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Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:32 pm UTC
by Spacemilk
Also a couple people did not post who their Santa was (or used their real-life name instead of their fora name) so if you guys could please find the fora name, that would be great! This is just to make sure we account for everyone. Thanks! [if you are wondering if this includes you, please check the bottom of the OP; also please check to make sure I caught whether you posted "sent" confirmation or you receieved your package, and who it was from]

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:49 pm UTC
by scrovak
So I went out to mail mine today at the post office. When i came home, there was a suspicious looking package at my door. Thinking quickly, I was about to detonate it in a field for safety's sake when I thought, silly me, that's from my Secret Santa! So I brought it inside. And it was delicious. Pictures shortly.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:19 pm UTC
by scrovak
Suspicious looking package.
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Totally had the addresses blacked out already >.>
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The table I had to clear to open this package
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Oh dear. My curious face. What could be inside?
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BOBCAT
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Oh wait, no, it's a box of some sort.
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Shown with my pokey stick used to open it.


What does it say?
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Spoiler:
OMNOMNOMNOMNOM
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Scrum-diddly-umptious


Thanks, Patrick R's Ghost!!

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:22 pm UTC
by Zorlin
Here's a screenshot of the post-ordering page as of today. I think half of it shipped and they're working out the other half at the moment.

[edited (poorly) with Krita]

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:46 pm UTC
by Zohar
When will my gift arrive at my secret santee? I really hope the package I need to pick up at the post office isn't the one I sent, returned...

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 1:43 am UTC
by PatrickRsGhost
scrovak wrote:Suspicious looking package.
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Totally had the addresses blacked out already >.>
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The table I had to clear to open this package
Spoiler:
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Oh dear. My curious face. What could be inside?
Spoiler:
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Spoiler:
BOBCAT
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Oh wait, no, it's a box of some sort.
Spoiler:
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Shown with my pokey stick used to open it.


What does it say?
Spoiler:
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Spoiler:
OMNOMNOMNOMNOM
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Scrum-diddly-umptious


Thanks, Patrick R's Ghost!!


Glad you liked the cookies. Everyone I know who's had them loved them. Even had someone at work last year tell me they never cared for gingerbread, but loved these. Have to bake a few more dozen this weekend to hand out to people at work. Also sent some to ex-roommate and her sister, as well as send some to a former co-worker. Took a fifth tin to the dentist's office.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:28 am UTC
by scrovak
Wow. What ever you do for a living bud, you should quit and go into cookie baking :-D

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:05 am UTC
by dragon
Farg blarg argh camera rar.
I give up. Mobile phone pics coming up shortly!

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:50 am UTC
by Wolf
I sent mine out several days ago, I just keep forgetting to upload photo proof (which I will do within a day).

I'm super-bummed because I just learned that the housing office at my complex is closing from the 19th until after Christmas, so I'm hoping my package (the one being sent to me) will make it or be held in some nice fashion by the shipping company until they can deliver it instead of returned to sender. *worry worry*

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:32 pm UTC
by Teapot
Got a text from my mum this afternoon saying that my present has arrived. Since I used my parent's address and not my own (to make sure there'd be someone to collect the package) I won't actually be able to open it until Sunday so pictures should be posted sometime around Sunday or Monday.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:35 am UTC
by PatrickRsGhost
scrovak wrote:Wow. What ever you do for a living bud, you should quit and go into cookie baking :-D


I think you're the second or third person who's said that in relation to my mad cooking skillz. I remember several years ago at a company I worked at through a temp agency, I had taken in a pan of homemade (as in measure out flour, sugar, cocoa powder, etc.) brownies my grandma wanted me to get rid of. She was (A) diabetic, and (B) had kidney failure, so she was not allowed any kind of chocolate. I think I'd jump off a bridge if my doctor told me I couldn't have chocolate anymore. What's the point of living?

I had coated the brownies with no-bake fudge, and had to refrigerate them to get the icing to harden. Cutting one revealed a little brownie with your icing. Pop that bad boy in the microwave and nuke until the icing melted, and OMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM...

When a couple of people at that company tried them, one of them asked me "What the hell are you doing working here?! You should be running a bakery!"

