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Thursday, December 22, 2005


I'm sneaking in because this is just too cool.

Ambrosia is coming out with a new 2D top down shooter called SketchFighter. The artistic style is literally ripped from someone's notebook. Check out the screenshots for yourself.

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Enjoy Your Pagan Tree

I'm going to be officially signing off here until possibly around the New Year. A few things to ponder while the War on Christmas goes on:

  • "Christmas" trees were actually considered pagan by most Americans as recently as the 1840's.

  • The term "yule" refers to large logs that the Nords would burn in celebration for surviving the winter season. Each spark of a yule log was meant to represent a better harvest.

  • The name "Santa Claus" is a wild Americanization of Dutch (Sint Nikolaas -> Sant Klaus -> Santa Claus) for Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children and sailors. One of Nick's miracles was to restore life to three children who had been quite literally butchered.

  • Jesus was almost certainly not born in the winter months.

  • The first person to know who was naughty or nice wasn't Santa ... but Odin. During the Yule it was widely believed by the Nordic folk that Odin would fly around at night and decide who would prosper and who would perish. Rather than risk being judged, most people simply stayed indoors.

  • Rudolph the Reindeer isn't just a recent American addition to Santa's posse, but was actually a mascot for Montgomery Ward department stores.

  • Recently, Christmas trees hung upside down have become more and more fasionable, almost certainly indicating that the holiday has somehow apexed.

    So, in the true spirit of the day when Christ wasn't born: I suggest burning a large log under your upside down tree ... keep your kids out of the meat market, buy a drink for your local sailor, sing a couple songs in honor of your local department store and try to avoid being seen by Odin if you dare go outside.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours, peeps. See you next year.