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Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:21 am UTC
by Meowgan
I answered all these questions before and my computer crashed. So I am reanswering them, just for you.

Programming: I studied computing for 3 semesters at university. I could code in C at some stage. I am a bit excited by quicksort. For serious, if I got a tattoo it'd probably be the pseudocode of quicksort.
Chocolate: White, then milk.
Beverages: I drink tea. But I wouldn't suggest you send it to me. The last time someone tried, it got quarantined and they tried to charge me $40 to send 3 teabags back to the US. I also drink far too much fizzy drink.
Alcohol: White wine, port, cider, midori, vodka.
Favourite kind of animal: Deer. Giraffes are a close second. And then cats.
Favourite movie: I don't actually have one.
Melting likelihood: Very high. So very, very high. In the past 5 days, 3 of them have been >35 degrees C. 2 of them were >40 degrees C. It's only gonna get hotter.
Favourite mythical creature: Do dinosaurs count? If not, the Loch Ness monster. We all know she's a plesiosaur, anyway.
Favourite way to accessorise: Beanies, gloves, scarves, earrings, necklaces.
Favourite scientific discipline: Physics. Most of it. Especially the stuff to do with motion and how objects interract. Maths, especially geometry and patterns.
Do you like to read? If so, what are your favorite authors/genres? Knitting patterns? I also really like sci-fi or a good thriller or a bit of horror. Or those books that eat your mind and leave you with confusion. I also like a well-realised world. I've recently finished reading the Terry Goodkind novels. I like Phillip K. Dick and Asimov. Tolkein, Pratchett, Douglas Adams (I'm a typical nerd in some ways). Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti.
What television shows do you like to watch? Doctor Who. Oh me yarm Oh, it is so awesome.
Do you collect anything? Yarn. Knitting patterns. Knitting needles. Knitted things made by me. I also have 25+ Rubik's cubes.
Board games: I am awful at a lot of them. But I will play with you. I like Munchkin. It's fun.
Video Games: So, I have a nethack addiction. And I've played far too much Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 3, Baldur's Gate, DoW 1 and 2, Diablo 1 and 2, Starcraft (I've had my copy of SC2 on pre-order since the day I found out about it). I like playing older games, mostly because my laptop isn't so good and also because they're better. I really like games with a great world and background story. And roleplaying is fun.
Sweet tooth: I love sweets.
Food: Feed me! Just be careful because quarantine will want to steal everything.
Music: I like rock, often indie. But I really will listen to almost everything.
T-shirt Size: Medium, usually. But it does differ among different brands.

Yes, I am gonna go through and read everyone's answers.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:14 am UTC
by poxic
Gift has been sent. Yay!

Canada Post says the package may take 4-6 weeks to get there. Boo...

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Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:44 am UTC
by scrovak
Ok so I think I'm making my secret santa a basket. DOes this sound like anyone else? So many different possibilitis to narrow down to one item, so I'm making a collaborative basket of several items. And it'll be wrapped all pretty like and mailed to - oops, almost gave it away :-P

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:57 am UTC
by cyberia
Chocolate: Not really a big fan.
Beverages: Anything quirky or different.
Food Preferences: See above.
Alcohol: See above.
Patterns: Fluoro, anything bright or sparkly or shiny or mind-melting. Or black, electric blue, anything bold.
Favourite kind of animal: Panda, tiger, hamster, care bear >_>
Favourite movie: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist or Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
Goo probability: Medium
Favourite shape/motif: Stars, spirals, anything geometric or repeating.
Favourite mythical creature: Cthulu
Favourite way to accessorise: bracelets, cuffs, kandi, eye makeup, bags, nail polish
Programming: Only drum machines and GarageBand
favourite scientific discipline: Morphogenetics, psychedelics
Do you like to read: Yes, a lot and anything. I'm a big fan of gonzo, beat, underground, counter-culture or anything weird and interesting.
TV shows: Haven't watched TV in nearly 10 years but I like cartoons on DVD. Family Guy, Futurama, Care Bears, My Little Pony, FLCL, old Nickelodeon (Rocko, Angry Beavers, CatDog, etc)
Collect anything: Interesting tins (small ones shaped like things or with cool designs), random toys from op-shops, kandi, raver toys, CDs, vinyl
Board games: Jenga, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Uno
Video Games: I play Wii and PS2 sometimes but not a lot. Fave games are old-school platformers
T-Shirt Size: Large or Xtra Large male