If I could afford it, I'd buy one of the vacant small buildings that's just around the corner from my house and set up a bakery. If you came in wearing a beret, you'd get a free cookie or some other small item.

My mom has volunteered to bake the few dozen I had planned to do this weekend, tomorrow. That will give me more time to decorate them over the weekend. Need to show her which shapes I use. I have a whole bucket o' cookie cutters, but I only use about half of them. Still have about a dozen left over from last weekend I didn't decorate, mainly because I ran out of icing, ran out of time, and after having done enough for the five tins, said "screw it."

Which is probably why I wouldn't want to run a bakery. I'd have to do it. All. Day. Long. Would get tiresome after a while, unless I hired some help. One thing I had envisioned, if I do ever own a bakery, was to talk with the Home Ec teacher at the local high school, and ask him/her if I hired any students, would she give them extra credit or would she apply my evaluating their work performance to their class grade. Talk about having the ultimate answer to the age-old question "When am I ever gonna have to use this stuff?", often associated with maths.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:10 am UTC
by Zorlin
Yay! My gift appears to have shipped completely now.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:16 pm UTC
by AJR
Yay! The doorbell rang earlier, and there was Andy the postman muttering about how slippery the roads are and clutching a stack of Christmas cards and a jiffy bag...
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Oh, what can this be?
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Hmm, whatever can this be?
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An assortment!
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It's an assortment of goodies! (But no Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, or Graeme Garden)
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Laid out
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Lets have a closer look at those:
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Game over
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Oh those fickle gods of Tetris, will they never send a line piece when you need one? At least I won't need to use old train tickets as bookmarks any more

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Wacka wacka!
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How true
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How true...

Hey, there's something written on the back of the postcard advertising the many delights of Aberystwyth...
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Yay! Thanks Gem/blue_eyedspacemonkey, your cross-stitch looks great. (And thanks to the Royal Mail for a speedy service.)

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:26 pm UTC
by blue_eyedspacemonkey
Yay! I'm glad it got there in time/one piece :D

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:46 pm UTC
by Sungura
Everyone's stuff looks cool! :)

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:13 pm UTC
by semicharmed
Pictures are still forthcoming, but my present was from Rinsaikeru.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:36 pm UTC
by JoeyJo0
I just got my gift.

After returning from the bar I saw a package. I instantly forgot everything, ran to it, uncovered it and read the address.
"Joey Haas"

:D Hells yeah, let's open this bitch up.

Inside was a letter with... a message. Basically the present was done in three parts.
First were two types of 'igenous' (Igneous :P) American rocks. They seem to pop.

Looking inside, I found pop rocks :D. POPPING FUN TIME.
Now, we don't really have pop rocks in the Netherlands, but we have cheap candy that is similar.
It's still very much awesomeness.

second part is a CD. I'll come back to this one later. It's said to contain music with elements I like.

Third part, the most awesome part, is a plush doll of Cthulhu. Personally I found this one fucking awesome. You haven't failed me as a secret santa :P

Thank you, crucialityfactor!

About the CD, I really liked most of the songs. Although some of the songs sucked IMO. Well, you can't have it all. Is it your band or something? You guys make cool music :D

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:56 pm UTC
by PhoenixEnigma
My gift arrived a couple days ago as I was running out the door. It's now been sitting, unopened, in with my laptop while it traveled an extra 600km or so with me. The suspense is really starting to get to me. I'll get photos of it up tonight, as well as proof of my non-deadbeat-santa-status, but I thought I'd make sure my Santa knew it had arrived.

EDIT: As promised, all kinds of photos. Warning - very picture heavy. I went a little overboard.
The Gift:
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A package with a stick-santa. Only one thing this could be!
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It must be opened, and quickly!
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Many good things come in a small package, it seems
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It's a Duck!
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She (?) seemed to bond well with the others
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Further study revealed she's actually a mutant, colour changing duck! Awesome!
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Also, an epic hat. Yes, those are XKCD comics on a hat. I'm trying to find a printer large enough to make one that will fit my head now.
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Also to be found: A lego placard(?) It actually arrived slightly worse for wear, but, being lego, was quickly returned to top form. Yay Lego!
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Impressively, it's doublesided, as well.
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Finally, some incredibly, exceedingly good mint dark chocolate. Even better, it's fair trade! Did I mention it's really, really good?
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One last thing - a note. A cryptic note.
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After launching me on a wild cyberchase through intensive button clicking and ancient Korea, however, I did discover my Secret Santa*.

