Sunday, December 21, 2014
Today is Yule. This is the darkest night of the year, the night when the Great Mother will give birth to the new Sun King. I hope you all are lighting your yule logs tonight and gathering around them with your loved ones to wait out the dark night of our souls and welcome the spark of thew new year. The Lord of Light shine on you, and the Goddess bless your ways.
Tonight we’ll light our yule log and a few candles, say a few words, and eat some soup, and perhaps watch a holiday movie. (There aren’t any good Yule movies that I’m aware of, but I’m sure we can come up with something appropriately festive.) Hopefully this is the start of some peaceful times which can last us into next year.
Today I’ve mostly been wrestling with CD burning software, and mostly losing. For some reason, I’ve had horrible luck with GUI programs such as K3b or Brasero. Either they don’t have all the features I want, or they can’t easily deal with my playlists, or they just don’t burn properly (which admittedly could be more of a hardware thing). So I’ve moved on to fiddling with the command-line burners, primarily cdrdao. Now I’ve discovered that they hate me as well. I’ve been fighting with cdrdao for two days now, and I finally managed to produce a CD with it, but I didn’t get the CD-Text, which was one of my primary goals. Still, I’m starting to think I need to be happy with what I’ve got. Perhaps I can gradually improve my functionality over time, as I get a little more familiar with how all this stuff fits together.
The CD I managed to burn, by the way, was a copy of my Yuletidal Pools mix, which I developed 3 years ago and which (unlike most of my mixes) hasn’t been changed since. I’ve been very happy with it over the years. And while, in that introductory post, I claimed that “only 3 of the songs could even remotely be considered serious,” I find that, over time, I can get just as choked up over “Christmas Wrapping” as other people can get over “O Holy Night” or “The Little Drummer Boy.” I mean, come on: that is a 5-minute nugget of Christmas miracle going on right there. How can you not be inspired by that? And while Run-D.M.C. does advise us to “give up the dough on Christmas, yo,” they also give us “one you won’t believe: it’s better to give than to receive.” Truly, can’st thou gainsay such instruction? And, as for “Oi to the World”, it practically makes me tear up these days. If the punks and the skins can get along, then surely there’s hope for the rest of us. Go back and listen to it again, and really listen to the words. Then you too can rappel down the roof with the rest of your turban and go back to the pub and buy each other bourbon. ‘Cause that’s what the holidays are all about.
Wishing you and yours safe and happy.