’tis the season to be greedy

Members of my immediate family start asking around this time of year about what kinds of things I’d like for Christmas presents this year.

This strikes me as a good way to break the week-long bout of blogstipation I’ve been having. Here, then, is what I want for Christmas, Xmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Cephalopodmas, or whatever gift-giving winter holiday you prefer (each category is sorted roughly in order of desire at the moment):

Ridiculously Expensive Stuff

Which I only list on the off-chance that someone wins the lottery or happens to find an amazing bargain on “e-bayŽ” or something.

Relatively Expensive Books

Other kinda-expensive-but-maybe-you-can-find-it-at-reasonable-price stuff

Relatively Cheap Stuff (but still spiffy)

I know there was more, but my brain seems to have gone on break right now…

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The Author is (currently) an autodidactic student of Industrial and Environmental microbiology, who is sick of people assuming all microbiology should be medical in nature, and who would really like to be allowed to go to graduate school one of these days now that he's finished his BS in Microbiology (with a bonus AS in Chemistry). He also enjoys exploring the Big Room (the one with the really high blue ceiling and big light that tracks from one side to the other every day) and looking at its contents from unusual mental angles.

4 thoughts on “’tis the season to be greedy”

  1. Nice list. I think my parents are getting my the ‘Science’ xkcd T-Shirt. I was hoping for the ‘Science, it works, Bitches,’ but I don’t think my parents would go for that…

    But, there is always External Delivery.

    What if the world do you want powdered graphite for?

  2. “What if the world do you want powdered graphite for?”

    Well, what else am I going to use as a moderator for the nuclear reactor in my basement?

    (Dear NSA, CIA, FBI, BATF, and everyone else: I’m KIDDING. Jeez.)

    Actually, it’s because graphite is a relatively chemically inert but electrically-conductive material. Mixed with “liquid tape”, it makes a conductive adhesive, which I could use to make waterproof circuits. In particular, I want to make myself some electrophoresis chambers and microbial growth chambers to play with, and I can’t afford platinum wire…

  3. “Pi R square? No, pi R not square! Pi R round! Cornbread R square!”

    I’d rather have a larger version of these….I’ll just have to make my own.

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