Posts categorized “Christmas”

Sunday, 1 December 2013

“Of the Month” December 2013

Link of the Month:
christmasagogo Christmas A-GoGo
We love Christmas. We love Christmas songs, but not the usual stuff. See this blog in Nov and December for daily posts of weird & wondrous seasonal tunes.

Tweeter of the Month:
loaded santa @loadedsanta
There are a few “joke” Santa twitter accounts, but this one is probably my favorite, from the POV of a very inebriated Santa Claus. Some of my favorite examples:

Christmas Special of the Month:
Adventure Time: Holly Jolly Secrets Adventure Time: “Holly Jolly Secrets”
Even though Christmas is never mentioned by name, all of the trappings are there in this two-part episode from the 3rd season of Adventure Time. We get some great backstory on the Ice King, and there are some real heart-felt moments. What’s that? The 3rd season of Adventure Time isn’t available on DVD or BluRay? Well, don’t worry; it comes out in February and you can pre-order it now!

Categories: Christmas, Of the Month.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Happy End of the World

So the world didn’t end yesterday (big duh), so now maybe all the 2012 prophesy crap can stop.

But… even though the world didn’t end, I think maybe it came closer to happening than any of us realize. Just take a look at this snowflake that I made using my Holiday How-To:

The World Devourer

The Snowflake Devourer?

Could it have been that the world was almost… Devoured?

At any rate, Happy End of the World, everyone! Let’s celebrate by listening to Pizzicato Five’s song “Happy Ending”


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLPTJ-8sWvg

Categories: Arts & Crafts, Christmas, Videos.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Paper Snowflakes

I made the first snowflakes of the season with the help of Marvel’s X-men’s X-23.

Categories: Christmas, Pictures.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

A Very Alan Thickemas

As a follow-up to my Festivus Round-up, creative collective The Beta Society has posted the entirety of the movie portion of A Very Alan Thickemas. It features the real voice of Alan Thicke, and also an impersonated voice of Alan Thicke. It’s directed by Celene Ramadan, who you might also know as chiptune musician Leeni. Yes, it’s a puppet musical.

Categories: Christmas, Links, Movies, Videos.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

A Festivus Round-up

Happy Festivus, everyone! I hope you get to air some good grievances. I hope the plain aluminum pole is not too distracting. And I hope you win the Feats of Strength!

Here I’m going to round-up a big random heaping of things I’ve found interesting recently. Artists, websites, musics, games, whatever. In random order:

Michaela Eaves

I saw her at a studio open house where she had some paintings and prints out for display. I really dug the way her paintings have heavy outlines, and the way the lines break up the colors in such a way that her paintings almost look like stained glass.

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She also had an adorable painting of a rocket ship, done in a soft, children’s book style of painting. I dug it, but I can’t find a picture on her website (which is mostly about her graphic design & illustration business):
www.michaelaeaves.com

8-Bit Jesus

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I thought this was pretty spectacular. Not only did Doctor Octoroc (sic) make 8-bit chiptune versions of many Christmas songs for his album 8-Bit Jesus, but he also wrote them in the specific styles of various 8-bit video games. My favorites are definitely “Carol of the Belmonts,” “Bubbles We Have Heard on High,” and “8 Days of Master Robots,” which very excellently captures the essence of the Mega Man experience. Also, “Icarus! The Herald Angels Sing” is quite accurate. Check it out:
http://www.doctoroctoroc.com/8BitJesus/

Machinarium

Machinarium is a beautifully done, old-style, point-and-click adventure video game, unbelievably done entirely in Flash. I like it ’cause it’s about robots. But more than that, the world is completely enthralling, and the puzzles all involve robot logic more than real-world logic.

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The art style is pretty much spectacular. You can play a demo for free, or buy and download the full version here:
http://machinarium.net/

Kaiju Dance to Thriller

Just what the title says: a bunch of Kaiju dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Wonder Woman Pumps

This woman takes shoes and tastefully collages them with pages from Wonder Woman comic books. She tends to use mostly monochromatic images, so the effect is a little subtler than you might expect.

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She has an etsy shop where she makes all kinds of shoes and boots (not just Wonder Woman):
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Pachainkapink

Regurgitated Thanksgiving Dinner Scarf

Taisha McGee sells what she calls “Ugly Scarves.” They’re mostly actually quite pretty, but she nevertheless gives them hilarious names based loosely on their color schemes, names like “Mulched Roses,” “Tidy Bowl,” “Moldy Cheese,” “Mushy Froot Loops,” and my favorite, “Regurgitated Thanksgiving Dinner.” She also has the sense of humor to take photos of the scarves wrapped around a cardboard stand-up of John Wayne. Bravo!

