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It was never going to be easy. 16 classic Christmas movies in one bracket, facing off against each other for the honorific of being the ultimate Christmas movie. But five days and thousands of votes later, we have a winner. More

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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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Craft Fair Scavenger Hunt: In Search of the Weirdest Gifts at Local Holiday Pop-Ups
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Close your eyes and think the phrase “craft fair”. What immediately comes to mind? Jars of homemade jam stacked in a pyramid with sprigs of holly tucked artfully around them? Loosely crocheted hats? Christmas elevator music? These are the kinds of things that came to mind when I closed my eyes, but to challenge my presuppositions, I went on a quest for the weirdest things available at craft fairs in the Boston area. And guess what? There is some very weird stuff for sale at craft fairs. For example, cats… More

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Serial Talk: Where Will Season Two Go? Should It Come to Boston?
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So much for a happy ending, or a clear ending at all. Yesterday, the first season of Serial, a wildly popular podcast that re-evaluated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed over a 12-week season, came to a close. Listeners hoping for a conclusive ending wrapped in a tight bow were disappointed, but they were also harboring unrealistic expectations. The show was presented and played out as an exploratory exercise. Creator Sarah Koenig was unsure how the story would unfold when she first started. Expecting a neat resolution was simply unrealistic. Instead, die-hard Serial fans will have to check back to see if an attempt to pin the murder on a now deceased serial killer through DNA testing will pan out. More

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A Western Mass Distillery Now Bottles Gin & Tonic, and It’s Actually Quite Good
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Berkshire Mountain Distillers of Sheffield, Massachusetts, has been at the forefront of New England’s artisanal-booze boom since its 2007 inception. Their Ragged Mountain Rum is world-class by any measure, their Berkshire Bourbon has few rivals in its price range—and that’s just the base model, before you get into their beer-barrel-aging program—and in 2012 Eric Asimov of the New York Times called Berkshire’s Greylock Gin “light, subtle, and complex” in selecting it as the best value among American craft gins. More

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3 Tips For Staying Sane While Traveling This Holiday Season
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This time last year, I was on a plane parked at one of Logan Airport’s many terminals, sitting comfortably in my window seat and admiring the view. The eighty-ninth minute had passed since the last passenger had boarded the plane, but the United Airlines flight bound for Houston hadn’t budged an inch. We were in the midst of the holiday travel season. In other words, we were going nowhere fast. 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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‘Christmas Vacation’ vs. ‘A Christmas Story': Which One is the Ultimate Christmas Movie?
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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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