THANK YOU!

*I'm not mentioning the identity here yet. If my secret santa is OK with it, I'd love to post the actual link :)


The not-being-a-deadbeat-santa:
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I was running somewhat late with sending this off, so it's been sent express. The lady at the post office advised me it should be there just in time for Christmas

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:21 pm UTC
by ThinkSweet
Spacemilk wrote:I got my package the other day (despite villainous apartment-complex managers failing to tell me I had a package, for days, until they were getting ready to send it back!) and it was AMAZING! Thanks so much, ThinkSweet! I was having kinda a bad day until I opened it last night, and it seriously made my day so great!

Aw Thanks Spacemilk! I'm glad I got to help make your day better :)

Everyone is sending such great presents, it's so much fun hearing about them from the receivers! ^^

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 2:00 am UTC
by crucialityfactor
JoeyJo0 wrote:Third part, the most awesome part, is a plush doll of Cthulhu. Personally I found this one fucking awesome. You haven't failed me as a secret santa :P

Thank you, crucialityfactor!

About the CD, I really liked most of the songs. Although some of the songs sucked IMO. Well, you can't have it all. Is it your band or something? You guys make cool music :D


Ah awesome, you are quite welcome. I was afraid it wouldn't get there until after XMas.

Each song on that cd is by a different band. I tried to put a variety of stuff on it because I wasn't sure which you would and wouldn't like.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 5:30 am UTC
by rath358
So, on monday, I got a pretty cool-looking box.
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The stamps look pretty sweet.
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First the ribbon is cut in an overkill manner.
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Time to open it
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With a fork!
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Now, what have we got here?
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A letter, carefully distinguished from the padding material, a very well-loved book, which I look forward to reading, a cool little piece of art from Tokyo, and a big jar of Tahini(spelling?). (when my Mom saw the Tahini, she was really excited. Apparently, she really likes it.)

Wow. This was pretty awesome.
Thanks Zohar!

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 6:15 am UTC
by Senefen
So I got home today and lo and behold, there was a package for me. Which is decidedly odd seeing it's Sunday.

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Yep that's me
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lol, lunasy is my uni anime society, looks like we were both members. Dragon lives like 20 min away.
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Awww, pretty.
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Oh me yarm! RAPTOR! Image
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And a shiney! Thanks, it's so pretty.
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*Deads* x_x
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Thanks dragon :)

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 6:17 am UTC
by Zohar
I'm glad you liked it! I was a bit worried. :)

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:06 pm UTC
by Teapot
I opened my present (and now I have to listen to my sister complain that she doesn't get to open presents, but it's so worth it)!

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Some awesome present-y things
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A Link (who actually made me squee and made my family give me funny looks) and some pez (tasty, tasty pez) and a candy kabob and some American coins ad a snowman card (which is very nice).
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Batbag
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And it all came in this rather awesome bag (which I am keeping because it is very awesome).
Thank you Spacemilk!

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 5:04 pm UTC
by Azrael001
I just got my awesome gift from Wolf, which included a preposterous amount of chocolate, tea and teapot. All of which are good choices. Pictures to go up soon.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:38 pm UTC
by Lizabeff
I got mine! However I'm not going to open it until Christmas.
Not by choice, my sister stole it from me and hid it because it is 'unfair that I get to open presents before her' :(
Pictures probably at Christmas.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:13 am UTC
by PhoenixEnigma
Lizabeff wrote:I got mine! However I'm not going to open it until Christmas.
Not by choice, my sister stole it from me and hid it because it is 'unfair that I get to open presents before her' :(
Pictures probably at Christmas.

I have to admit I find something strangely awesome about that.

