Monthly Archives: December 2011

Looking for book recommendations

Coming up on my first time off in 8 months and I’m looking for some book recommendations.

Let me tell you what I’m not interested in reading-

Murder mysteries, true crime mafia books, how-to books, I’m not interested in any history books or anything like that.

In the past my favorite books were mafia books, but I’d read about Whitey and Sammy The Bull and Gotti and I’d lose a little bit of faith in humanity every time I read those true crime books.  Not exactly feel good stories.

I’m looking for the male versions of Chelsea Handler- comedy.  Last year the Mrs had one of Chelsea’s books and I couldn’t put it down and literally busted out laughing every time I turned the page.

So does anyone have any suggestions for some humorous books for light reading?

Shark! Get out of the House!

This was the coolest thing my sister gave my nephew for Christmas.  It is a remote control helium filled shark that cruised around the house all day looking for people to attack.  It was very lifelike and alot of fun for all ages.  I wish we’d had cool stuff like this when we were kids.  A major advancement in Christmas day fun from etch-a-sketches, playdough and slinkies.

E.J. Lefavour

Ring Out, Wild Bells

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
 
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
 
Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
 
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
 
Ring out the want, the care the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
 
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
 
Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
 
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.        -Alfred, Lord Tennyson
 
Our daughter Liv posted this Christmas poem on her blog Boston to Brooklyn.
The sentiments expressed befit our times equally as well as when Tennyson wrote Ring Out, Wild Bells in 1850. Jonathan Dove (1959), the contemporary British composer of opera, choral works, plays, films, and orchestral and chamber music has written a beautiful arrangement to Ring Out Wild Bells, performed in this video by the Antioch Chamber Ensemble.


gimmesound New Year’s Rockport Eve Family Giveaway

New Year's Rockport Eve

Watch the video and hear the first trivia question in our New Year’s Rockport Eve Family Giveaway sponsored by the New Year’s Rockport Eve organizers

Here’s how the contest works:

Every day we’ll have a trivia question (Today – Friday)

Be the first person to submit all five correct answers on Friday (look for the ANSWER link right under Friday’s video) and win 2 adult and 2 child buttons to New Year’s Rockport Eve.

You’ll also hear the story of how Rockport got it’s HUGE tree at the last minute this year from the man who found it.

And don’t forget to stop in and see The Bandit Kings at the Rhumb Line tonight.

Molly Ferrill’s Time Lapse From The Dock

The timelapse I did the other day was performed differently.  I took video footage, imported it into windows live movie maker and sped it up 32 times.

Molly set her camera up using an intervalometer, taking lots and lots of still photos taken at a specific time apart, imported those into iMovie, stitched them together to make a timelapse of photos.

Very cool.

My clouds one below, Molly’s lobster boats leaving the harbor one above.