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fake edit - I swear I'm 23, not 5. I'm just honest and in touch with my inner-child because I'm an adult now and it's my turn to decide what that means.

Also, I like anything interesting or awesome. So if you think something is awesome, even if no one else around you understands why (especially if no one else around you understands why) then I'll probably think it's awesome, too.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:02 pm UTC
by Sungura
Mine is finished and will be posted on Friday. I would post a picture here, but I don't know how to photoshop out all the decorations and address and name and still have a photo left of anything other than a blob. I have it for proof if needed though.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:19 am UTC
by Skythe
Sungura wrote:Mine is finished and will be posted on Friday. I would post a picture here, but I don't know how to photoshop out all the decorations and address and name and still have a photo left of anything other than a blob. I have it for proof if needed though.

You could just send it to _jess or spacemilk in a PM for confirmation.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:04 am UTC
by JoeyJo0
Programming: Started when I was 11-12 with JS. So I've got a couple years of experience now.
Chocolate: All kinds, but white is best.
Beverages: I like coke :P
Alcohol: Apfelkorn, beer, almost everything alcoholic :P
Favourite kind of animal: CATS :D
Favourite movie: Fight Club
Melting likelihood: I very much detest high temperatures.
Favourite mythical creature: Cthulhu! :D
Favourite way to accessorise: Scarves, glasses.
Favourite scientific discipline: Chemistry, because of booms and bangs ;3
Do you like to read? If so, what are your favorite authors/genres? Knitting patterns? Fantasy and horror. Favorite authors are: Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett and Stephen King.
What television shows do you like to watch? House! Too bad it's always on at bad times for me D;
Do you collect anything? Minerals, coins, money :)
Board games: Not really
Video Games: If I really have to write that all here I'll still be busy by tomorrow.
Sweet tooth: Yes, just about anything that's not epicly sweet or bitter.
Food: Hmm foood ;3
Music: Metal, Classic, some kinds of Jazz and some kinds of country. I have a strange taste.
T-shirt Size: Medium - Large.

What's the deadline for presents? Mine's gonna take awhile because I'm ill at this time, and I'm not getting my salary until monday.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:06 pm UTC
by Thrin
User Name: Thrin
Are you okay with getting packages explicitly stating "from the internet!"/crazily decorated:
Hobbies: Skiing, rock climbing video games, nerdyness
Favourite Colour: blue
Favorite xkcd: General biology wierdness
Any food/jewelry/otter/duck allergies: wheat and milk
Any other Pertinent Questions: secretly think i'm immortal

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:50 am UTC
by Senefen
Present has been bought, parcel has been bought. Now to somehow combine the two and mail.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:06 am UTC
by Meowgan
Sorry Thrin, you're a bit too late for this.

There's a general sending parcels thread and a postcards one. I suggest you post in one of those, pick someone in them to mail to and send them a PM.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:26 pm UTC
by semicharmed
JoeyJo0 wrote:What's the deadline for presents? Mine's gonna take awhile because I'm ill at this time, and I'm not getting my salary until monday.


Aiming for Dec. 1st, but if you know you're going to be later, PM __jess and she'll be able to pass on the info to your giftee without ruining the secret part.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:03 am UTC
by dragon
Flipping heck. I know my allocated gift receiver in real life. What are the chances of that?

