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Some of My Favorite Things: Gifts Under $100

By Tim Butler | Posted at 0:53

The mad rush to shop for last minute gifts that your recipient will actually enjoy need not be a desperate mad rush, at least. I picked out five of my favorite highly giftable items – all one hundred dollars or less, in descending price order, no less – perhaps one just right for your soon to be happy giftee. So, if you need to spend a little time playing a ripe jolly old elf, read on and see what I have in my sack. Read my gift picks on Open for Business.

White Christmas

By Tim Butler | Posted at 23:41

In recognition of us now being in the month of December and the fact that there is plenty of white stuff out on the lawn, I figured a little rendition of “White Christmas” would be fitting. And, with that in mind, what could be better than one that comes straight from Santa and his reindeer?

LED Lights

By Tim Butler | Posted at 0:51

I'm trying out LED Christmas tree light strands this year. They are finally becoming somewhat affordable, and I have to say, I'm really impressed. They are cool to the touch, the colors are more vibrant, and they promise many, many times the number of hours one gets with regular Christmas tree lights (which doesn't surprise me, given how long LED lights last in general).

I think this year and next should be the years of LED; this is just one more stake in the heart of the incandescent light bulb.

Anyone else trying out these nifty lights?

Happy Thanksgiving

By Tim Butler | Posted at 0:47

Well, I'm a little late, but I just wanted to wish y'all a very happy Thanksgiving. If you were traveling over the past few days, I hope you had a safe trip to your destination and will have a safe trip home again.

I had no less than two Turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie dinners today. I am extremely stuffed and feeling rather tired, particularly after spending some time tonight trying to refine my argument concerning divine simplicity some more.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Almost Christmas

By Tim Butler | Posted at 0:17

With Halloween out of the way, I find myself longing for Christmas carols and lights and cookies and all the other wonderful things that come with the season of Christ's birth. Anyone else ready for the most wonderful time of the year?

Reformation Day and Halloween

By Tim Butler | Posted at 0:15

Boy, I could go one of two ways with a post on a day such as this. In fact, I think I'll just cover both ends by linking to things.

Regarding Reformation Day, as I've said before, it is useful to see it as a reminder of what we should do today, not as a day of remembering old dirty laundry between parts of the one, catholic Church. I may not agree entirely on doctrine with my (big C) Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ, but I don't dwell on today as a way to further divide us. The division is an unfortunate part of the story of this day, and one that we are at least repairing somewhat as Protestants and Catholics continue to work together more. Today, the Reformation is a reminder that we should always be reforming our doctrine so as to avoid, to use a favorite term among my English Lit friends, “the signifier slipping from the signified.” The ever thoughtful Ed writes to that end on OFB.

For Halloween, check out this morbidly amusing video, entitled “the Life and Death of a Pumpkin.”

Happy Halloween and Happy Reformation Day!

Holiday Monday Madness

By Tim Butler | Posted at 22:11

1. Which holidays (if any) do you consider more as a day off from work, than anything else?
The day after Thanksgiving, I suppose, if you count that as a part of the holiday (or if “Black Friday” is given its own holiday status). Labor Day or Memorial Day would fit too. I usually don't get Labor Day off from classes — I did, for once, today, but I did other work, so…

2. Which 3 holidays are most celebrated in your family?
Christmas, Independence Day and Easter, most likely. Sometimes Thanksgiving turns out to be a bigger “family celebration” kind of holiday, however.

3. Do you have an organized filing system at home?
Somewhat. My books are classified topically and I may move to Library of Congress classification someday, just for fun. Papers are filed in different parts of my file cabinet. Non-image documents on my computer are typically organized by date, with some types put into sub-folders. Photos are organized by iPhoto.

4. Do you clip coupons for groceries? If so, do you remember to use them? If not, why?
No — I usually just don't get to them. Aldi doesn't accept coupons either, so sometimes they just aren't relevant.

5. How many magazines do you subscribe to?
Two. eWeek and InfoWorld. I'd like to subscribe to Investor's Business Daily, however it is a bit too pricey and it is more of a newspaper anyway.

6. Do you play any computer games on a regular basis? If so, which is your favorite, and why?
No, but if I had time, I'd love to play some SimCity again someday.

7. Have you watched any movies worth recommending, lately?
What's Up Doc with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal was really funny the other night (my uncle lent his DVD to me). The movie I've seen in the last 45 days that I'd probably recommend most highly would be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, however.

Happy Fourth!

By Tim Butler | Posted at 23:48

Well, I'm off to bed, but I just wanted to wish y'all a happy Fourth!

Hope all of you had a very nice one.

Bam!

By Tim Butler | Posted at 23:35

Most of my family got together today, rather than tomorrow, since the work week resumes on Wednesday. We had a great party, but best of all, we planned to shoot off just enough fireworks that I reached the final stretch right as the wind picked up and it started to look threatening outside.

And I planned the whole thing last night! Not bad, huh? ;)

Happy New Year!

By Tim Butler | Posted at 1:37

Well, I don't think I'm going to continue the Blogs of Christmas tonight, so you'll have to wait until tomorrow. For now, I just wanted to wish everyone a happy and blessed 2006! I hope y'all had a nice, safe New Years Eve. Anyone have big plans for the New Year?

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