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Yuletide comfort and joy

I was originally going to write a deep and meaningful blog entry about the winter solstice and how it’s a time to slow down and embrace the days as they get darker and colder – but Christmas is near and I’ve run out of good ideas for the year.

Instead, I’m going to throw a bunch of last-minute gift ideas and useful links into the stocking over the mantle to make you squeal like a 5-year old on Christmas Day – or whenever you open presents.

Start playing Taps and stand for a moment of silence because the CAPS LOCK KEY IS GOING AWAY!!! This article from explains Google’s decision to remove the key from their new keyboards and why it’s been around for so long. Gone will be the days of clues Internets who DON’T UNDERSTAND NETIQUITTE. I’d like to request the scroll lock key be the next key to fall from the keyboard.

Did you ever wonder how the concept of Santa Claus evolved from a Norse God to a jolly old man with a belly like a bowlful of jelly? This article from explains the man behind the myth and why he never answers my requests for a sable and diamond rings.

Many months ago I featured the NY Times’ Abstract City Blog as something to add to your RSS Feeds and check regularly. Artist Christoph Neimann only posts every couple of months but when he does he never fails to deliver. This month he gives us a holiday greeting and history lesson of how the world was formed and why IKEA furniture can never be put together properly. Check it out here and try not to disturb your neighbors or colleagues while you laugh uproariously.

While you are out celebrating the shortest day of the year dancing around May poles and burning Yule logs, make sure to crane your neck skyward on December 21st because you will be treated to a lunar eclipse you won’t see again until 2014. That is if the world doesn’t blow up in 2012. This article from Space.Com has all the details.

And last, but certainly not least, for the geek in your life that has everything but a Boba Fett with Han Solo centerpiece, they can weep no more! This statue will look great on your dinning room table surrounded by roast beast or as a snow globe on your mantle. It promises to be a conversation piece for years to come even when George Lucas reinvents Star Wars one more time this time with smell-o-vision.


About Anna Alexander

I get ideas. I write things. I sometimes follow through with those ideas. I also run long distances and live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband cat who lets us pay the mortgage on his house.

One response »

  1. You have waaaaaay too much surfing time on your hands! But thanks for the Abstract City post – WOW! Too fun!


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