Monthly Archives: December 2009

old habits die hard.

I’ve finally decided to give the Chrome beta for Mac a test drive. I was resistant to Chrome when it came out for Windows because I’m attached at the hip with Firefox. I jumped on the Firefox bandwagon pretty early, and now I can’t live without my carefully manicured bookmark manager, plugins, and custom search engines. Since I use my browser nearly every single minute I am on my computer, I feel that comfort and familiarity is very important. I tried Chrome for Windows for probably a week before waving the white flag and going back to Firefox. However, this time I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I’ve come to appreciate the stripped down simplistic look, which seems to free up that much more screen space for viewing. Things look uncluttered and very tidy. Most importantly, I’m impressed at how gosh darned snappy everything feels. I don’t think I’ll be abandoning Firefox just yet, though. The beta is still pretty buggy, and it needs a proper bookmark manager and RSS feed compatibility before I consider a total switch.

I guess it’s a sign that not much is going on if I’m writing about my use of browsers.


jingle bell rock

For those of you still studying, here’s a rather lengthy and hipster-ish holiday mix I put together. I found a holiday mix I made for my friends during high school and then kind of went nuts with it. For no particular reason other than procrastinating instead of studying, I now have over half a gig of holiday music. One final left, zero motivation. I would hope that holiday music would make you nice and cheery, but some of theses songs are really depressing. Anyways, for those of you still studying, power through, and happy holidays!

Part 1

1.    Calling On Mary / Aimee Mann
2.    Christmastime / Aimee Mann
3.    I’ll Be Home For Christmas / Aimee Mann
4.    holiday mood / the apples in stereo
5.    donna and blitzen / badly drawn boy
6.    Little Saint Nick / Beach Boys
7.    Merry Christmas, Baby / Beach Boys
8.    christmas time (is here again) / the beatles
9.    Are You Coming Over For Christmas? / Belle & Sebastian
10.    Bizarre Christmas Incident / Ben Folds
11.    Rock Of Ages / Ben Kweller
12.    peace on earth/little drummer boy / bing crosby & david bowie
13.    Blue Christmas / Bright Eyes
14.    Mistletoe / Colbie Caillat
15.    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas / Coldplay
16.    Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) / Death Cab For Cutie
17.    everything’s gonna be cool this christmas / eels
18.    Christmas is Going to the Dogs / Eels
19.    The Winter Song / Eisley
20.    lo, how a rose e’re blooming / feist
21.    Frosty The Snowman / Fiona Apple
22.    a change at christmas / the flaming lips
23.    christmas at the zoo / the flaming lips
24.    White Christmas (demo for Tom Waits) / The Flaming Lips
25.    ding dong, ding dong / george harrison
26.    Donde Esta Santa Claus / Guster
27.    Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / Jack Johnson
28.    No Christmas For Me / Jack Johnson
29.    12/23/95 / Jimmy Eat World
30.    Last Christmas / Jimmy Eat World
31.    happy xmas (war is over) / john lennon
32.    Blue Christmas / Johnny Cash

Part 2

1.    river / joni mitchell
2.    Christmas / Leona Naess
3.    Silent Night / Lisa Hannigan/Damien Rice
4.    Christmas With You Is the Best / The Long Winters
5.    Just Like Christmas / Low
6.    All I Want For Christmas / Matt Costa
7.    xmas curtain / my morning jacket
8.    santa claus is back in town / my morning jacket
9.    xmas time is here again / my morning jacket
10.    wonderful christmastime / paul mccartney
11.    Let Me Sleep / Pearl Jam
12.    Santa God / Pearl Jam
13.    I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day / Pedro the Lion
14.    Do They Know It’s Christmas / Pete Yorn
15.    Winter Wonderland / Phantom Planet
16.    Happy Christmas (War Is Over) / The Polyphonic Spree
17.    The Christmas Song / The Raveonettes
18.    Xmas Cake / Rilo Kiley
19.    Christmas / Rogue Wave
20.    maybe this christmas / ron sexsmith
21.    Merry Xmas Everybody / Rooney
22.    Spotlight On Christmas / Rufus Wainwright
23.    hey parker, it’s christmas / ryan adams
24.    Winter Song / Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
25.    christmastime / the smashing pumpkins
26.    Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance! / Sufjan Stevens
27.    All the King’s Horns / Sufjan Stevens
28.    Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!) / Sufjan Stevens
29.    Joy to the World / Sufjan Stevens
30.    Amazing Grace / Sufjan Stevens
31.    christmas party / the walkmen ft. nicole sheahan
32.    it’s christmas time / yo la tengo
33.    baby, it’s cold outside / zooey deschanel & leon redbone

Real post soon, I promise.