HD disk format wars are over

This funny Inquirer piece argues that you’d have to be an idiot to buy any high-def hardware or content.
>If you try and purchase any of this content, you descend into a DRM nightmare of incompatibility and legal mires. Your monitor will not work with your Blu-Ray drive because your PC decided that a wobble bit was set wrong. You just pissed away $6K on a player, media center PC and HD TV for nothing, you lose. The Warner CEOs kids have a nice new car to play their pirated CDs in though.

>On the other hand, if you downloaded that content, in HD no less, you save the $1000 on the Blu-Ray player, $30 on the movie, and it works seamlessly out of the box. The available content is much higher with piracy, and it is quite on-demand. You don’t need to sign up, give them your details to be sold to marketers who call during dinner and spam you, you just get the content you want, when you want, how you want. There is no iTunes/Plays for (not) Sure incompatibility, it just works. Piracy, the better choice(tm).

Rhapsody 2006

It’s time for my [year-end playlist](http://rhaplinks.real.com/rhaplink?rhapid=2737207&type=playlist&title=Rhapsody+2006&from=listen). I tried to keep this to around an hour so it could be burned to CD or heard with your 25 free plays. For an extremely comprehensive list check out Thus Spake Drake’s [100+ albums](http://drakelelane.blogspot.com/2006/12/best-of-2006-100-albums.html).

Warner Music Group’s Holiday Mix: Nice

Warner Music Group’s Holiday Mix: Nice:
For this playlist, Warner Music presents their favorite “nice” holiday favorites — for the lighter side of the season.
1. Welcome Christmas – Dr. Seuss – How The Grinch Stole Christmas
2. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Barenaked Ladies
3. Here Comes Santa Claus / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Linda Eder
4. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Amy Grant
5. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (LP Version) – Chicago
6. The Christmas Song, – (with Nat ‘King’ Cole) – Natalie Cole
7. Merry Christmas Baby – Otis Redding
8. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
9. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Album Version) – Texas Tornados
10. Jingle Bell Rock – Jerry Jeff Walker
11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Chris Isaak
12. 2000 Miles – The Pretenders

Warner Music Group’s Holiday Mix: Naughty

Warner Music Group’s Holiday Mix: Naughty:
Warner Music Group’s vast catalog includes holiday classics from the Pogues and Eartha Kitt as well as newer offerings from Jet and the Flaming Lips. Go ahead and check that list: here are some holiday songs that are more naughty than they are nice.
1. Nuttin’ For Christmas – The Countdown Kids
2. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
3. Santa Can’t Stay – Dwight Yoakam
4. Christmas At The Zoo – The Flaming Lips
5. Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues
6. Back Door Santa (Non Album Version) – Jet
7. Sexy Christmas Baby Mine – Morphine
8. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Dr.Seuss
9. Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis – Tom Waits
10. Christmas With You Is The Best – The Long Winters
11. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Smarter Kids More Likely To Go Vegetarian

High IQ link to being vegetarian.
>A Southampton University team found those who were vegetarian by 30 had recorded five IQ points more on average at the age of 10… Researchers said the findings were partly related to better education and higher occupational social class, but it remained statistically significant after adjusting for these factors.

Dig This! Winners (December 2006)

Dig This! Winners (December 2006):
In this recurring feature, we present you with tracks by some of our favorite rising acts.
1. Let My People Go – Darondo
2. Rubies – Destroyer
3. (A Style Called) Crying Chic – Pop Levi
4. On Citas Feat. Keak Da Sneak – Traxamillion
5. Children Of December – The Slip
6. Legs – Darondo
7. Your Blood – Destroyer
8. Mournin’ Light – Pop Levi
9. The Sideshow Feat. Too $Hort, Mistah F.A.B. – Traxamillion
10. Even Rats – The Slip

Celtic Holiday Cheer

Celtic Holiday Cheer:
A collection of holiday carols and winter solstice melodies from the Celtic regions of Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton.
1. O The Holly She Bears A Berry – The Chieftains
2. Christmas Eve Set – Rig The Jig
3. Ding Dong Merrily on High / The Cordial Jig / Old Apples in Winter / Con Cassidy’s – Cherish the Ladies
4. The Wexford Carol – Boys Of The Lough
5. The Snowy Path – Altan
6. I Saw Three Ships A Sailing – The Chieftains
7. Tommy Coen’s Christmas Eve – Frankie Gavin/Carl Hession…
8. The Ditchling Carol – Waterson: Carthy
9. Christmas Day is Come – Anuna
10. Mistletoe Waltz – Dordan
11. The Boar’s Head – Maddy Prior/The Carnival Band
12. Fairytale Of New York – The Irish Tenors
13. Ciuin An Oidhach (Silent Night) – Ashley MacIsaac
14. Amid The Falling Snow – Enya
15. The Snows – Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill/Triona Ni Dhomhnaill
16. Like The First Time It’s Christmas Time – Tommy Sands (Irish)
17. The Wexford Lullaby – John Renbourn/Mairead Ni Dhomhnaill And The Voice Squad
18. Auld Lang Syne – Bonnie Rideout

2007 Grammy Nominees

2007 Grammy Nominees:
To paraphrase MC Hammer: Stop — Grammy time!
1. Be Without You (Kendu Mix) – Mary J. Blige
2. You’re Beautiful (Album Version) – James Blunt
3. Not Ready To Make Nice – Dixie Chicks
4. Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
5. Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae
6. Jesus, Take The Wheel – Carrie Underwood
7. Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap
8. Ain’t No Other Man – Christina Aguilera
9. Waiting On The World To Change – John Mayer
10. Over My Head – The Fray
11. I Will Follow You Into The Dark – Death Cab For Cutie
12. My Love (Single Version) – Justin Timberlake Featuring T.I.
13. Nausea – Beck
14. Someday Baby – Bob Dylan
15. When You Were Young – The Killers
16. Steady, As She Goes – The Raconteurs
17. Lonely Day – System Of A Down
18. Colony Of Birchmen – Mastodon
19. The Wizard Turns On… – The Flaming Lips
20. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
21. Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado
22. Black Sweat (Clean) – Prince
23. Get Together – Madonna
24. I Am Not My Hair – India.arie
25. Touch It (Remix) – Busta Rhymes
26. Kick, Push – Lupe Fiasco
27. Ridin’ Dirty – (with Krayzie Bone) – Chamillionaire
28. Once In a Lifetime – Keith Urban
29. What Hurts The Most – Rascal Flatts
30. One Mary J. Blige and U2 – Mary J. Blige

Bah Humbug! Get Scrooged!

Bah Humbug! Get Scrooged!:
This playlist is for everyone who has been bummed on X-mas ever since they found out Santa doesn’t really work at the mall.
1. Xmas Blues – Harmon Ray
2. Slick Nick, You Devil You – Fishbone
3. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Dr.Seuss
4. Christmas With The Devil – Spinal Tap
5. No Presents For Christmas – King Diamond
6. Grandpa’s Last X-Mas – The Vandals
7. Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope – Sonic Youth
8. I Hate Christmas Parties – Relient k
9. Candle Song 3 – Mojave 3
10. Xmas – Jesse Malin
11. Christmas In Hollis – Run-D.M.C.
12. Merry Muthafuckin’ Xmas (featuring Menejahtwa/Buckwheat/Will1/At Band Klan) – Eazy-E
13. Xmas In Jail – Asleep At The Wheel
14. Black Xmas – Cronos
15. No Christmas While I’m Talking – The Walkmen
16. How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around (Christmas Blues) – Jimmy Witherspoon