Quantcast

«

»

Dec 30 2011

Geeky Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings!

I’ve been enjoying my holiday week. I did have to go back to work yesterday and today, but I was starting to get that panicky Ohmigod-there’s-going-to-be-300-emails-in-my-inbox-when-I-get-back! feeling anyway, so it was time. And I do have Monday off, so there’s that.

This year it was a very geeky Christmas under the Biodork tree. I received so many nice presents from my family, and as always, I was blown away by the imaginative gifts that found their way to my lap on Christmas morning.

I inherited a Kindle from Mom, who had upgraded to the Kindle Fire. I haven’t owned an e-reader before; it’s pretty swanky. I also inherited all of her books, which for the most part I’m not too excited about because I don’t read a lot of mysteries. But she does have a copy of Sam Kean’s The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements which I’ve been looking forward to reading.

I also received a “Birds of the World” desk calendar that I had asked for, a vintage mixing bowl and hand towels, a fancy shawl and beret set, a couple of books, a makeup box, a framed handmade paper-art picture of a diver in an old-fashioned diving suit tangling with a giant octopus, some hand-made candles and soaps, earrings, and oh…so many neat things!

But this post is dedicated to the geekiest of the gifts I received, and to those who gifted them to me without embarrassment or question, and in several instances, without me even asking for them! My family rocks.

A. Three new additions to my geek/skeptical/science t-shirt collection. “Medicine is the best medicine” is a jab (<— ha! See what I did there?) at alternative medicine. “Starfleet Cadets”…well, do I really need to explain a Star Trek shirt to this crowd? And “Peace, Love, Science” is pretty decent life motto for me, if I had to sum it up in three words. Thanks, Mom and Hubby!

B. I lumped together three new toys in this section: A dashboard zombie, two Skeptics Guide to the Universe pins from Skeptical Robot, and a CD/DVD of Tim Minchin’s Ready for This? I’ve already introduced three n00bs to the genius of Tim Minchin this holiday (go visit his YouTube page to be indoctrinated). Thanks, Aunt Di, Erin and Hubby!

C. My sister, Erin, found these glass test tube gauged earrings from Infinite Cosmos Glass. They’re size 00 and fit nicely. The black o-ring sits behind the ear to hold the plugs in place. The little corks even come out, so I could put stuff in them! Little seeds, glitter, dead insects…stuff. Thanks, Erin!

D. Oops! Almost forgot Zelda! Mom got me a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for our new Wii. I started playing it last night and may regret requesting it; it’s one of those RPGs that has the potential to be a major time suck. Luckily I have self-control! Right? RIGHT??? Thanks, Mom!

What were your favorite Christmas gifts that you gave or received this year? Did you get or give anything geekier than my new toys?

4 comments

Skip to comment form

  1. 1
    Vicki

    I gave my mom 4 things:

    1. A set of chattering teeth. You know, the kind you wind up and they chatter across the table; both her and Wyatt tried to shove them into their mouths so they could turn them on in there, only Wyatt succeeded, much to my mother’s chagrin.

    2. A pack of 6 felt stick-on mustaches (from the Dollar Store no less!) and she opened them with the same glee in her voice that Wyatt opened his Slinky with. My mom and both kids promptly put them on and opened the rest of the gifts that way. My mom’s ended up sticking to her wine glass for the rest of the day.

    3. A head lamp with LED light bulbs in it. The reason I gave her this is because she actually burned out the one I got her last year and she was kinda jonesing for a new one.

    4. A metal kazoo. She was bummed when she tried to blow into it and nothing happened. Wyatt showed her that you have to hum into a kazoo and then there were many renditions of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Here Comes Santa Claus to entertain us while we opened gifts and ate breakfast.

    She drives me crazy, but what would I do without her?

    1. 1.1
      Brianne Bilyeu

      This whole comment made me giggle. I love it! We had a few moustaches and silly glasses going around at our party, including a plastic moustache that says, “Well, heeelllllooo there!” in a smarmy, cheesy voice.

  2. 2
    Jo

    My highlights were a Motorola XOOM an awesome blues CD by Charley Patton, and an out-of-print book that I’ve been wanting for years

    Quack!: Tales of Medical Fraud from the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices by Bob McCoy

    He’s from MN, and his collection of quack devices is now on display at the Minnesota Museum of Science.

    1. 2.1
      Brianne Bilyeu

      I love the QMD collection at the Science Museum! I wish I had had a chance to view it when it was at its standalone location. I had to look Charley Patton up – thanks for introducing me. What an interesting history he had. And now I’ve heard of Delta blues, too! BTW, this made me laugh. You know how when Wikipedia is doing their fund drive the image of the person making the appeal shows up above the article in question? This is what I saw:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>