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Check them all out at her etsy shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TaishaMcGee

Alexis St.John

An artist whose work I saw in a tea shop in Downtown Tacoma (Mad Hat Tea, 1130 Commerce Street) and I liked the humor and simplicity in it. I also really appreciated how most of the paintings were really small; a lot of ’em were only like 6″ × 6″, and I don’t think anything of hers gets over 20″ in any direction.

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You can buy the actual artwork, of if you’d prefer you can buy frameable prints of it.
http://alexisstjohn.com/Gallery.html

TheSixtyOne

TheSixtyOne.com is a fascinating idea for a democratic music website, where the more people like a song the more popular it becomes, and ANYONE can upload ANY song they’ve created (as long as they’re legally allowed to blah, blah, blah, y’know).

Not only that, but it turns listening to music into kind of an RPG. You gain experience (called “reputation”) and rise in levels. There are quests (like “Listen to 7 recently-uploaded songs” or “Listen to the radio stations of 5 other people for 5 minutes each”) that let you earn experience and “hearts,” which you can use to mark a song as a favorite (i.e., you heart the song). And you also earn experience as other people later heart songs that you previously hearted. The more reputation you have, the more likely other people are to listen to your opinions (in theory at least). So you get tangible rewards for finding new, unheard songs that you really like and then getting other people to like them as well, other than the reward of discovering good music.

Also, TheSixtyOne.com is the only place right now where you can hear Taisha’s musc (yes, the same Taisha that makes those scarves). Just go here:
http://www.thesixtyone.com/taisha/

A Very Alan Thickemas

THE Alan Thicke, Leeni, and puppets. Lots and lots of puppets. And Blake Lewis is somehow involved. It exists, I just have no idea of how to see it. Other than these:

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That’s about it for now.

Categories: Art & Artists, Arts & Crafts, Celebrities, Christmas, Comics, Japan, Links, Movies, Music, Pictures, Robots, Round-up, Video Games, Videos.

Monday, 12 January 2009

The Holiday Season Ends… NOW

While the Holiday Season™ always seems hectic, the 2008-2009 Holiday Season© seemed much more hectic than usual. That’s because it was more hectic than usual.

Basically, every day that either Carrie or I “had off” for the span of about two months turned out not to be a day off at all, but a family holiday, trade/craft show, or wedding event.

That’s right, this Holiday Season® had an extra holiday: The Duncan/Briggs wedding. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

First was Krismuhs Eev. Because of the snow my family tried to cancel our traditional Crhistmas Eve Brunch, but my brother and I were all like, “Screw that!” and decided that even if the rest of the fambly didn’t wanna do it, we (with Carrie & Cassie) would do it anyway. And because of our obstinance everybody except for Pa, Jason, and Alexis had brunch at The Village Inn on Christmas Eve. Take THAT!

There was still snow on the ground on Christmas Day, making it only the 2nd or 3rd White Christmas™ of my entire life. Carrie & I went in the morning to drop Suki off at her folks’ house before continuing on to my folks’ place for the traditional Li’l Smokies, scrambled eggs, and orange rolls for breakfast. We then opened stockings & prezzies before going over to G’ma’s place (just up the slippery road) for more prezzy opening.

In the afternoon it was over to Carrie’s folks’ house where we mixed things up a li’l bit by opening prezzies before stockings! Gasp! I KNOW! This was because Christine came and joined us for the stocking opening portion of the day! Hooray! It was good to have her there. We got her cute stocking stuff (and a cute stocking).

Then there was a marvelous pork dinner, for which we were joined by the people who live across the street from Carrie’s folks, and eventually Carrie & I went back to our house.

It was an interesting Christmas, the first one in who-knows-how-many years that I didn’t get any video games! Instead I got a bunches of DVDs and a handfuls of books. Carrie got me the T-Mobile G1, which seriously kicks some major bottom. It came in the mail a week or so early, though, so I had it before Christmas. In addition to that she got us some Jonathan Coulton tickets for his show at the Moore Theater next Friday. Carrie also gotted mostly of DVDs and a few of books (one each from me), but I also gave her a pair of fantastic frog slippers.

New Year’s eve was (as always) only 6 days after Krismush, but in the meantime this time there were a couple of wedding events, including girls-only drunk bowling at Chalet Bowl in the Proctor district:

There was also some sorta bridal/wedding shower that weekend. Not to mention the usual Fools Play funtimes!

New Year’s Eve was another good time party, but New Year’s Day was unusual in that it was the first time in years that Carrie & I didn’t go out and see a movie. We just had been doing way too much and still had way too much to do for the upcoming wedding.

