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Consequences and the Mozilla announcement

Photo: Brendan EichsI have very mixed feelings about the Mozilla announcement today. I’m sure that Mr. Eich is a nice enough guy in person, and smart enough to be respectful of everyone he encounters face-to-face, regardless of their sexual orientation or personal relationships. And yet still…

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CSUN For Newbies

Photo: CSUN Registration desk The 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (aka CSUN) is just around the corner. CSUN is an investment and planning for success will maximize that investment – arrive with a plan of what you want to learn and take away from CSUN. As you plan your week, consider the following tips I’ve collected from years past.


On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas Music – 2013 Edition

In 1987, Leon released “Christmas Island” which features traditional seasonal staples such as “White Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman” (featuring Dr. John) and “Let It Snow”, along with some lesser-known but worthy numbers like “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” “That Old Christmas Moon,” and the classic title cut, featured here. I first mentioned this record 2 years ago and said then that it was one of my most favorite Christmas albums of all time. That still remains true today.

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On The Eleventh Day Of Christmas Music – 2013 Edition

Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins – these pioneers of Rock ‘n Roll remain household names more than 50 years after they forever changed music history. But Jack Scott? Sadly, few today remember this Canadian artist who broke out of Detroit Michigan in 1958 and over the next 3 1/2 years had a total of 19 Charted hits on the radio, more U.S. singles, in a shorter period of time, than any other recording artist with the exception of The Beatles.

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On The Tenth Day Of Christmas Music – 2013 Edition

By the early 40′s, the Prairie Ramblers found themselves in Hollywood, where they appeared in several Hollywood Western films, first through their connection with Gene Autry and later with cowboy singer Rex Allen. Both artists utilized the group for accompaniment on recording sessions.

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On The Ninth Day Of Christmas Music – 2013 Edition

In many ways I’m glad David Gogo chose the path he chose, and the Canadian blues scene is all the richer because of it, as his numerous nominations and awards can attest: 3 time nominee for Juno Blues Album of the year, yearly nominations for various Maple Blues Awards (including twice winning Guitarist of the Year), and plenty more. Since he left EMI, he’s released 11 more albums, including 2012′s Christmas With the Blues, which includes Santa Claus Is Back In Town.

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On The Eighth Day Of Christmas Music – 2013 Edition

Long before Hank Williams 3rd started ruffling feathers in Nashville, another offspring from country royalty was shocking the establishment with a devil-may-care “bad girl” image: Carlene Carter. Back in 1979, during a concert at New York’s Bottom Line, she introduced a song about mate-swapping called Swap-Meat Rag, by stating, “If this song don’t put the c*nt back in country, I don’t know what will.” Her mother June Carter and step-father (Johnny Cash) were in the audience, unknown to Carlene. The comment was quoted widely in the press, and Carter spent much of the next decade trying to live it down.

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