Ever since the first Free Sticker Week ended back in February '07, I've been sending out WTF Stickers to anyone that mailed me a SASE or a small souvenir. More recently, I've been sending out the coveted TDWTF Mugs for truly awesome souvenirs. Nothing specific; per the instructions page, "anything will do." Well, here goes anything, yet again! (previous: Big Box of Awesomeness).


Getting any kind of mail — aside from bills and things addressed "to Current Resident" — is always kinda fun. Maybe it'll be a check! Maybe it's a sticker request! Maybe it's another letter from the President of the United States thanking me for being a bad enough dude to rescue him! But as cool as a letter is, a box (like this one from (Matthew Burden, Ontario) is that much cooler. Especially when it's filled with all sorts of goodies.

 

Peeking inside, it looks like Mathew sent a whole bunch of fun stuff, including 1 Share of WorldCom stock, Non winning Lotto ticket, Best Buy gift card, Canadian Tire money, PC-133 memory stick, Dora the explorer Travel Bug, CF hard drive, Various game tokens/canadian money/mexican money, and a couple overdue Blockbuster DVDs.


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And even better, some of the stuff is edible! Barely edible... but edible! It's an assortment of Canadian and US MRE pieces!


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And what better to do with MRE pieces then to enjoy them for lunch! Here's a hastily-made video of my experience preparing and dining on this fine cuisine.

 

David Mayhew (Indianapolis) sent me his signed copy of The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey (Collector's Edition). And yes, it's just as awesome as it sounds and looks. Now if only they could make a movie version that starred Angelina Jolie...

 

"I thought you'd enjoy some 'motivational' material from my former employer," writes Geoff (Maplewood, MO), "for some reason, they rejected my follow-up to the 'reaching for more in 2004' slogan, 'taking a dive in 2005'."

 

For as long as I can remember, I've received only a single gift-wrapped package from Amazon, and it was ordered from me, to me because I had a "free giftwrapping" coupon. So imagine my surprise when I received my second gift-wrapped package from Amazon, sent by Thomas Schmidt (Germany). I ripped it open and discovered Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert, which was filled with page after page of comics.

 

Phil Simon was kind enough to mail me his book, Why New Systems Fail: Theory and Practice Collide. I haven't gotten too far past the first chapter, but so far it's been an interesting read.

 

Jon Ericson (Los Angeles) was the first to contribute some supplies to the For-Loop Liberation Front

 

David (Switzerland) also joined the cause, sending in a prayer for the poor For-Loop. He also sent in a little tortoise. Not sure how that will help the FLLF, but it's awfully cute. And tiny.

 

Mike Nelson (Alexandra, VA) sent me The Data Access Handbook: Achieving Optimal Database Application Performance and Scalability. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to get past the cover... but I will say, it's a pretty sweet looking cover. Weathervanes rock.

 

Chris Wenham sent a handful of samples of colognes and perfumes that were lying around the office. These will fit in perfectly with my collection of torn-out magazine-page samples.

 

"Here's a OTP (One Time Password) card from my Norwegian online bank," Kirill Miazine (Norway) wrote, "The card's now disabled, but you can still use it for some purposes like a random password generator."

 

"Here's some stuff from phase one of our around-the-world trip," wrote Kari & Tim (Seattle). And this couldn't have come at a better time, as I was running out of ways to be obnoxious around the office. Thundersticks from Puerto Rico, clapper noisemakers from American Health Medicare, and a whistle from Degree. Ooooh, yeah.

 


Don't forget to snail-mail in your own souvenirs for some TDWTF stickers. Ultra-awesome souvenirs (like, say, steak) could even get you a TDWTF mug.