Late Night Open Thread: O Holy Shi… LIGHTS!

(h/t commentor Cathyx)
Santa couldn’t miss this house! Too bad the Good Taste Fairy hadn’t borrowed his GPS…

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    redshirt says:

    Everyone should use LED lights for everything. FYI – I represent the LED industry.

    Seriously, this is how this works: Each LED light is an IP node. Each node is programmable. Thus, any sort of program can be written, based on the author’s vision. So we have LED Gangnam Style.

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    butler says:

    Just got back from spending my Christmas Eve with a gaggle of ultra-reactionary in-laws. Spent the night alternating between biting my tongue and drowning my opinions in merlot.

    If you’ll permit me a primal scream:


    Thank You. And a Merry Christmas to you all!

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    ruemara says:

    I love lights, this is so fun.

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    James E Powell says:


    That’s what I am facing tomorrow. Many of them haven’t spoken to me since a day or so before the election, when they all assured me that the president was going down. I do not know if they have recovered, or even if the facts have sunk in. I wish there football games on all day.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    That’s very well done, but I can’t stand 3 1/2 minutes of that music track.

    Put the butterflied turkey breast in the brine about an hour ago, looking forward to it tomorrow.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Aww. I still like Gangnam Style. But not everybody does, so I do appreciate the modern trend of making the soundtrack available on a radio frequency in the neighbourhood instead of broadcast on your lawn.

    The people who own that house have a site up explaining how they did it. Pomplamoose’s cover of the Angry Birds theme is part of the show, too.

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    mdblanche says:

    @butler: A few hours ago I also got back from spending the evening with my wingnut relatives. They were still so shell-shocked from the election that politics barely came up at all. The only real low-light was that they explicitly made clear that when they said “merry Christmas” they meant “f@ck you, non-Christians.”

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    Joey Maloney says:

    Well, now I know how that song goes from start to finish. I’m not sure what utility there is in that knowledge, but I’m willing to roll with it.

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    magurakurin says:

    Christmas is just another work day here in Nippon. Kiddies got stockings left by their pillows or on the verandas by Santa. They told me they had proof that Santa had been there because they put a piece of tape over the door and it was torn off in the morning. They use the ole 007 trick to find proof of Santa here, it would seem. Otherwise, it’s just a normal day here. People are in the holiday mood though, because the big New Year holiday is slowly kicking into gear. Things should really start to heat up Thursday and Friday. By Saturday most of the country will be on holidays. Me too, from Sunday on, I’ll give myself a week holiday.

    Saw this and had to laugh

    He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside.

    I guess Mormon’s don’t do Aesop’s

    Tagg should throw this one on his Kindle

    A very hungry fox walked into a vineyard where there was an ample supply of luscious looking grapes. Grapes had never looked so good, and the fox was famished. However, the grapes hung higher than the fox could reach. He jumped and stretched and hopped and reached and jumped some more trying to get those yummy grapes, but to no avail. No matter what he tried, he could not reach the grapes. He wore himself out jumping and jumping to get the grapes.”Those grapes surely must be sour,” he said as he walked away, “I wouldn’t eat them if they were served to me on a silver platter.”

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    That was weird… three ghosts just flew by here on their way to the Keys… something about it being too effing cold in England this time of year and the little kid with the crutch was getting on their nerves. Huh.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @magurakurin: what is it with right wingers and names like Track, Trig and Tagg? Where is Algebra or Calc?

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    Joey Maloney says:

    Yard, Calc, and Arfid.

    Spike, Diffy Q., and Klingon.

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    Brutusettu says:

    @Comrade Mary:

    In early August, a YT personality accidentally put Die Antwoord in a KPop playlist, the 1st time I saw GS in the playlist didn’t really stand out as weird after seeing Die Antwoord’s videos.
    Some Kara and Miss A videos had me notice SNSD… now I’m actually looking forward Girls’ Generation Korean comeback.

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    max says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: Where is Algebra or Calc?

    Ack! Linear A. Smith! (Bonus archaeology ref.) Topology “Top” Jones! (Even when you stretch him out he still has a hole in him!)

    “This is my son, Stat.” “He must be in a hurry all the time!” “Huh? Er, no, he’s always trying to meet carefully chosen random people.”

    If they realized it was SCIENCE! they’d probably start naming their kids shit like ‘Inerrant’.

    Whatever. I just turned the sound down and watched the lights, maintaining my track record of successfully avoiding viewing or listening to anything involving ‘Gangnam’. Was kinda a human pinball there for awhile.

    Anyways, the sun is not up (but I am), the Christmas is white on the ground (appropriate for around here), and it’s time to cook, so Merry Christmas to my fellow libtards and also the fucking trolls, and the entire world ’round. But never ever to any Republican politicians.

    [‘I still totally want to make a Klan scarecrow and torch it on my lawn.’]

