Saturday, December 23, 2006
I loved it as a kid when Walter Cronkite used radar to track Santa's early-evening movements. Here is the internet equivalent, including German, French, and Japanese: NORAD Tracks Santa. In fact this half-century tradition was born of a misprinted phone number a Sears store had used in a 1955 'hotline' promotion. Today all sorts of celebrities tell their own stories (including a hairless Joey Lawrence--woaa--and the ubiquitous Edward James Olmos).
This and other great new traditions are linked on the cool blog Electronic Ephemera, including: neat new toys; the history and gallery site Just Dreidels (my understanding is that they make them out of clay); a Toy Story remix with Requiem For A Dream (my understanding is that they make them out of claymation); a 4096 Color Wheel that just might cause seizures; and the Church of Dudeism with the option of being ordained. Two years ago EE linked an Ernest Hemingway version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, by one James Thurber -- plus a pumpkin waffles recipe.
And last year EE posted this still-viable link to another Santa tracking system--this one by NASA. Unlike NORAD's service, this tracker apparently requires additional plug-ins (but inspires the line, "North Pole, we have a problem"). Either way, let's hope this generation of kids gets hooked on tracking Santa's and Rudolph's worldwide progress.