And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.
I have been unable to think of any polite way to tell this to people directly, so I'm going to say it on my webpage. I have enough stuff. If you want to purchase a present for me, please donate as much as you would spend on me to one of the following charities. A $5.00 donation means so much more to me than a $50.00 gift certificate. Of course if you want to make me a pizza or just say, "John, you're the bomb." that's okay, too.
Every charity I list is one whose goals I agree with[^*] and your donation is tax deductible except for donations to SDF since it's a §501(c)(7) non-profit (public club).
- Humanitarian and social efforts
- Computer oriented and technical things
: This is the non-profit educational UNIX system that hosts my website for free, gives me my e-mail and lets me compile programs and do lots of other neat computer-geek stuff. You can join, too, if you'd like to learn more about UNIX.
: This is the operating system that the above mentioned SDF runs.
: Similar reasoning to netBSD above.
- PuTTY development
: It's a little too complicated to explain what this is. You can look it up in the Wikipedia. The point is, it's a free program that I use and donations help them.
: This is a firefox add-on that changes the entire functionality of Firefox to one that is maximally efficient (for nerds who can handle it). It's a free program that I use and donations help them.
- Project Gutenberg
: A resource for free electronic versions of every book that is out of copyright.
- Videolan Project
: An open source video player
[^*]: "With whose goals I agree" is pedantry up with which I will not put.