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Dec 25, 2009, 08:32 AM
 
I got an iTrip, a $50 iTunes gift card, and a nice shirt.
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My stupid iPhone game: Nesen Probe, it's rather old, annoying and pointless, but it's free.
Was free. Now it's gone. Never to be seen again.
Off to join its brother and sister apps that could not
keep up with the ever updating iOS. RIP Nesen Probe.
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 09:11 AM
 
Nothing.
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 09:42 AM
 
The ability to walk on my own into the living room and watch my daughter unwrap her presents.
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 09:42 AM
 
Originally Posted by Atheist View Post
Nothing.
Naughty?
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My stupid iPhone game: Nesen Probe, it's rather old, annoying and pointless, but it's free.
Was free. Now it's gone. Never to be seen again.
Off to join its brother and sister apps that could not
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Dec 25, 2009, 09:44 AM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
The ability to walk on my own into the living room and watch my daughter unwrap her presents.
What do you mean?
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My stupid iPhone game: Nesen Probe, it's rather old, annoying and pointless, but it's free.
Was free. Now it's gone. Never to be seen again.
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Dec 25, 2009, 09:46 AM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
The ability to walk on my own into the living room and watch my daughter unwrap her presents.
Glad you're on the mend.
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 09:58 AM
 
Nothing but the joy watching our five children unwrap their presents. The smiles and happiness they expressed will last a lifetime.
The grace to be able to call my dad, severely ailing from arthritis, on another Christmas day to wish him a Merry Christmas.
And, to be able to share this day with my wife, who was very close to death this past summer.

Frankly, what else is there?
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Dec 25, 2009, 11:11 AM
 
The Book of Negroes in the hardcover edition.
A handmade flask for rum or whisky.

And we opened up the old fireplace in our living room, that was our present to each other.
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 11:55 AM
 
Originally Posted by macforray View Post
Nothing but the joy watching our five children unwrap their presents. The smiles and happiness they expressed will last a lifetime.
The grace to be able to call my dad, severely ailing from arthritis, on another Christmas day to wish him a Merry Christmas.
And, to be able to share this day with my wife, who was very close to death this past summer.

Frankly, what else is there?
That is so gushy, but I utterly approve.
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 12:05 PM
 
Oh, I forgot: we got one of the coolest presents ever!

We live in Northern Europe's applecrate, as it were (das Alte Land begins just a few hundred yards from here). Friends gave us a year-long sponsorship of our own apple tree at a farm just around the corner - kind Jonaprinz Red, which are deliciously juicy and slightly sour. Yum.

Come autumn, we get to pick and keep the entire load from this tree, or twenty kilos, whichever is more. And of course, we get to take the kid out to show her "our" tree (complete with plaque), and show her the whole flowers and bees to apples thing.

I dunno, but that's one of the best presents I've ever got.
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 12:26 PM
 
A 5D MKII... Thanks mum and dad!! :-)
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Dec 25, 2009, 12:45 PM
 
Originally Posted by design219 View Post
Naughty?
Nope... just wasn't feeling the Christmas thing this year.
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 12:49 PM
 
Well my family and I opened presents last week. I got a sweet 787-8 model that my dad picked up here in Seattle on the day of the first flight, a crapload of Top Gear stuff all the way from Britain and beat to death by the Royal Mail, some cash, and gift cards to various establishments.
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 01:05 PM
 
I got a book about Jimmy Stewart, the first volume of Bloom County, and a collection of Marx Brothers films. Very merry indeed for me.

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Dec 25, 2009, 01:16 PM
 
A Big Green Egg!

Have to help my wife pick it up from the store tomorrow. She totally surprised me with it. I have mentioned wanting one in the past, the same way that I casually mention wanting a Porsche or Ferrari. Maybe I'll get one of those next year.
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 01:18 PM
 
Dinosaur poop



Pixar shorts



As well as a piranha shaped dental floss dispenser

I also purchased a new washer & dryer last night in an early online Boxing Day sale.

