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skade88 writes "What does the Slashdot community do to celebrate New Years Eve? Does your city do something cool and unique to celebrate? Do you celebrate with fireworks in front of your house, or in your favorite MMO (WoW, Minecraft, etc.)?"
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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your New Years Eve Tradition?

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  • by Jetra (2622687) on Monday December 31, 2012 @08:59PM (#42437777)
    Little bit of Minecraft. Some YouTube. Mostly trying to beat Ordos Missions in Dune 2000 (PC)
    • by rockout (1039072)
      Please mod this up, just for the Dune 2000 reference. Thanks dude!
      • by Jetra (2622687)
        Thank you. I'm on the final mission and it's royally pissing me off. I can't get enough units pumped out before all three decide to fk me.
  • DISCOVERY CHANNEL (Score:3, Informative)

    by dadelbunts (1727498) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:02PM (#42437793)
    Discovery channel marathons, since i was like 10, yea im lame.
    • by Anrego (830717) *

      Has discovery improved at all?

      This isn't a troll but a legitimate question. I used to love discovery, but they were going all reality TV about when I cut the cable. They also had a tendancy to play the same lineup all week which drove me crazy (I get that I can't have new content every day, but at least give me variety in the reruns!).

      Been thinking about getting cable again as it comes really cheap with an fibre internet bundle I'm looking at and I miss the whole "just watch whatever is on" experience.

      • Its not what it used to be no. But they show some good stuff sometimes. Sadly it has alot of shows like those dudes buildin choppers, but i do like Fast n Loud, so cant complain too much i guess. . With TLC, Discovery, Animal Planet, and History you are bound to find something you like at least sometimes. I would say get the cable. If anything you can discover a few new shows you enjoy and download them or w.e. Its good for discovering and rediscovering shows and movies.
        • by Anrego (830717) *

          If anything you can discover a few new shows you enjoy and download them or w.e. Its good for discovering and rediscovering shows and movies.

          Yeah, that's really what I miss.

          I will probably get it for exactly that reason :)

      • by gizmonic (302697)

        No, they're still mostly crap. I remember when TLC and Discovery were worth watching before they became the home improvement channels. Kinda how I loved the History channel which then turned into the UFO/Bigfoot/X-Files channel.

        Now, if your local cable company has the Smithsonian Channel, it might be worth getting for that. Everything History and Discovery used to be rolled into one. I'd recommend giving it a try if they have it in your line-up.

      • by houghi (78078)

        Been thinking about getting cable again as it comes really cheap with an fibre internet bundle I'm looking at and I miss the whole "just watch whatever is on" experience.

        Don't be tempted. It just is not worth it. You have Youtube and Vimeo and a lot of other things.
        There are several cheap devices where you can install something like xbmc.
        Next you can download almost any tv show.

        I have had a lapse back by taking cable again. I have again stopped, because it was just not worth it. Now I talk about more intere

    • Since you were like, 10? So - this is the fifth year now?

      I know, you didn't deserve that, but isn't everyone here a teenage kid living in his momma's basement? ;^)

  • by For a Free Internet (1594621) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:02PM (#42437797)

    Dear Slashdort: Today is a great day for all the readers of Slashdort, because we will make linquini and boil a Linurx in a stew of Windors. Hooraye! COMMUNISM NOW!

  • by unreadepitaph (1537383) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:02PM (#42437803)
    Get uncontrollably drunk and yell at fireworks.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by dadelbunts (1727498)
      Try to take over the world!
    • Yeah, done the second and working on the first. Doesn't everyone? It's the one night a year it's socially acceptable to be a raging alcoholic so long as you don't drive.
  • A day to relax (Score:4, Interesting)

    by zvar (158636) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:05PM (#42437835) Homepage

    Today's Devil's Panties [thedevilspanties.com] said it best I think.

    "We could stay at home and drink hot coca in our pajamas."
    I would add 'while sitting on the couch watching movies with my wife' to that though...

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yup, that's it. I've been doing it for decades. I can drink like a fish when the occasion calls for it, for many years now, but I've been drinking Hot Chocolate for a couple of decades longer.
      Also, I wax and polish the living room floor, in my jammies. It's a once a year thing, and it's done when I can do a full slide across without picking up a splinter. The first couple of days after confuses the hell out of the cat. (One year I was a little too enthusiastic, and ended up with my rig

    • Cocoa, I think you meant. I mean, I'd love to stay home and drink hot coca in my jammies, but it's not really a jammies kind of high, know what I mean?
  • by erroneus (253617) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:06PM (#42437839) Homepage

    Each new year I take a vow of celibacy as my father before me and his father before him. It's a long standing family tradition.

