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Johnathan Christmas 2008

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Johnathan's Christmas List 2008

 

(Amy's list is over here)

 

Books

I've marked in bold the ones I've been most keen to get a copy of, but all of them represent some smart person thinking a lot about a subject that interests me, and would therefore be awesome to have.

 

  • Locks, Safes and Security - 0398070792
  • Normal accidents - Perrow
  • The universal history of numbers - georges ifrah
  • Crows - Candace Savage
  • Jonathan Strane & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
  • Envisioning Information - Edward Tufte
  • Hacking - Jon Erickson
  • Propaganda Analysis - Alexander George
  • Off the Books - Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
  • Chemical Warfare - Secrets almost forgotten - Ketchum
  • It must have been something I ate - Jeffrey Steingarten
  • Con Ed - Matthew Klein 0446579556
  • The Lucifer Effect - Zimbardo
  • She's Such a Geek - Newitz, Anders
  • Small Pieces Loosely Joined
  • Everything is miscellaneous
  • Pro javascript techniques - Resig
  • The manipulation of human behavior - biderman & zimmer (1961 out of print)
  • Diamond Geezers - Hollington 1843171228
  • The taste of conquest - michael krondl
  • Complications - Gawande
  • Monopoly Companion - Philip Orbanes
  • Competing for the Future - Hamel, Prahalad
  • Bowling Alone - Putnam
  • London: The Biography - Ackroyd
  • The Botanist and the Vintner - Campbell
  • On writing well - William Zinsser
  • Mycelium Running - Stamets
  • Transportation security - Bragdon
  • The 4-hour workweek
  • Best of 2600 - Goldstein
  • Understanding Exposure - Peterson
  • Remix - Lawrence Lessig
  • The Clock of the Long Now - Brand

 

Clothing

  • Cuff Links - Cuff Links are intensely personal so I guess maybe I should just buy my own. But I haven't bought my own, so this is more of a desperate attempt to acquire some, ANY cufflinks.
  • Dark Socks - I perpetually wear through them and need more. Dark colours so that I can dress them up or down, size 7-10 so that they don't send the heel halfway up my ankle like the 10-13 ones do.
  • Dress Shirts - (16 1/2 collar, 36/37 sleeves)
  • White, Crew neck, 100% Cotton Undershirts - I could use 3-6 more plain white undershirts.  Size L, probably, unless the L looks really small.  I'd prefer all cotton though, the cotton-polyester ones tend to pill, and are scratchy.

 

Miscellany

  • Home Brewing Kit - Still very keen to try out making my own beers - a kit to get me started would be awesome.
  • Shaving Mug with Lid - Mugs don't typically have lids but a shaving mug should, so that the moisture in the shaving soap doesn't evaporate. I am using a non-lidded mug right now with the predictable less-than-optimal results.
  • Bedside Water Jug & Tumbler - The problem with bringing a glass of water to bed is that it gets 8 hours of dust in it by the time you wake up and want a drink. Which is why people have designed things like this, that have a tumbler which also acts as a lid.
  • Valet - I don't need a jewellery box - I am not quite that flowery. But I do have Collar Stays, Extra buttons, Tie Pins, and other such tomfoolery that would benefit from some kind of wooden storage mechanism.
  • Good Tequila - I've been finding myself interested in Tequila lately, and would love some more bottles to try. I already have Don Julio Blanco and Don Julio Anejo, but if you find any Cabo Wabo, or Patron, or other fun things, I would delight in them (and possibly share).
  • A Better Alarm Clock Radio - My current alarm clock radio is fine, but it's annoying to set/change alarms and times.  It also just does radio, which means I can't pick what I wake up to like I could if it did mp3s.  I haven't done any research here, but if there's a good replacement out there, that would be awesome.
  • Camera Accessories - Specifically...
  • Molcajete - It's basically a special kind of mortar & pestle from Mexico, made of porous volcanic rock.  It's great for making guacamole.  STores like Crate & Barrel probably have them.  They look like this.
  • Anything else you think I'd enjoy.  Christmas surprises are rarely a bad thing.

 

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