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Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 12

Friday! Time for some hot holiday licks! Boogie your way into the weekend with the last of SomaFM’s yuletide offerings … Christmas Rocks!

Pretty much every “rock n roll” holiday cut from the last 50 years is on this playlist, everything from the Beach Boys to Bad Religion with all the stops in between. And of course, commercial free. Check it out on Soma’s web site, or look for “Christmas Rocks” on your handy-dandy TuneIn app, and get ready to rock out with the fat man.

Eric Schmidt .vs. The Drones

Eric Schmidt has announced that drone aircraft need to be banned from personal use.

Translation: “We are super pissed off that Amazon thought of this first.”

Reuters – Photos Of The Year 2013

The end of any calendar year always means year-end reviews from the assorted news agencies around the globe. The best of these are always the “year in photos” retrospectives and Reuters is first out of the gate with an amazing collection of some seriously powerful images. You should probably be aware that there are some rather graphic items in here … it’s easy to forget that we live in a hell of a nasty world.

It’s also stuff that needs to be shown. Every time someone tries to save a couple of bucks by shopping for cheap-ass “Joe Fresh” clothes at Loblaws, they should have to look at this picture first. In fact, Galen Weston – and his kids – should have to look at this every single day.

TIP: Click on the “View All Images” link under the first picture to browse through without the annoyance of a slideshow.

Instant Art Lesson

How to draw a butt. The perfect addition to any Christmas card, really.

Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 11

With a name like “Smooth Christmas Radio” you might think that these guys are loaded with all sorts of Michael Bolton and Kenny G and other sorts of white-bread dreck. But you would be wrong! This is a really cool station, with a great mix of, well, everything! I’m a big fan of this one – lots of standards, a sprinkling of modern stuff, and just enough of an edge to be a teeny tiny bit irreverent.

This is an “all day and never get bored” kind of blend. Note that there are a few liners here and there, mostly to pimp the name of the “featured artist”, so it’s not completely wall-to-wall music. Get it in your browser at, or fire up the TuneIn Radio app and do a search for “smooth Christmas”.

Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 10

Hey! We don’t need no steenking eenglish! Ho ho ho and all that kind of stuff transcends borders! Language! Basic comprehension! So you can get your Christmas tunes anywhere … including Germany!

Check out Sclagerweihnacht for your mid-week injection of traditional carols. On the web here, or search for “schlagerweihnacht” (sorry!) on TuneIn Radio. You might not understand a word, but you know all the songs anyway and the arrangements here are first class. Really nice stuff to cruise through a dreary December mid-week day. Achtung!

Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 9

Ready for a holiday island getaway? Christmas flavored with island breezes and gentle surf, but without all that sunburn and sand getting into the most annoying places? Drop by the Christmas channel on the Aloha Joe radio network – Christmas favorites from Hawaii. For reals!

Check it out on channel 1 of the Aloha Joe web site, of search for “Aloha Joe Christmas” on TuneIn Radio. And … aloha!

Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 8

Back to the grind – another week, another monday, and it’s time to get a little poppy. Okay, a lot poppy. 181 FM’s “Christmas Power” is loaded from top to bottom with teen-something, 20-something, top-40, boy-band, American-Idol, flavour of the moment acts that will probably be gone and forgotten by this time next year. If One Direction and Miley Cyrus and the cast of Glee are not your cup of tea, you might want to pass on this one. Otherwise, enjoy.

Check it out on the web (warning: 181.FM uses those bogus “confirm navigation” dialogs when you try and close the window) or get him on your TuneIn app by searching for “181 Christmas power”.


Amazon Prime Air

For those who missed, Jeff Bezos was on 60 Minutes last night and he was talking about Amazon’s new initiative: Amazon Prime Air. In a nutshell, it will use automated drones to deleiver your purchases by air to your doorstep in 30 minutes or less.

As fantastic as it seems, this is a lot closer to reality that you might think. Drone technology is widespread, relatively inexpensive, proven, and reliable. And if anyone has the resources (Warning: Brutal pun imminent) to get this off the ground (Hey! I warned you!) it’s Amazon. They have staggering amounts of revenue and have no need to ever turn any of it into profit – a perfect storm for developing pie-in-the-sky (Ha! Again!) stuff like this. And if you are the nay-saying type and wondering how far along from “interesting idea” to “making it happen” they are, take a look:

Obviously this would start in larger cities – and probably ones with pleasant climates – and spread from there. But I have to wonder: How long before people start scanning the skies for flying yellow boxes and shooting the things down for free loot? Or just following them to doorsteps and grabbing the boxes as they leave them? And do you get to keep the little bin? That looks like it would be handy for all sorts of stuff. Just saying.

Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 7

Sunday is the perfect day for some mellow grooves – you want to kick back, chill, and enjoy some downtime before jumping into another hectic pre-Christmas week. Why not try “Holiday Jazz” form JAZZRADIO?

Yeah, they capitalize it. Whatever.

Check it out on the web at JAZZRADIO or search for “Jazzradio holiday jazz” on TuneIn Radio, and enjoy some hot licks on a cool December day.