  • by gestalt_n_pepper (991155) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:07PM (#42437853)

    ...to scare away the evil spirits. "Haven't seen any this year, have you?" he would always ask. "Must have worked," he opined further. This story was told to a Mexican cabbie who in all seriousness replied that my father was being silly, and that all you had to do was throw water out the back door to scare evil spirits away for the year. Who knew?

    FYI, my father was an electronics engineer whose tongue was often so far in his cheek that it might have protruded from the vulgar aperture.

    • by isorox (205688)

      ...to scare away the evil spirits. "Haven't seen any this year, have you?" he would always ask. "Must have worked," he opined further. This story was told to a Mexican cabbie who in all seriousness replied that my father was being silly, and that all you had to do was throw water out the back door to scare evil spirits away for the year. Who knew?

      FYI, my father was an electronics engineer whose tongue was often so far in his cheek that it might have protruded from the vulgar aperture.

      Does your father realise that what comes up must come down? A bullet at terminal velocity does a lot of damage.

    • by Frankie70 (803801) on Tuesday January 01, 2013 @12:32AM (#42438887)

      My father was killed by a random bullet fired into the air, you insensitive clod.

  • Pet owner (Score:5, Funny)

    by kthreadd (1558445) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:08PM (#42437855)

    I spend most of the evening looking over a very scared dog.

    It would be highly appreciated if those of you using fireworks waited until midnight.

    • Pretty much the same here. People started shooting fireworks already at around 4pm here and the dog is so god damn scared of them that he couldn't pee or poop outside the whole evening. I just had no other choice than to let him do his stuff indoors. I'm just glad New Year's Eve happens only once a year.

  • But my buddy's a lightweight and fell out by 18h30. So I went home. *sigh*

  • Waiting... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:09PM (#42437865)
    for these kinds of posts to pop up on Slashdot. And comment on them.
  • by jddeluxe (965655) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:11PM (#42437873)
    ...I stay home to avoid the drunks and police...
    • by roc97007 (608802) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:39PM (#42438067) Journal

      Me too. It's a tradition in my immediate family not to travel during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Those are dangerous times to be on the road, and you don't want your holiday memories to be of sitting in the emergency room or dealing with a death in the family. (Been there, did that, never again.) We take time off in January to see close relatives and May to see the ones that are further away.

    • by antdude (79039)

      Same here, but I have been doing that since I was little too. I rarely go to parties. I did go to a LAN party for Y2K though.

  • by the_rajah (749499) * on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:12PM (#42437883) Homepage
    It was my first date with the woman who is now my wife. We went to it for several years when we were involved with the organization that sponsors it. This year we're staying home by the fireplace watching some TV and just generally goofing off. Not a bad way to see the new year in.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'm well paid but will die alone. So it goes.

  • by pbjones (315127) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:13PM (#42437893)

    watch a movie 'till midnight, then hug wife, and went to bed. Boring, but I don't make a druken idiot of myself like many. By 10AM there were 10 dead in road crashes, poor start to the year.

  • by ickleberry (864871) <web@pineapple.vg> on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:14PM (#42437909) Homepage
    Lekker gezond!
  • by dissy (172727) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:17PM (#42437923)

    I find it funny that Minecraft is mentioned, and even more so that this will be my second new year in game.

    I have a decently elaborate "dropping ball" counter made with redpower and computercraft mods, with a new addition of fireworks for this year. We plan to set it off four times tonight, once for each of the US time zones.

    Slightly better than being stuck outside in the cold and snow, especially seeing the majority of us do not have the opportunity to spend new years with family.

  • In Bed (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Mullen (14656) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:17PM (#42437925)

    In bed by 10:00p! Staying up until midnight, the most overrated tradition ever.

    • by isorox (205688)

      In bed by 10:00p! Staying up until midnight, the most overrated tradition ever.

      Seriously, you go to bed before midnight on a normal day?

      • I go to work at 6:30 a.m. Yes, I go to bed before midnight. Usually by 10 p.m. When you get up at 5:30, you have little choice.
    • I'm staying up until 3 am. Why the hell should New Years be different from any other night of the year?

