Sarah McLachlan and Stephen Bennett.

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.

Gospel Christmas Radio – Celebrate the Christmas season with praise, worship and gospel glory, including: CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Luther Vandross and Mary Mary.

Hanukkah Radio – Celebrate Hanukkah and Jewish music in the tradition of the holiday season with hits from Pacific Pops Orchestra, Margie Rosenthal, Ot Azoj Klezmer Band and Erran Baron Cohen.

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.

Swingin’ Christmas Radio – Holiday classics featuring Big Band, the Rat Pack and a new generation of swinging music stars including Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Harry Connick Jr.

Christmas Blues Radio – A mix of classic holiday Blues with the most recent releases, featuring: B.B. King, Charles Brown, Keb Mo’ and Elvis Presley.

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 Mexicana Radio – Christmas time in Mexico is a magical and surreal experience, including: Eydie Gorme y Los Panchos, Los Tigres del Norte, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Grupo Mojado

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

Rockin’ Holidays Radio – A wide variety of Christmas oldies and classic hits, from artists like Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Brenda Lee and The Eagles.

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.

Indie Holidays Radio – Holiday classics performed by Indie artists as well as Indie Christmas originals from artists like Low, Weezer, Bright Eyes and Sufjan Stevens.

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.

Tropical Holidays Radio – Sit back and relax with a mellow collection of Hawaiian, Reggae and Exotica sounds from artists like Jimmy Buffett, Don Ho, Joe Gibbs and Arthur Lyman.”

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!

Laser Crosswalk

Source: Geekology

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

4 thoughts on “For the Record”

  1. Wikipedia (well-known authoritative reference) says they can be called an “audience” (which works for me as I understand they are curious creatures) or a “roundup.” Art Feenan (less well-known and somewhat less-authoritative reference) says its permissible (and even more proper) to refer to them as a “Squad” or a “Squiggle” or even a “Squirm”, especially in California which makes its own rules (assuming the legislature doesn’t object).

  2. Please export squid to blog as aquarium clouding over and goldfish pouting. Goldfish inquiring what their little group is called. I told them it is a “cadre” but they are not satisfied. They are holding out for “cabal”.

  3. The very indignity! They’re a junta! (the archaic spelling began with the more proper “g.”

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