Improve Christmas Efficiency by Buying Stuff for Yourself

by Mr Juggles

Economists can go on at length about how inefficient Christmas gift giving is and how much deadweight loss is born from the rituals of Saint Nick. The solution is simple and two fold.

  1. Replace all gifts with money
  2. Buy stuff for yourself and give it to yourself according to our schedule below.

We have provided to you, our reader, a sampling of things which our sophisticated proprietary algorithm indicate that you may like. We recommend you buy them all to improve global Christmas efficiency and buy this stuff for yourself to have right after Christmas.

Money Art

It’s pop art created by a Anthony White, who is both a former Australian stock broker (for real, an actual stock broker) and a genius. The pieces are affordable as far as art goes, and they will only get more expensive on a nominal basis due to the structure of the product, and paintings on the secondary market have been selling for mulitple hundreds at a minimum. It comes in four flavors: USS, Sterling, Euros and AUD’s. It makes a great gift for oneselves and it looks great on the walls of your office. “What is up with that painting?” “It’s money.” You’re damn right it is.

The majority of the LoS staff own multiple paintings and we are satisfied investors (see our earlier report on Anthony White’s Money Art).

Things and Gaming

If you can get a Nintendo Wii, get it. Now. There is no reason anyone who travels and enjoys video games should not have a DS Lite — you can play Mario Kart on it, you can rock a new version of 2D Super Mario Brothers on and it lends itself to picking up/putting down playing. Playing a DS up in first class says: “I’m am so good at my job that I can play video games while you slave away on Powerpoint.”
Meanwhile, the Bunn MyCafe creates delicious caffeinated morning fuel that obviates a Starbucks detour. And the Sonicare will change your life, even if it is only a toothbrush.


The list below consist of awesome movies that you may have missed. We figure that is more value add than just purely the best movies. Grizzly Man is a must watch, and Murderball teaches you not to feel bad for guys in wheelchair because they probably pull more tail than you do.


These are the prettiest album covers. That is how we pick our music. You will like all this music, that is what our gut tells us from looking at the album covers.


“You Can be a Stock Market Genius” is the best investment book we have read, period. “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” is just that, and is by the man behind LoS fav McSweeney’s. “Fooled by Randomness” addresses how most people are stupid about probabilities. “Peace Like a River” is awesome fiction.

Amazon’s Proprietary Stuff You Should Buy Algorithm

Below is what Amazon says you will like based on the content of our site. Which one is better? We will leave that one to your discretion.

LoS’ Amazon Prime Search Engine Partnership

Lastly, LoS is partners with ShipHopShop which provides a site which searches but only returns items which meet the search criteria AND are elibible for Amazon Prime. This saves you the hassle of searching Amazon only to find that your stuff doesn’t qualify for Prime.

Disclosure: LoS gets a % of all revenue created through all the above Amazon purchases. We take that % and distribute it back to our readership via our dividend policy or use it to advertise for the site. We may also, from time to time, embezzle that money to buy more staff yachts.
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  1. PairOfSox
    December 16th, 2006 | 2:33 pm

    You forgot about Wall St., Boiler Room, Liars Poker, and Freakanomics. I think they’re required watching and reading for finance.

    p.s. I used to get people to sign up for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah mailing list, and help sell their t-shirts when they still played at Pianos and Rothko.

  2. December 16th, 2006 | 3:09 pm

    We didn’t forget them but we focused on things that were “Recent.” So stuff from the past 2 years or so, rather than all time stuff. Only American Psycho doesn’t fit that criteria, but it’s included because Patrick Bateman is our idol.

  3. December 16th, 2006 | 6:11 pm

    I’ve had Fooled by Randomness since 2001.

    But if you’re saying it’s “recent” because it was recently released in paperback, then I can say any movie from 1920 released on DVD in the past year is “recent”, right?

  4. December 18th, 2006 | 11:22 am

    Yes you can. But of course you would be wrong. I would still be right. That is how the overling/underling relationship works.

  5. December 19th, 2006 | 2:48 pm

    =if( not( “A Staggering Work of Heartbreaking Genius” ) , “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” , “dyslexia” ) )

  6. December 19th, 2006 | 2:59 pm

    Fixed. You thank.

    Btw was that programming formatting or something? You trying to nerd up this joint or something?

  7. PairOfSox
    December 19th, 2006 | 3:12 pm

    No, he’s “microsoft exceling” it up.

    If he was a programmer he would have said != for does not equal.

  8. December 19th, 2006 | 4:36 pm

    My comment was supposed to be ironical. Or rhetoricish.

  9. PairOfSox
    December 19th, 2006 | 4:56 pm

    rehtoricish != compute

  10. lee
    December 19th, 2006 | 7:22 pm

    grizzly man is easily the funniest movie ever made. yes, i’m a cynical bastard, and once the opening monologue starts I just lose it.

  11. The Dryer
    December 26th, 2006 | 11:05 am

    I am starting to wish PairOfSox would get lost in me.

  12. PairOfSox
    December 26th, 2006 | 5:25 pm

    That sounds sexual, and now I don’t feel comfortable in this environment.

  13. The Dryer
    December 27th, 2006 | 9:19 am

    Good strategy. Play the sexual harassment card early and often. !=crediblity.

  14. December 27th, 2006 | 10:33 am

    What’s going on with the != stuff? Does this look like or Slashdot or some crap? This is not C++, this is LoS.

    How does that further a point? It’s like saying. “So is so is the best at such and such. Period.” You totally did not need to write out period for two seperate reasons. Your punctuation was already appropriate, and you now added two extraneous periods for emphasis. That’s three periods which is an ellipsis, which does not make your point stronger just more ambiguous. ARGH.

    Let’s keep this zone nerd lingo free, thanks.*

    *Except if it’s our nerd lingo

  15. bombmaster
    February 9th, 2007 | 11:23 pm

    I disagree, freakanomics is overrated.

  16. wordson
    February 15th, 2007 | 6:07 pm

    I See A Darkness is definately the better of the two Bonnie “Prince” Billy album.