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December 31 (New Year’s Eve): Dan Fogelberg ~ Same Auld Lang Syne and Reverse Times Square

And so the year ends. Seems fitting to finish out 2013 with this bittersweet reminder of the past. It hardly seems possible that Dan Fogelberg has been gone six years, but he has.

And I can’t finish without one last flashmob, particularly fitting considering its setting. Dick Clark’s been gone since 2012, and I don’t watch the ball drop anymore.

2013 was the year I returned to college, the year I lost Marty, Nancy, Craig and more (up to 14 so far this year, of the people I knew). It was the year I moved back into an apartment again, giving up on the American Dream and likely my last chance at home ownership. It was the year I went to the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival and to Pennsic for the first time.

It was the year I got back to Broadway and saw both Pippin and Lucky Guy. And my college advisor in The Producers (which I hadn’t seen on stage before).

It was the year I proved I could pull a reliable 4.0, and that I could stick to a goal. 367 posts after the start of the year, and plans for another year’s worth of posts, at least.

And it proved to me that I do have a solid grasp on both art and writing. It was the year I finally finished a book, and a short screenplay, and now (soon) a short story.

2014 holds more classes, another possible move, another possible visit to Pennsic (and more photos). It might mean losing more friends to cancer or old age, and it might mean making new friends. Last year, I made whole bunches of connections. Who knows what will come of that.

With friends distributed across three continents and all over North America, from Florida to Alaska, California to Maine, in the United States, Canada and Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Japan and more, it’s been a wild year for everyone I know.

I’m celebrating my 50th New Year’s Eve this year, in a year that just hasn’t felt like a reason to celebrate.  Here’s to the end of 2013 and here’s hoping 2014 is a vast improvement.

Happy New Year, one and all! See you on the 1st!

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December 20 (Five Days to Go): Christmas Flashmob – Teelin Style

“Did she really go there?”

Yes. Yes, I did.

Christmas Flashmob. With PSY’s Gangnam Style. And Irish Stepdancers. Because.

Published not quite one year ago and still fairly far from my definition of a viral video, but really? How can you lose with that kind of footwork?

Okay, so this pushes the envelope of what a musical advent calendar should be, but their hearts were in the right place and it’s the thought that counts, right?

Almost there…

What do you mean, “I haven’t seen the original yet?”

Really? Here. You’re welcome.

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December 5 (20 Days to Go): The Muppets: Ringing of the Bells and The USAF Band Holiday Flash Mob at the National Air and Space Museum 2013

Okay, so today’s selection is really, REALLY short. Also Muppet-y goodness featuring Animal AND Beaker, two of my all-time favorite redheads.

But wait. There’s more, thanks to the USAF Band and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Related? These two videos? Not a chance. Who cares, though.

First one’s viral, to the tune of over 5 million hits. Second one? Just incredibly awesome.

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December 2 (23 Days to Go): Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus

And here we have the first of the Holiday flash mobs. Considering the clip has over 42.6 million hits, I know I’m not alone in thinking it’s awesome.

This was the last year of the annual Midnight Hallelujah Chorus at the final Darkover Grand Council Meeting. This feels just a bit similar, making it a fitting clip to choose, for a variety of reasons.

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November 30: Onze helden zijn terug!

And here we are at last, 365 days after I started posting at least one video a day. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be pulling from the original online Advent Calendar, which now carries all the way through to the end of the year.

But I’m not stopping there. Starting in January, there’ll be music videos, with History Friday and liberal amounts of science and humor thrown in for good measure.

Stick around. We’re just warming up. 8)

Last of the Flash Mobs that don’t relate directly to the holiday. Enjoy and thanks!

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September 9: MUMMENSCHANZ Turns 40

This video is actually a compiled slideshow and radio clip from WBUR, NPR Boston. For their 40th anniversary, MUMMENSCHANZ visits Quincy Market in a really neat flash mob. The piece is a combination of performer comments and viewer reaction.

There is also a whole documentary (Story of MUMMENSCHANZ) on video. The clip below is the teaser for the full documentary which (in theory) is available at (In this case, “404” is the number of the entry, not an error. I checked.) Note also that you need a user id and password, and that it looks like the video is “pay per view.” Putting the link here if you want to pursue seeing it.  The summary is also here, on Swiss Films:

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