Amazon Autorip Goes Live: Free MP3s From CDs

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Have you bought a CD (as opposed to an MP3 album) from Amazon since 1998? Then you should check your Amazon Cloud Player, because the songs on that CD just may be available as free MP3s. Amazon’s new “AutoRip” feature provides free MP3 files for CDs purchased directly from Amazon. The entire library is not [Read More...]

Jim Henson: How to Make Puppets

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I’m finally home, and taking a couple days just to clean the house and soak up some time with family and presents, but Open Culture has a great 15 minute video full of ideas for kids on Christmas vacation. Jim Henson and friends teach you how to make puppets out of that fabled thing: “Ordinary [Read More...]

A Christmas Gift From Logos/Verbum Bible Software

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  Until December 31st, Logos is giving away the Documents of Vatican II and Verbum Domini. Use the coupon code MERRYCHRISTMAS2012. This is the perfect way to use these documents, and it’s a great deal. Swarm! Swarm! Read all about it.     [Read more...]

Gaudete, Christus est Natus

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From my family to yours, may you all have a very blessed Christmas. Gaudete, Gaudete! Christus et natus Ex maria virgine, Gaudete! Rejoice, Rejoice! Christ is born Of the virgin Mary, Rejoice! Tempus ad est gratiae, Hoc quod optabamus; Carmina laetitiae, Devote redamus. Now is the time of grace That we have desired; Sing songs [Read More...]

The Big Lego Advent Calendar Finale

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All 24 days at once. You can find the daily picture in my Twitter photo section.  Here’s the last day: Unresolved: why we got an extra, naked Santa (taking a shower, with a back brush no less). Mysterious. [Read more...]

I Am Simcha Fisher

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The Awesome Simcha Fisher (that’s actually her full name: she’s just too humble to use it) is apparently being attacked by a variety of Catholics I think we can all agree kinda suck: those without senses of humor.  The Humorless Catholic is a plague I thought was anathematized back at Trent (“Any man discovered to have a stick up his butt, [Read More...]

Harry on Mary

“Sorry Excuse for Blogging” goes into it’s fourth straight day! Held over by popular demand! Who knew that nasty colds and 10 years of immunosuppressants were a bad combination? Anyway, here’s one of my favorite seasonal songs, just so you don’t think I’ve forgotten you: Harry Connick’s “Mary’s Little Boy Child.” I like it because it’s unabashedly Marian [Read More...]

Ecownomics

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F. Paul Wilson (author of The Keep and the Repairman Jack series) shared this one on Facebook (forwarded from a reader), and since I’m still whacked out on hi-grade cough medicine and spending my days drifting in and out of a codeine haze in which I celebrate the seasons by frolicking with a gummi baby [Read More...]

Grace

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“The Winter It Is Past”

As I was shutting down for the night after the horrors of the day, this song returned to me, as it often does in times of sorrow. It was written by Rabbie Burns, and is sung by the incomparable Jean Redpath. For many of us, but most especially for the families of Newtown, the winter’s [Read More...]