One of my favorite songs is “Auld Lang Syne”, and the work on which it is based also happens to be one of my favorite poems. So far as I know, I’ve no Scottish blood in me, but when I read Burns, I wish I did.
I’d be a bad blogger if I didn’t give you a video to watch as well. There are plenty of versions of “Auld Lang Syne” available, but this one, I think, is my favorite. It was taped on the occasion of the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 2004 and I get goosebumps every time I watch it. This, also, is worthy of goosebumps.
Here’s to a good 2010 and an even better 2011.
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
And gie’s a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
For auld lang syne.
And now, links.
- If you’re looking for a winner of the Most Insipid Newspaper Column of 2010, Colman McCarthy won it today with this late entry about the ROTC and why our soldiers are simply as awesome as the Taliban. His drivel received appropriately brutal smackdowns from Jonah Goldberg, Victor Davis Hanson, and Stephen Green.
- Magazines are not doing well on the iPad. Maybe the problem isn’t the concept of a digital magazine itself, but that magazine publishers still don’t get that people really don’t want the same thing they can get on a newsstand, in digital format. Television advertisers seem to have gotten the “adapt or die” message, however.
- What do you do when your state is mired in a multi-year recession? Why you raise taxes on everyone and jack up the minimum wage, of course! I’m beginning to think that progressivism is nothing more than a mild learning disorder.
- Here’s a beautiful shot of the International Space Station transiting the full moon. Great work, and reflexes, by the photographer.