Year 3 in one of my newer Christmas traditions. Almost 2 hours of music to drink Christmas Martini's to. A story in 5 chapters: Mellow, Funky, Street, Whimsical and Sleepy. Optimized for Maximum Hygge. This was also a chance for me to practice my skills as Mastering Engineer after taking a class at it. [more inside]
The Krampus Corps were called "terrorists" for rebelling against the North Pole regime during the War on Christmas, against the chains put on them. I may be the last surviving "hornless brother". And before the regime sends a tiny green & red assassin for me, I want the truth about our revolution (and the horrors the War on Christmas showed me) to be known. [more inside]
I figured it might be nice if there were a video for this holiday classic, and thought maybe you'd think so too. [more inside]
The traditional concepts of LOBROW, MIDDLEBROW, and HIBROW explained by the medium of fake Christmas Trees.
So I decided to make a list of Advent Calendar of Holiday Songs on Tumblr but then I found a silly web app where I could create my own and now I'm sharing it to give a little joy to 2016 maybe. [more inside]
This year, I continued my tradition of producing a festival of holiday plays by new authors, and as the producer, I'm also able to add my own play to the list. This year's play is my attempt at a (short) farce, complete with Santa, some light sexual innuendo, and a squirrel!
Wonderful Christmastheme is an album of Christmas music by members of Theme Music, a Facebook group in which there is a theme posted every two weeks, and members of the group -- who range from professional musicians to non-musicians singing into their phones -- perform songs that fit the theme. It turns out quite a few Themesters like Christmas music. [more inside]
An unexpected twist reveals Santa's true character...
Endless Jingling: an elf singing randomly generated holiday music, forever and ever. Reload for a new combination of carols. Spiff up and/or ruin holiday parties as needed. [more inside]
I took Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and remixed it so that throughout the entire story, Scrooge has a boner. It’s juvenile and incredibly stupid, but I dare say parts of it turned out pretty damn funny. It’s available as a free eBook, and you can download it in MOBI (Kindle), ePub (everything else), or Word formats. Or you can just read the whole thing online. [more inside]
Keith Richards turns 70 on Wednesday. So we wrote him a song. [more inside]
Two Jews try to explain Hanukkah... Then things get weird.
Here's a gruesome little tale every day for you to unwrap. Naughty boys, girls, women, and men get comeuppance for their bad behavior during the holidays. A new poem, portrait, and narration each day through Christmas. [more inside]
NYC Advent-ure is a virtual advent calendar of holiday events in NYC. Events are ordered from most to least time sensitive to make planning easier. I thought of it only a few days before December 1st, so this is a minimum viable product, as they say. I'll be rolling out updates and fixes (development, design, and content) during the month. I hope for it to continue next year and plan on setting something up so people in other cities can create their own calendars.
My girlfriend was complaining that some of the music we'd been listening to lately wasn't Christmas music. So I devised a simple formula to make any song into a Christmas song: 1) Take any song, 2) Overlay a track of sleighbells, 3) Enjoy a newfound Christmas classic. [more inside]
After Thanksgiving, my seven year old daughter asked me to find a Minecraft texture pack with a Christmas theme so she could explore her Minecraft world embelleshed with holiday touches. Well, I found one on the Minecraft forum, but the poster said it was created for an Advent Calendar he was building for inside the Minecraft universe, and to check back later for that. We'll my daughter and I waited patiently and when he finally posted it, we decided to record our adventures going through the advent making a little YouTube video for each of the days as we opened them. Little did we know some of the advent days would take longer than 15 minutes. So the link goes out to a YouTube channel where we've been posting these for the last nine days, but there are more than nine videos so far, primarily due to a little mis-adventure with some explosives. [more inside]
A letter to my grade school kids about transitioning from a belief in Santa Claus to a more mature belief in Santa Claus (from a Christian perspective). Offered as some help to other parents with kids at this stage. [more inside]
Vanna79 and I just launched Dempsey Press, a letterpress print shop located in Ottawa, Canada. Along with custom letterpress printing, we just finished printing our first line-up of cards and note papers. All our greeting cards and envelopes are made with 100% cotton paper. Favorites include "All I want for Christmas is your two front teeth" and Robot Season's Greetings cards. We also have an Etsy Shop. [more inside]
Photos and videos of cats in Christmas trees. For all your cats in Christmas tree needs!
Never fear gift-giving again! We've had a year of super-random classes at Brooklyn Brainery, and now we're going to use all of that random knowledge just for you. Let us know about someone you need to buy a gift for, and wham! we'll figure out just what you should get them. [more inside]
Free tutorials on how to make edible bouquets - candy bouquets, cookie bouquets, and fruit bouquets... Photos and instructions make the process easy. Kids will love to participate in making edible bouquets. You can suprise your friends and family with unique gifts this holiday season. Get inspired at EdibleCrafts.com
The Long Yuletide War is a series of short stories I'm working on about the hidden history of that mysterious figure known as Santa Claus and his dark alpine shadow Krampus. [more inside]