Listology Secret Santa 2004
Listology's second annual Secret Santa is underway! Here's the way it works (some changes from last year) . . .
- You e-mail me that you want to participate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I will collect all the e-mail addresses between now and 11:59 PM November 21st.
- I will e-mail all participants my snail mail address.
- You make two copies of a music mix on CD. Mixes should be WAV files rather than MP3s so you don't need an MP3-capable CD player to participate (it's true you'll need a player that can handle CD-Rs, but many can, even those that don't explicitly advertise being able to). Please include two copies of the playlist (on paper, that is, one for each CD copy). Some folks had a devil of a time tracking down songs they like from unlabelled mixes last year. Identifying yourself is optional (making it a Semi-Secret Santa if you do).
- Put the CDs in little envelopes or tyvek sleeves. NOT JEWELBOXES! It screws up your SASE postage if you do sleeves but your Secret Santa does jewel boxes.
- Bring the mixes and two mailers to the post office (or you can buy mailers at the post office). One mailer is self-addressed, the other is addressed to me. You put the CDs in the self-addressed mailer, but don't seal it, and get the right postage on it. Then you put the CDs and SASE mailer in the mailer addressed to me, and send it off.
- I receive the CDs from everybody, shuffle them up, and send you two different mixes back to you in your self-addressed, postage-paid mailer.
Note that nobody but me will see your address, or even know you are participating (unless you include identifying information on the mixes you create). Also, you don't have to worry about somebody not sending CDs because they have to send me mixes to forward on in order to get any back!
Note we're doing two copies this year instead of one, since folks last year wanted more music. Maybe next year we'll do three or more, depending on feedback.
This scheme works if non-US folks want to participate too. You'll just need to put enough postage on your SASE to get it (and the enclosed CD) from the US back to wherever you live (and enough postage to get it to me in the first place).
I can provide some technical help for anybody that doesn't know how to rip tracks off of CDs they own, or how to burn a CD. Of course, you'll need to own or have access to a CD burner, but they're pretty cheap (I think I got mine for $40). And I'm sure there are plenty of folks here that are better at this than I am.
Finally, if you want to do a cassette instead of the CDs, go ahead an e-mail me, but tell me that's what you want to do. If two or more people go that route, great. Otherwise I'll let you know you're out of luck.