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#1 2019-12-23 04:08:51

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Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

I am Scrooge incarnate and The Grinch pre-heart enlargement. Oh come, let us exploit Him! Every day should be Christmas, presents and good food for all.

That said, Happy Winter Soltice to all!

My 3 saving graces at Christmas, in reverse order...

#3) How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966, directed by Chuck Jones of Warner Bros/Merry Melodies/Bugs Bunny fame)...

https://vimeo.com/channels/995772/147265890

#2) A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). Quite subversive for its time, Lucy says some things...

https://vimeo.com/306731810

#1) Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

https://vimeo.com/167369690

-edit- In my opinion, Little Drummer Boy is one of the worst Christmas songs I can think of. Vince's version is pretty stunningly beautiful. And he follows it with Skating, which is pretty much a perfect mid-'60s jazz piano trio song.

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#2 2019-12-23 04:38:49

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

So, after casual thought and a flip decision with Christmas Time Is Here (instrumental), I've determined that the best thing Christmas has ever produced is, in fact, Christmas Is Coming by Vince Guaraldi Trio, from 1965...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06JieYBHP1s

Vince Guaraldi Trio - Blue Charlie Brown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-358CaFKeA

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#3 2019-12-23 04:57:44

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

Guaraldi is definately a must for the season.

Short and incomplete list:
Dean Martin: Let it snow (sorry M. Bubble, not you)
Jussi Björling: O Helga Natt
Händel: Messiah
Bach: Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248)
Antti Railio: Sylvian joululaulu
Any Christmas song performed by Harry Belafonte
John Lennon: So this is Christmas and also
Imagine (if I say it's xmassy then it is!)

Looks like it's the one time of year when an atheist can go all spiritual and a born cynic pessimist imagines a glittering, soft world.

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#4 2019-12-23 05:08:59

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

Nice list. I'll take Pretenders/Hynde 2000 miles over a Lennon Christmas, but tough call.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SkWIqQ3oLY

Nice shoutout to Handel. Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky was the straw on my camel's back for being a professional "classical" fiddler, but I'll gladly play Messiah every day until we all die.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-358CaFKeA

Gah, just compare that to the dreck that is The Nutcracker. It starts off okay for a minute, I guess, and then goes to a boring dystopia somehow...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ofysvpgv7o

-edit- Messiah on period instruments. This is a really great performance...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSv5TJHxAzA

Another interpretation, easily my favorite ATM due to minimal vocal and instrumental vibrato...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdlyoEpCV9k

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#5 2019-12-23 06:13:05

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

Leroy Anderson makes the list...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDRFmn_KqfA

Maybe Elvis...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QipqXel5G4g

If anybody suggests Mariah Carey, I'll either get you banned or I'll just quit BL, that's where I draw the line. Number One on the Billboard charts this season after all these years, pulling her into second next to The Beatles for top hits, I believe. $60 million to Mariah to-date just in royalties. FUUUUU...

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/how-mari … 41140.html

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#6 2019-12-23 15:16:21

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

I like WHAM! I really do, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Their work, particular the "B-sides" is some of the chillest pop ever made (just search youtube for the song Blue).... yeah, anyway, I like WHAM!, except during X'mas time, because every public space I pass through plays that bloody Last Christmas song. Gaaaahhhh!!!

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#7 2019-12-23 15:41:14

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

The All Time #1 Xmas Fave in the UK is.............Slade's 'Merry Christmas Everybody' big_smile

Oh, and due to the Bah Humbug spirit alive and well in damoworld, I'll be doing nightshifts on Xmas Eve and Xmas Day (and enjoying the extra pay)!


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#8 2019-12-23 16:55:29

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

I have not been posting for a long time but now it's time again.

Kim Wild enters the contest:
mel and kim rockin around the christmas tree
Kim Wilde, Lawnmower Deth - F U Kristmas!

Marry Christmas fellows, eller God Jul in Swedish.

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#9 2019-12-23 17:41:25

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

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#10 2019-12-23 18:49:47

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

I ignore xmas 'till it goes away, and fortunately every year it does.

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#11 2019-12-24 02:05:19

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

Well it is Xmas Eve here in not so sunny NZ.  I am enjoying my (no-so)traditional Xmas Eve beer (normally a number of Guinness but tonight I thought I'd break tradition and run with Kilkenny) and listening to some most excellent Metal.

You guys rule, thanks for letting me be a part of this awesome forum and amazing distro.  ArchLabs wouldn't be here without you.

Keep safe, catch you all around.


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#12 2019-12-24 05:12:26

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

glittersloth wrote:

I like WHAM! I really do, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Their work, particular the "B-sides" is some of the chillest pop ever made (just search youtube for the song Blue).... yeah, anyway, I like WHAM!, except during X'mas time, because every public space I pass through plays that bloody Last Christmas song. Gaaaahhhh!!!

Dude, it took me awhile... but George Michael was a huge talent, and the competitors were Boy George with Culture Club and freaking Duran Duran. I became a so-called adult in the early eighties. I knew it was was awesome then, but compared to today... How did everything get so much worse? Never mind, I withdraw the question.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf_Lwe6p-Cg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nXGPZaTKik

^ The short dub break near the end in that is awesome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Uxc9eFcZyM

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#13 2019-12-24 05:13:51

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

As a Metalhead, I appreciate George Michael.  He is no Michael Jackson but at least he has Michael in his name.


