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Posted by Evilbunny (Member # 970) on December 07, 2001, 09:17:
 
I want a silicon graphics workstation!!!!
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on December 07, 2001, 09:21:
 
Climbing gear. Or good sci-fi.
One of those squirt bottle they have in lab to clean benchtops would be nice too. Preferably one that is labeled for something other than distilled/deionized water so I can scare people...

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Take by surprise and the world gives up resistance.
- Tennesee Williams


 


Posted by Oldguy geek (Member # 577) on December 07, 2001, 10:22:
 
I have a looooong list. In fact, it might be easier if I were to just receive a winning $10 million lottery ticket and work out the finer points on my own . . .
 
Posted by pawn (Member # 173) on December 07, 2001, 11:31:
 
I'm going to receive exactly what I asked for this christma$.....NOTHING.

I told the family that I wouldn't be participating in christma$ as I was going skiing. It is going to be so great, no whinny kids telling me that i'm a cheap f**ker for not getting them the expensive gift they wanted, no arguing relatives fueled by excessive alcohol, sigh how i'll miss that. NOT!!!

Actually I will be getting something that I want for christma$. My cousin lives/works at the Big White ski resort in Kelowna B.C., and he is getting me free lift tickets for three or four days. Plus, I don't have to pay for a hotel because he lives in a trailer in the ski town there.

I can't wait to leave, I finish my exams on the 17th and I leave on the 24th. The only skiing I will have to pay for is at any resort that I stop at on the way to/from Big White. If I drive one way there are two resorts and the other way has six.

Yehaaa, the only thing limiting me is time, I think classes start back up on Jan 7, but i'm not to sure. Money is also a limiting factor on this trip, as I don't want to use up all my student loans yet. Gotta save some for spring skiing.

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Sometimes you've just gotta say 'what the f*ck', and make your move. 'What the f*ck' gives you freedom, freedom brings opportunity, and opportunity makes your future.

Words to live by.


 


Posted by Demosthenes (Member # 530) on December 07, 2001, 12:05:
 
i don't ask for stuff that i want, i ask for things i need and am too lazy/cheap to go find for myself:

+ one new walkman to replace the old one that died
+ one pair of straight-cut black pants
+ one box of 10 black ballpoint pens
+ a dozen blank cd-r for illegal copies of vnv nation/jj72/the cure/sisters of mercy/morrissey albums
+ socks and underwear

...shopping is hell for people who don't know what to get me.
 


Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on December 07, 2001, 12:37:
 
The only thing I asked for this year is a Garmin eTrex Legend, which I should get since I asked myself for it, said yes and ordered it a few days ago.

I have recieved one early gift that I didn't ask for which I think I'll enjoy. It's the Easy Origami Fold-a-Day calendar. The sheets are origami paper and each day gives you a new origami project that you can make with the previous day's page.
 


Posted by trowelblister (Member # 897) on December 07, 2001, 15:16:
 
socks and underwear.


 


Posted by homesalad (Member # 938) on December 07, 2001, 17:45:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Climbing gear. Or good sci-fi

Gosh, I got a whole box of climbing gear just sitting in the garage. Its too bad that there isn't any good climbing in the Olympic Mountains. I can't wait to get out and use it. Living out of the car was much easier...

Here's what I want:
A Delta Thickness Planer
A DeWalt biscuit joiner
A Dagger Aftershock (whitewater c-1)
An airport compatible computer.
 


Posted by Eponine (Member # 548) on December 07, 2001, 18:43:
 
Here's what I told my parents I wanted: socks, gloves, bras, and a pedicure. Oh, and my 45 item list from Amazon.com
 
Posted by LostInColorado (Member # 862) on December 07, 2001, 18:50:
 
Hot water would be nice...


 


Posted by +Andrew (Member # 873) on December 07, 2001, 21:20:
 
I rarely have any idea what I want, but since it's being asked, I could go for some good anime or sci-fi stuff.

-Andrew
(largely deprived of both, owing to a lack of cable tv)
 


Posted by ZorroTheFox (Member # 917) on December 08, 2001, 11:42:
 
A program to translate the female code, why can't they just say what they mean. Does everything have to be a hint? oops, here I go ranting about My dates again. sorry ....Z
 
Posted by Zwilnik (Member # 615) on December 08, 2001, 13:11:
 
What I wouldn't mind is for my SO to not be a few hundred miles away at the time. Failing that, I'm always a sucker for sci-fi books (the older the better).
 
Posted by Evilbunny (Member # 970) on December 08, 2001, 13:37:
 
I also want to find the next largest prime number on earth!
Cheer me on you guys!
 