  • Two things... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jordonwii (1968958) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:18PM (#42437937)
    1. I play BZFlag [bzflag.org]. Don't know why, but it's become a tradition for me.

    2. Use a handheld spotlight I have to signal a house on one of the hills around me, ever since about 4 years ago, I randomly shined my light up there, and they signaled back.
  • Schlaffe. Ich schlaffe fuer die ganze nacht.

  • Madrid - Plaza Mayor. Kissing random Spanish women.
    Well...it was fun, until I grew up and got a life.

    Now, I'm sitting here talking to you fools, and watching a movie with the spouse.
    • by roc97007 (608802)

      I dunno, I'm having trouble coming up with a life better than that.

      • I dunno, I'm having trouble coming up with a life better than that.

        Yes, it is pretty damn good. The movie ( Identity ) could be a little better, though.
    • by isorox (205688)

      Madrid - Plaza Mayor. Kissing random Spanish women.
      Well...it was fun, until I grew up and got a life.

      Now, I'm sitting here talking to you fools, and watching a movie with the spouse.

      Thanks, booked a ticket to Madrid for next year!

    • by El Torico (732160)
      Sounds like you were having a pretty fun life before you grew up. The Puerta del Sol is great fun too.
  • by RyoShin (610051) <tukaro AT gmail DOT com> on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:24PM (#42437973) Homepage Journal

    Today is Monday, tomorrow is Tuesday. Tonight marks one complete rotation (roughly) of our planet around our sun.

    I have no idea what my community is doing, but I plan to treat it as any other night, with the exception that I get tomorrow off. As I've grown older (27, for reference) and gotten out and lived on my own I find that annual celebrations hold little meaning to me, including my own birthday. If I'm going to celebrate, it's going to be for a relevant, contemporary event. If I'm going to make changes to my life, it's going to be when I realize those changes need to be made, not some arbitrary date. If I want to get together with loved ones, I'll do it when the urge strikes (at least, in so far as those I want to spend time with are also available.)

    (Of course, I've no friends, no close relatives, and am anti-social, so my view could be skewed.)

  • I guess its kinda a tradition now that its the second year now:

    http://www.hackerpublicradio.org/ [hackerpublicradio.org]

  • I pull out Thwaite for NES [pineight.com] and make my own fireworks. Then I pull out FantaVision for PS2 and make my own fireworks.
  • Most years I'm busy New Years Eve making chili for the Margarita and Chili-Fest on New Years Day. Unfortunately a bit under the weather this year so that's been delayed.
  • ritual cleaning (Score:4, Interesting)

    by tverbeek (457094) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:33PM (#42438035) Homepage

    It's dull, but I usually spend the evening at home with a bottle of wine, cleaning the house, rearranging the furniture... generally getting things ready for another fresh start on a new year. Tomorrow morning I'll probably fix pancakes, take down the holiday lights from the front porch, and... begin.

  • After 7 PM, I am in the house for the night.

    With approximately 30 percent of drivers later on New Years Eve driving DUI; it's not a good night to be out on a bicycle, which is my mode of transportation.

    Besides, SISS is cheap and I have nothing to regret when I get up in the morning of January First.

    So, right now, I am working on refurbishing one of my pieces of lighted jewelry to wear at a party in mid-January.

  • I tend to stay sober sit on eve online on a gate and make quite a large profit off the drunks. its like a second christmas.

  • by Darinbob (1142669) on Monday December 31, 2012 @09:59PM (#42438215)

    I commit all my outstanding code. Then I wait until the next year to fix the build.

    • by arth1 (260657)

      I commit all my outstanding code. Then I wait until the next year to fix the build.

      Some people I know do that before going on summer vacation.

  • I prefer to end the year and same way I start it, stoned off my ass.

    I can watch the Space Needle's firework show from my window, so I don't even have to go outside.

    Go outside, in the cold and probably rain (this is seattle), to be harassed by panhandlers, cops, drunk fools, more panhandles, then to have to crank my head up to watch 10 mins of fireworks, only to have to deal with more panhandlers, cops, drunk fools, high fools, and traffic.

    I could go to a party, but on the way there, have to deal with panhan

  • ... the things whose counterparts I vowed to adhere to a year ago.

  • by Anubis IV (1279820) on Monday December 31, 2012 @10:16PM (#42438303)

    My recent tradition has been to spend this time debating whether or not I should go to one of the New Year's Eve parties I've been invited to (okay, okay, I only ever get invited to one). Usually I get distracted by the Internet along the way and promptly forget that it's New Year's Eve until the next day when people ask me what I did for it.