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#14 2019-12-24 05:17:40

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

Dobbie03 wrote:

As a Metalhead, I appreciate George Michael.  He is no Michael Jackson but at least he has Michael in his name.

Ha!

I love this song of his, but I could easily hate it if I had a different attitude...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTCJIrHiue4

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#15 2019-12-24 12:36:31

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#16 2019-12-24 20:26:52

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

Merry Christmas!

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#17 2019-12-25 00:01:15

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

And a Merry Xmas to our favourite developer smile


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#18 2019-12-25 01:25:38

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

Merry Christmas.

Our church uses the old Julian calendar.
So Christmas is on December 25th (Julian calendar), or January 7th when converted to the Gregorian calendar.

Interesting story, the Serbian Orthodox Church asked the Serbian scientist Milutin Milanković to develop a more precise calendar.
So he made a Revised Julian calendar. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revised_Julian_calendar
It's ten times more presice than the Gregorian calendar that the world uses now.
Gregorian calendar is 27 seconds late per year, the Revised Julian calendar is only 2 seconds late.

Then the Serbian Orthodox Church proposed this new calendar but never actually adopted it. smile

Greek, Bulgarian and Romanian and some other churches use this calendar. So they celebrate Christmas today.

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#19 2019-12-25 01:53:17

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

Right, so Jesus cursed the fig tree for no reason, but also somehow caused the passage of time itself to come into question.

Well. The Nutcracker seems slightly less horrendous now, though still an utter piece of crap. Merry flipping Christmas!

January 7th!!!??? Just, no. This is starting before Halloween already, enough!

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#20 2019-12-25 01:57:23

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

Merry Xmas to the great team of BL  as well to all the loyal users smile


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#21 2019-12-25 02:03:44

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

^ Hey, don't you bring good feelings into my Christmas rant thread!!!




Well... okay. Christmas hugs

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#22 2019-12-25 02:31:44

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

hhh wrote:
glittersloth wrote:

I like WHAM! I really do, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Their work, particular the "B-sides" is some of the chillest pop ever made (just search youtube for the song Blue).... yeah, anyway, I like WHAM!, except during X'mas time, because every public space I pass through plays that bloody Last Christmas song. Gaaaahhhh!!!

Dude, it took me awhile... but George Michael was a huge talent, and the competitors were Boy George with Culture Club and freaking Duran Duran. I became a so-called adult in the early eighties. I knew it was was awesome then, but compared to today... How did everything get so much worse? Never mind, I withdraw the question.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf_Lwe6p-Cg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nXGPZaTKik

^ The short dub break near the end in that is awesome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Uxc9eFcZyM

So, winner, Duran Duran.

The Residents (featuring Snakefinger) - Live In The USA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COxYQrYQluw

-edit- Wow, Snakefinger and the whole band are amazing on that, but Snakefinger's guitar parts are phenomenal, way better than even Buckethead, IMO.

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#23 2019-12-25 04:24:10

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

Just a copypasta I've found, merry Christmas everyone.

AN ENGINEER'S VIEW ON CHRISTMAS
There are approximately 2 billion children (persons under age 14) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist (except maybe in Japan ) religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 19% of the total, or 378 million (according to the population reference bureau). At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming there is at least one good child in each.

Santa has about 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 967.7 visits per second. This is to say that, for each Christian household with a good child, Santa has around 1/1000th of a second to park the sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stocking, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him, get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh and get onto the next house. 

Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false, but will accept for the purposes of our calculations), we are now talking about 0.78 miles per household; a total trip of 75.5 million miles, not counting bathroom stops or breaks.

This means Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second -- 3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man made vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second, and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) 15 miles per hour.

The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium sized LEGO set (two pounds), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousands tons, not counting Santa himself. On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that the "flying" reindeer can pull 10 times the normal amount, the job can't be done with eight or even nine of them -- Santa would need 360,000 of them. This increases the payload, not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons, or roughly seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship, not the monarch).

600,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance. This would heat up the reindeer in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second each. In short, they would burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second, or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip.

Not that it matters, however; since Santa, as a result of accelerating from a dead stop to 650 m.p.s. in .001 seconds, would be subjected to acceleration forces of 17,000 g's. A 250 pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo . Therefore, if Santa did exist, he's dead now.


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#24 2019-12-25 04:32:24

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

As long as I'm spouting superlatives, 3 best pop/country crossover tunes (maybe related to Christmas, I don't know. Hey, this is Off Topic)...

#3) Johnny Cash - One (by Bono/U2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGrR-7_OBpA

#2) Dolly Parton - Shine (by Collective Soul)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e-Ip9RagkU

And I should just end it there, because that recording and the performances on it are stunning.

#1) Madonna - Don't Tell Me (by Madonna)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLFWRDs … adio=1&t=0

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#25 2019-12-25 04:43:40

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Re: Merry flipping Christmas, everyone. Bah, humbug.

Right, so, sorry for the spam but why didn't anybody mention, ever, that Madonna and Massive Attack had released a Marvin Gaye cover that was more epic than embarrassing? And also that it's her sexiest camera shoot ever, she's recreating the last days of Marilyn Monroe? I feel like I should have been informed of this. Dudes, shake my head. monkey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mln4Xg … AI&index=2

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