Monthly Archives: January 2008

Most satisfying gifting yet

Actually, all the gifting I’ve done for “the holidays” has been pretty great, if I do say so myself.

I got Jason a soldering iron, so he can make me this. I got my sister a FutureBike (once she moves, I’ll buy her a bike). I sent gift certificates to my siblings for their birthdays (it says “I love you, but you get to choose”).

The best, though, is the gift we’re sending the niecefews (aside: is there a gender-neutral word for a sibling’s children?) is something I heard about during (library science) grad school – the One Laptop per Child nonprofit. They’ve figured out a way to make a sturdy (you can dunk it in water), useful (you can view it in sunlight), childfriendly (small keyboard/rabbit-y looking antenna) laptop for the smallest amount of money possible, so they can be distributed to children who otherwise will never get to become computer literate.

one laptop per child

Right now (I’m not sure for how long), they’re offering to let you buy one of these laptops, if you donate one. For $400, we’re bringing the joy of futureworld to two families, one of which we know and love.

SOCK WARS (not Sock Trek)

Doreen (an esteemed co-worker, as opposed to Rob, a steamed co-worker) introduced me to an article in the Wall Street Journal that applies knitting to the non-dead-making game Assasin.

Basically, you sign up for it, you receive your target (with their relevant information like shoe size and address), then you knit as fast as humanly possible to finish a pair of socks for them and mail them to them before you get a pair in the mail. ‘Cause then you’re dead.

This flies in the face of my recent self-call-out to start less projects, although I really enjoyed doing the Knitting Olympics.

I’ll remind you:
knitting olympics