Stuff I want

Updated: December 4th, 2011

I keep having these flashes. They are brilliant. They tell me that people don't actually know what I want for (insert gift-giving excuse here). I can go the old-fashioned, "I'm sure you'll think of something" approach, or I can just break down and tell you what to get me. The latter is entertaining, but unsurprising, and the former is a grab bag. An occasionally wonderous grab bag, true, but still a grab bag. Being the snake that I am, I'm going to, instead of either choice, create and hopefully maintain a list of Stuff You All Can Get Me When You Need An Idea. If you know just the thing I want, great, but here are some things I actually definitively desire. I'm even making some sort of halfhearted attempt to maintain it now and again, just so that it's useful for future giftgiving, as well as to future generations who want to see what kind of people their ancestors were. Yes, this is more than a temporary list of gifts - it's an anthropological document. One that will ring through the ages, in fact.


Note also that I have many book requests (this is just a current snapshot). However, these days I'm going almost entirely e-book (epub format), so it's more likely that a gift certificate at an epub bookseller will be better than a real book. I'll still take real books, though. I'm not proud.

Sorted roughly in order of my desire for them.

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+ I desperately wish to do hang gliding. Money towards classes or equipment (or just classes or equipment).
+ Books by Sheri S. Tepper - Marianne, the Matchbox, and the Malachite Mouse - ideally epub.
+ By Donald Westlake: Nobody's Perfect, Good Behavior, Drowned Hopes, What's The Worst That Could Happen?, Thieves' Dozen. All ideally in the epub format. In fact, any Dortmunder novel in epub format will be great - I lack all electronically.
+ A tablet computer of some kind, one running Android if possible.
+ The time-traveler's aid t-shirt.
+ A video game from 2001 called Anachronox.
+ By Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman: How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them -- A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide.
+ Any game from Board Game Geek's top 100 or so that I don't already have. Of the ones currently in the list, I already have Puerto Rico, Dominion and Dominion: Intrigue, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Cosmic Encounter, and Citadels.
+ Icehouse Pieces.
+ An old video game called Neverhood.
+ Any Pixar films, either the short ones or the long ones.
+ The DVD set for Clone High.
+ An Xbox 360.
+ Almost all movies written by Charlie Kaufman - Synecdoche, New York, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. (I already have Being John Malkovich).
+ An obscure movie called Schizopolis.
+ Another obscure movie called Waking Life.
+ What Do You Care What Other People Think?, by Richard Feynman (ideally in epub format).
+ Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, by Douglas R. Hofstadter (ideally in epub format).
+ Geek Confidential, Rick Klaw (ideally in epub format).
+ The Narbonic print collections (ideally all at once - on the page it says "Bonus: Order all six books together, and I'll do a little sketch in each copy in addition to signing them.").
+ Meet The Robinsons.
+ King Missile CDs, not including Happy Hour, King Missile, Mystical Shit / Fluting On The Hump, and the Way To Salvation.
+ Dan Bern CDs, not including Fifty Eggs.
+ Voltaire CDs.
+ Ziggens CDs.
+ Snakefinger / Residents CD - A Collection of Songs Written and Produced with The Residents 1978-1980.
+ A CD that I doubt anyone can find called Buy Product - Revealing Songs From 20 Underexposed Artists. Good luck. I'd love you if you found it, but good luck.
+ Really good food.
+ Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction, ideally in epub format.
+ The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy, ideally in epub format.
+ Turing Test: A Coffee House Conversation, by Douglas Hofstadter, ideally in epub format.
+ The Mismeasure of Man - Steven Jay Gould, ideally in epub format.
+ Mono Puff CDs, not including Unsupervised.
+ Spider John Koerner and Willie Murphy CD - Running Jumping Standing Still.
+ Stand up comedians on CD or MP3 - I have a bunch, but I can always use more.
+ Oddnesses.
+ Gift certificates or cash.