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    ruemara says:

    I like making things for people I like. Usually, it’s jewelry or fun baked goods. This year has been a bit light on that sort of thing and there’s a lot of people to thank these days, including the evil Obot cabal and pet worshippers of Balloon Juice, so, here’s my silly Christmas card to you all.

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    bago says:

    @redshirt: Seconded. Every light should be LED. Power usage, durability, brightness. No excuse.

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    Raven says:

    The sun is not yet up over Falwell U but we’ll be blowing this puke hole most rickey tic. The right wing in-laws have been pretty tame but, then, so have I. The BIL does not like guns but gave the 21 year old a 9 because that’s what he wanted. The conversation only got so deep as “I’m not sure laws would work”. I said “probably not a reason not to try”. We only have to do breakfast and then hit the road so I think a major conflagration is avoidable.

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    NotMax says:

    For those who may never have seen it:

    Somewhat stilted by today’s standards, the 1935 British movie version of “A Christmas Carol” briskly clocks in at about an hour and a quarter.

    Seymour Hicks enjoyed a long, long career playing Scrooge. What this version lacks in special effects budgeting and wizardry it makes up for in gloomy, almost expressionistic atmospherics.

    And it is the only film version I know of which doesn’t shy away from showing Tiny Tim’s cold, dead body in the future sequence.

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    Raven says:

    @NotMax: Hey now! Aloha and shit.

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    Y’all see the “Click here to learn how to do this to your house” bit?

    How … helpful of them.

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    cmorenc says:

    @James E Powell:

    That’s what I am facing tomorrow. Many of them haven’t spoken to me since a day or so before the election, when they all assured me that the president was going down. I do not know if they have recovered, or even if the facts have sunk in. I wish there football games on all day.

    You needn’t say a thing to them about the election, but if any of them starts to mention anything, adopt the smug grin of a wise man tolerating the fools around him.

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    Scuffletuffle says:

    @Southern Beale: Bless their hearts!

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    The Sailor says:

    @NotMax: It’s my favorite.

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    Emma says:

    @ruemara: That is just perfect. With us, it was the dog, who had never in his four years wanted to come near the Christmas tree. This year, he discovered that when I get nostalgic, I put candy canes on the tree as the finishing touch. Off came the candy canes after we realized why so many were ending up on the floor!

    We had a very nice Christmas Eve party (Cubans do Noche Buena) and today we are heading to my sisters for a Christmas Day brunch. Most of the same people plus some that couldn’t make it last night. Then I turn into a (secular) nun until New Years Eve.

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    butler says:

    @NotMax: A good telling of ACC should be brisk like that. I have no idea how George C. Scott managed to stretch a Christmas Carol into a 2+ hour affair. Even The Muppets managed it in 90 minutes, and that included a dozen musical numbers.

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    Hunter says:

    1) That’s the best idea for Christmas lights I’ve seen in ages.

    2) I’m going to sit here and watch Kazaky videos for a while.

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    NotMax says:


    Aloha, Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou.

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    baldheadeddork says:

    Helpful tip for anyone spending the day with butthurt conservative relatives. If one of the dittoheads asks you to pass the potatoes, put on your best shit-eating smile and say “Yes, we can.”

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    MattF says:

    Only thing missing is baby Jesus. Hmm.

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    Ajaye says:

    Love that light show. It is so good Psy should show up and dance all day for them.
    Not being a Christian this is exactly the kind of crass, materialistic, cynical or just pure pop culture fun as hell stuff I love about Christmas.

    Yes. I am going to a Kosher chinese restaurant for dinner tonite with friends who have recently moved to Nebraska and are visiting. Not a single kosher chinese restaurant in all of Nebraska apparently so they are insisting. But everyone is still sleeping so movie is looking doubtful.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Meh. I’d rather have that on my street than a bunch of “Jesus Is The Reason For The Season!” blow-up Nativity scenes.

    As long as they turn it off by 10:00 pm, that is. I need my beauty sleep.

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    nellcote says:

    If that was my neighbor and those blinking lights were going for days on end, I’d seriously consider using them for target practice.

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    John M. Burt says:

    @mdblanche: Yes, I have heard “Merry Christmas” spoken in the tones which make it mean, “Fsck you, non-Christians”.
    And I will never forget the guy who said as he sidled past me, “Jesus loves you” in tones which normally accompany a sentiment such as “Your mother’s a whore”.
    And the woman who screeched “Jeeeesus is Loooord!” from a car window in a voice which reminded me of Invasion of the Body Snatchers….

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    John M. Burt says:

    @butler: I have always liked the idea of staging A Christmas Carol with Dickens center stage, rehearsing one of his famous public readings while behind him the actors perform the scenes (speaking their own lines while Dickens mouths them).
    I specify rehearsing because periodically he interrupts himself (and the actors) to end a scene prematurely and truncate or eliminate it, as he actually did (eventually whittling the story down to a one-hour reading).

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