Rock your Hanukkah

Plus, a lotta lights.
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Holiday Trivia:

What is the most lights used on a single Christmas tree?

Hint: Probably more than like… thirteen.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

New Apple Journal app is right around the corner in iOS 17.2 | Cult of Mac

“Apple seeded the release candidate for iOS 17.2 to developers last Tuesday, signaling that beta testing for the upcoming operating system is almost over. The highlight of the update will be the new Journal app that Apple announced last summer. The release candidates for macOS Sonoma 14.2, iPadOS 17.2, watchOS 10.2 and tvOS 17.2 were also seeded to devs. The final versions are all expected to be publicly available to install tomorrow, December 12.”

MSCHF - What would you do with a million cash? [Partner]

The odds of winning the Two Million Dollar Puzzle are 150x better than playing the lottery jackpot. But like, that’s still ridiculous, right? A dream. A shot in the dark.


But also…what if you win a million dollars? What would you do? How would your life change?


You could handle inflation... for about 5 minutes.
You could finally take that trip to Bali and have cash left over.
You could pay off your student loans. From Bali, ofc.
You could afford to relax. Finally.


All this is only $29.99 away…  [Ad]

47 songs for your ultimate Hanukkah playlist | Hey Alma

“The three main categories of Hanukkah music are as follows: children’s songs, Adam Sandler and prayer. ‘Enjoying the winter holiday season as a Jew can be difficult when it feels like there is no music for you to sing on the radio,’ Hey Alma contributor Mara Kleinberg wrote in 2021, later adding that there is simply no top 40 Hanukkah hit equivalent to what Christmas has in Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You. … But that’s not going to stop us here at Hey Alma from creating the Ultimate Hanukkah playlist! … Composed of jams that evoke themes of fire, candles, spinning, miracles and potatoes, this playlist contains music from a wide variety of Jewish and non-Jewish artists, including The Smiths, Flory Jagoda, Daveed Diggs, Ellie Goulding and more. Whether you’re celebrating the Festival of Lights with a Mystery Maccabee party or a Vodka Latke party, or just curling up and enjoying the menorah light, these songs will surely get you in the Hanukkah mood.”

Powerful solar storms dazzle in annual aurora photography gallery | New Atlas

“The sun is approaching the most active period of the solar cycle, which is great news for aurora photographers around the world. As such, Capture the Atlas’ annual Northern Lights Photographer of the Year collection is particularly vibrant this year, showcasing stunning light shows from southern Australia up to the Arctic. Every year Dan Zafra, Editor-in-Chief of the travel photography blog Capture the Atlas, pulls together a couple dozen of the best images of the aurora taken that season. Now in its sixth year, this iteration of the Northern Lights Photographer of the Year collection features 25 photographers of 13 different nationalities, snapping images in 11 different countries.”

StackSocial - *Sigh* still living in the 00s? Bring your car to the 21st century for cheap [Partner]

Driving an old car can be tough for a variety of reasons, but the lack of connectivity might just be the biggest inconvenience. No hands-free calling, no GPS, no Bluetooth? C’mon, it’s 2023; everyone should have all those things in their cars — and more. This 10” touchscreen dash gives drivers an easy way to bring their outdated cars into the 21st century. Connect with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to view and access all your essential apps for music, calling, and navigation. Plus, if your car has a rear cam, you’ll get assist lines for parallel parking (because let’s be honest, you know you need it). Instead of dropping thousands on a brand-new set of wheels, just spend $110 to make your current ride feel fresh and modern. [Ad]

Naturally occurring magnetic monopoles measured for the first time | IFLScience

“Regular magnets have two poles, a north and a south, and their behavior is defined in classical terms by the Maxwell equations. From contemporaries of Maxwell through to modern researchers, there have been hypotheses of the existence of magnetic monopoles, fundamental particles that are just north or just south. Researchers have not found them yet, but they have measured the next best thing.”

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The answer: 500,000

The answer: 500,000

According to “In 2014, a Christmas tree in Norway was decorated with 500,000 lights. The tree was over 200 feet tall, and it could be seen for miles.”