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A Visit From Saint Nicholas, by Clement C. Moore

A Visit From Saint Nick

A seasonal Gutenberg Gem: A Visit From Saint Nicholas, by Clement C. Moore. Enjoy the classic with illustrations.


Time for Christmas Pasta…

Christmas Pasta Shapes from Costplus

For tonight's dinner plan, I'm doing the same thing that I did last year, a variation of Rachel Ray's Christmas Pasta recipe. I find her base recipe simply has too much meat in it, mine will be more like a amatriciana sauce, with onions and red pepper flake, seasoned with some sweet and some spicy italian sausages. Of course, we do have to use the classic Christmas Pasta shapes that we got from Cost Plus. Yum!


Dave Slusher leads to “Geek Christmas Carol”

Checking in on Dave Slusher's blog, I found that he was a voice in something called Geek Christmas Carol, which I find you can download from Friends In Tech. Neat. Also, perusing the comments there, I found that someone else had done much the same thing: Podcast Pickle had produced A Podcast Christmas Carol. Check them both out for the holiday.


Moon to Occult Spica

Sadly, it won't be visible here in California, but for much of the United States, Christmas morning will feature a rare occultation of Spica by the moon. Thanks to Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy Blog for pointing out the rare event which, well, sadly won't be seen from here.

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Use Google Earth to Track Santa

He's hopping around the Middle East as I type this. Google Earth is pretty cool for a free download too, so check it out.

Ho ho ho.


DIY Laser Engraved Toast

Jesus is Toast!

Over the last few years, I've seen a number of eBay auctions for religious figures which appear spontaneously in grilled bread items. It seems to me that the budding young entrepaneur could make a killing with the right laser engraving equipment. Courtesy of the Make Blog.