my wish list

last updated: November 2016

Avoid the shame and embarrassment of getting me a gift I already have or didn't want! You can be sure to please if it comes off this list! Note that most everything here I will purchase myself eventually, unless my tastes change.


The books, CDs, and DVDs I want can all be found on my wishlists. I also like prime numbers, so a poster with a huge prime on it ($95) would be cool to hang in my classroom.

Also, since I have a Wii, I can always use Wii points or some games.

Musical Equipment

I have a little home recording studio and I play live fairly often. Also, I'm in the band at my church, so I've also got a list of music-related things that Life Church could use.




I wear medium or large shirts, large or extra large T-shirts, size 10 shoes, pant waist 34 and pant length 30 or 32 (usually 30). For shirts for work, I like dark greens, browns, grays, and the occasional dark red or blue (though I already have quite a lot of blue). Usually I go for solid colors, though checkered/plaid or the odd horizontal stripe or so would be fine. I don't look very good in vertical stripes, though.


A computer isn't so much a thing as a hole into which you must occasionally pour money.

I run Linux, so if you buy me peripherals or hardware, it's a good idea to make sure that they're compatible before spending too much money.

My machine is one I built myself back in 1998, and over the years I've upgraded parts piecemeal. Here's what is currently in there:

Processor: Intel i7-4790K (at 4.4 GHz factory setting)
I finally admitted to myself that I'd be CPU-bound in all my video games without an Intel chip.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H rev 1.2 (LGA 1150, Z97)
This is a really nice motherboard. Two gigabit Ethernet ports!
Video adapter: MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X 8GB
My machine is finally powerful enough to drive a VR headset! Just need to get an HTC Vive....
RAM: 8 GB of G.SKILL DDR3-1600 SDRAM (PC3 12800)
My motherboard only supports DDR3, but it does support dual-channel up to DDR3 3200(O.C.), so maybe one of these days I'll upgrade to fast 16 GB.
Hard drives: 500 GB, 2 TB and 4 TB
The smallest hard drive is an SSD and holds the OS, installed programs, and my home directory. The 2 TB drive holds lossless digital copies (FLACs) of part of my large music collection. The largest drive is for backups, mostly, but also has large files like all our wedding photos and videos. All three drives are SATA, which is cool. Overall I now have over six terabytes of drive space in total. Eep. Will upgrade my SSD to a M.2 NVMe version one of these days.
Display: Dell Gaming S2716DG
27", 2560x1440 at 144Hz, VESA mounts and G-Sync. Hnnngh.
Power supply: SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze
This is a 520W power supply that is "80 PLUS BRONZE" certified, which also helps with my electric bill. 520W is way overkill for what I'm running, but I couldn't get a decent modular power supply at any lower wattage.
Operating system: Ubuntu Linux 17.04 (Zesty Zapus)
I'm very happy with Linux, though I do now have Windows 10 installed. I boot into Windows every few months for something or other.
Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
An ergonomic keyboard is much more important to me than having a mechanical keyboard, though if I could have both it would be nice. This keyboard was a replacement for another Microsoft Natural keyboard I had bought back in probably 2001!
Optical drive: Samsung SH-S223Q 22x DVD±R DVD burner
I'm happy with this drive, and have no immediate need to burn Blu-ray disks or anything.
Sound: onboard Realtek ALC889A and Focusrite Scarlett 2i4
The Focusrite is excellent for recording and should let me play around with MIDI.