Whimventory, the universal wishlist

So my partner was putting things on a wishlist on a yarn site somewhere, and I was thinking "Isn't it annoying that there isn't some kind of universal wishlist for the whole internet?"  Then, instead of saying anything out loud about it, I googled "Universal wishlist," because I think it's annoying when people ponder conundrums that can be solved with the same keywords that are in their question, so I figured I shouldn't make anyone else (i.e. my partner) sit through it. The first link I found when I googled "Universal wish list" was Whimventory, the universal wishlist.  It's quite a cool site -- you get a little browser button, and if you're on a site that sells things, and you click on it, it makes some guesses at the name of the product you want, the picture of it, and the price, and gives you a box to adjust those things if they're wrong, then saves them in a little index card kind of thing as a link to that page on your wishlist.  For example:

Whimventory - txwatson - Wishlist

I started my wishlist off by stocking it with the first things that came to mind from the overlap between stuff I want and stuff I think I ought to want.  By the way, I've set the image above to go to my wishlist, like, just in case for some reason you wanted to buy me something or whatever.  No big deal.

Christmas Puppies

My aunt and uncle and cousins have a new puppy.  It looks oldish, like they've had it for a while, which is good.  I'm glad.  Because it reminded me of Christmas Puppies, which are a terrible idea. It's a little late for this warning, but if you're going to get a kid a pet for Christmas, don't.  It's irresponsible and cruel to the pet.  Owning a living thing is something you need to prepare for as a family.  It's not like other Christmas gifts -- you can't put a puppy in the closet and leave it there if you decide you don't like it as much as you thought you would.

The same goes for cats, and mice, and chinchillas, and -- especially -- exotic pets.  The woman who sold my partner her hedgehog, for example, won't sell someone a hedgehog if they plan on surprising their kid with it.

If you really want to get someone a pet for Christmas, buy the dog bed or the water bowl and some food in advance, and wrap those.  Then, when you've had the surprise, go and pick out the pet together, in a responsible manner, from someone capable of educating you on the needs of your new pet.

We try really, absurdly hard as a culture to make Christmas he nicest, most pleasant part of our year.  There's no good reason to perpetuate the cycle of pets abandoned a month after Christmas every year.  (It's not worth making a holiday happier by creating a bunch of new, delayed release sad.)