Traditionally read on Christmas Eve, naturally, at least in our family. I can still recite large stretches of this from memory, purely from childhood repetition! This is the complete text of Clement Clark Moore’s famous poem, on one sheet. This is a project that’s been knocking around in the back of my head for number of years, and this holiday season I finally did something about it.
“Since 2007 we have been deliberately placing some of our servers in jurisdictions that we suspected suffered a free speech deficit in order to separate rhetoric from reality. Amazon was one of these cases.” — Julian Assange
“The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” — John Gilmore
“How many of you have broken no laws this month?” — John Gilmore
“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” — John 8:7, King James Bible
A surprisingly nice Christmas song from Australian genius Tim Minchin:
He does get a few classic Minchin digs in (“the lyrics are dodgy” is a personal favourite) but it’s mostly a very nice song about family, holidays and such. The real meaning of the upcoming Solstice holiday, in whatever version most of us celebrate it, in other words.
Quite a change from my first introduction to Minchin, which was the F-bomb-laced, glorious and awesome “Pope Song”…
Anyone offended by the Pope Song hasn’t actually listened to the lyrics.