Rule the Season: Make Fancy Booze to Give to Your Friends!

Once again it’s that very special┬átime of year when I remind you that it’s hella easy to make your own booze, appropriate for gift-giving or general drunkification. (That link goes to my time-tested E-Z DIY Limoncello recipe; make it now, give it during Xmas/Xanukah week, get super-popular in the Dark Days of the Unconquered Son/Sun)

It’s that Time of Year Again: *Happy Xmanukah!!!*

(NOTE: If you’re feeling deja vu, don’t sweat it; I post this every year, because I love you) I’m a mixed Jew who’s lived in the American Midwest for his entire life. I think these songs, more than anything else I’ve ever written, are honest about that experience. Another Dark Xmastime (FUN FACT: I wrote … Continue reading “It’s that Time of Year Again: *Happy Xmanukah!!!*”

Transposed Horror Scores Sound Chintzy, Vaguely Uplifting

“Creepy” music is generally in a minor key; upbeat music is in a major key. Shift something like “When the Saints go Marching In” to a D-minor, and it sounds like a hebraic dirge (which I rather like). Shift horror themes to a major key, and you get this: The transposed X-Files theme sounds like … Continue reading “Transposed Horror Scores Sound Chintzy, Vaguely Uplifting”

When the Machine Knows You’re a Jew

Yesterday I hit Amazon.com to see how steeply they were discounting my book, and was met with this home page: Check out that row of suggested titles above; they’re all Jewish children’s books. This stopped my heart. Because I am indeed a Jew, and I do indeed have small children. Just for comparison’s sake, I … Continue reading “When the Machine Knows You’re a Jew”

Dear Internet: I Made You These Xmanukah Songs

I’m a mixed Jew who’s lived in the American Midwest for his entire life. I think these songs, more than anything else I’ve ever written, are honest about that experience. Another Dark Xmastime (FUN FACT: I wrote this during my first year as a fundamentally unemployable stay-at-home dad; my son believes it is an accepted … Continue reading “Dear Internet: I Made You These Xmanukah Songs”

Give the Gift of Getting Crafty! #DIY

The Holiday of Your Choosing is fast approaching! My first DIY book, Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids, is a popular gift for inquisitive kids and their hands-on family and friends–but it’s not generally super-well stocked in stores (i.e., after Cyber Monday [*shudders*], Amazon was down to just three … Continue reading “Give the Gift of Getting Crafty! #DIY”

GIFT RECOMMENDATION: The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More! by Megan H. Rothrock

Throughout the year my publisher, No Starch Press, favors me with review copies of the new and interesting additions to their catalogues. So, between now and whatever-the-last-shipping-day-before-Xmas-is, you can expect a mess of gift suggestions to pop up here. Incidentally, if you have a book or kit that bears reviewing, feel free to drop me … Continue reading “GIFT RECOMMENDATION: The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More! by Megan H. Rothrock”

My Non-Denominational Gift-Giving Holiday Gift To You!

It’s been a basically rad year for DIYing and making and meeting new folks who are enthusiastic about taking crazy ideas and making them into crazy objects and communities. As a token of my appreciation, I’d like to send any interested folks an ebook copy of my geeky DIY craft book SNIP, BURN, SOLDER, SHRED. … Continue reading “My Non-Denominational Gift-Giving Holiday Gift To You!”