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on December 08, 2001, 19:04:
 
Dear Santa:

I would like

- my project to work on all versions or windows with all versions of IE and AOL without ever crashing.

- to sit down with a bottle of Scotch and my old college roomates who I havn't seen in 20 years

- to be a 10 handicap

Sadly, I don't think I will find any of these under the tree.
 


Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on December 08, 2001, 19:09:
 
quote:
Originally posted by homesalad:
Gosh, I got a whole box of climbing gear just sitting in the garage. Its too bad that there isn't any good climbing in the Olympic Mountains. I can't wait to get out and use it. Living out of the car was much easier...


This is not the season for it. Especially on the wet side of the Cascades. It's snowy just about everywhere with any sort of elevation by now, but if you take the ferry and drive east and/or north, you'll find good climbing. Ice at Baker. Rock is at Leavenworth (but they're kinda bithcy about access I hear), Mt. Index, Mt. Si, Little Mt. Si, Washington Pass, Forbidden Peak, and probably a zillion other spots I don't know about due to lack of experience and gear. General moutaineering is all up and down the range. North Cascades National Park has some goodies I need to try, and of course there's the ones everyone's heard of like Adams, Ranier, St. Helen's and Baker. Maybe because they've all blown up or are supposed to blow up soon...

Yes, I will return that e-mail sometime before I go home!

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Take by surprise and the world gives up resistance.
- Tennesee Williams
 


Posted by DivaGeek (Member # 901) on December 08, 2001, 23:58:
 
A 94 RX-7 Turbo.
The 3rd generation RX-7's oozed sex appeal.

Short of that I want a new CD-Rom ... I keep killing mine when I try to e-mail food.

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I tried to e-mail a cheesecake to my mom, but it got all smooshed in the CD-Rom.
 


Posted by Janeway (Member # 78) on December 09, 2001, 09:09:
 
Direct connection to the Internet
A house
A car
A better job
A laptop
Gift certificates to Amazon.com, Toys-R-Us, and Wal-Mart


 


Posted by NeenerNeener (Member # 989) on December 09, 2001, 10:27:
 
I've always wanted a pony. Unfortunately it's the gift that keeps on giving.
 
Posted by sniper (Member # 904) on December 09, 2001, 12:00:
 
my pappy's g3 and it's copy of conflict catcher to get along. either that, or my own internet connection, so i wouldn't have to use the g3.
 
Posted by Akira (Member # 954) on December 09, 2001, 12:03:
 
...what Janeway said.

Though a copy of American McGee's Alice would do nicely as well...

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I am Dyslexic of Borg.
Prepare to have your ass laminated.
 


Posted by Evilbunny (Member # 970) on December 09, 2001, 12:48:
 
Actually, I also love scotch tape! I can use like 5 rolls of that in one day!
 
Posted by platypus (Member # 991) on December 09, 2001, 22:04:
 
My list is mostly online at half.com - mostly cds and dvds and books. The rest is clothes to replace what wore out this year.

What I really want is:

Powerful PC laptop.
iBook
G4
Another powerful desktop PC for *nix
and uhm... more memory

None of that will come from my wife (who is jealous of Squish) or my parents (for while my dad is a geek, my mom is jealous of HIS computer and won't further the trend with her son), so I don't bother listing it anymore.

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www.saintehlers.com
www.squishbox.org
 


Posted by Swiss Mercenary (Member # 330) on December 10, 2001, 04:15:
 
Well I have asked for:
New, warm driving gloves.
A couple of new, plain sweaters and/or sweatshirts.

What I would like:
A Harley-Davidson Low-Rider.
A date with that nice Irish girl who works at the Korean mission.
A girlfriend (see above).

 


Posted by toytaco99 on December 10, 2001, 06:50:
 
I want an Apple-branded PDA.

Listen up, Steve-o:

200mhz Motorola processor
64MB internal RAM
PC card slot for storage/expansion cards (Airport)
Pocket MacOS X
COLOR screen with 24bit color
Native Mac synchronization, sincer Palm can't seem to get their act together with X..or anything else for that matter (it seems)

Is that too much to ask??!!
 


Posted by annie (Member # 909) on December 10, 2001, 15:05:
 
World peace.

And if that can't be arranged I'll settle for a sailboat.

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the world will have to end someday; hopefully not while i'm around.
 


Posted by SupportGoddess (Member # 822) on December 10, 2001, 15:54:
 
That "virtually indestructible keyboard" at radioshack. Though the logitech wireless one would be cool too.

