dj BC writes, "I just dropped Santastic 8, the 8th annual Holiday mashup album in the series (10th if you count 'Menorah Mashups' and 'Re:Compostition').
This year we offer 14 new Christmas mashups, and one old one which was reissued because it is great and it matches the album cover so well. Contributors come from California, Atlanta, New York, Boston, Vienna, The Netherlands, Stockholm and Nashville."
There's some outstanding work here -- don't miss mojochronic's Lou Reed tribute at Track 12: "Lou Christmas (Without You)."
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Stuck on the perfect gift for the Mall Ninja in your life? Consider the LA Police Gear Molle Elite Tactical Christmas Stocking -- nothing says militarized, institutional corruption like LAPD milspec on the mantlepiece!
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Benjamin writes, "Reddit and Mystery Science Theater 3000's Joel Hodgson team up to produce a choral cover of the MST3K Christmas song 'Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas This Year' from the classic 1991 episode 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.'
A reddit & MST3K holiday tradition: "Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas This Year"
(Thanks, Benjamin Wilson!)
The Betabrand retail store in San Francisco's Mission district now sports a grotesque window display of Santa Claus, entitled Santa the Hutt. Chris from BetaBrand writes, "Our aim: To poke fun at holiday excess and explore anti-Santa sentiment.
Our achievement: Over a thousand people have taken holiday photos at our Valencia Street store since rolling him out last week. "
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Robbo sends us a "Supercut of all the 'Humbugs' from 32 different versions of A Christmas Carol. Spot your favourites!"
'Humbug' - The Christmas Carol Supercut
Jason McKittrick writes, "A Cthulhu Christmas ornament for those who wish to celebrate the solstice in a more eldritch fashion!
This cyclopean adornment depicts Great Cthulhu squeezing his massive tentacled form through the hieroglyphic covered door of his ancient stone tomb in R'lyeh and will add the necessary touch of madness to your holiday tree.
Each Cthulhu Yuletide Ornament is hand cast in solid resin and comes ready to hang with a black satin ribbon. Signed and numbered by artist Jason McKittrick."
Cthulhu Yuletide Ornament
Patrick sez, "Lord Buckley was a comedian/storyteller who performed in the '50s. His version of A Christmas Carol is an utter delight."
Damned straight. Lord Buckley's a hero of mine, and this is him at his best. If this has you intrigued, try his version of The Raven, and Dig Infinity!, the indispensable biography of Lord Buckley.
Etsy seller NirdHaus (AKA Ben Mayer) sells nerdy birdhouses and Christmas ornaments based on classic video-game and movie designs.
NirdHaus is a safe place where crafts and general geekery unite to form an amalgam of excellence. All pieces are hand-painted by me, Ben Mayer, and are infused with a healthy dose of unashamed love. From birdhouses to nutcrackers, all your craft are belong to us. Send me a message if there's something you'd like to see me take a crack at.
(via The Mary Sue)
Some unknown genius (possibly redditor Tmyakal) created this insanely great Portal-themed Christmas Tree that presents the illusion of a tree being shoved through one of the interdimensional portals in the kick ass Valve game.
Update: Ryan Kelly sez, "I'm a big fan and can't tell you what a great Christmas present it was to see our Portal themed Christmas tree posted on Boing Boing. It was done by myself and my two business partners as a nice, stress-relieving break from working on a film we are making and was posted by a friend of ours on Reddit."
A Very Portal Christmas Tree (imgur.com)
(via Super Punch)
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This letter to Santa was written in 1911, and stashed in the chimney of a house in Dublin, from which it was recovered in 1992 by the house's current occupant, John Byrne. The letter, written by "A or H Howard" (a brother-sister team) survived remarkably well, and is very lovely.
“I want a baby doll and a waterproof with a hood and a pair of gloves and a toffee apple and a gold penny and a silver sixpence and a long toffee.”
Dear Santa Letter sent 100 years ago found up chimney
(Photo: Eric Luke)
Hugo, Locus, and Nebula award winning science fiction author James Patrick Kelly is giving away the Xmas edition of his excellent ezine Strangeways. I have been enjoying his stories of time travel, space exploration, and more every month, and I thought I would share. Will Christmas survive the apocalypse? If you were uploaded into a computer, in what sense would you still be you? And how will you cope with your deceased but digitally-preserved family members when they gather on December 25th, 2061? Here are links to his Dropbox account. Download the one you want or drop him an email and he'll send you a copy for free.
Direct download: Mobi, ePub
Inspired by his 4-year-old son, Rweaving 3D printed a T.Rex skull and taught it to roar out Jingle Bells. Now that's seasonal fun!
It was my son’s idea to create a dinosaur skull that would sing jingle bells. This is the result of that project. The skull is controlled via servo motor triggered by the music. The skull, stand and mechanics were printed using a Makerbot Thingomatic. You can make your own by going to http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:14248
...I love being able to take my 4 year old’s crazy idea and making it into reality.
Jingle Bells Dinosaur Skull
Puppets, songs, the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Charles Dickens - all that and more are in our internet video holiday special: "Ruffus The Dog's Christmas Carol".
Not just for kids, it's an unusual half-hour take on Dickens's classic - released under a Creative Commons License.
Funded partly through IndieGoGo and a lot of sweat equity from the performers (total budget just a little over $5,000) we shot this thing in 4 days in my living room. All the puppet characters were shot against green screen and then combined with CG virtual sets and a pantload of special effects.
The music and songs were composed by JP Houston (Big Comfy Couch).
We released this online yesterday, right after we had a screening at the old Revue Cinema in Toronto with box office proceeds going to the Toronto Public Library Foundation.
Free to watch. Free to download. Free to share.
Ruffus The Dog's Christmas Carol
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.
I’m a lifelong fan of Rumpole, John Mortimer’s grumpy, poetry-spouting criminal defense barrister, star of books, TV, and radio. John Mortimer died in 2009, and Rumpole at Christmas was published last Christmas season, but I missed it then.
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