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Santa, I've been a very good geek

Geekend contributor Nicole Bremer Nash says she's on Santa's nice list. Find out what she wants the man in red to bring her.

Santa will soon be making appearances in every mall in America, and who's to say I'm too grown to have a chat in the big guy's lap? Here's my top five wish list for the man in red (in almost no particular order):

  1. A new computer. I'm partial to Alienware, which is simply the geek standard for supercool computers (check out TechRepublic's coverage of Alienware). The company is offering some great holiday deals (the last time I checked, Santa's elves aren't into microchips). My desktop is getting old, and I'm hearing good things about the MMORPG Aion, though I'd hope to get Technologia to move there from World of Warcraft.
  2. TechRepublic's Sonja Thompson has totally sold me on the Poken USB networking gadget. One of the problems that Sonja mentions with the Poken is that it is fairly useless if you're the only person with one. StartPoken, Inc. has made the Poken even more useful with the new Poken Pulse, which acts as a Poken and as a regular USB memory stick. Plus, it's a fairly inexpensive gift, and Santa can just give me a gift certificate so I can pick the exact one I want. I'm considering picking up a couple for holiday party hostess gifts. (Check out the Bump iPhone app; it's the same idea as the Poken but not as cute, although more people are likely to have it.)
  3. My entire household is hoping for a decent microscope set. I found one by the Smithsonian Institute at a local Parent Teacher Store, and I am giving it to my son, but I have to admit that I'm probably more excited about it than he will be. Of course, now I have to track down all the stuff for making slides, because finding your own stuff to look at is most of the fun. Some prepared slides would be good too, if Santa's elves can get around to scouting some microscopic stuff on my behalf. Oh, and I'll have to get some Microlife Mix to go with it. (Does this still count as just one thing on my list?)
  4. I really want a glow-in-the-dark, silicone Demon iPhone case from Ideal Case. I saw this at Halloween, and I haven't gotten over it. I don't like hard cases, and I'm really just smitten with the Demon. Head's up Santa -- it's on sale.
  5. I'm torn on what to list for the last item. I really, really like this Dagobah frog habitat because, well, growing frogs is science and science is geeky and frogs are cool and so is Yoda. But raising a frog ends up being a lot of work, so instead for my number five, I'm listing this cool, science-y Crystal Cube Firejewel necklace. It uses an LED light inside a crystal to create a neat light effect. I prefer it with the white LED. This just seems like something that my World of Warcraft hunter would wear, or a less cumbersome alternative to the Elvin light Sam carries in Lord of the Rings. I'd call it my "Necklace of the Aurora Borealis," and it would light my way in dark dungeons. Or you know, at night on my way to the car.

So, Santa, I hope this list helps. Printing it out will certainly make my sit on your lap shorter, as I can just hand it to you and then claim my candy cane from the Mrs. She tends to frown when I sit on your lap anyway. Oh, and if you could wrap it in this geeky wrapping paper, that'd be great.

Looking for some gift ideas this holiday shopping season? Then check out the TechRepublic Geek Gift Guide 2009.

About

Nicole Bremer Nash is Director of Content and Social Media for HuTerra, where she uses SEO and social media to promote charitable organizations in their community-building and fundraising efforts. She enjoys volunteering, arts and crafts, and conduct...

15 comments
Trotter516
Trotter516

BUY a computer? Why on earth would anyone with a geek bone in their body do that? BUILD a computer that will stomp a mudhole in Alienware and and then walk it dry. It's easier to put a computer together than to assemble any toy or piece of furniture, and there are all kinds of tutorials and forums to help you with it. I run one such forum. ;)

harobroys
harobroys

to your forum. i'm assembling a computer now out of all those spares and junk in the closet/stockpile.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

But a quick Google search for "build your own pc tutorial" yields almost a million hits. Right there on the first page are links to PCMech, Hardware Central, and Build Your Own Computer, all reputable sites with good tutorials.

harobroys
harobroys

check ebay for slides they have sets with 100 or more. the co. that made the intel play qx 4 scope that connects to your computer still makes that model. save some money for a good binocular disection microscope - very handy

jck
jck

I've got all the gadgets I want. I know what I want for Christmas, but I don't think she'll agree to be put in a box and shipped to my house. :^0 Ah well. That's what the trip next year is for. :)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

early in our marriage, my wife gave me a small figurine. It's a buxom young lass, about five inches tall, her lingerie tangled in paper and ribbon, captioned, "I know what you want, but I don't know how to wrap it!"

jck
jck

If I was married, the wife would know what I want isn't a figurine :^0 That is pretty funny tho. I just got an idea for an adult greeting card now. I gotta go design it. Maybe I can make a fortune!!! :^0

DMambo
DMambo

But for you maybe a blow-up??? :D

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

A $15 membership to the Smithsonian included 12 months of their magazine and 10% off items purchased from their catalog or web site. The magazine alone is a great gift for someone with an interest in science, history, or the arts.

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

I thought that I was done with Christmas shopping and you had to mention the geeky wrapping paper!

d.selitsianos
d.selitsianos

I don't know why it got your attention for geekness - apart from the innovation that the wings actually work in contrast to most other wow-clones who have them as decoration... I would consider eve online a better choice or for something fresher I would seriously consider darkfall - granted, rough around the edges but the force is strong with that one...

GSG
GSG

I usually buy myself one present, but this year, I bought myself two. A Nook from Barnes and Noble, and a 26" HDTV with built in DVD player. However, I've really wanted that microscope for a long time, just because it would be so cool to play around with.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

That must mean something other than what my dirty mind dredged up.

GSG
GSG

Yes, it does mean something different. You'll get coal in your stocking? Nook is Barnes and Noble's answer to the Kindle. Cheaper, and the books can be backed up and ported to many other devices. Buy it once and read it on the Nook, your laptop or PC, iphone, etc...

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