The Technology of Music

Get In The Holiday Spirit!

Piano Guys

If you’ve never heard of The Piano Guys, let me introduce you. Hit the jump to see some incredible musical talent, as well as some up close shots of how a piano works. Well, maybe they don’t quite use it in the traditional sense…

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User Input: Piles of Swag

Christmas has come and gone, many people are taking the Christmas tree down,and it’s time to reflect on the most important aspects of the season, and the real reason we put ourselves through all this hassle every year: Was Santa good to you? What did you get? […]

Holiday Shenanigans

An Atomic Toaster Holiday Wish

From our band of misfits to your family, may you find the droids you’re looking for.

Vintage Celluloid

And a Merry Christmas to You…

Merry Christmas morning, everyone!

As a special treat, after the jump is a short animation of a Christmas poem by Neil Gaiman, entitled Nicholas Was…

I hope that you enjoy it.

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Vintage Celluloid Xmas Special


Never let it be said that we here at Atomic Toasters don’t know the true meaning of Christmas.

Happy holidays from all of us (except Dearthàir, because it’s too hard with an iPhone)! And don’t forget the donuts.

And now….

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The Human Factor

One of the things that us engineers and other left-brained individuals sometimes forget is the human factor. It isn’t just us that forgets it, it turns out.
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User Input: Holiday Failures

"What are you implying, exactly?" "Why… I'm implying you're hairy, darling!"

Some years ago, my parents quietly came to an agreement about how they would do their Christmas shopping. It made perfect sense, and once we all thought about it and realized what they had done, it seemed like a very good plan; […]

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User Input: Holiday Confessions

"Say what you like about the Empire, these things are delicious."

There’s no sense denying it now. The holiday season is upon us, whether we like it or not. Stores are slowly filling with shoppers — although not as enthusiastically as I’ve seen it in previous years — and everyone is dragging out […]

Holiday Shenanigans, Spaceheads

A “Major” Christmas Eve Tradition

I grew up in the heady days of the space race, and during my “aerospace infatuation” era (roughly ages 5-15), no doll action figure was as impossibly cool as Major Matt Mason. He flew in space (very cool). He wore very believable space garb (very cool). He met …alien friends? (okay — not so believable, thus not so cool, but whatever.) Not only were Major Matt Mason toys one of my Christmas gift request staples for at least a three or four year period, but he became an annual symbol of family Christmas memories long after the last Saturn V blasted off from the Cape.
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Atomic Powering Your Christmas Lights

Wow, shiney!

Lights and decorations are a mainstay of Christmas (or use Holiday Season if you want to empower the terrorists ).  Hanukkah even revolves around lights burning.  Must be something to do with the fact that I haven’t seen the sun in a month.  Let me help you, with a little help from the internets, Atomic Power your Christmas lights.

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