     
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Dec 25, 2009, 01:50 PM
 
Originally Posted by WhaMe View Post
A Big Green Egg!

Have to help my wife pick it up from the store tomorrow. She totally surprised me with it. I have mentioned wanting one in the past, the same way that I casually mention wanting a Porsche or Ferrari. Maybe I'll get one of those next year.
My parents and I got together and bought my grandpa one last year... he had an older ceramic cooker like the egg, but it cracked after a few years of use.
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 02:17 PM
 
My friends gave me:

The Cult of Mac book
Red Dwarf: Return to Earth (The special they recently did) on DVD
Pirates of Silicon Valley on DVD (one of my favorite movies even if the ending is slightly inaccurate.)

My Uncle gave me new wall which I dearly need

My grandmother gave me an ugly pair of brown sweat pants and knit pullover, both are going back to the store for cash refund

My best mate and I haven't exchanged gifts yet, so I don't know what I'm getting from him

and then New Years, the rest of my friends are doing a Yankee swap so I'll probab;y be getting something from that too.
What, me worry?
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 02:28 PM
 
I got a BMW R1200R, but I'd known about it for a while, since I actually went with them to order it. Also, got some books, spirits, cigars, Vanson jacket, and BMW boots and gloves.
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
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Dec 25, 2009, 02:32 PM
 
I got cash so that I can go buy my own presents and some CDs.

Each bill was wrapped in it's own bag or box
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 02:57 PM
 
Originally Posted by imitchellg5 View Post
a crapload of Top Gear stuff all the way from Britain and beat to death by the Royal Mail
At least yours arrived, the Royal Mail lost the crapload of McLaren stuff my brother had bought
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 03:30 PM
 
Originally Posted by angelmb View Post
At least yours arrived, the Royal Mail lost the crapload of McLaren stuff my brother had bought
I know, my mum was very surprised, she was worried that it wouldn't make it at all with the strikes and whatnot.
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 04:19 PM
 
Windows 7 Professional x64
HDD docking station (fits two drives same time, both 2.5 and 3.5")
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Dec 25, 2009, 04:55 PM
 
Battlefield 2142 for PC from the g/f
100 dollar gift card to GameStop (L4D2? Forza 3?) from my sister

...and some other non-video game related materials from my parents, including Scene It, Simpsons Edition.
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 05:31 PM
 
Windows 7 Professional
Torchlight
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iPod Classic (not yet purchased - sales!)
we don't have time to stop for gas
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 07:02 PM
 
An Epson 1400, Samurai Jack on DVD, leather gloves and a tie.
are you lightfooted?
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 07:06 PM
 
books (Crash Proof 2.0, Road To Serfdom)
coffee bean bur grinder
iPhone battery pack
green sweater
2 bags of crap (Woot!)

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Dec 25, 2009, 10:09 PM
 
My dad went stingy on me this Christmas and gave me some cash that I used to pay my phone bill....
     
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Dec 25, 2009, 11:48 PM
 
Originally Posted by Eug View Post
Dinosaur poop

Let me guess. Your MacNN Secret Santa was Besson3c.


I got a Sony MEXBT3700U car stereo. It has built-in bluetooth for hands free calling. It works great with my iPhone. I can even charge it with the USB port on the face plate.



Streaming music from my iPhone to the stereo via bluetooth.

Slick shoes?! Are you crazy?!
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 02:25 AM
 
Hey - copropods are cool!
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 02:48 AM
 
Santa Claus is a ridiculous myth, I do not believe in Santa Claus.
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 02:50 AM
 
Luckily, Santa Claus does not believe in you, either, so the ridiculous myths cancel out.
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 02:51 AM
 
I am fairly mythological.
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 02:55 AM
 
I have you on ignore; therefore, you do not exist.
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 03:00 AM
 
Originally Posted by Timo View Post
Glad you're on the mend.
Ditto.

