While I originally published this list with the intent to help gift-givers
during the Christmas season, I've found that I enjoy having it as a
reference for myself. Feel free to use it throughout the year if you want to
buy me a present that I'm assured to like.
I am sure there are many things I would enjoy which are not on this list,
so please be creative with your gift-giving.
This list should reflect my current wishes, and I intend to keep it up to
date regarding purchases and changes in taste. Check back regularly!
This list is divided into groups of items. The items within each group are
arranged in a vague order of preference. Each item has a brief
description and may be a link to a place that you can buy it online, or get
more information. A lot of the things on this list can also be purchased at
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The World of
Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time ($40 hardcover)
- The companion volume to a beautiful and detailed fantasy series, which I
am slowly collecting in hardcover.
- The Practice of Programming ($25 paperback)
- This slender little book
discusses computer programming style and the philosophy of writing good code.
Atlas Shrugged ($40 hardcover)
- This is a beautiful novel which exemplifies a philosophy I hold very
- Back in that awkward time of adolescense, which few remember fondly, I
spent most of my time reading. I threw myself into fantastical books, coming
up only for meals and studying. Oddly enough, however, of all the incredible
classical books I read, the set of books that had the most wide-reaching
affects on my life were the
Recently, I've met a young man named Daylon, who has reminded me of this long
forgotten world, and the treasures and memories it holds for me. This book, a
hardcover volume about one of my favorite characters, is one of those things I
might take down from the shelf to remember my pubescent days, the same way I'll
pull Winnie-the-Pooh down to recall childhood adventures.
Friendly: The Comic Strip ($13 each paperback)
- This is the first of the two collections of the
User Friendly comic strip. It's a
hilarious picture of the trials of being a geek. It's
companion volume, Evil Geniuses in a Nutshell is also essential for the collection.
- The New Hacker's Dictionary ($20 paperback)
- This is the resource for geekly terminology.
Right now, I only have a VCR, so all videos should be purchased for me
in VHS format.
- Clue ($15)
- A quirky, campy film based loosely on the famous Parker Brothers board
game. It sports a stellar cast and constant laughs.
- American Beauty ($25)
- This incredible movie, which won Best Picture at the 2000 Academy Awards,
takes a look at the dysfunctional underside to American suburbia. It takes
a good look at homosexuality, adultery, drugs, and what it means to be an
- While I've never been a hardcore trekkie, I grew up with a crush on Spock
and a firm grasp of the interacial struggles which beseiged Worf. I think
very highly of this show, and
GalaxyQuest is a wonderful romp in
that world of fandom, full of inside jokes and hilarious observations.
- The 10th Kingdom
This video is the full version of a Hallmark fantasy miniseries. Despite
some silliness thrown in for general appeal, it has an epic plot with neat
characters and one mention of "succulent breasts". (As a side note, I've seen
this for $13 at Wal-Mart.)
This year, the list of music I want if very long. Mostly, that's because
I've had the opportunity to hear a lot of wonderful new (to me) bands and
styles of music in the company of some of my friends.
The prices sited, as well as my preferences, refer to CDs, not tapes.
Acappella, by Todd Rundgren ($12)
- This is a beautiful collection of vocals, with varying musical styles.
Titan A.E. Soundtrack ($18)
- Instead of the classical score that most science fiction dramas
tend toward, Titan A.E. used a mix of different pop styles. The end result is
a mix of beautiful music, all with a space theme. ;)
- Stunt, by Barenaked Ladies ($18)
A must have for every collection. Full of wonderful sing-a-long
- Trampoline, by
The Mavericks ($12)
- This is an absolutely stunning album full of lulling vocals and old
fashioned songs which still have an upbeat air.
Flood, by They Might Be Giants ($18)
- Flood is one of the more well-known albums from this group. The music of
They Might Be Giants consists mostly of meaningless lyrics and melodies that
are designed to stick in your head.
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut ($18)
- On top of this movie being absolutely hilarious and intelligent, it
included an incredible soudtrack, both bringing out the best and being a
horrible parody of animated musicals.
