Winter Bash 2019

I’ve been very busy with work for the past six months, so I haven’t been blogging.

Stack Exchange Winter Bash 2019 ends tomorrow.  I was able to get five hats, and a bug let me wear (but not own) a sixth hat early.  My heavy work schedule as well as recent events on Stack Exchange have resulted in my not being so active in getting more hats.

Gift from Academia

Last December 12, 2015, I received an e-mail from telling me that as “one of the top users in Academia,” I was entitled “to a little box with some new swag designed for [my] community.” (More information can be found here.) I filled up the form the same day. Yesterday I received a registry notice from the local post office asking me to go there and pay 112 pesos to claim a package. (It wasn’t explained to me why I had to pay them to get my mail.)

I paid the fee and got the package, a plastic envelope containing a T-shirt and three sets of 2 stickers, each set in its own little cardboard envelope.

According to the shipping label, the package was sent on January 13, 2016, the contents weighed 12 ounces, and the value of the contents was US$ 3. Thanks, Academia!

Gift from MathOverflow

Last June 17, 2014, it was announced on MathOverflow Meta that “established users” that “have actually made (and will hopefully continue to make) valuable contributions to this site” would be given gifts if they ask for them. I filled up the form and waited, but I wasn’t sure if they would give the gifts to someone outside the U.S.A.

The goods arrived yesterday. I got a mug, an XL-size T-shirt, and three stickers in a box that was a little too big for the goods. The commercial invoice states that it was sent last October 21, 2015. I was very surprised that it took only around 7 days to reach me. (Most packages sent to me from the U.S.A. take a few weeks to a few months to reach me.) The invoice states that the mug has a value of US$ 5, the T-shirt is worth US$ 3, and each sticker is worth US$ 0.25. Thanks, MathOverflow!