Then we had our traditional Christmas Day party, where everybody comes over without their extended family, and dumps their quaint, traditional leftovers. So for the next few days we'll be dining upon frog cheese and grape jelly meatballs and these odd little pastries which, according to one family's tradition, are left out for Santa, and he is so "surprised" by the taste that he drops his bag of toys and runs away. No one actually eats them, but by golly, they're made every year because it's tradition, and then they're used to "surprise" unwary party guests at party you don't want to go to next year.
Today we mostly lay about and played with our assorted gifts. However, since you can only turn the light on and off so many times, I poked around online a bit. I was rewarded with a wonderful article about this totally reasonable mad-science idea about powering cities with captive, man-made tornadoes. They use waste heat from other industrial processes, and each one could replace an entire coal-fired plant. Here are the details; http://vortexengine.ca/AVE_FAQ-ave-proc
The big news around here is the success of our Kickstarter campaign. We were hoping for $7500., and we got over $108,000. As I declared, we will be Kickstarting everything from now on. (Sadly, according to Kickstarter's own rules, you can not, in fact, Kickstart everything in your life ("Hi- we'd sure like to go to the grocery store, and if we reach our goal of $500, everybody gets pie."). Which is, I suspect, for the best. But we will use it to grease the gears for Girl Genius Volume 12.