- Give Up the Funk,
the best of Parliament ($18)
- Every now and then, I suprise myself by falling in love with a new and
strange style of music, like Pink Floyd's acid rock, and more recently
Parliament's funk. This is a "best of" collection of Parliament, and something
sorely needed in my music collection.
Most of the computer games I'm asking for are rather expensive. The
reason for that is because I'll undoubtedly pick up anything cheaper as soon
as I run across it.
These games should all be purchased for the PC.
- The Sims ($40) and the
Expansion Pack ($30)
- This combination currently
respresents the "hot" sim game of the year. It's no good having one without
the other, though.
- Diablo II ($40)
- The basic premise of this game is to hunt down and kill
Satan, so naturally it includes lots of death and gore. A fun game to play
when I'm feeling violent.
- Crimson Skies ($40)
- This is a basic flight simulation set in an interesting alternate WWII
Games of the More Physical Variety
Terrace is a delightfully fun strategy game, which is best known for being
featured in the lounge of the Star Trek Enterprise.
- Chrononauts is a neat little time-travel card game made by the wonderful
people at Looney Labs.
- A cute little card game that takes place in the time period of the
Sometimes the very hedonistic part of me wants to be surrounded by pretty
things, whether they be clothing, ornaments, or something a little more useful.
But the definition of what is pretty can be a little hard to come by, and
varies between people. I've included a few things here that I find pretty,
so that you may be able to see my preferences. I'd like to encourage you to
consider a gift which reflects both you and I.
If you're doing your shopping online, I've found a few stores on the net
that I can wholly recommend as merchants of very pretty things. I recommend
browsing at both the Boston Museum of Fine Art's
Gift Shop and
Red Envelope Gifts.
- I love writing and receiving letters, but I've experienced a lull in my
life where I've had no one to write to. Soon, though, I'll be out exploring
the world and writing to all the wonderful people I care so much about.
This stationary set is a perfect example of the elegance, simplicity and
style I find attractive.
- Hepburn Tiara ($95)
- This beautiful tiara is crafted from Swarovski crystals and Austrian
rhinestones. It has an elegance, grace, and style that I find very alluring.
- Bath and Spa Gifts
- Taking a bath is an important luxury for me, and I greatly relish combining
a hot bath with oils or salts to help me relax. While these kits may run on
the expensive side, they're definitely worth it after a long, stressful day.
A few ideas from an online shop are the
Japanese Body and Soul Bath Kit,
Deluxe Provencal Spa Set.
- Landscape with Two
Breton Women Framed Print ($125)
- The original painting, by Paul Gauguin (French 1848-1903) is housed in
The Boston Museum of Fine Art's Art of Europe
Collection. This framed print is alive with autumn hues.
- Candles and Incense
- I very much enjoy candles and incense. Again, these are mostly a
matter of personal taste, but as long as they smell nice I'd be hard
pressed not to like them. Here are a few candles I do like, though:
Rose Petal Candles,
Fall Botanical Candles,
and Silver Travel Candle
Red Envelope Gifts.
- Chinese Calligraphy Set ($20)
- While this is a beautiful set, it's a hobby I'll
probably never take up. That doesn't mean I don't want it, though, just in case
I ever get the time.
- I like jewelry, although I don't often wear it. My tastes are hard to
define, but I tend to like delicate and intricate small things. My ears are
pierced, but I don't like heavy earrings. My ring size is 6. A bracelet longer
than 7.5" will probably fall off my wrist. I almost always
prefer silver jewelry, but I'll occasionally enjoy a silver/gold mix.
I generally don't like getting clothing as a gift. My tastes are peculiar to me,
and I usually find that other people don't understand my refusal to wear
synthetic fabric. However, if you're bent and determined, I wear a size 10, or
a medium in fitted clothing, although I often prefer large and baggy things.
If you'd like to get me the gift of clothing, consider a gift certificate from
Two on Crescent.
This is a wonderful shop located in Asheville, North Carolina. I can
almost inevitably find beautiful clothes there. The clothing they have is made
out of natural fabrics (yay!) and sports earthy tones.