By Peter Buckingham on Nov 30, 2008
My immediate family is fairly dispersed around the world. We live on three different continents. So recently we decided to simplify matters we would do Kris Kindle for the adults (grandkids clearly have a special exemption). My parents are the controllers in this situation. It turns out this year they had my grandmother pick the names out of a hat and stuff them in envelopes to post to the multitude of remote Buckinghams. I think my sister even had some check that it all was ok.
Clearly if you've spent any time reading my blog you'll have got the impression that I'm a geek (if not a nerd). So I decided that I should write some code to make this all simple. I decided to write a Perl script (Perl, because I'm lazy) that takes a list of names and email addresses and uses a simple combination of random numbers and backtracking to send emails to the involved folks telling them who they need to buy a present for.
Now it looks like next year it will be a much simpler task to get this going and the only problem will be trying to think of an appropriate gift for your Kris Kindle.