The Christmas Playlist That Doesn’t Suck (2017)

Space santa

I've scoured Soundcloud to find the best Christmas music I could find. It's chock full of Christmas favourites that are guaranteed to:

  1. Bring Christmas cheer
  2. Not suck

This years playlist includes:

Jingle Bells, Ding Dong Merrily on High, The First Noel, the only version of Jingle Bell Rock that doesn't make me want to cancel Christmas, Silent Night, and sixteen more classics reimagined in ways that don't suck.

The whole Christmas Playlist That Doesn't Suck (2017) is up on Soundcloud right now, go have a listen!

Thank you to all the artists who have shared their Christmas songs on SoundCloud for the rest of us!

The Christmas Playlist That Doesn’t Suck (2016)

Christmas on Skaro

I've scoured Soundcloud to find the best Christmas music I could find. It's chock full of Christmas favourites (and a few new ones) that are guaranteed to:

  1. Bring Christmas cheer
  2. Not suck

This years playlist includes:

We Wish You A Merry Christmas, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, Joy To The World, Santa Clause Is Coming To Town, Mele Kalikimaka, Wonderful Christmastime, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, We Three Kings, Drummer Boy, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Home Alone Theme, Marshmallow World, White Christmas, Away In A Manger, Always In The Season, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The Grinch, Let It Snow, Sleigh Ride, O Come All Ye Faithful, The First Noel, Jingle Bells, as well as four originals.

The whole Christmas Playlist That Doesn't Suck (2016) is up on Soundcloud right now, go have a listen!

Thank you to all the artists who have shared their Christmas songs on SoundCloud for the rest of us!

[Podcast] Edict Zero – FIS

I'm not sure how many of my friends are in the market for good podcasts, but one of my favourites has just returned from a lengthy hiatus.

edict-zero

This is a superb treat for your ears. No other podcast I listen to sounds quite so epic and intimate at the same time. The voice acting is sublime and draws you in to the intricately created world of the Edicts.

Now is a great time to listen from the beginning and catch up for the second half of season 3. Immerse yourself in the world of Agent Nick Garrett of the F.I.S investigating reports of strange phenomena that threaten to undermine his understanding of the very nature of the world.

It's atmospheric and creepy with incredible sound design. I really can't recommend it enough.

Edict Zero - FIS

The Christmas Playlist That Doesn’t Suck (2014)

Christmas 2010

I've scoured Soundcloud to find the best Christmas music I could find. It's chock full of Christmas favourites (and a few new ones) that are guaranteed to:

  1. Bring Christmas cheer
  2. Not suck

Thank you to all the artists who have shared their Christmas songs on SoundCloud for the rest of us!

The Christmas Playlist That Doesn't Suck (2014)

NOTE: I posted this in 2015, backdated to 2013 when I created it because I wanted an archive of each year.

The Christmas Playlist That Doesn’t Suck (2013)

robot christmas

I've scoured Soundcloud to find the best Christmas music I could find. It's chock full of Christmas favourites (and a few new ones) that are guaranteed to:
1) Bring Christmas cheer
2) Not suck

25+ tracks from great musicians with a unique sound to bring to your Christmas celebrations. Including favourites like "Away in a Manger", "Carol of the Bells", and even a special rendition of an old favourite from a much beloved Star Wars character!

Thank you to all the artists who have shared their Christmas songs on SoundCloud for the rest of us!

The Christmas Playlist That Doesn't Suck (2013)

NOTE: I posted this in 2015, backdated to 2013 when I created it because I wanted an archive of each year.

You Won’t Share This Post

Not so long ago, there was a much wider gap between the various methods for acknowledging online content. At one end, you had the option of reading something and then doing absolutely nothing. On the other, you had things like leaving a comment, emailing the post to a friend, or writing a blog post in response to another you read elsewhere.

Like - Thumb Up
Like cc SalFalko

The habit of "liking" things on the internet would be difficult to break. But it inspires me a little because it gels with an upcoming experiment I have planned for The Geekorium.

To "like" (or +1) something is the lowest form of interaction you can have with someone's post, and it saves you from having to put actual thought into your response. I think I'd rather have "likes" on my posts than nothing at all, but I'd certainly appreciate some thoughtful comments more.

Len points out that the "like" button is one-size-fits-all. There's no way to say "I appreciate you posting this, even if I disagree with the content". There's no difference between liking your favourite noodle bar and liking news of your friends newborn son. And with the rise of sponsored posts on Facebook, your "like" on the noodle bar page now puts ads for that noodle bar front and centre above more important things like births, deaths, and marriages of the people I actually care about.

I expect this behaviour is here to stay, but I will try and think a bit harder before liking things in future, and I'd appreciate it if you'd do the same too.

Roger Ebert: I do not fear death

I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. Roger Ebert

If only I could really learn this leeson.

The Christmas Playlist That Doesn’t Suck (2012)

Miniature Peppermint Candy Canes
Not your usual Christmas Candy

I've scoured Soundcloud (for literally hours) to find the best Christmas music I could find and my playlist is finally complete. It's chock full of Christmas favourites (and a few new ones) that are guaranteed to:
1) Bring Christmas cheer
2) Not suck aThere might be one deliberately awful track. See if you can spot it.

30 tracks from the likes of Ivy Levan, Swing Republic, Pomplamoose, and Owen Pye. Who are these people you ask? Well, they're all great musicians and they each have a unique sound to bring to your Christmas celebrations. Including favourites like Away in a Manger, Carol of the Bells, and even the Theme from Home Alone.

Over an hour of music, all completely free (although Soundcloud lets you buy tracks if you so desire)!

2010 Playlist

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a. There might be one deliberately awful track. See if you can spot it.

Princess Billie

About a year ago I began writing a story for my daughter Amelynne, using her toys as characters.


by Brittany Lowe

It took me about 3 months to write and 9 months to type it up, and I’ve finally got something to show for it. Right now it’s still a work in progress, as I need to read it through a few times with Amelynne and make sure she’s happy with it. I also need to add some illustrations.

HTML version
MOBI version for Kindle

I’d be interested to know what you think. Let me know if you notice
anything wrong too.