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Offline ArcManTopic starter

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Christmas in Geekland
« on: December 26, 2008, 09:00:59 AM »
Every year I take great enjoyment from seeing how many members of my family I can coerce into giving me a truly geek gift.  I'm not talking ipods here.  I'm talking about gifts that nobody else in the room has any idea what the heck it is.  Half the time the giver doesn't know either - it was just on my wish list.

Anybody got any good ones to share?

I got my dad to give me a set of carbide-tipped lathe turning bits and a set of parallel bars for milling.  He knew what they were, because he used to be a machinist, but everyone else in the room was puzzled (and very happy that they didn't receive such a gift).

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Re: Christmas in Geekland
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2008, 09:53:54 AM »
yeah i got my brother to get me a couple of atmega16... nobody knew what hey were and my mom got me a soldering iron
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Re: Christmas in Geekland
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2008, 09:59:30 AM »
An o-scope from the wife!  ;D Said she felt stupid cause she didn't have a clue as to what it was...

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Re: Christmas in Geekland
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2008, 11:25:12 AM »
My mom had ordered the Roboduino microcontroller and some things for servo city about a week ago and they still haven't came in I was hoping it would be around Christmas but as of right now nothing!

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Re: Christmas in Geekland
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2008, 12:30:34 PM »
I had my mom get me some breadboards and some circuit components and stuff last year
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Re: Christmas in Geekland
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2008, 12:42:45 PM »
I'm always asking for resistors, transistors, chips, hell any component i can use.
Problem is no-one in mine or my wife's family's consider a bag o bits as a proper present :'(
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Re: Christmas in Geekland
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2008, 12:57:39 PM »
my brother gave me a keychain rubix cube. even that's over my head.
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Re: Christmas in Geekland
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2008, 10:12:37 PM »
My mom had ordered the Roboduino microcontroller and some things for servo city about a week ago and they still haven't came in I was hoping it would be around Christmas but as of right now nothing!

Yeah, my mother ordered me some things from ServoCity as well, and likewise, they haven't arrived yet...... :-\

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Re: Christmas in Geekland
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2008, 10:51:07 PM »
My family is hopeless when it comes to geeky things. I usually buy them geek slanted items like I got my dad an audible subscription because he likes to listen to audiobooks. He is a truck driver so I had to sneak down to the truck and find a way to send the laptop audio into his truck speakers. then all I gave him was the 1/8" stereo jack extension cable that I needed for it. :) Course I had to show him how to run everything and how to order books after we opened presents but the moment of confusion was worth it all.
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