More RAM, a bigger monitor, another (bigger) HD.

a multimeter... a cd burner... a kvm switch...

Access to a garage where i can work on the beast in the winter.

What I will get: girly clothes and birdfeeders... I'm not sure what is up with the birdfeeders.

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reality.sys corrupted. universe halted. reboot (y/n)?
 


Posted by Raptorgirl on December 10, 2001, 21:22:
 
My Ultimate, Wholly Materialistic, Utterly Unattainable Christmas list:

DVDs: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Cure's Greatest Hits, Jaws, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the widescreen version--which, unfortunately, DOES NOT EXIST)

Music: the new Garbage album, the Catherine Wheel's "Wishville," some Smiths stuff, old New Order

Miscellaneous: purple hair dye. Peace on earth. A few T-shirts. New bedroom furniture. And, lastly...

...books. I don't care if they're boring. I just want something to read.
 


Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on December 10, 2001, 21:23:
 
quote:
Originally posted by annie:
World peace.

And if that can't be arranged I'll settle for a sailboat.


I'm so there. My dream is to be able to buy a a boat and spend retirement sailing around the world. I want to be one of those crusty old guys you see living on their boats when you go on vacation in the Carribean. I don't need a computer, I don't need a cell phone. Just let me get the wind in my face and every once in a while pull into port to pick up some cheap rum.
 


Posted by MacManKrisK (Member # 955) on December 10, 2001, 22:09:
 
Gee...hrm...

What I asked for:
•Subscription to Mac Addict
•socks & boxers

What I wish I could get:
•PowerBook G4 (max RAM, max hd, max everything!)
•Air Port Base station and card
•Ethernet hub
•Patch & Crossover Cables (numerous)
•512MB SDRAM for my PowerBook G3, 256MB each EDO RAM for my Performa 6400 and Power Mac 8500
•Personal Channelized OC3 (hrm...maybe an OC48 instead)

And, just so I don't sound self-centered: world peace, espically now.

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KK (a.k.a. The MacMan)
Proud to be Microsoft Free!
"If it doesn't say 'Microsoft' it must be better!"
The Man's Prayer -- "I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to, I guess."
 


Posted by Tau Zero (Member # 195) on December 11, 2001, 08:18:
 
(I just confirmed a really irritating "feature" of IE5 on Win95.  If you cut from a window and then close the window, you cannot paste the text any more; it is lost!  What kind of idiot at Microsoft thought that was a good idea?!)
quote:
Originally posted by annie:
World peace.

And if that can't be arranged I'll settle for a sailboat.


Very interesting...
quote:
Originally posted by Raptorgirl:
My Ultimate, Wholly Materialistic, Utterly Unattainable Christmas list:

DVDs: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Cure's Greatest Hits, Jaws, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the widescreen version--which, unfortunately, DOES NOT EXIST)

Music: the new Garbage album, the Catherine Wheel's "Wishville," some Smiths stuff, old New Order

Miscellaneous: purple hair dye. Peace on earth. A few T-shirts. New bedroom furniture. And, lastly...

...books. I don't care if they're boring. I just want something to read.


Man, aside from world peace and other forms of Unobtanium, you are so easy to buy for!  (Unfortunately for me, the sort of person I'm interested in is typically a lot more difficult [and expensive] to find an appropriate gift for.)
 
Posted by gimp (Member # 1020) on December 11, 2001, 08:24:
 
Hah, I'm not to gready, I just want an insane Athlon machine and a t3 connection. Heh, aint it a pity I'm not gonna get it. :P

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Posted by annie (Member # 909) on December 11, 2001, 12:23:
 
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
I'm so there. My dream is to be able to buy a a boat and spend retirement sailing around the world. I want to be one of those crusty old guys you see living on their boats when you go on vacation in the Carribean. I don't need a computer, I don't need a cell phone. Just let me get the wind in my face and every once in a while pull into port to pick up some cheap rum.

Well if you ever do get to realize this dream, let me know. I'd love to come visit you.

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the world will have to end someday; hopefully not while i'm around.
 


Posted by +Andrew (Member # 873) on December 11, 2001, 14:14:
 
quote:
Originally posted by annie:
World peace.

And if that can't be arranged I'll settle for a sailboat.


I just got such a thing today. *grin* Well, technically it's not mine, but I'll get to sail it often enough..

