Sunday, December 14, 2014

a few seasonal songs

Oh my, so many links so little time.

O Come All Ye Faithful and check out some songs for This Christmas. (note/warning - all the links offer youtube enjoyment and could result in wasted time )

Oh Holy Night it was, the many Angels We Have Heard On High ruined our Silent Night.

Then, Run Run Rudolph jumped on a Sleigh Ride riding through the Winter Wonderland with Santa Baby.

Are you wishing for a White Christmas, a Holly Jolly Christmas?  I sure don't want a Blue Christmas?

Do you Dig That Crazy Santa Claus or just the Pretty Paper?

When you Go Tell It On The Mountain don’t forget the Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum because we should bring more Joy to the World.

We Three Kings Deck The Halls and Jingle Bells.

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree is one of My Favorite Things. So, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

(this is my personal record for links in one post)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

my fragment contribution

I’ll gladly accept a comment contribution after you read this. Mrs. 4444’s blog collects fragment contributions.  I've missed a couple of weeks but I have my Friday Fragments ready tonight. Her collection of FF posts offers good blog sharing.

Seems like the charities and non-profits get more aggressive every year. This is certainly the contribution collection season for them.


I’ve written my thoughts about blogging a few times here and on my other blog, “I can’t blog”. (my favorite post about it - what’s in a blog) Readers come and go. Blogs come and go. Situations are always changing so the fluctuation of blogs and readers makes sense. What I currently refuse to accept is that blogging is just a fad like some shoe style. I believe it is bigger and longer lasting than a fad.


A great thinker and very funny guy gave us this quote:
Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that. - George Carlin

cold thinker

urge to splurge - We have entered the season of stuff. The marketing gods are directing us to get more stuff for others and ourselves. A new warning should added to many of the product boxes.
Warning: Contents will add to clutter.

picture an elf divider - I can't find the pic

This last Tuesday night something took over my blog. Actually it took over all three of my blogs. Thank goodness for online community forums. I've used forums before there were blogs. The exchange of common interest information can be found on both blogs and forums. After going to a forum for blogger, I learned what was causing my problem since many others were suffering the same problem. Something went wrong with the sitemeter widget I had on all my blogs.  So, no more sitemeter widget here - no more problem.  I suspect the problem may not have been intentional and could be fixed by now.  I'm wondering if any of you noticed it while you were blog browsing Tuesday night.

To you smartphone users - Is it getting harder to get off your app and do something?

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

unusual group of guys

I discovered this unusual delightful group lives in the most unusual place. If you want you can scroll down to the bottom and skip the sequence leading up to this discovery. I think the sequence of events is interesting too.

It started with a newspaper article. I read this article in the Chicago Tribune. (some tree parts and recycled paper were used in the delivery of this article)

The article was about the British Arrow awards which I had never heard of before. They award the best British ads and in a few US cities people pay to watch a screening of the winners. I would probably go to it but the nearest city appears to be Minneapolis.

One of the winners was an ad campaign for Guinness (their stout is a favorite of mine). After watching the ad I wanted to learn more. The ad is NOT directly about their beer, instead it introduces the viewer to this group in the Congo called Sapeurs. The term “Sapeur” comes from the French words for he Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes (the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People).

I know there are groups in New Orleans that enjoy flashy flamboyant clothes and maybe it’s the common French influence between the places. When I watch the ad I’m drawn to the background of poverty in this Congo city. That contrast is really the point of it all.

In this article on The Telegraph web site the filmmaker behind the ad is quoted: 

"The Sapeurs have said to me lots of times that when they get dressed up, when they go out and put on a show, they forget their problems. They feel happy."

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