December 25th, 2004

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Eep! As jainasia points out, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is actually a lot younger than many of us might think. (What a feeling that must be, to have created such a commonplace part of modern culture)

A hilarious, rather cool, and extremely not at all safe for work or maiden aunts, look at Saturnalia.

Apparently, asteroid MN4 is currently placed at a 1.6% chance of colliding with Earth on April 13 2029*, with an effective energy of 2,200 megatons. (So far, the largest yield detonated has been estimated to be 57 megatons, the Tsar Bomba)

* yes, it's a Friday. ^_^

Not the smartest move a university student's ever made.. $200 for a 17" PowerBook from a street hustler gets him - well, the photo should be seen. Apple's been putting on weight, apparently.

And in the spirit of the season, via momentrabbit, me, and rabitguy: the ten least successful holiday specials of all time. ^_^ These include: The Mercury Theater of the Air Presents
The Assassination of Saint Nicholas (1939) -

'Listeners of radio's Columbia Broadcasting System who tuned in to hear a Christmas Eve rendition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol were shocked when they heard what appeared to be a newscast from the north pole, reporting that Santa's Workshop had been overrun in a blitzkrieg by Finnish proxies of the Nazi German government.

The newscast, a hoax created by 20-something wunderkind Orson Wells as a seasonal allegory about the spread of Fascism in Europe, was so successful that few listeners stayed to listen until the end, when St. Nick emerged from the smoking ruins of his workshop to deliver a rousing call to action against the authoritarian tide and to urge peace on Earth, good will toward men and expound on the joys of a hot cup of Mercury Theater of Air's sponsor Campbell's soup.

Instead, tens of thousands of New York City children mobbed the Macy's Department Store on 34th, long presumed to be Santa's New York embassy, and sang Christmas carols in wee, sobbing tones. Only a midnight appearance of New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in full Santa getup quelled the agitated tykes. Welles, now a hunted man on the Eastern seaboard, decamped for Hollywood shortly thereafter.'

Quite neat - a prototype flexible scanner. It's a small flexible polymer sheet, which you press against the area to be scanned, and capture the image on your cellphone. They're hoping to have a 7sq.cm. version - ie, wallet sized - available in three years, for around $10.

Courtesy of NASA, an article describing the origins of the Jewish calendar.

And from Molly Ivins: 'I always liked what former Gov. Ann Richards said when informed there were demands that the large star on top of the state capitol come down. "Oh, I'd hate to see that happen," she drawled. "This could be the only chance we'll ever have to get three wise men in that building."'
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