    This year though, I'll definitely go to the party. Just as soon as I get done reading through and commenting on Slashdot, of course. And then my RSS feeds.

  • by Rydia (556444)

    Particularly rumaki.

  • I live in Las Vegas, and friends always assume that because I live in SinCity, I must be a party-animal... Nothing could be further from the truth.. My partying days are LONG past (62 y/o), so the wife and I hit the sack about the same time we do the rest of the year, namely 10pm-ish.. Frankly, you couldn't pay me enough to go down to the "Resort Corridor" (what the local newsmedia calls the "Las Vegas Strip") on NYE... And you can only watch that stupid glass ball drop on TV so many times before its "been

    • LV is a real POS now, But back in 77, Freemont street, Drunk, stoned and a line up the nose.
      Kissing some hottie I didn't know, while my new wife was removing hottie's boyfriends tonsils with her teeth
      The Fireworks show and the REAL, Milky Way Fucking stars.
      Before they wrecked downtown.
  • This year finds me in the Toronto Airport returning home to Nova Scotia. A late plane caused me to alter my plans so now I should spend the beginning of the New Year airborne. For an extra $100 I was able to get business class. So if I party too much will grab a hotel in Halifax and drive home tomorrow.
  • I run email on my own server.

    I run a script that moves all email to . I start the year with a clean mailbox. This allows me to keep nearly two decades of email without drowning in it.
    I do the same with my apache logs but I don't need a script for that.

  • I used to always volunteer to work. The office would be empty and I could always get some serious work done on those odd projects that always get put off into the future.

    Luckily, my former employer usually cut everyone loose at about 2pm or so. By then, as my sis always says, "It gets drunk out early." After the invariably hair-raising drive home, I stayed there.

    Everclear and soda can do a perfectly adequate job of putting me on my butt if that's my goal or maybe I'll just go to bed. I never understood

  • Never understood why a change in a calendar year requires me to celebrate it or its different than any other day.

  • Since you asked.. We start with a cheese course, then wrap up with a chocolate course. Kickin' it old school.

  • or wants to!
  • by Bengie (1121981)
    Too drunk to remember
  • ...is an MMO now?

    But that aside, on New Years (which was yesterday here ... I'm in Australia) my wife and I went into the CBD of my city for the fireworks at 9pm, but didn't hang around until the midnight ones as the city events are all alcohol-free and we wanted our midnight champagne. Went home, opened a bottle at midnight, watched the other fireworks on TV. Boring but pleasant :)

  • by 140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) on Tuesday January 01, 2013 @12:08AM (#42438801) Journal
    The real new years day happens on April 14th on the day variously called Ugathi, or Puththaandu or Vishu. The month Panguni will be gone, and the new year will begin with the month of Chithrai. Curiously it does not start at midnight. These guys are very precise. It starts when the Earth completes the orbit around the sun and comes back to exactly the same location. Typically it will be something like 7AM in one April 14, then around 1PM April 14 in the next year, then it will be around 7PM of April 14 of the next year, then it will at 1AM of April 15 of next year, but the leap year would yank it back to 1 AM April 14.

    And yes, people will cook the festive dinners, offerings to the Gods etc and patiently wait for the new year to be "born" before starting the prayers. The patriarch will read the almanac that predicts how much rain there will be that year, "Measure it by the ark. Ark of 1000 cubits long and 2000 cubits wide and 500 cubits deep. 2590 arks of rain will fall this year". Let me see if I can dig up the precise time and the amount of rain for the coming New year.

    • Here is an almanac: http://www.scribd.com/doc/101102661/PAMBU-PANCHANGAM-2012-13 [scribd.com] This one is compiled by Anna Aiyengar, son of Appanai Aiyengar of Kanjanur. They are the official astronomers for the Maharajah of Thanjavur, Shivaji Raja Bhonsle and have the rights to publish this almanac. But this is not the almanac my family uses. Ours is compiled for the Maharaja of Ramnad. Ours predicts, among other things, the amount of rain. This one does not. But it has whole slew of predictions, like, "Since the new
  • If I don't switch the numbers around on New Year's, I'm liable to forget until quite awhile later.

  • A tradition we have is burning the Xmas tree festooned with fireworks.
    Times are tight, not too many left over fireworks this year Also, Alcohol. Ditto previous state of the union.

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