Posts about “wishlists”


In which I receive a gift in the mail


A few days ago I received my first Christmas present of the year! It came from an unlikely source, and it is certainly appreciated. It’s a book called Prisoner’s Dilemma by William Poundstone. The book is about game theory and its relevance to nuclear proliferation and the Cold War and it is excellent. I’ve read

Wishlists at

Did you know that if you go to and create a wishlist, or if you make a purchase for me from my wishlist you not only have a chance of winning $5,000 – or something like that – but you also increase my chances of winning all the other things on my wishlist? Friends:

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.