* Some guy who wants one gets it without having to kill yet another.
* The charity will save more leopard lives.
* You get a tax deduction via charity donation receipt.
In what way is PETA reactionary?
Servals are not endangered, does not mean I'll be making myself a cape out of it though!
It would be really smart if Apple picked up on this and created a campaign where folks could get a discount on the OS when showing a receipt from PETA for donating a leopard fur.
Wild Leopard is a CITES Appendix I species, meaning that it's pretty much illegal to trade in or to move across borders. It's possible to do it legally, but in order for that to be the case your family would have needed a special export permit from where they hunted it, and they would have had to get a similar permit from the Fish and Wildlife Service to bring it back into the US - and this is quite difficult.
If they can prove that it was bred in captivity, then it only requires a FWS import permit (since captive Leopards are CITES Appendix II), which is reasonably easy to get.
Anyway, Merry Christmas!
It's a girl.
From my two younger married sisters who each have kids: a box with a stuffed baby bunny and a handwritten sign inside urging me to "MAKE BABIES!".
FYI: I'm 30, male, single, working on a law-related software startup, and considering a New Years' resolution of flying away from the bay area to other cities on weekends to meet more women. Good idea?
Oh, nice; a start-up idea!
(Seriously, we celebrate most gift-giving on Epiphany, the traditional 12th day of Christmas, when the Magi brought their gifts to Bethlehem. Takes the "gift whammy" off Christmas itself, though we have a few minor gifts.)
So far the best project I want to aim for is a UAV (http://www.diydrones.com) - either that or as a controller unit for a coil gun.
Any other suggestions for us?? :D
Andrey Tarkovsky's Sculpting in Time
Milorad Pavic's Landscape Painted With Tea
A signed and framed picture by Will Cullen Hart
Herzog Zwei for my Sega Genesis
Planescape Torment for PC
A brick of soft lead (I need this for swaging).Someone found it and thought of me :)
To stay on topic I got a Michal Palin book signed by himself! :)
But now that I've read a few chapters, I have to say that this book is a must own for anyone who loves Tarkovsky. It still may be the case that the translation sucks, but I am over it. I'm going to to go through each of his movies one-by-one again, and read his corresponding chapters.
I recommend this book.
A Kindle. Which allows me to get rid of all of my books, making my transition to RV living that much easier.
Cash from my parents, as contribution to my RV fund.
Is this some young geeks joke that old geeks don't get?
No, I'm an old geek, by the standards around here.
And it wasn't intended as a joke. The bank bailout bills included 0% loans to banks, funded by taxpayers...my understanding was that these 0% loans were intended to encourage consumer and small business lending. But, in my recent experience, banks are simply not lending, even to people (me, in this case) with really good credit.
To put it into perspective, five years ago, I was able to get a similar-sized auto loan, and with really good rates, and my credit back then was awful and there was much less of it, and I was self-employed back then, too (technically, I'm not self-employed now, but because my employer has only existed for three years, they're considering me self-employed). So, by all measures, I'm a much better risk today than I was back then, but my ability to get a loan is nil.
So, not joking, just ranting because I'm grouchy about not getting a loan, since I didn't expect to have any trouble with the loan process and it's thrown my schedule off a bit, since I was shopping for an RV that I could put 25-35% down on, and get a loan to cover the rest. Now I have to go through the process again, except shopping for only RVs I can pay cash for.
First was the CDs. Arvo Part Fratres. Arvo Part Tabula Rasa, Gorecki' Symphony #3, and Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians (These are REALLY GOOD) I am enjoying the heck of of them so far this morning.
Then, from another HN thread, the ultimate nerd game, Settlers of Catan. Can't wait to try it out later today.
Finally some custom teas. Good stuff! I'm drinking a double-spice chai with milk and Splenda. Delicious.
By the way, if you haven't figured it out yet, you can be bad and Santa still brings you cool stuff. I think this whole "making a list" stuff is just a big lie. If you ask me, the big fat man is a pushover.
