Archive for December 23rd, 2012

Cooper, Ozzie and Dewey Get In The Christmas Spirit

Reader Michelle McKee sent in these great pictures of her parakeet Cooper and her friends Dewey and Ozzie decking the halls, trimming the tree, hanging stockings with care and lighting up the minorah this holiday season....

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Cooper-Ozzie-and-Dewey-Get-In-The-Christmas-Spirit/

Webcomics Represent the "Triumph of the Nerds"

The ease of Internet publishing has given new opportunities to cartoonists. They no longer need the backing of an established publishing or syndication company--just some computer skills. The Economist look...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Webcomics-Represent-the-Triumph-of-the-Nerds/

Who Really Wrote “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”?

The poem published as "A Visit from St. Nicholas" is usually credited to Clement Clarke Moore, but it's very possible that we will never know for sure who wrote it.When it was first appeared in the newspaper on December...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Who-Really-Wrote-Twas-the-Night-Before-Christmas/

How to Make Christmas Scotch Eggs

Scotch eggs are hard boiled eggs covered with sausage and breadcrumbs, then deep fried. Adora's Christmas version of this classic food uses quail eggs instead of chicken eggs and adds chestnuts and cranberries to the sau...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/How-to-Make-Christmas-Scotch-Eggs/

Mother Ginger and Isabella

[http://youtu.be/Ml7p1md86sc] (YouTube link)This scene is always my favorite of The Nutcracker Ballet. In the version our regional ballet does, Mother Ginger is a man atop a wooden scaffolding that gets rolled o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Mother-Ginger-and-Isabella/

Darth Vader's Mask Made from Old Machinery

Gabriel Dishaw first got my attention by making athletic shoes from old computer and typewriter parts. Now he sets my heart aflutter with this sculpture of Lord Vader. He's also made dogs, horses and assorted bird-monste...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Darth-Vaders-Mask-Made-from-Old-Machinery/

The Best Camera-trap Pictures of 2012

National Geographic posted a gallery of six animal self-portraits from all over the world. Pictured here is a common genet captured by camera trap in Yemen. They are all beautiful, but I don't understand why this one did...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/The-Best-Camera-trap-Pictures-of-2012/

Make Your Salad Perfect for the Holidays

You're obligated to have some kind of healthy option availble at Christmas dinner, but usually they get ignored in favor of the more tasty treats available. If you actually want people to munch down on the salad though,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/21/Make-Your-Salad-Perfect-for-the-Holidays/

Grumpy Nyan Cat Destroys the World

[http://youtu.be/StwEoCRwAhc] (YouTube link)There is no greater sign of the end times than the biggest cat meme of 2012 mashed up with the biggest cat meme of 2011. Simon Johnson animated this video of Tardar Sauce and h...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Grumpy-Nyan-Cat-Destroys-the-World/

Quilted Rooms

Kay Healy, an artist in Philadelphia, quilted entire rooms of a house and put them on display at a local airport. It's like relief sculpture, but rendered in fabric. Her designs are chosen from memories of her childhood...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Quilted-Rooms/

Christmas Time Around The World

The Atlantic has a collection of 39 photographs of Christmas celebrations from Vancouver to Ivory Coast, and many points in between. Shown here are workers in Tokyo dressed as Santa while they wash office windows. Link -...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Christmas-Time-Around-The-World/

The Difference Between Holland, The Netherlands and the Kingdom of the Netherlands

[youtube eE_IUPInEuc](Video Link)C.G.P. Grey, who once elegantly explained the national distinctions of the United Kingdom, is back with a similar treatment for Holland. Er, I mean, the Netherlands. And the Kingdom...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/The-Difference-Between-Holland-The-Netherlands-and-the-Kingdom-of-the-Netherlands/

National Geographic's New Phenomena

National Geographic has opened a new science blog section of their extensive website called Phenomena, with four blogs by science writers you probably already know. Not Exactly Rocket Science by Ed Yong, formerly of Disc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/National-Geographics-New-Phenomena/

Two Princesses, Zero Fun

Most girls would be excited to meet Princess Aurora in real life, but not the cynical young gal in this picture.She'd rather see all that princess money going to better causes, like pet adoption and green power. Princess...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/22/Two-Princesses-Zero-Fun/

The Worst Noël

[http://youtu.be/egtvaWzIh7o] (YouTube link)Henri the Existential Cat is having a Christmas filled with ennui, introspection, and despondence. Are you surprised? -via Tastefully OffensiveHenri, cat, Chat Noir, Christmas...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/The-Worst-Nol/

Iron Man's Christmas Sweater

With an arc reactor, there's no stopping Tony Stark from having the most garish sweater at the Avengers' Christmas party. Marco D'Alfonso showed Iron Man repulsing some Christmas cheer in this card.Link -via Comics...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Iron-Mans-Christmas-Sweater/

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Was Female?

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. I love Christmas, my favorite day of the year. In fact, the whole Christmas season is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Rudolph-the-Red-Nosed-Reindeer-Was-Female/

To All Humans, Happy Holidays

[http://youtu.be/TXfTrZ7n00Q] (YouTube link)Solve Media made a Rube Goldberg contraption to convey their holiday greetings. This one has some really odd components! -via Laughing Squid Rube Goldberg...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/To-All-Humans-Happy-Holidays/

An Affordable Brew Your Own Beer Kit

Photo: Williams-Sonoma As both a long time hobbyist and long time beer drinker, I have always considered making my own beer. So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled on this inexpensive Beer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/An-Affordable-Brew-Your-Own-Beer-Kit/

Christmas Sky Show

Tuesday evening, after you've had Christmas dinner with the family, go outside set up the telescope if you have one. Jupiter and the moon are having a Christmas conjunction.For anyone who gets a telescope for Christmas,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Christmas-Sky-Show/

12 Awkward Days Of Xmas By The Miskreant Puppets

(YouTube Link)Yuletide greetings from the Jim Henson Company aren't always aimed at children, because adults love them some Xmas time too.Here's a holiday puppet video made especially for grown folks, cour...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/12-Awkward-Days-Of-Xmas-By-The-Miskreant-Puppets/

Anna and Richard Wagner

Anna and Richard Wagner married in 1900. From that year until 1942, the German couple had their picture taken in front of their Christmas tree every Christmas Eve. Retronaut has eight of those pictures, with commentary a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Anna-and-Richard-Wagner/

Love Notes By Madeleine Flores

When your significant other is a cartoonist moments of your life may be turned into comic strip panels and shared with the world, and that's not always a good thing.In the case of these adorable Post-It note cartoons by...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Love-Notes-By-Madeleine-Flores/

Alternative Christmas Trees

Even if your Christmas dinner is at a fast food joint, you can still have a Christmas tree, as designers Malte Bruns and Jyrgen Ueberschär demonstrated. This French fry sculpture was their 2008 contribution to Oh Ta...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/23/Alternative-Christmas-Trees/






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