Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
I lucky enough to be able to buy my own toys so I don't expect anyone to give them to me.
Anyway, it's kind of hard to explain what I like in the geek world so usually I get clothing and sports gear most of the time.
Buying tech for a developer is stupid - it will almost guaranteed be the wrong thing. We buy our own tech, so we get the exact right stuff. Tech is a bad gift choice for a techie person... tech gift cards on the other hand
I finally convinced my family not to try and buy me tech stuff. If I want it, I probably already have it, or it's too expensive to get as a gift. Once the "snob" comments dissipated, we were all happier.
I sometimes work on mechanical things -- more of a necessity than a hobby, given that I mow my lawn with a '46 Ford 2N tractor. I'm still trying to convince my wife not to give me tools as gifts. I know what I need, she doesn't.
Healthy body = Healthy mind.
Healthy mind and clear inspiration = Great work.
Developers in particular underestimate just how much of a burden their bodies and minds are adding to the work load. It's not something that's discussed often enough and the few chances we get are struck down as stereotypes.
All stereotypes begin with a grain of truth. Time to own up to it and do something about it.