While Settlers is a nice gateway game, there's a fair amount of chance involved that can be frustrating. I'd highly recommend Puerto Rico, Tigris & Euphrates, and Caylus. Good games, although they're a bit more involved than Settlers.
I would also add Agricola which is similarly deterministic but notoriously diffucult to develop a strategy for!
One feature of Agricola I don't like much is that it's difficult to assess another player's score at a glance. In Caylus, for example, it's quite clear how well another player is doing.
Environmental attributes in board games: http://www.cognitivesandbox.com/posts/board-games/
So the rule is simply - I neither give nor receive cash or gift certificates. That way I get things I may not have known I wanted, or unexpected things. It also brings a lot more fun into unwrapping presents.
I also got a kegerator.
Ordered by Mrs Nailer and shipped to the UK.
I've loved Lego and modernist architecture since I was a child.
From my mother, a $25 sbux gift card and chocolates.
Given that I don't actually celebrate christmas and didn't want gifts, it's a pretty good haul.
I also got my girlfriend a sock monkey patterned after Rorschach from Watchmen (http://bit.ly/5h0nfB), which she liked (huge Watchmen fan and loves sock monkeys).
Also socks and some other stuff. But there are more presents to come tomorrow as we visit the in-laws.
My gift to us all as a family was to go see Avatar in IMAX 3D tonight. It was amazing.
I got my family a 23andme ancestry DNA test and they LOVED it. Gave bro-in-law & sister a Flip MinoHD for baby vids
Also the world's most awesome toy car: http://www.geekfu.org/things/delorean-1.JPG
But now that I have kids the giving is so much more fun than the getting. I got them a Samsung N130 netbook, mini helicopters, some books (DIY Diary of a Wimpy Kid looks fun), moleskines and no socks or underwear. Being santa is fun.
Kindle 2 is absolutely amazing. I bought "The Business Of Software" and noticed that the graphs and tables didn't render legibly at all. So I emailed the Kindle feedback folk and within an hour I had a reply offering a refund. Best service ever, Amazon - and on Christmas Day too!
For my Dad, I promised to pay for a golf club he has on backorder. For my girlfriend, I got a PS3 with MGS4 and Little Big Planet (which is really so I can play LBP). Still trying to get my Mom to tell me what to get her, sadly.
I'm digging into the JS book now and loving it, very comprehensive.
Coupla magazine subscriptions since I don't really want much else right now.
By the way, just finished Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance a few weeks ago. Great read even though I don't agree with it all.
(Go, Heifer! http://www.heifer.org/)
Also lots of bdsm gear from my SO, including some really nice suspension cuffs. (Is this TMI?)
On second thought probably so?
but what i received was a very nice black jacket kind of thing. not sure how to describe it - like a thin fleece, but not very fleecy. i am sure it's a horribly technical piece of clothing for climbing up mountains or something, but i will be using it when i go north next week (summer here in the source - just had a xmas day picnic!).
I'd recommend a set of wrenches, sockets, socket adapters (get EVERY combo you can here), and 2 really good socket wrenches. Don't skimp on the socket wrenches. Money well spent. Also, a hammer, (rubber mallet, and metallic kind). Last but not least, some sort of ginormous pry bar and a 2-3' section of 1/4" steel pipe, that fits snugly around your socket wrench. Trust me, you will understand why very soon.
Get those items, which shouldn't break the bank, and you are ready to tackle damn near everything, aside from a crankshaft replacement.
Time to make stuff people can touch!
And some books, notably Hackers & Painters, although not in eBook format.
Also got Fire Emblem DS and $100 check from my Grandpa.
I got my dad the Star Trek Blu-ray set.
But so far, it seems like a keeper. And this comes from a guy who has never liked any of Apple's previous mice. (using a logitech until now)
Any idea how are the PDFs on Kindle 2 ?
Good news, its quite fast here in Mumbai and I am having fun. I mostly work on the go at coffee shops and I have always liked referencing a book more than the internet, and with kindle now i have my library on the go.
Well, at least people around you must be tolerant of fat people.