Also, I love seeing everyone's posts - there's such a huge variety in what people have recieved and how people went about this, it's pretty near to see. Kind of like our little display of diversity.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 6:04 am UTC
by Wolf
Azrael001 wrote:I just got my awesome gift from Wolf, which included a preposterous amount of chocolate, tea and teapot. All of which are good choices. Pictures to go up soon.

I'm glad that you like it. :D I was worried they wouldn't be good choices. :\

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 6:10 am UTC
by Azrael001
I still don't have the pictures, as I don't have a camera. I used my roommates, now I just need to get them. Now that I mention it, I haven't even seen them, as they were mostly taken by my roommate.

Between three tea drinkers we have (and have had) over 20 kinds of tea from just this school year, but nothing from Trader Joe's.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 11:53 am UTC
by AJR
PhoenixEnigma wrote:One last thing - a note. A cryptic note.
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After launching me on a wild cyberchase through intensive button clicking and ancient Korea, however, I did discover my Secret Santa*.

THANK YOU!

*I'm not mentioning the identity here yet. If my secret santa is OK with it, I'd love to post the actual link :)

Glad you liked it :-)
The URL in the rather cryptic note is http://tinyurl.com/phoenixenigma now I'm going to go and watch the web server logs to see how many visitors the page gets. Muhahahahaha

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 6:06 pm UTC
by Rinsaikeru
I'm visiting Montreal right now--but I'm leaving a note here because I've been told my package has arrived at home (Toronto) so I wanted to put my unknown santa at ease that it had arrived.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:13 am UTC
by poxic
Ooh, a package sitting outside my door when I got home tonight!
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So, books?
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OMGBOOKS SQUEEEEE i am such a nerd
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Vonnegut? And time travel? The awesomest sauce that ever awesomesauced its way into my kitchen.

And a note:
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Jes? We have a couple of Jes-type people here, but Australia?... hunt hunt hunt... It was underscore underscore Jess! Yay!
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Many many thankees, __jess! I have something to read over Christmas now!

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:55 pm UTC
by LL Cool J
Oh shit, I really wrote my own name wrong?

I hope you enjoy the books. :D

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:27 pm UTC
by Zorlin
__jess wrote:Oh shit, I really wrote my own name wrong?

I hope you enjoy the books. :D

It looks like it appeared as
"Jes
s."

on the form - line-wrapping dieded.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:33 pm UTC
by dragon
Very very belatedly (with apologies), here's some terrible mobile phone pictures of the awesome gift from McCaber.
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I got a box. It's from the internet!
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Box
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Heheh, at least it's not a bobcat.
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Warning!
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OH SHI-
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He wasn't kidding
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Thanks McCaber!
I've only got the motor apparatus together so far. I'm so scattered, easily distracted. I'll get there eventually. And then, RAPTOR! eeeeeee

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:01 am UTC
by McCaber
Glad you like it. It's probably the coolest thing I've seen at the store I work at.

In other news, what did you think of the music?

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 8:06 pm UTC
by Rinsaikeru
Finally got home, still not sure who my Secret Santa was--(signed anonymously, will have to investigate), but the gift was fantastic.

Contents:

Green angry lion pouch with some Aussie currency.
Scented mini highlighers.
Tiny fountain pen--super cute!
Purple Pig eraser
Mysterious note.

Photos later, love it.
Thanks kk, whoever you are.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 10:56 pm UTC
by JoeyJo0
My package is sent and is underway(hopefully).

I'm not a deadbeat xD

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 6:32 am UTC
by Senefen
Rinsaikeru wrote:Finally got home, still not sure who my Secret Santa was--(signed anonymously, will have to investigate), but the gift was fantastic.

Contents:

Green angry lion pouch with some Aussie currency.
Scented mini highlighers.
Tiny fountain pen--super cute!
Purple Pig eraser
Mysterious note.

Photos later, love it.
Thanks kk, whoever you are.
I'll save you the investigation, it was me. Glad it got there and glad you like it.

Re: 2009 XKCD Fora Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Posted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 10:50 am UTC
by cyberia
JoeyJo0 wrote:My package is sent and is underway(hopefully).

I'm not a deadbeat xD


How are you sending it so it gets to the recipient before Xmas?