I got a few Blu-rays and a PS3 (the bundle with LittleBIGPlanet and Ratchet & Clank), and a new coat.
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 03:14 AM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
I have you on ignore; therefore, you do not exist.
What are the odds? I have you on ignore too!
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 03:36 AM
 

Got the G-5 I had my eye on, and a Typhoon chopping block.

V-happy.
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 04:33 AM
 
An upper respiratory infection while on vacation in Rome. The hotel just delivered my meds.

"Everything's so clear to me now: I'm the keeper of the cheese and you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he knows it.
That's why he's gonna kill us. So we got to beat it. Yeah. Before he let's loose the marmosets on us."
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Dec 26, 2009, 11:15 AM
 
We had dinner at a friends' home last night and we got an automatic bread making machine... I'm pretty excited about it, but scared too-I may go making bread just for the smell and wind up eating a lot more of it than I should! Seriously, this is a nice gift and the only issue is where to put the thing when I'm not using it.

Anybody else get "second round" gifts?

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Dec 26, 2009, 11:29 AM
 
I wouldn't worry about eating more than you should - I don't mean to rain on a thoughtful gift, but bread from bread making machines is universally mediocre in my experience. I bake a lot of bread, artisan sourdoughs etc, and bread making machines fall short in three areas:

1. Time. You need to allow for enzymic action to happen when baking bread. I often let my doughs rest for 24 hours or longer.

2. Temperature. Bread needs a hot oven, ideally 500º for the first ten minutes.

3. Moisture. Commercial bread ovens are steam injected, at home I use a cloche to simulate a high moisture environment. A bread machine can't go there.

If you're really interested in baking bread do a google search for "No knead bread" and start from there. With just some basic ingredients and a Dutch Oven you can create bread that will rival any commercial product you can buy.

Here's one of mine:

     
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Dec 26, 2009, 01:01 PM
 
Originally Posted by Phileas View Post
... and a Dutch Oven...
my last dutch oven was not a pleasant experience.
are you lightfooted?
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 02:05 PM
 
A 32" Sony Bravia LCD TV, and a Blu-Ray surround sound system. Yay!
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 02:37 PM
 
Clothes, a Mighty Boosh Live DVD, and this...

It'll be much easier if you just comply.
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 03:42 PM
 
The important things:


In addition to some gift cards to get the remaining tools on my "to purchase" list. And some random clothes, candy, etc. And my mom did a "Necessities Scavenger Hunt" again, where she hid household items around the house and wrote clues as to where to find them. It's fun for her to do and now I don't need to buy garbage bags, dish soap, shampoo, etc. for a long time.
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 03:56 PM
 
Belkin N+ router - sure is nice having a gigabit router! It's literally 3 times faster than my 10/100 Netgear.
iLife '09 - yes, I know, I'm late to the party with this one.
Gift cards for Chili's Restaurant and iTMS.
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 03:57 PM
 
I got a hangover.
I like my water with hops, malt, hops, yeast, and hops.
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 03:57 PM
 
Originally Posted by RAILhead View Post
An upper respiratory infection while on vacation in Rome. The hotel just delivered my meds.

Damn, dude, you're having a rough year. First the toe and now sick enough on vacation to need meds. Get well soon.
     
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Dec 26, 2009, 04:09 PM
 
CCK #2


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Dec 26, 2009, 05:05 PM
 
The real joy was watching my two year old open his gifts, but I made out pretty well also:

garmin nüvi 265wt
12 month Xbox Live Gold subscription
12 month Netflix subscription (gifted to us by my parents)
Rock Band 2
$25 iTunes gift card
$25 Game Stop gift card
$50 gift certificate to a local golf course
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Dec 26, 2009, 06:21 PM
 
1) Roomba
2) Wireless Printer

All I need now is a home base for my Roomba, and I shall (almost) never clean again... bwahahahaha!
     
 
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