Let’s take a little break from the “regular programming” for a moment. I picked this up from somewhere, so here goes:
– Write a post. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple to really big. The important thing is to make sure that these wishes are things you really, truly want.
– If you wish for “real life” things, make sure you include some sort of contact information in your post, whether it’s your address or just your e-mail address, so Santa (or one of his elves) will be able to get in touch with you.
– Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines so that the holiday joy will spread.
– Surf around to see who has posted their list. And now here’s the important part:
– If you see a wish you can grant, and it’s in your heart to do so, make someone’s wish come true. Sometimes someone’s trash is another’s treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don’t want or a gift certificate you won’t use, or even know where you could get someone’s dream purebred Basset Hound for free, do it.
– You needn’t spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn’t to put people out, but to provide everyone a chance to be someone else’s holiday elf, to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not; it’s your call.
– There are no rules with this project, no guarantees and no strings attached. Just wish and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you’ll have the joy of knowing you made someone’s holiday special.
“Some version of these guidelines” posted just in case someone else will pick it up from me, because I’m not in a position to give anything and obviously don’t expect anything either, and either way I hate it when people give gifts on such occasions when current social norms state that gifts are expected. But let’s see if I can come up with ten things that I want and can be bought with money…
1. The Born Queen (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone 4) – Greg Keyes, because I really, really want to finish this series.
2. The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut, because I’ve been wanting to play this ever since it was still in development and it’s up there on the list of games I’d really rather not play “pirated”.
3. Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition, since there’s finally a point in getting it now that they bundled everything in a single package.
4. Victory of Eagles (Temeraire 5) – Naomi Novik, because I want to continue this series.
5. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman, simply out of curiosity.
6. Mount & Blade: Warband, hoping that it really is sort of an enhanced version of the original and I won’t lose anything because I didn’t play that one.
7. The Creators (Shanji 3) – James C. Glass, if anyone could actually still find a copy anywhere, because I read the first two in the series several years ago, thought they were interesting and didn’t even know there was a third until relatively recently.
8. Epiphany of the Long Sun (The Book of the Long Sun 3 and 4) – Gene Wolfe, because it’s the only part of the Solar Cycle that I’m yet to read.
9. King’s Bounty: Crossworlds Game of the Year Edition, though I’m extremely bothered by the use of StarForce, so I’m not particularly keen on getting it legally.
10. Babylon 5: The Complete Universe, because I’ve been struggling to come up with a tenth item for the past 30 minutes and, since all the other books I’m interested in are series that I haven’t started yet, meaning that I couldn’t pick just one more item, it looked like I would pick Risen, but then somehow the idea that I’m still so awed by this series that I really should actually have it someday, legally, crept up on me and won the spot.
Not counting the box set, all I have are books and games, and that’s pretty much what I always have on such wishlists. I may need a couple of new articles of clothing, but I never accept clothes as gifts, so that’s out of the question and either way it’s nothing I’d care to look for on-line, and my computer is still powerful enough for everything I need, so there’s no point in replacing or upgrading anything in the near future, unless of course some component would need replacement due to failing. And other than that I can’t really think of anything I’d really want or need that could be bought with money…
Of course, the really important things are those that money can’t buy, and those can’t be given to me by anyone who might read this, but they’re known well enough to anyone who knows me, so there’s no point in mentioning them again either. The really sad part is that I have far better odds of getting a pretty significant number of things that money can buy than even a single one of the others. Then again, it’s probably more likely for the Moon to be kicked out of orbit than for me to get what I really need, isn’t it?
But enough about that. Getting back to the matter at hand, a reminder: Use your money to speak your mind! Make a statement through your purchases! Boycott Amazon, PayPal, MasterCard and Visa for the way they handled the WikiLeaks situation! Hit them where it hurts the most, to make sure they’ll think really long and hard before doing anything like this again! (Incidentally, you may have noticed that I didn’t link to anything on Amazon, even though it’d certainly have been the easiest thing to do.)
Oh, I was supposed to add some contact information, wasn’t I? Well, if you don’t already know how to contact me there’s certainly no point in me writing it here, but let me just follow the rules and say there’s an e-mail link at the bottom of the page, if you click on “Cavalary”.