My dear friend Ann Druyan, co-creator of Cosmos and creative director of the Voyager Golden Record, and her daughter Sasha Sagan, author of the wonderful For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World, light the Hanukkah candles for the final night of Hanukkah. This lovely video is the last in the "Give Light" series, produced by the the Jewish arts and culture nonprofit Reboot. Below are two of other favorites from the week: guitarist and vocalist Luther Dickinson and jazz musician Sharisse Norman on night two, and Laurie Anderson last night!
On Adafruit, Erin St Blaine shares a cool project for creating a light-up Menorah sweater using the Adafruit Gemma M0 microcontroller and NeoPixel LEDs. Image: Screengrab READ THE REST
Motown legend Smokey Robinson recorded an unintentionally funny personal video message for a woman whose children made the Cameo request as a surprise for their mom who apparently grew up near the singer. Given that the "guttural Ch" in Chanukkah isn't a typical sound in English, and Smokey was clearly reading from a cue card,… READ THE REST
Many have tried and all have failed to create a proper holiday pop song for Hanukkah that is both educational and possesses a nasty bass line. Luckily for us, funk wizard Chaki Sklar has stepped in to fill this void with an ear worm called "How To Hanukkah". The video features a solo performance by… READ THE REST
Airlines. Cable companies. Pharmaceutical firms. Banks. Those industries show up every year on lists of America's most hated companies. It's seldom for the products they actually produce. It's usually for the poor customer service, ridiculous fees, and a general sense of all-around indifference to their customer's needs that land these firms squarely in the public's… READ THE REST
A lot has changed since you started your career behind the keyboard, and if you can't keep up with the times, the generation in front of you will swoop in and eat you alive. Sure, you could retire early (we all know your savings will last you comfortably until at least next Tuesday), but there's… READ THE REST
Whether you're planning for a visit with the in-laws or trying to meet important deadlines at work, there's a lot of reasons to pull your hair out these days. And until you can drop everything you're doing and escape on a solo trip through Europe, you could really use something to take the edge off. … READ THE REST