More of my unused shortlist of presents.

For music, consider the latest Florence + The Machine , something by my nephew, XFactor contestant LeRoy Bell, or one of my latest fav’s, Holly MIranda.

I’m actually giving someone the The Robert Downy Sherlock Holmes Movie, because I think it is important to own the canon. Speaking of canon, a gift of Most of the harry potter movies is always nice (I just got mine a while back) the latest and last movie, which just came out., or the Star Wars Collection, or The Lord of the Rings. Anyway, something canonical.

Or, if documentary is more your style or your giftee is, say, a biology teacher or something, consider Life of Birds, or The Planet Earth.

Also, have a look at these items produced by friends of mine: The Listening Project, a documentary about the view others take of US policy; the mockumentary “… and on the seventh day, God Rocked”, or Flock of Dodo’s … not current but still very good.


  1. #1 Daniel J. Andrews
    December 16, 2011

    Have you seen the BBC series Sherlock? Set in modern day London, Dr. Watson is freshly returned from one of the middle east wars, Holmes is brilliantly played by Benedict Cumberbatch (a right proper British name–he played Joseph Hooker in Creation).

    The first series is good (2.5 hours or thereabouts) with humour, wit, as it lays out Holmes style and his interaction with Dr. Watson and people in general–Holmes seems to be a cross between Dexter and Professor Snape, at times Cumberbatch’s accent and delivery is near identical to Rickman’s/Snape(very very entertaining).

    Second one I didn’t find as clever. We’ll watch the third one tonight.

    Anyway, BBC does have some excellent series in addition to their documentaries and they would also make good holiday gifts.

    btw, Winged Migration a good gift for any bird lover who doesn’t already have it.

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    December 16, 2011

    I love the new BBC series. And I want personal copies of it. Note: Watson actually returns home from war in roughly the same place as the original Watson!

  3. #3 Daniel J. Andrews
    December 16, 2011

    heh. I hadn’t realized that.

    We discussed seeing the new Sherlock Hollywood movie (Downey, Law) tonight, but BBC won out over Hollywood this time–something about Cumberbatch’s accent that has my wife swooning ever so slightly. Must start cultivating an accent….

  4. #4 Sivi
    December 16, 2011


    It’s hard not to like the new Sherlock, but the 2nd episode did its best by being about as racist as it’s possible to be (barring having a bunch of dudes in black-face chase around a white woman, as in Florence & the Machine’s new video. Which is a shame, because I like their music).

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    December 16, 2011

    I get the impression that the British have a hard time seeing Orientalim as racist.