Rob Cockerham went around his neighborhood and estimated how much his neighbors were paying in electricity charges for their Christmas lights. For the house above: 2,135 watts = 26¢ per hour.
Holiday music: "Twas the Night Before Hanukkah: The Musical Battle Between Christmas and the Festival of Lights"
Co-founded by my pal David Katznelson, the Idelsohn Society is a non-profit dedicated to the musicology and exquisitely-curated reissues of incredibly strange, offbeat, "space age," and fantastic vintage Jewish albums by the likes of Irving Fields, Gershon Kingsley, and The Barry Sisters. Like all Idelsohn Society releases, "Twas the Night Before Hanukkah" includes killer liner notes, such as essays Greil Marcus and renowned Washington University historian Jenna Weissman Joselit. "Twas the Night Before Hanukkah" is truly an instant interfaith classic. Check out these sample tracks:
And if you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, Idelsohn Society is hosting a record release party and concert on the last night of Hanukkah, December 15, at the fabulous Brick and Mortar Music Hall. The concert, "Twas the Last Night of Hanukkah," will feature performances Sway Machinery featuring Jeremiah Lockwood, Luther Dickinson(North Mississippi All-Stars, Black Crowes), Thao, Rebecca Bortman, Ethan Miller (Howlin’ Rain, Comets on Fire), Lyn Burton (of the Burton Sisters), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), members of Antibalas, and others.
Is it too early to talk about how much I like these? I hope not.
Please note these are not actual bacteria, but watercolor paintings sealed in resin inside real petri dishes.
Dear readers, do not mistake this story for official facts just yet, because it looks like all we're getting from CW president Mark Pedowitz is a fleeting promise for some sort of Muppets holiday special on his television channel. He didn't use the word "new," what he said was this: “I can promise another Muppets special this holiday season.”
Whoa there, Mark Pedowitz. While many of us would be unbelievably excited to see a brand new Muppets special this holiday season, are you really "promising" this kind of thing? I mean, is this thing in super secret development or something? Because it's August, and the holiday season is a mere three or so months away. Unless you're referring to what I call "Commercial Christmas," which starts in one month. That's even less time to spring a surprise Muppet holiday special upon the world! I feel like if such a special was happening, we would have heard about it earlier than this.
Then again, the Muppets are magic, and I believe in their ability to throw such a show together at the very last second, when all hope has been lost.
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On How to Be a Retronaut, a seasonal gallery of Christmas gun ads, including this sugar-addled, gift-crazed lad with a rifle and a thousand-yard stare.
One of my favorite Christmas songs is Young Bison's "Lee Winters’ Last Christmas," which I found on the 2007 edition of the SSMXMAS collection. I don't know anything about the band, but this sweetly melancholy Christmas song makes me happy every time it shuffles into my player.
There is no excuse for crappy nativity scenes. I can't help you with building the manger, though. Ask Mark.
Patrick sez, "Last year Boing Boing had a post about the first song ever played in outer space. On December 16 1965, the Gemini 6 crew played Jingle Bells while in Earth's orbit. I really wanted to hear that song, but there was no audio file to be found online. So I tracked it down. I have posted the recording of this historic event on YouTube."
Funny man and filmmaker Mark Day shares his videos embedded above and below, and explains:
Tex Allen of WhyTheNose.com reminds revellers that it's not illegal to be nude in San Francisco (lewd is, of course, another matter), during an apparently legitimate Guinness World Record attempt to assemble the most naked Santas in one place, at Washington Square Park in San Francisco during SantaCon 29011. No word on when the record is actually ratified.
Of course, several hundred suit-optional Santas opted to keep their clothes on.
djBC has released the sixth Santastic collection, a set of holiday mashups from some of the greatest sonic plunderers in the world (earlier efforts). As always, the Santastic mixes are fantastic. If you want my favorites, try Divide and Kreate's Santatage (MP3) (mashing Otis Redding vs The Beastie Boys vs Run DMC); ATOM's Wonderland Walker (MP3) (mashing Peggy Lee vs Fats Domino vs Bjork); and djBC's Mashing Christmas (MP3) (mashing Danny Elfman vs The Supremes vs Jimmy Stewart).
Santastic Six: 100% Holiday Mashups and Remixes (Thanks, djBC!)
Since you know that November 1 is the day that retailers bust out their Christmas dross, why not combine Hallowe'en and Xmas with this zombie nativity scene from Etsy seller fetishforethics?
(via Making Light)