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:27 am UTC
by e^iπ+1=0
Assuming you only know one of the people participating, 1 in 39. Probably greater, actually, since some people don't ship internationally.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:44 am UTC
by dragon
Not a helpful assumption. I was not aware of any xkcd forumites being people I already knew.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 4:56 am UTC
by Sungura
Haha, wow, that is pretty cool to figure out.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:42 am UTC
by McCaber
Present is complete, box is obtained. All I need now is the note that goes with it, and to actually pack and send it.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:56 pm UTC
by LL Cool J
dragon wrote:Not a helpful assumption. I was not aware of any xkcd forumites being people I already knew.
Wow, that is pretty neat.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:55 pm UTC
by crucialityfactor
Programming- I know a few different languages don't really program very often though.

Chocolate- Eh...eh...kinda...

Beverages- Tea and all-natural juices

Patterns- Stripes or ink splots.

Food preference- Yes.

Alcohol- Always a fan of new beer.

Favorite kind of animal- Capybara

Favorite movie I own- Star Wars (original trilogy), The Big Lebowski

Melting likelihood- It's have to be a cold day in hell for something to melt here in the winter.

Favorite shape/motif- I have no idea...

Favorite mythical creature- Oompa Loompas.

Favorite way to accessorize- I don't really accessorize. But if you can find something really cool I would be open to it.

Favorite scientific discipline- Probably anything that involves things in outer space.

Do you like to read? If so, what are your favorite authors/genres? I read too much. I am a fan of all genres really. A good book is a good book. I'm also a fan of poetry. Some favorite Authors of mine: Hunter Thompson, E.E. Cummings, Stephen Hall, Ursula K. LeGuin, Jack Kerouac, George Saunders.

Favorite Bands- The Matches, Why?, Hot Water Music, Motion City Soundtrack, Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground, Look Mexico, Bomb the Music Industry/Arrogant Sons of Bitches. Lots of different stuff. I like interesting well thought out compositions and brutally honest lyrics. No Metal though.

What television shows do you like to watch? Venture Bros.

Do you collect anything? Not really.

Board games- Risk, Stratego and Monopoly. Don't really play board games much anymore though.

Video games- Have a DS, Wii and 360. But trying to cut back to just PC these days. I'm really into interesting and/or different games these days.

Tshirt size- Mens Small

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 6:52 am UTC
by ThinkSweet
Present sent, should take about 2 weeks according to my post office. Unfortunately I had to write pretty much exactly what's in it on the outside for customs, so if you like surprises, try not to read the outside of the parcel too closely before you open it. But hopefully it will mean customs will let it through un-molested.

Below is a rather blurry photo of the relevant part of the receipt for postage, spoilered for containing country of destination
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Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:03 am UTC
by Meowgan
I bought pink yarn to make a secret Santa gift out of on Thursday.

And I have made a prototype of the gift. Estimated mailing date is Tuesday week. It takes about two weeks for mail to get from here to there.

/me knits furiously.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:05 pm UTC
by blue_eyedspacemonkey
I'm hoping to get mine posted this week-am having a few failed attempts at making it :roll: But have packaging etc, so almost ready to post it :)

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:34 pm UTC
by AJR
I deposited the package with the good people at the post office today. It received its requisite selection of air mail and customs stickers so it should now be on it's way - ThinkSweet's warning about not reading customs labels too closely to avoid spoiling surprises will apply to anything going internationally, although the lady at the post office just scribbled the sticker for me and she didn't put much detail.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:28 pm UTC
by scrovak
Mine shall be ready this weekend, and it ships from here to there with brevity, so a few extra days shouldn't matter...