-Andrew


 


Posted by - - e r i k - - (Member # 1517) on December 12, 2001, 03:14:
 
quote:
Originally posted by MacManKrisK:
•PowerBook G4 (max RAM, max hd, max everything!)
•Air Port Base station and card
•Ethernet hub
•Patch & Crossover Cables (numerous)

What do you need crossover cables for with a PBG4? It autosenses if you are on a network or just connected to a single computer. Besides, if you have Airport, why have cables at all? (purely based on the hypothesis that you actually receive what you wish for )

I'm satisfied in the materalistic department for now, an iPod wouldn't be too shabby although I just use iTunes on my PBG4 while travelling to and from my great job
 


Posted by annie (Member # 909) on December 12, 2001, 09:39:
 
quote:
Originally posted by +Andrew:
I just got such a thing today. *grin* Well, technically it's not mine, but I'll get to sail it often enough..

-Andrew


Can I come visit you? I've always wanted to see what Boston is like.

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the world will have to end someday; hopefully not while i'm around.
 


Posted by Geordie (Member # 996) on December 12, 2001, 10:58:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tau Zero:
(I just confirmed a really irritating "feature" of IE5 on Win95.  If you cut from a window and then close the window, you cannot paste the text any more; it is lost!  What kind of idiot at Microsoft thought that was a good idea?!)

I guess it is true that if you live long enough you will see everything happen over again. I remember how excited I was when they fixed that bug in MS Word for Mac. I can understand how on 128k machine it made sense to use a pointer to the memory location instead of duplicating it in the clipboard, but when it stayed that way up until Word 6.0 I was incredulous. Of course in many cases referencing the pointer to the freed memory location would cause Word to crash so consider yourself somewhat lucky if you just had to reopen the source window.

obSemiOnTopic - I would like a Macintosh laptop with a 1600x1200 screen. Since Apple has not seen fit to do that I guess I will settle for more RAM and a larger hard drive.

 


Posted by Kiggy (Member # 892) on December 16, 2001, 01:36:
 
quote:
Originally posted by annie:
World peace.

And if that can't be arranged I'll settle for a sailboat.


Sigh. me too. I wish all the BS going around the world would just vanish overnight.

but since that can't happen...

1- 40 GB IDE hard drive for my old G3.
2- SCSI CDRW burner
3- An ATI video card to replace the obsolete (and now damaged it seems) IXMicro video card.
4-A bigger monitor to go with the new Video Card.
5-A new job.

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"Doesn't have a point of view
Knows not where he's going to
Isn't he a bit like you and me."
The Beatles - Nowhere Man
 


Posted by trowelblister (Member # 897) on December 16, 2001, 09:17:
 
We had xmas pt 1 last sunday, 'cause some of my family's going to Florida for the holidays (got relatives there), but not all can go. My parents surprised the crap outta me (re: my geeky mom, who I got a graphire tablet fer) and gave me HK Soundsticks. Unexpected and outta the blue, but I'm sitting here listening to internet radio thru the DSL and it's frigging fantastic!

I don't need nuthin' else for xmas, bring on the socks and underwear!!
 


Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on December 16, 2001, 18:34:
 
quote:
Originally posted by trowelblister:
My parents surprised the crap outta me ... and gave me HK Soundsticks. Unexpected and outta the blue, but I'm sitting here listening to internet radio thru the DSL and it's frigging fantastic!


Are they the ones with the champagne glass shaped tweeters? I heard them in Circut City yesterday and they are indeed fantastic.


 


Posted by trowelblister (Member # 897) on December 17, 2001, 08:52:
 
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
Are they the ones with the champagne glass shaped tweeters? I heard them in Circut City yesterday and they are indeed fantastic.
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I don't know if I'd describe them as champagne glass-shaped, they have less curves (but are clear). There's also a big clear mushroom-shaped subwoofer. We heard them at them at the NY Macworld in July, and they sounded really great (even if they insisted on only playing fleetwood mac)


 


Posted by ginacanadiangeek (Member # 1039) on December 20, 2001, 19:26:
 
Other than an iMac, digital camera and mp3 player, I would like to see good old bin Laden in US custody for Christmas.

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Posted by - - e r i k - - (Member # 1517) on December 21, 2001, 02:27:
 
Oh how I love my SoundSticks... you see I'm all stacked out in the materalistic department. Though a new PBG4 with combo-drive to replace my battered one would be nice...
 
Posted by EddieKatz (Member # 1004) on December 21, 2001, 11:30:
 
Oh how I long for a kitten. No, two (we don't want one to get lonely). Their names would be Gretta and Gustav and one would be orange and fluffy.

And to go along with my kittens, I would like an apartment that allows pets (or at least a decent way to keep them hidden).
 




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