Family, job and laziness have kept me from replying till now.
First, Yammer, you hit it right, books are great! However, I wish everyone who gave me one would also give me the time to read it. I just picked a book out of my shelf to read. I have been meaning to read it but life caught up with me. The receipt was still in the pages (my preferred bookmark). It was dated 1995! I guess it is progress though.
If I had to venture a guess about the brands of saws and other power tools, I would rank them (depending upon the particular tool and price vs. quality, etc.) as follows from highest quality/features to lowest:
7. the rest.
The tie for first is that DeWalt is excellent and expensive, but some of my friends who are professional handymen prefer Milwaukee which usually sells for less that DeWalt.
A G4? Especially now! I am typing this on a 500mhz G4 TiBook, but I cannot believe how much they have improved it since I got this in September! The new ones rock. I might get in trouble for saying this, but I can’t believe that people are still buying PCs, especially for kids and fun use (but I do have virtual PC on this machine just in case I have to venture to the dark side for some reason).
The best gift I will get this year will be the gaze my 1.5 mo old son gives me when I hold him. I think of the Drummer Boy song when I watch my son watch me. I know he is giving me the best gift he can, and it is the best gift there is!