Photo-related, I mean. Of course.
A raspberry for anyone who says "world peace" or "an end to hunger for all children." We all want stuff like that—but Santa's powers have limits.
As you might know from weeks past, here's what I want (but won't be getting).
Here's what I want photographically speaking but also won't be getting. (I might rent one to try, though.)
For real, though, I'm seriously thinking of buying a goat. I can't think of any more practical way to make an admittedly tiny contribution to world peace, and help end hunger for a child or two somewhere....
P.S. As usual, I'm reminding people to remember Red Cloud School in their year-end giving. Red Cloud School is one of the beacons of hope for Lakota (Sioux) kids hoping for a better life. Even with the outpouring of charitable giving at the end of every year, less than 1% goes to Native American causes, concerns, or organizations. The problems in Shannon County S.D. are so severe that even a very small gift goes a very long way.
UPDATE (Monday): Well, I did it. I bought the goat. So I guess I've done one good deed for this season.
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Featured Comment by Kelvin: "This year I would like Santa to give me more free time and some talent."
Featured Comment by George Feucht: "I already got my gift (from myself, mind you): A complete overhaul and cleaning of my M6—with calibration to my favorite lens of all time: my Summilux 50mm pre-aspheric. I get it back tomorrow and can't wait to put some Portra and Neopan through it."
Featured Comment by Tom Swoboda: "Mike wants a zoom lens! The end must be near."
Featured Comment by Ross Chambers: "Speaking as the onetime owner of three goats, I'd recommend that the goat is for someone far, far away. They destroy fruit trees and rose bushes if not constantly monitored (they don't live on grass). Ours were forever being caught up in the flock of sheep being shepherded down the road for shearing and returned by a sardonic farmer. They do have character though, and the milking is relatively easy (two fewer teats than cows)."
Featured Comment by charlie: "I want perfect clarity. Is that asking for too much?"
Featured Comment by Nicholas Condon: "I've already bought myself my Christmas presents, although it was Jolly St. Alex Trebek that drove the sleigh and I've been acquiring them for a couple of months now. A high-quality NEC monitor, the Micro 4/3 45mm ƒ/1.8 (my new favoritest lens), the Nik software bundle, and both an E-PM1 and an E-PL3. I bought the E-PM1 to be a small second body, but the faster autofocus and smaller size slowly led me to reach for it more often. The only flaw was the lack of the mode dial (so that my wife could switch it into iAuto mode easily), so I bought an E-PL3 also and relegated the E-P1 to an honorable retirement on a shelf. I also bought an EVF, because I could no longer take Kirk Tuck's mockery of my shooting style! (sobs quietly)
"I also made a nice, big stack of donations, including more than a few of the goats to which Mike linked. The camera stuff is a lot of fun, but when I'm feeling grumpy or frustrated, sending money to charity makes me feel better faster than sending it to Amazon."
Mike replies: Okay, but I don't get what Alex Trebek has to do with any of that.
Answer from Jos. H.: "According to Google, Mr Nicholas Condon is a three-time winner on Jeopardy, among other things. Congrats and well done, Nicholas."
Mike replies: Very cool! I must not watch Jeopardy! as often as I think I do. Yeah, congratulations, Nick.
Featured [partial] Comment by ggl: ""I have a friend who was working for Heifer and the goat thing really works—they are giving the goats to poor people who in turn have to give the first newborn baby goat to a neighbour, the neighbour in turn has to give the first newborn baby goat to another neighbour, and so on."