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First, I am having another giveaway on my SKJAM! Reviews blog http://www.skjam.com so please stop by and let other people know if you think they might be interested.

And it is time, once again, for my holiday mix CD, that I send out to people on the wishlist communities. The 2013 theme is:

MUSIC WITH ROCKS IN

1. Rock Lords--Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. I have surprisingly little actual rock music on my Itunes, so decided put a hard-rocking tune right up front.

2. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds--Circulus. The diamonds have very little meaning in the song, mostly there for the acronym.

3. The Archylte Steppes--Final Fantasy XIII Soundtrack. Continuing the relatively mellow music.

4. Banks are Made of Marble--Pete Seeger. Rich people have the biggest rock collections.

5. Mineral Rights--Leslie Fish. Some rocks don't like environmentally destructive mining practices.

6. Memoro de la Stono--Nobuo Uematsu. The memory of a stone.

7. Black Diamond--KISS. I wonder how this one wound up on my computer? Ah well, it's a rock song.

8. In the Big Rock Candy Mountain--Harry McClintock. Heaven is a very good place, no matter who you are.

9. Byker Hill--Tempest. Mining isn't always the worst job.

10. Climbing Up a Mountain--Tom O'Brien. Is your mountain an obstacle or an opportunity?

11. Honey in the Rock--Bill & Gloria Gaither. Some rocks have treasure beyond measure.

12. Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill--Trip McCool. This mix seems to have a lot of working men.

13. Gold and Silver Waltz--Carousel Music. Cold metals, but oh so beautiful.

14. Echo Cliffs--Bill Vermette. Tasty electronica.

15. Foggy Mountain Breakdown--Lester Flatt. String instrument virtuoso.

16. Emerald Green--See-Saw. In case you're tired of diamonds.

17. I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls--Anuna. Dreams of wealth are fun, but there is a better dream still.

18. Big Ty's Ride--Joe Bethancourt. Rocks in SPAAACE!

19. Miner's Song--Woody Guthrie. This land was made for you and me.

20. The Stone--Jars of Clay. Mark 12:10.

21. Sands of Gold--Don Ho. Sand is very, very tiny rocks. Happy Holidays and aloha.


Your thoughts and comments?
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Hi folks!

In an effort to drive more traffic to my review blog, SKJAM! Reviews, I'm hosting a giveaway of one of seven books.

http://www.skjam.com/2013/09/16/giveaway-autumn-giveaway-ends-september-30-2013/

Come on over and check it out!
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You can register to win a copy of "Some Kind of Peace", a Scandinavian thriller, at my blog:
http://www.skjam.com/2013/05/19/giveaway-some-kind-of-peace/

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Mar. 12th, 2013 05:06 pm
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I have another review up at my blog http://www.skjam.com on "Where the Cherry Tree Grew", a book about George Washington's childhood home.

I got in one of those Goodreads giveaways I mention every so often.

I enjoy this, because I never know precisely which of the five-to-ten entries I've put in might pay off. I don't overdo; I only enter those giveaways where I think I can actually read the book and give it a fair review.

So I'm not sure how to react to a message I got recently offering a new app. It's designed to detect which giveaways are ending on a given day and autoenter all of them. It also tells you your odds of winning an individual giveaway or the aggregate based on how many people had entered when the program activates.

That seems like a cheat to me, and liable to get you books you wouldn't want to read, useless to you. (I note that the giveaways are apparently not completely random--the fact that I win so many of them is a clue there.) You'd be cheating yourself, and the people who actually wanted to read that particular book.

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