Season’s Greetings from Y and me!
Here’s my final 2011 Christmas song playlist.
57 songs, 3.2 hours
Winter Song Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
Last Christmas Wham!
The Little Drummer Boy Johnny Cash
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Christmas Day Dido
Christmas For Cowboys John Denver
O Come All Ye Faithful Art Garfunkel
Father Christmas OK Go
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Jack Johnson
Don Quixote’s Christmas Bonanza Gorillaz
Feliz Navidad Fenix TX
Christmas In Space Tori Amos
The Little Drum Machine Boy Beck
THE RETURN OF THE RED BARON The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy And His Friens
SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy And His Friens
SNOOPY’S CHRISTMAS The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy And His Friens
The Chanukah Song Adam Sandler
Donna & Blitzen Badly Drawn Boy
O Holy Night Avril Lavigne, Chantal Kreviazuk
It Came upon a Midnight Clear Sixpence None The Richer
Little Drummer Boy Tori Amos
Xmas Cake Rilo Kiley
Gaudete Steeleye Span
Ring Out, Solstice Bells Jethro Tull
The Little Drummer Boy The Harry Simeone Chorale
Pavane Jethro Tull
Frosty The Snowman Leon Redbone And Dr. John
I Believe In Father Christmas Greg Lake
Christmas In Hollis Run DMC
O Holy Night Charlotte Church
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer Elmo & Patsy
Run Rudolph Run Chuck Berry
Stille Nacht Andre Rieu
Ave Maria [After Bach] André Rieu
I Saw Three Ships Sting
Oi To The World No Doubt
Wonderful Christmastime Paul Mccartney
Sleigh Ride Leory Anderson
White Christmas Bing Crosby
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Dean Martin
Holly Jolly Christmas Burl Ives
Here Comes Santa Claus Gene Autry
Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry
In The Bleak Mid Winter Bert Jansch
Silent Night Holy Night Sinéad O Connor
Walking In The Air Aled Jones
All I Want For Christmas Is You Samantha Mumba
Fairytale Of New York Pogues (Ft. Kirsty Maccoll)
Chanukah Song Part 2 Adam Sandler
In Dulci Jubilo Mike Oldﬁeld
Stop The Cavalry Jona Lewie
Happy Christmas (War Is Over) John Lennon
What Child is This (Greensleeves) Mitch Miller and his Gang
Little Drummer Boy (Extended UltraTraxx Trance Mission Mix) CRU
Little Drummer Boy Dandy Warholes
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Mormon Tabernacle Choir With Sissel
Happy Christmas to all!
I am sitting at the mall Starbucks working on my dissertation while Y takes advantage of last minute sales. I don’t get to work among the bustle as much as I used to, because the local Starbucks is always packed in Kent. Also, Scribbles is too far away for a walk.
I look around and I wonder if I will ever see a world where robots walk among us. Some folks, like David Levy, believe that this and more is right around the corner. However, I wonder if pro-robotics folks, myself included, will find our enthusiasm challenged by the antirobotic Luddites that Asimov writes about in his Robot, Empire, and Foundation stories? I say coexist, coevolve, and cooperate.
Yufang and I are back from a week long visit to see my family over Christmas. We had a great time in the South, but there was far too little time to do everything we would have liked to have done or see everyone who we would have liked to have seen. I have some pending DynamicSubspace.net updates on my reading and experiences while we were gone, which should follow in short order.
The picture above is of us on my Grandpa Ellis’ dock on the heavily polluted Turtle River. It’s pretty there, but you don’t want to eat anything that lives in or around the water. Industry along the river dumped a good deal of mercury and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) into the water, which have obviously worked their way into the food chain.
There are only a couple of days left in 2009, so I would like to say to everyone: Happy New Year and Peace to All.
Yufang gave me the sweetest Christmas present a little bit early so that I could begin using it right away. Actually, I’m using it to write this post. She gave me an Apple Wireless Keyboard as pictured above on my desk.
I’ve had a Wireless Mighty Mouse for a year, which I really like except for scroller issues that have to be remedied too often with the help of a rough sheet of paper.
Now that I have the Wireless Keyboard, I can set my MacBook on Yufang’s hand-me-down computer stand, which places the screen at eye level. She’s been worried I spend too many hours perched over my laptop, so I hope that her fears are now allayed with my keyboard and elevated computer screen. I can report that it is more comfortable in this new configuration, which I haven’t experienced in quite awhile.
However, I do have a beef with Apple about the way that they shipped the Wireless Keyboard to our house. The keyboard is the same size as my MacBook keyboard, and the box that it came in isn’t that much larger. To save space, they even pre-installed the two AA batteries! With all of these packaging efficiencies, Apple looses their environmentally friendly gains by first shipping it DHL, which circumnavigated a curiously long route from Pennsylvania to New Jersey to Kentucky before being handed off to USPS for its final trek to Ohio with USPS, and placing the teeny-tiny keyboard inside a ginormous box full of packing paper, which you can see below.
Perhaps they mega-packed my keyboard, because they knew that it was going on an epic journey to find its way to us. Nevertheless, Apple needs to find a better balance between packaging and product shipping safety. I’m afraid that this earns them a SHIPPING: FAIL.
Now, if I can only keep myself from reaching up to my laptop keyboard to do things like adjusting the volume.