Yes, it’s Christmas all over again; and, you know what that means: It’s time for me to mail in a couple of blog posts at the end of the year here, so that I can actually get some Christmas shopping done instead. If it’s any consolation, and to, perhaps, dissuade you from dropping some fat lumps of coal into my comments section, verily below, I do believe that I have a valid excuse for my, otherwise inexcusable, transgression this year.

Within the proverbial stocking, rendered beyond this introduction, and hung snugly and with care, is packed my yearly recap of (not quite) the best of the best of the LOMAP Blog, from the 2011 season. (And, if the Mayans have anything to say about it, this will be the last one of these I do, unless I become far more proactive–fat chance of that happening.) Everything good ends with a montage (well, maybe not everything good); and, I’ll be damned if I’m denied the privilege of a year-end blog montage, as introduced by just this sort of dispassionate and imbalanced rambling . . .

We need a montage! Well, you got yourself a montage . . .

Iiiiiiiiiiin the first month of this year, the LOMAP Blog gave to me/
A profile of the new law graduate, stuck between looking for work and working for himself
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Hedging Bettors: New-Fangled Attorneys as Stop-Gap Entrepreneurs Split Hobson’s Choice

In the second month of this year, the LOMAP Blog gave to me/
A discussion of the importance of conflict checking, channeling Ice Cube
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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Attorneys Must Install Conflict Check Systems

In the third month of this year, the LOMAP Blog gave to me/
Rachel’s rundown of some replacement options for the defunct Drop.io
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Drop(site) Like It’s Hot: Alternatives to Drop.io

In the fourth month of this year, the LOMAP Blog gave to me/
The conclusion of a three-part series on marketing with local search for lawyers
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Local Yoke III: Be Present In Your Community

In the fifth month of this year, the LOMAP Blog gave to me/
The end of the world as we know it, as predicted by the inevitable demise of the Post-It Note
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Forget Me Not(e)s: Imagining a World Without Post-It Notes

In the sixth month of this year, the LOMAP Blog gave to me/
In the continuation of a Nostradamus turn, predictions for a personal computing (PC) apocalypse
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Your Pad or Mine: The Rapture Comes for Traditional Computing Devices

In the seventh month of this year, the LOMAP Blog gave to me/
A long and far-ranging review of LexisNexis’ new SaaS practice management software
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Firm Offer(ing): LexisNexis Cloud-Based Practice Management Suite Arrives

In the eighth month of this year, the LOMAP Blog gave to me/
A collaborative effort, focused on methods for further securing Dropbox
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Layering Security in the Cloud: Dropbox and Pre-Encryption

In the ninth month of this year, the LOMAP Blog gave to me/
Well, we just sort of groused about the audacity of Google’s introducing yet another ‘social network’ that I don’t care about
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Beta Lambs Knew Not: The Case Against the Early Adopters

In the tenth month of this year, the LOMAP Blog gave to me/
The conclusion of a two-part series on Microsoft tips. Word. + Paisley
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Word Up: 5 More Microsoft Tips (Part II)

In the eleventh month of this year, the LOMAP Blog gave to me/
Oh, baby! A discussion of the importance of law practice management software, and a listing of some popular products in that line
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Law Practice Management Software: A Holistic Remedy

In the twelfth month of this year, the LOMAP Blog gave to me/
Rachel’s freshly-pressed review of Adobe Muse for website design and construction
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Musings on Using Adobe Muse for Website Creation

None of that rhymed: very well, I know. Consider this more of a prose carol.

In the immortal words of Tiny Tim: “I’d love to see Christ come back to crush the spirit of hate and make men put down their guns. I’d also like just one more hit single.”

. . . Wait, What the hell . . .

. . . Oh, Sorry, Wrong Tiny Tim: “God Bless us, every one!”, even, um, Tiny Tim.

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Liner Notes

In looking over the Posts of Christmas Past and the Posts of Christmas Present, I realize that I may have painted myself into something of a
corner here, as I pretty much predicted that I would. I mean, I included a lot of Christmas music in those Liner Notes. (I suppose pacing has never been my strong suit . . .) Of course, I also have a lot of Christmas music in my collection, and it seems like a ton of new Christmas albums come out every year, this year by people like Carole King and Michael Bubbly. So, perchance, there is still enough seasonal fodder to make this work, even if there is no theme, beyond the seasoning. Lo!, methinks the Posts of Christmas Future (Whoa) doth murmur . . . What singeth they?

Baby’s First Christmas” by Connie Francis

Blue Christmas” by Glen Campbell

Colorado Christmas” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

The Christians and the Pagans” by Dar Williams

Birthday Card at Christmas” by Jethro Tull

One Little Christmas Tree” by Stevie Wonder

Father Christmas” by The Kinks

Bells Are Ringing” by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Jingle Bells” by James Taylor

Christmas Song” by Dave Matthews Band

Christmas Must be Tonight” by The Band

White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes

. . .

May your days be merry and bright.