Gifts That Keep On Giving

Two months on you can really tell the good Christmas presents from the chaff. My mother wins the Most Useful category for a pair of yellow plastic night driving glasses. All the cool kids are wearing them, you know.

Joeri wins the Best Media award for a live double album by Kraftwerk. At 220 minutes, it's great on long journeys too. If I'd known everything that had released when I posted my Top Five Albums Of 2005, it would have looked more like this:

5. Minimum-Maximum: Kraftwerk
4. Tales From Turnpike House: Saint Etienne
3. Witching Hour: Ladytron
2. Employment: Kaiser Chiefs
1. Twin Cinema: The New Pornographers

Truly, the gift that keeps on giving is Forty Years Of The Amazing Spider-Man on eleven CD-ROMs. Kyle and I bought it for each other in a pact two Christmasses ago and I'm still reading the Eighties.


Blogger Candace said...

That's kinda freaky, Marcus. Check out my friend Elizabeth's blog to see why. Naturally, I hadn't heard of them before reading about them on her blog. I know, I really need to get out more!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So do you really use those glasses for night driving? I didn't know there was such a thing. In my old age, I can't see as well at night. Perfect vision during the day, crap at night.

My best gift: Monty Python & the Holy Grail from my husband

Most useful: my new Chuck Taylors from myself :)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amendment: after reading about your spiffy new glasses I searched for "night vision glasses" and I got a bunch of sites that say that those glasses only give you the illusion of seeing better, but really, they make you see worse at night than with nothing! I also found out that problems with glare might be a sign of cataracts! Yikes.

Blogger thisismarcus said...

Old age my ass, Kat! :)

The glasses are designed to reduce the glare of oncoming headlights etc. not to improve your vision like prescription glasses. If you're filtering out light, chances are you won't be able to see so well but my eyesight's pretty 20/20 so I get away with it and get fewer headaches too.

& don't believe everything you read online about your health!

Blogger Candace said...

My dh once claimed he could see better at night with his sunglasses on, but it turned out he'd been drinking. Been hittin' the sauce, Marcus? ;o)

Is there some correlation between the yellow filters and the yellow "fog lamps" on cars that are supposed to cut through fog better? A matter of wavelength or something? Too late for me to cogitate seriously on this after going on a wild Googlechase on another topic. :oP


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