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November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving – 2016

An American Editor is taking a break for the American Thanksgiving holiday. Although this year has had its ups and downs, it is still worth celebrating and Thanksgiving is the day to do so.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! We will be back on November 28. Here are some videos to brighten your holiday, beginning with taste testing by the true food critics:

 

In case of politics at the table, here is a solution:

and some more political Thanksgiving humor from Saturday Night Live:

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Richard Adin, An American Editor

August 29, 2016

See You in September!

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An American Editor  will be on vacation thru September 11. The next scheduled AAE essay will appear on Monday, September 12. In the mean time, if you haven’t done so already, please peruse the 941 essays already published on AAE.

Also in the works is an AAE group on LinkedIn. It is hoped that it will be up and running sometime in the next two weeks. It is planned to be a place where editors can ask questions and get answers about the business of editing and other editorial concerns, as well as provide a place for more broad-ranging topics.

The AAE Group will also be a place to ask questions and exchange information about EditTools and Editor’s Toolkit Plus 2014.

See you in September!

Richard Adin, An American Editor

May 30, 2016

Sita Sings the Blues on Copyright

 

About 7 years ago, I stumbled on a great music video, Sita Sings the Blues. If you haven’t seen/heard the video, I urge you to do so. It is available free online or for download from Nina Paley’s website. She is its creator.

Regardless of whether you view the movie, you should listen to Nina Paley’s TED talk “Copyright is Brain Damage.” It is a different perspective on copyright by an artist whose work is copyrightable.

Do you agree with Ms. Paley? If yes, why; if no, why not.

Thanks to The Digital Reader for bringing Ms. Paley’s TED talk to my attention.

Richard Adin, An American Editor

November 23, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again — time seems to pass very quickly at my age — when the family and neighbors come to our house and celebrate (and be thankful for) all the good things that came to us since our last gathering. Each of us has something for which we are grateful; my list is headed by my granddaughters, my children, and my wife.

To celebrate another wonderful year, and to have time to prepare (cooking the turkey is my job :)), An American Editor is taking a break. We’ll be back on Monday, November 30.

All of us at An American Editor — Ruth Thaler-Carter, Jack Lyon, Louise Harnby, Carolyn Haley, and myself — wish you a happy Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy the following:

A great Johnny Cash moment:

What is Thanksgiving without Charlie Brown?

For the young children:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Richard Adin, An American Editor

 

September 7, 2015

Today is Labor Day & We’re Celebrating

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Today is the American (and Canadian) Labor Day Holiday, so An American Editor has the day off.

Want to know about the Labor Day holiday? This TED video gives a history:

Raena White provides a musical perspective:

Labor songs were the “meat” of folksingers like Pete Seeger. Here he sings, “Which Side Are You On?”

and “Union Maid.”

Labor Day is (was) a celebration of the rise of the American and Canadian worker from oppressive, free market working conditions. Alas, it seems that the tides are flowing out again.

Enjoy your Labor Day. An American Editor will be back on Wednesday, September 9.

Richard Adin, An American Editor

 

 

June 20, 2014

The History of English + A Surprise

I found the following video “educational” and thus worth repeating here. In 10 minutes, one can learn the “history” of English.

Now that you have fulfilled your job requirements for the day, let’s move on to some entertainment. The following videos star the ultimate winner of Italy’s version of “The Voice.” Although there are a lot of videos, they are worth watching (although I would just watch while they are singing, not the after remarks, which reduces the time needed to get through them).

If the videos are blocked in your country, but you can access YouTube, try searching for “suor cristina the voice.”

This first video was the original blind audition. Be sure to watch the expressions of the judges when they turn around and see the performance.

Bon Jovi gets the treatment in this song:

This is the first “battle” between contestants, the winner of which moves on to the next round:

These show a great range of talent:

This was the winning performance:

And when she was interviewed about her future after winning “The Voice,” her response was that she hoped to return to working with the children. Sometimes the most impressive people are found in unexpected places.

Enjoy!

Richard Adin, An American Editor

December 30, 2013

A Musical Interlude: For the New Year

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I’ve decided to take some time off for the holidays. However, there is no need not to have some New Year fun. So I offer these flash mob videos to entertain you. I’ll be back next week. Until then, I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year and hope that 2014 is the best year of your life so far.

Let’s begin with this flash mob in Berlin. Be sure to notice the makeup of the orchestra.

What could be better to bring in the new year than this “futuristic” music?

In the down economic times, this group brought some sun to an unemployment office.

Here is one from New Zealand.

Here’s a happy new year flash mob in Armenia.

Finally, I wish you a happy and prosperous new year and end with this song from my favorite musical group, ABBA (unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about the ad that precedes ABBA):

Happy New Year!

Richard Adin, An American Editor

December 25, 2013

A Video Interlude: Happy Holidays

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For the Christmas holiday, I thought some music would be appreciated. The first up is a group called Straight No Chaser.

Straight No Chaser – 12 Days

Here is another from Straight No Chaser.

Straight No Chaser – Christmas Can Can

For something different (and not heard in decades) here is “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt:

Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby

It wouldn’t seem the season without the original —

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

What is Christmas without “The Little Drummer Boy”? A different version than usual, but quite good.

Pentatonix – The Little Drummer Boy

Although not a holiday song, I think this makes a great ending piece.

ABBA – I have a Dream

Merry Christmas!

February 8, 2013

A Musical Interlude: Les Militaribles

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This parody was made by the Air Force of the Republic of Korea as a tribute to its soldiers who worked hard to clear excessive snow over the winter. It was hoped that it would encourage more youth to volunteer.

This video is well-worth watching in its entirety. Enjoy!

February 1, 2013

A Musical Interlude: The Tiger Rag

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This is “The Tiger Rag” played by Richard Hill on the 1929 Wurlitzer organ (theater organ) in Assembly Hall in Sussex, UK. It’s the largest Wurlitzer in Europe. The playing is almost as impressive as my editing!🙂 Enjoy.

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