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What did you get for Christmas?

  1. Dec 25, 2005 #1


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    I normally don't care what I get for Christmas, but this year's was a very unexpected surprise.

    I got a Pickett N4-ES Vector Hyperbolic Dual Base Slide Rule.

    This is listed as having 34 scales, but that's a little deceiving. It has a 30 inch cube root scale (that's 3 scales), a 20 inch square root scale (2 scales), and an 80 inch log-log scale and the log base 10 scale. It has a 20" hyperbolic sine and tangent scales, plus the normal 20" tangent, sine, and small angle sine scales, C (one each side), D (one each side), CF, DF, CF/M, and DF/M scales, plus the reciprical CI, CIF and DI scales. It's aluminum with a plastic lined leather case in Pickett's famous eye-saver yellow.

    Mine's a little unusual in that it only has 33 scales. It's missing the Ln scale from 0 to 2.3 and it's also missing the 1959 copyright notice. I think this one was a very early version.

    One of the most sophisticated slide rules ever made and my wife picked it up at a thrift store for $16. The only restoration it needed was cleaning off the glue from a price tag that had been stuck directly on the slide rule. :rofl:
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  3. Dec 25, 2005 #2
    I got my Book from the UPS lady for my winter-term class (Machine Design), I got a nice sweat shirt, which I'm wearing right now (Funny how I used to hate getting clothes, now I WANT to get clothes), and I got my grades in which were all good with one exception which was REALLY BAD. ;-)
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  4. Dec 25, 2005 #3
    Tickets to a physics conference in subtropical Florida! And yet another season of The Simpsons on DVD. Also a book on manifolds.
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  5. Dec 25, 2005 #4
    all I got was laid
  6. Dec 25, 2005 #5
    I did get a book about time travel but then I traveled back into time and explained to them time travel is impossible.
  7. Dec 25, 2005 #6


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    I get that all year round. :tongue2:
  8. Dec 26, 2005 #7
    Wow, Santa's getting more creative. :yuck:
  9. Dec 26, 2005 #8
    a box of chocolates, 2 shirts, a $30 gift card. And oh, a couple of kisses...
  10. Dec 26, 2005 #9
    Some Dewalt self starting drill bits, two pairs of gold earings, a M&M 1/38 die cast car and some fancies from Victoria Secrets.
  11. Dec 26, 2005 #10


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    I got an illness, woo!
    I spent half the day sleeping, ate hardly any xmas dinner, and missed my friends birthday party.

    I did get an owl pellet disection kit though. How cool is that? :biggrin:
  12. Dec 26, 2005 #11


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    Like matthyizzaouw, I also got an illness. I think it was self-inflicted, I don't really remember.

    Other than the obligatory poisoning, I got "Is it just me, or is everything ****e?", some stuff to make me smell less bad, and some electronic drumsticks with authentic sounds. Lovely.
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  14. Dec 26, 2005 #13


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    I've had my eye on those drum stick things for a while. Are they any good?
  15. Dec 26, 2005 #14


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    As musical instruments, no, they're rubbish!

    As tools for making noise and pissing off the family, they're fantastic.
  16. Dec 26, 2005 #15


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    Have you ever seen this guy?


    I was given an old Pratt & Whitney turbine slide rule bought from him. I talked to him for a bit. Very nice and has a lot of stuff. The new Pickett you got, is it that great green color? I love those for some reason.
  17. Dec 26, 2005 #16


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    I got the flannel sheets I asked for, and a 3 1/2 qt pot (I really wanted the 2 qt one, but this will do), and a cashmere, sleeveless, turtleneck sweater. :confused: Only my sister could find something like that. What season am I supposed to wear it in? It's very soft, but really, when do you wear a sleeveless, turtleneck, cashmere sweater? I got a big container of espresso beans too. Oh, and "snowman soup" from my nephew :biggrin: (it's a packet of hot chocolate mix, two marshmallows and a candy cane to stir it with :rofl:).
  18. Dec 26, 2005 #17
    I'm taking that in the spring too :biggrin:
  19. Dec 26, 2005 #18
    I got socks, shirts, and underwear. My birthday is coming up in about a week and a half, I wonder if I'll get more.
    I still have packages of socks from last year that I haven't opened lol.
    And they're always white socks. I can't wear white socks five days out of the week because of work lol.
  20. Dec 26, 2005 #19


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    I've probably run across him in Yahoo's International Slide Rule Group (but I haven't posted there in a while). I think I've probably bid against him on E-Bay, as well.

    No, mine is yellow.
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  21. Dec 26, 2005 #20
    I got a 450 euro Brittish Shorthair. Here name is Gioia and you can look at here picture in the member's photo thread

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