The Story of Bing Crosby's "White Christmas"

White Christmas

Make no mistakes about it; the version of "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby is the heavyweight champion of the world. Although over five hundred artists have recorded Irving Berlin's classic song none of them can even begin to hold a candle to Crosby's version, which has sold over fifty million copies and remains the best selling single of all time. It has withstood the test of time to become one of the most significant American recordings in history.

The song has simple but contradictory beginnings. We do know that the great American composer Irving Berlin wrote it in 1940 either in Arizona at the Biltmore Hotel or at the La Quinta resort (note: no relation to the chains of today) that served as a getaway for many of Tinseltown's luminaries. The latter is more likely.

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By |December 24th, 2012|Stimuli|0 Comments

Wayhomer Review #139: Jack Reacher

Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher

Episode #139 for Jack Reacher, in which our protagonist establishes the few requirements for a good movie of this kind, appreciates the involvement of the two Tom Cruises and wishes for more of some very good actors. Like you do.
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By |December 24th, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

Wayhomer Review #138: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, holding Sting, from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Episode #138 for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D, in which our protagonist laments watching what could have been a good movie go down the tubes due to "technical progress." He's amazed that two good scenes were still able to shine through, and wonders what the hell Kratos is doing riding that direwolf.
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By |December 15th, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|29 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #183: Apples, Confusion & Aneurysms

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck. It's the podcast that is crashing your holiday party. If not in this universe, then a universe quite like this one.

Paul Wegner as The Golem

Agenda:

  • Rox vs. the Digital Hipsters
  • Silent Service
  • Welcome to Meth Talk
  • Festive nutmeg
  • Waiting for Beer
  • Your Sam Adams Report
  • Man of Steel teaser
  • Kevin Costner and the Box
  • Waterworld the Series
  • Pissy restaurants in Tallahassee
  • Rock Lobster!
  • Star Trek teaser
  • Benedict Cumberbatch goal! Plus voice babies.
  • Monitor envy
  • The Lone Ranger trailer
  • Johnny Depp
  • Tim Burton's A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Mickey Rourke, non-hobo
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    By |December 14th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Your Weekend Justice #182: Grandmother With a Pitchfork (for iPhone)

    It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck. It's the podcast that cannot be replaced by any simple smartphone app, no matter how hard you goddamn programmers try.

    Burl Ives

    Agenda:

  • That thing in The Mexico
  • What you wear for self-deprecation
  • The Screwed Up Feet of the Long Distance Runner, or Why Jon is Zombie Food
  • Disco on wheels, plus seizures
  • Technical Podcast Hell
  • In defense of Samsung
  • Scott's perfectly timed exercise question
  • Motivational apps
  • Email and the Arrow of Time
  • The benefit of canes...and dishonor
  • White chocolate baby heads
  • Advent calendar idea
  • Hello shingles
  • Hobbit Syndrome
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    By |December 7th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|4 Comments

    Wayhomer Review #137 - Lincoln (2012)

    Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

    Episode #137 for Lincoln, in which our protagonist wants to just skip to the part where we give Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field their Oscars, tries to put a finger on what didn't quite work about the direction and script, and forgets to mention that the film shawshanks by a good two minutes. Because it did. Seriously, when you see the silhouette and you think, "Oh, it's over, this is perfect," get up and walk out. You'll be happier.
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    By |November 17th, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #180: Capuchin Keggers at the Abandoned Laundry

    It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck. It's the podcast that stars the crimefighting child-like miscreants that were once devised by Franklin W. Dixon to stars in books to be used to punish bad little boys and girls who spent too much time in front of the television. Little did the Stratemeyer crew know what they were unleashing upon the world...

    Trapper John MD

    Agenda:

  • Dumping the cyber British lady
  • Ranking sports. Plus drugs and marriage and laws!
  • Jon and Serv reveal [REDACTED] and the secret of [REDACTED]
  • Serv gets in a word edgewise. Or four.
  • Spazhouse Mystery Hour!
  • Remembering John Denver. And brownies.
  • Eagle Scout benefits
  • Rox on patrol!
  • World War Z and That One Guy
  • Skyfall (SPOILERS)
  • American Horror Story (mild SPOILERS)
  • Anne Frank, Nazi Hunter
  • Replacement Elmos
  • Walking Dead (heavy SPOILERS)
  • Misguiding Light
  • Boardwalk Empire (slightly bulky SPOILERS)
  • Rob's Movie Festival Report
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    By |November 16th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Stuff Bulletin: New Lord of the Jungle in the Works

    Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan

  • Wanted to make sure you were aware: Amazon's Deal of the Day is the Blu-Ray boxed set of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Editions. Regular price is listed as $119.98--today only it's 64% off and going for $43.49. Savings of over $75. Not bad for a fifteen disc hi-def set. Snag it here.
  • New Tarzan is coming from Warner Brothers with Alexander Skarsgard at the lead of the pack to play the jungle lord and David Yates, who directed more Harry Potter films than anybody else, is on board to helm. The story involves him being sent to the Congo by Queen Victoria for a mission, accompanied by an ex-mercenary--who might be played by Samuel L. Jackson. I'm sort of amazed that in the wake of John Carter that another Edgar Rice Burroughs film is even happening. Source: Variety.
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    By |November 15th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: RZA to Direct the Original Khan

    Yes, sorry, we've been away...but we've been trapped down in this hellhole with rats, a huge hole in the floor and a pendulum. Long story. Anyway, here's the gist: a lot of sites try to turn a bunch of press releases into blog posts and articles. You wind up reading 500 words to find out some start from The CW is now the tertiary lead in Saw XIV. Not here. We distill all of that stuff into an info smoothie that you can suck down in one sitting and get on with your life. Enjoy.

    (If you do enjoy, stuff that we cite here as up and coming or of interest--if you're going to buy it from Amazon anyway, if you do it through our links, we get kickbacks. Thanks in advance for your support.)

  • Speaking of which, the Amazon deal of the day is for the Alien Anthology on Blu-Ray for 64% off. That's just $25 for a sweet, sweet set. Normally it's $69.99. Only available today and until they run out.
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    By |November 14th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Wayhomer Review #136: Skyfall

    Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall

    Episode #136 for Skyfall, in which our protagonist talks about that difficult Bond second album, finds himself surprised and pleased by the third act, and honestly wants Daniel Craig to stick around as long as he damn well pleases. Just so we're clear on that.
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    By |November 12th, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|3 Comments