85 thoughts on “Pixel Your Own Scroll 12/24/17

  1. Happy Christmas Eve to all who celebrate it – and Happy Holidays to everyone! And many thanks to Mike, our generous host!

  2. Enjoy your family, Mr. Glyer and Merry Christmas to those who observe. Happy Holidays to everyone! May your plate, glass, wallet and heart always be full and may there always be something you want to read close to hand.

  3. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy Not-Holidays also! Hope you have a great time, Mike.

  4. Kage Baker loved Turkish Delight (I’d send her some from time to time) but her immortal cyborgs were hooked on any really good chocolate. This stuff would not appeal to them.

  5. Um, my Secret Santa present is kinda squishy and there’s a tentacle poking out from the paper. I’m kinda afraid to open it….

    (Merry Christmas/Happy Solstice, everyone!)

  6. Merry Christmas, Cephalodmas, Cthulhu-mas, Happy Holidays, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, whatever flavor you swear by, and a Hearty New Year to all!

    (We gotta have a good year one of these days)

  7. Well, Christmas Eve is the main event here in Germany, so a Merry Christmas or other seasonal holiday of your choice to all of you!

  8. Seems a safe spot for a first post. Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for all your thoughts in the past 2 years.

  9. I have already purchased a bag of Jelly Babies in anticipation of the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

  10. As it’s Christmas Eve, I’m now about half-way through a re-read of Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising, which is the subject of a worldwide group reading under the hashtag #TheDarkIsReading. Many people are reading in parallel with the action in the book, which takes place from Midwinter’s Eve, just before the winter solstice, to Twelfth Night in early January.

    Along with commentary, there’s a lot of good fan art being posted to that hashtag, as well in some related hashtags like #TheArtIsRising.

    The tweets under the hashtag have also pointed to some longer-form related material of interest, including Susan Cooper’s Tolkien Lecture from earlier this year, where she discusses the series and some of her other work, some of the common Oxford roots of her work and those of other English fantasy writers, and gives her own take on how high fantasy differs from “speculative fiction” as she sees it. You can watch it on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBt_iFTbiK0

  11. Ten minutes till I start my annual tradition….

    *sings* December 24’th, 9 PM eastern standard time…

  12. Home from late service at church, tired but happy. I’m in the choir, and got to do a reading as well (Isaiah has tons of good lines). And our director’s wife brought us all cookies again!

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Peaceful New Year!

  13. > Cassy B on December 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm said:
    > Um, my Secret Santa present is kinda squishy and there’s a tentacle poking out from the paper. I’m kinda afraid to open it….

    STOP! If it’s Squamose and Rugose (re: “Know Your Cephalopods”) throw it in the Christmas Log fire right now. If you don’t have one, take the whole unopened package to the nearest Gläve Goat (if it isn’t on fire right now it soon will be…)

    Yule thank me later.

  14. For the umpteenth year running, my spouse convinced me to open our presents at midnight instead of the next morning. I know some folks do this, but this always seems weird to me (nothing wrong with it; just not how I was raised). 😉 Impatient spouse! But it was fun. In 9 hours, we’re going to lunch at a country-inn-style restaurant we’ve never been to before – fingers crossed it’s good!

    @Mike Glyer: That is a totally awesome picture!!! 😀

    @John Mark Ockerbloom: Ooh, the #TheArtIsRising art is pretty cool! This is one of my favorite books of all time.

    @All: Have a great holiday season! There’s a wonderful rendition of an old seasonal classic (evil grin) over at Cheryl Morgan’s blog. Tentacles optional.

  15. Happy holidays to all ?

    If we’re crowd-sourcing a scroll today, here’s CGP Grey and Brady Haran’s holiday Hello Internet discussing “The Last Jedi”. I haven’t listened to it yet, or seen TLJ yet, or, ummm, seen any of the new Star Wars films (yet?), but Grey and Brady are usually interesting, and a whole lot of fun to listen to.

  16. Christmas Eve notes: Played generic Jenga equivalent with husband and older boy, to a selection of seasonal music as picked in turn by the players. Husband realized during one turn that he probably should not have picked “Santa Claus and His Old Lady” if he wanted the game to continue past his turn.

  17. Merry Christmas everyone! It’s just an ordinary working day here, and not very festive, but I’ve finished my work for the day early and now just need to find a way to make Brussels sprouts taste delicious before my wife comes home for our Christmas meal.

  18. @rob_matic: a local place serves brussels sprouts that have been briefly deep-fried then dressed with bacon. The presenter of today’s feast would love them — he thinks everything goes better with bacon — but I don’t have a recipe to point to.

  19. @JeffWarner, Squamous, check. Rugose.. hard to tell without unwrapping more of it, and that tentacle is kinda waving around in a vaguely threatening fashion. Good thing whoever wrapped it used lots of duct tape….

    <carefully picking up package with fireplace tongs and thrusting it into the fire>

    Wow! Look at how the fire’s burning green! How festive!

    (And a Merry Christmas/Happy Yule/Lovely Day to all here. I hope any unexpected packages were pleasant surprises!)

  20. @Standback: I’m not sure what’s stranger: A video talking about a movie that’s almost as long as the movie itself (nearly 2 hours versus about 2.5 hours), or that the video is 100% puffins (yay, puffins!). 😉 Thanks for the link. Happy (belated) Hannukah (replace with your favorite transliteration) and Happy (early) New Year!

    @rob_matic: “find a way to make Brussels sprouts taste delicious” – Er, uh, good luck with that. 😛 I’m a little skeptical.

    We’re off to Christmas lunch – first time I’ve had lunch out on Christmas.

  21. @Standback
    Happy belated Hannukah to you and your family.

    @rob-matic
    The Cooking site of the NY Times has some very good Brussels sprouts recipes. There’s one with peanuts that I like in particular.

  22. I don’t think it will be helpful to Rob_matic, but I’m a big fan of Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta.

    I’ve had a lovely Christmas, and a highlight was this present of genre interest: a hand knitted dragon head “trophy” from my Mum! Brother got a triceratops and brother’s GF got a unicorn, so we’re close to opening a whole knitted fantasy hunting lodge…

  23. News item: Great Jones Street, the mobile app for short-story readers, is shutting down after December 31st. They included a lot of stories from sf/fantasy/horror writers. One of my own stories was reprinted there, “The Rest of the Story” (historical mystery story exploring -why- that guy the Good Samaritan rescued was attacked in the first place).

    Personal news: The big lump of coal for my own Christmas Day was leaving last night’s work early due to chest pains and spending five hours in the Mayo Hospital’s ER department. (Not a heart attack, apparently. My own thought was that the coughing and wheezing I’ve been doing for weeks might have developed into a spot of walking pneumonia, but nothing showed up on chest x-rays. Tentative diagnosis: inflammation in the cartilage of the ribs over the heart. Sent home with instructions to follow up with my regular doctor. One redeeming benefit of the ER visit: I was able to read most of T. Kingfisher’s THE RAVEN AND THE REINDEER while waiting for test results.)

  24. @Bruce Arthurs– Best wishes, and hopes it’s a false alarm and all is well.

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.

    Cancelled Christmas dinner with a friend due to horrid driving conditions caused by our very White Christmas. Now looking out at bright sun and clear roads. We will reschedule.

    Did eat squid night before last, during off-date family Christmas dinner.

  25. Ended up parboiling the sprouts, crushing them, then roasting them with a sharp, salty sheep cheese as a kind of gratin. It was successful, I think.

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