The very next day, in fact, was the rehearsal dinner. Carrie got a wedding-party gift: a walking cane with a concealed knife/sword. The head of the cane is a skull. A robot skull. It K’s all kinds of A. There was hanging out with Lawrence and some of his New Orleans friends at The Parkway afterwards. Good times.

The next evening there was a girl group getting together to make all the programs for the wedding (which were much more complicated than the programs at my wedding, which were printed-out pieces of shiny gold paper folded in half). I was on errand duty and drove people and things around for a while.

Then that Saturday was the actual wedding. The wedding started around 6:30. I got to the location around 1:30 to help with setup and bringing in box after box of hooch and putting up decorations and locating things and supplies and all that kind of thing. Carrie was one of Lawrence’s groomsmen, and while I wasn’t a bridesmaid I did have a role in the wedding: I got to escort Christine’s mum down the aisle. This meant I got to wear a nice suit. I clean up well:


Anyway, it was a very pretty wedding, which you would expect from Christine & Lawrence. Lotsa peacock feathers involved in the decorations and corsages and whatnot. Here’s all the peoples standing up there:


And here’s my favorite picture I took of Chrstine. She’s purdy:


Anyhoo, I took about 40 photos and uploaded them all (full sized) to this page in case yer interested.

After the wedding we hung around and helped clean up, then I drove Travis’s daughter back to her house. When we got off the freeway I heard sirens behind me and pulled over just as a cop car went flying past us. We continued on and went up a road to a T-intersection. I turned left and then when I looked in my rearview mirror I saw that if I had turned right I would have run into about 18 cop cars all arranged higgley-piggley all over the road, completely taking up about a one-block section. Whew! Didn’t want to get mixed up in that!

The next day I took Lawrence’s family to the airport so they could take their respective flights back home.

Oh! And mixed up in those past two weeks were also daily going and feeding a cat and lizard, and letting Boston Terriers out to pee in thier backyard. Almost forgot about those.

After that we were actually done. No more holidays. No more weddings. No more events. I had intended to get started on the new year that Monday (a week ago today), but honestly Carrie & I were just so exhausted that all we’ve been able to do for the past week was clean the house from the New Year’s Party and sleep. And play Animal Crossing: City Folk. And sleep.

Then today we went out to Safeway and bought food fixin’s, and cooked a wonderful, healthy meal of Mahi-Mahi salad with spinach, green beans, pecans, and parmesan cheese with a creamy lemon dressing that Carrie made from scratch. It tasted so very, very good. Carrie & I both agreed that today, Monday the 12th, was when the new year was finally able to start for both of us. So we drank a bottle of bubbly wine to celebrate with our om-nom-nummy dinner.

Now I’m just finishing up this post and then I’m going to start making many, many lists of all the things that I’d like to accomplish. Then I’ll start moving around the list items to that I know when to accomplish what pieces of each list. I’m using the fantastic backpackit website to do all of this. I absolutely lorve that website. Too bad it doesn’t have a good mobile version; if I wanna use it on my T-Mobile G1, then I have to navigate the browser to the full website (easier than it sounds; I just poke one icon and I”m there, but it does take longer to load than I’d like and isn’t really formatted for the small screen).

What kinds of things am I listing? Oh, let’s see. I’m in the process of teaching myself to use PHP with MySQL to create custom database-based shopping cart applications. I have a handful of movie reviews and articles that I’d like to write for THIS VERY WEBSITE (gasp). Carrie and I are working on a joint etsy site. I have a major writing project that I’m going to be diving into head-first in February, so I have to gear up for that. I’m transferring THIS VERY WEBSITE’s server and looking to switch over to WordPress. And there is one extremely major project that may seriously change a huge chunk of my life, but that for now will remain a secret. Except to those people who it involves, in which case you’ll be getting an email from me later this week.

Oh, and also a very fun and awexomely good-for-me project: Starting tonight (in about a half-hour) I’m beginning this program. I’ll be posting my progress here and on my twitter account, so that’s probably gonna be pretty boring for you, but it’s incredibly exciting for me, especially after the six weeks have passed (though for me it’s likely gonna be closer to eight weeks).

Whew! That’s about it for now I guess, but Happy New Year (finally) everyone!

Categories: Christmas, Cooking, Holiday, Life, Round-up, Updates, Weddings.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

The House That Hated Christmas

I wrote this story a week ago, but because of two holidays and an impending wedding, I’ve had no chance to format it and add the images—until now!

So go now, all of you, and read this mostly-true tale, which is sure to become a Christmas classic along the lines of A Christmas Carol, to be read aloud by Patrick Stewart year after year in live performances:

The House That Hated Christmas

Categories: Christmas, Featured Posts.