T-30 days until Christmas

Ahh, the holiday season is upon us once again. Now to see if I can make another season without seeing that stupid movie. (Yes, [A Christmas Story](http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0085334/), I’m looking at you.)

Christmas Music

I really think that the department stores start playing Christmas Music earlier and earlier every year. (Yes, I realize I'm just posting this on 12/13. The Christmas Music has been driving me nuts for over two weeks now).

I don't think I'd have as huge of a problem with it if the music was to change up occasionally. We get new normal music every day — why not a new Christmas-related song every 500 years or so?

[ Incidentally, I know I've been a bit lax in updating the blog recently.. I keep having these wonderful thoughts that need posting that I keep telling myself I'll post when I get back at a computer. Then I forget. Doh. ]

hooray for making the family nerdier

Well, now that finals are over, I had no further excuse to prevent the inevitable de-grinching of our house — Diann was forcing me into buying a Christmas tree. 🙂

Well, so we hooked up the Christmas tree last night, ran the lights (only 300 this year; no Griswald Family Tree this year). However, if I can't be a Grinch, at least I can still be a nerd. So, I decided to use some leftover X10 gear to set the tree up for remote control lighting. I still wasn't satisfied.

Phase 1: Make Christmas Tree Remote Control.

Phase 2: …

Phase 3: Profit!

No, seriously. Phase 2: setup my FreeBSD box and `cron` to automatically turn on and off the remote control. I love being nerdy. Oh, and lazy.

Phase 3: … Yeah, so there's not a Phase 3. I didn't collect underpants anyway.

So, that part of the nerdiness is in. Then Christopher (my little brother) wants to setup a website, so I helped him get an install of Movable Type going. It's hosted here on my box, and viewable here. Welcome to the world of Blogs, Christopher!