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:55 am UTC
by reishka
I haven't finished with the making of the awesome things, so it'll be shipped out on the weekend.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:08 am UTC
by e^iπ+1=0
Mine was shipped a couple of days ago. I shipped it directly there to make sure it gets there on time, so I didn't get the chance to crazily decorate or whatnot. Also, the "gift message" that they allow you to put on the side looked fine in preview, but afterwards got messed up. Turns out they decided to delete all the returns so it's all smashed together, plus it decided to display π correctly at first, but then had some cryptic thing instead afterwards. And because of the time of day and way I payed and whatnot, I wasn't able to change it. Eh, you should still be able to figure out what it says.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:16 am UTC
by Senefen
Gift has been shipped. Because I am an idiot I forgot to take a photo.
Though I might be able to find the receipt for the parcel or present somewhere.
Anyway, it's gone and I hope my KK likes it.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:14 am UTC
by Rinsaikeru
Sent! Have receipt but not photo cuz I packed it at the post office counter and forgot my camera....

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:22 am UTC
by scrovak
Senefen wrote:Gift has been shipped. Because I am an idiot I forgot to take a photo.
Though I might be able to find the receipt for the parcel or present somewhere.
Anyway, it's gone and I hope my KK likes it.

Your.... Krispy Kreme?

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:25 am UTC
by e^iπ+1=0
Kris Kringle, no?

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:28 am UTC
by scrovak
You're probably right. I missed that. I'll mail my BFJ at the end of the week. (Bowl Full Of Jelly - Of)

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:43 pm UTC
by Zohar
I got a package today! Woohoo!

It was lovingly wrapped:
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In several layers I might add... This was wrapped in brown paper and it was wrapping a big shoebox filled with newspaper. Finally, within I found:
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A Canadian Mountie bobblehead!


And attached to it was a note:
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But how can I know who it was from?! I don't pay attention to people's locations! Now I have to go through the thread looking for a Canadian! Reveal yourself, Secret Santa!

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:47 pm UTC
by Jessica
Yay for Zohar!!
(note: while I am canadian, I'm not your secret santa).

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:49 pm UTC
by Zohar
I just went over the thread and checked who has a Canadian location. If it's not you, it leaves Rinsaikeru and Poxic. And, of course, everyone else who doesn't write their actual location.

Edit:
"Oh I know Zohar! Why don't you look at who already sent their packages and try to guess by that?"
"That's an excellent idea Zohar! I'll do just that."
"Good, I'm sure it will work out for the best."

*looklooklook*

"Oh hey, you were right! There's a post here by Poxic and it looks the same as the one I got! Poxic was my Secret Santa all along!"
"See? I told you it would be fine."
"Yeah, I should always listen to you before I post on the fora, Zohar. You're so smart."
"Yes, yes you are Zohar."

And they lived happily ever after inside his demented head.

So anyway, thanks Poxic, that was cool of you, he's bobbing on my desk as I write. :)

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:19 pm UTC
by Rinsaikeru
I love that Hannukah paper!

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:20 pm UTC
by Jessica
It is pretty awesome! :)

I wonder if anyone else has got their gifts.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:50 pm UTC
by Lizabeff
I feel so unorganised compared to all you guys.
I'm still looking for some crafty things, as I live nowhere near any real craft stores (that I know of)
I'm sorry Secret Santee(?) but it should be there by Christmas :D

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:54 pm UTC
by McCaber
And it's mailed. I feel proud of myself.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:56 pm UTC
by Wolf
I'm currently getting destroyed by the end of term, but I should (through the miracle of paying extra for faster shipping) still be able to get my gift to my SS in time.

(Silly school, I have to shop for a forumite! Why must you stop this with things like "tests" and "grades?")

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:57 pm UTC
by blue_eyedspacemonkey
Wolf wrote:I'm currently getting destroyed by the end of term, but I should (through the miracle of paying extra for faster shipping) still be able to get my gift to my SS in time.

(Silly school, I have to shop for a forumite! Why must you stop this with things like "tests" and "grades?")
Damn life, getting in the way all the time!

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:40 pm UTC
by ThinkSweet
Zohar wrote:I got a package today! Woohoo!

Wait, Zohar got a package from Canada in a week that was supposed to take 4-6 weeks? That's awesome!!