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Day 4 of the Ultimate Christmas Movie Bracket, and we’ve reached the finals. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” faced its toughest matchup yet, one that kept our graphic designer up all night waiting for the final tally, but in the end, it made it through. More

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Nostalgia
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Buggin’ Out: Looking Back at Boston’s Frenzied Y2K Preparations 15 Years Ago
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At 15 minutes to midnight on Jan. 18, 1985, Spencer Bolles submitted a post to an online bulletin board system from his computer at Reed College in Oregon. “I have a friend that raised an interesting question that I immediately tried to prove wrong,” he wrote. “He is a programmer and has this notion that when we reach the year 2000, computers will not accept the new date. Will the computers assume that it is 1900, or will it even cause a problem?” More

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Johns Hopkins University Erroneously Sends Acceptance Emails to Hundreds of Rejected Applicants
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In what has become an almost yearly occurrence, a major university accidentally sent correspondences to deferred or rejected students implying they’d been accepted. This time the culprit is Johns Hopkins University, who sent almost 300 students an email with the subject line “EMBRACE THE YES!” More

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Seasonal Suds: 12 Holiday Beers You Should Try This Season
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“Eat, drink, and be merry” wouldn’t be a phrase if not for the drinking part. And rightfully so. The holidays are both a time for relaxation, and a time in which the constant presence of family can make the thought of nice cold beer all the more appetizing. More

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Cookie Swaps, Caroling Mobs, and More Boston Events This Weekend
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This is crunch time, guys. One more week to get all your Christmas shopping done, sure, but also only two more weeks to make good on all of your new year’s resolutions for this year. I’m here to help you achieve your goals. Providing that you resolved to play with more lasers, eat more cookies, and see more circuses at bars.

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UPDATE: Sony Cancels December 25 Release of ‘The Interview’ After Terror Threat
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UPDATE (5:15 PM): Sony has canceled the scheduled December 25 release of James Franco and Seth Rogen’s new film “The Interview after the top five theater circuits in the U.S. announced they would not be screening the film.

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The top five theater circuits in the U.S. will not be showing James Franco and Seth Rogen’s new film “The Interview” amid threats from the Sony hacking group promising a 9-11 scenario for theaters that do not capitulate. More

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Watch Rob Gronkowski Make Dirty Jokes About Sausage on ‘Top Chef Boston’
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The 12th season of “Top Chef” has been filmed and themed around Boston, and tonight’s episode features Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Whether he’ll have much to offer in nuanced food criticism is unclear, but he’ll have plenty of awkward sexual jokes about Polish sausage, if this preview clip is any indication. More

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Technology
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Jets QB Michael Vick Prefers to Play as Tom Brady in Madden
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When the Patriots travel to MetLife Stadium this Sunday to play the New York Jets, they’ll likely face off against quarterback Geno Smith, not former star QB turned backup Michael Vick. Nevertheless, TMZ Sports caught up with Vick earlier this week, and Vick admitted he likes playing as Tom Brady when he plays videogames like “Madden NFL 15.” More

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A Comprehensive Guide to ‘Jingle Bells,’ Medford’s Greatest Hit
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Greeting from Jingle Town, er, Medford! Did you know that Medford, the tracksuit to Somerville’s skinny pants, was the birthplace of the enduring Christmas classic “Jingle Bells”? We’ve got a plaque to prove it! James Lord Peirpoint wrote it right there on High Street, in the empty storefront next to the all-you-can-eat sushi place. OK, he was in a tavern because it was 1850 and you still had to order sushi by the roll back then. Savannah, GA claims that Peirpoint wrote the song while living in their sub-tropical sweatbox, but we’re going to treat that claim like we do everything else from below the Charles River. More

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Boston Comedian Josh Gondelman on Hannukkah and Egg Nog Conspiracies
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The holidays are supposedly the most wonderful time of the year. Yet with holiday shopping starting earlier every year, the bitter cold and familial stress, it is often hard to be merry this season. Luckily, to help cure the holiday doldrums with some laughter we reached out to comedian Josh Gondelman for his advice on how to get through the holidays. More

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