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The Music of Christmas — The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's "Worthy is the Lamb / Amen"

The Music of Christmas — The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's "Worthy is the Lamb / Amen"

| December 24, 2012 | Reply

One of my Christmas traditions is to listen to my favorite parts of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” as close to Christmas Eve night as possible. I have a terrific rendition, by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis, that brings majesty and reverence to the piece in ways the traditional chamber orchestra recordings do […]

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The Music of Christmas — Celtic Woman's "Ding Dong Merrily on High"

The Music of Christmas — Celtic Woman's "Ding Dong Merrily on High"

| December 24, 2012 | Reply

Ever hear a song on the radio and say to yourself, “Oh, hey! I haven’t heard that song in ages. I really liked it!”. Well, “Ding Dong Merrily on High” is that Christmas song for me. The tune is delightful (but a bear to sing well because the chorus is two long phrases and you […]

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Wise Words about Freedom from a Cartoon Character

Wise Words about Freedom from a Cartoon Character

| December 23, 2012 | Reply

Thank you, Gabe and Tycho. Thank you for this.

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The Music of Christmas — Nat King Cole's "A Cradle in Bethlehem"

The Music of Christmas — Nat King Cole's "A Cradle in Bethlehem"

| December 23, 2012 | 1 Reply

If you know me even a little bit, you know I love Christmas music, especially the classics done by old-school musicians who know the value of a simple melody sung well. Nat King Cole, who for my money is one of the three finest male pop singers ever (along with Sam Cooke and Frank Sinatra), […]

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To Quote the Great Sam Cooke (More or Less) Some Changes Are Gonna Come

To Quote the Great Sam Cooke (More or Less) Some Changes Are Gonna Come

| December 21, 2012 | 1 Reply

You’ve probably noticed the posts here at The Shack haven’t exactly been plentiful lately. I have a couple good reasons and ask your indulgence for a short while to explain. First, I’ve spent a couple or three weeks re-evaluating what I want to write about after the election. Sure, I could go back to what […]

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A Few Thoughts on the "Plan B" Battle, From a Moron

A Few Thoughts on the "Plan B" Battle, From a Moron

| December 21, 2012 | 1 Reply

So John Boehner’s big plan to cut the fiscal cliff Gordian Knot failed, then shattered like Narsil on the slopes of Mount Doom. Now we are in the Day of Recrimination, when the professional Republican set and their loyalists sneer down at the Tea Party rabble and the Tea Partiers are measuring Republican leaders for […]

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Who's The Likely Nominee in 2016? No One, that's Who. Now Stop.

Who's The Likely Nominee in 2016? No One, that's Who. Now Stop.

| December 9, 2012 | Reply

No. We are not going to do this now.

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A Machine Gun Jetpack? Yes, Please!

A Machine Gun Jetpack? Yes, Please!

| December 4, 2012 | Reply

Randall Munro, who draws the geeky and very funny xkcd comic strip has recently taken up the mantle of Internet Science Answer Man. As suits his strip, though, he doesn’t’ take on the usual questions like “Why is the sky blue?” or “Will I die if I eat 200 marshamllows? Asking for a friend *burp*”. […]

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A Few Words on Failure from Chuck Wendig's Time Capsule

A Few Words on Failure from Chuck Wendig's Time Capsule

| December 4, 2012 | Reply

Last week on The Delivery (link to come, once I get caught up on the show posts!), I talked about failure and how you can make it work for you by failing well, learning something useful from every failure and adding that tidbit of knowledge to your next venture so you don’t fail the same […]

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In Other Words: Be Useful and Don't Be A Jerk

In Other Words: Be Useful and Don't Be A Jerk

| November 20, 2012 | Reply

If you’re interested in making a living as a freelancer, Fred Hicks , who knows freelancing from both sides, has a couple bits of advice for you. First is: Answer your emails super-promptly. The gal who returns inquiries quickly is going to stand out. She’s first in line, every time. — Fred Hicks (@fredhicks) November […]

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