Bloc Party Picks

Bloc Party Picks:
The soundtrack that inspired South London’s Bloc Party as they traveled the country on their recent tour.
1. Got It – Sebadoh
2. Man Is The Baby – Antony and the Johnsons
3. Violence – Blink 182
4. Guess I’m Doing Fine – Beck
5. Une Annee Sans Lumiere – Arcade Fire
6. Take Me Somewhere Nice – Mogwai
7. First It Giveth – Queens Of The Stone Age
8. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
9. Feed Me With Your Kiss – My Bloody Valentine
10. The Fallen – Franz Ferdinand
11. Funny Little Man – Aphex Twin
12. Mountain Song – Jane’s Addiction
13. Yeah (Crass Version) – LCD Soundsystem

Soulful Season’s Greetings

Soulful Season’s Greetings:
1. Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto – James Brown
2. Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) (live) – Marvin Gaye
3. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Temptations
4. What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas? – The Emotions
5. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – The Jackson 5
6. Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas? – Staple Singers
7. My Favorite Things – Diana Ross and the Supremes
8. This Time Of The Year – Brook Benton
9. The Gift of Giving – Bill Withers
10. Winter Wonderland – Aretha Franklin
11. Purple Snowflakes – Marvin Gaye
12. A Holiday Thought – The Dramatics
13. Merry Christmas, Darling – Vanessa Williams
14. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – The Platters
15. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Dionne Warwick with Gladys Knight

Scoble Says ODF is Too Much Work

Scoble says it would be too much work for Microsoft to add OpenDocument support to Office. Shouldn’t the debate be about whether Microsoft’s customers and the industry in general would benefit from having a single office document file format? If so, and if Microsoft is going to put in the effort to support an XML format, why not [ODF plus extensions ](http://tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2005/11/27/Office-XML) rather than a whole new format?

Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey:
Loosen your belts, folks. Eating becomes a contact sport on Thanksgiving Day. Just eat it!
1. Harvest Moon – Neil Young
2. Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen
3. Tofu Isn’t Turkey – beverly graham
4. Turkey Chase – Bob Dylan
5. Turkey Killer – Louisiana Red
6. It Ain’t What You Eat But The Way How You Chew It – Delbert McClinton
7. Mashed Potatoes, (Do The) – James Brown
8. Hot Biscuits – Jay McShann
9. Beans And Cornbread – Louis Jordan
10. Sweet Thing – Van Morrison
11. Country Pie – Bob Dylan
12. Cherry Pie – Warrant
13. Eat It – Weird Al Yankovic
14. Under Pressure – Queen
15. I’ve Got A Stomach Ache – Junior Wells
16. Sloth – Fairport Convention

Produced By Rick Rubin

Robert of The Radish has an excellent playlist of songs produced by Rick Rubin.

Rick got Johnny Cash the respect he deserved and he should be worshiped for this alone. However, he’s also given us timeless albums by groups as diverse as Run-DMC, The Cult, Neil Diamond, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Public Enemy, The Mars Volta, Paloalto, Tom Petty, Slayer, Jay-Z, System Of A Down, The Beastie Boys and Nine Inch Nails. Enough said.

Enjoy.

Microsoft Opens Office File Formats

Microsoft has announced ([again](http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2003/nov03/11-17xmlrefschemaemeapr.mspx)) that it is opening up it’s Office XML file formats and submitting them to the Ecma standards body. [Tim Bray](http://tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2005/11/21/Microsoft-XML-News) and [Andy Updegrove](http://www.consortiuminfo.org/newsblog/blog.php?ID=1760) have good posts on the issue. I share Andy Updegrove’s questions about whether the license and promise not to sue over patents will be compatible with the GPL and whether Ecma will certify both OASIS ODF and Office XML as standards.

WordPress.com Open to the Public

You can now get a [free WordPress.com blog](http://wordpress.com/signup/). I’ve had an account for a while now and the service is getting very slick.

The two-year-old WordPress software, which until now required installation by web developers, competes with other publishing platforms such as Drupal and Six Apart’s Movable Type. It is downloaded 4,100 times per day, and runs content management for the CNET portal and tech blogger/journalist Om Malik, among many others. WordPress 2.0 is in beta, and it’s already powering WordPress.com.