So, say you were meeting a new person--blind date, new friend, who knows. And you wanted them to have some idea of what kind of person you are, and who you are. But you can't actually tell them in so many words. Instead, you have to give them a box, with a dozen things in it for them to look at/read/listen to/taste/whatever.
What would you put in the box? And a copy of your journal or a link to your LJ would be the same thing as just telling them directly, yourself, so that's not allowed.
Unlike sithjawa i'm going to try and stick to things that are emblimatic in themselves, rather than lists or pictures intended to convey more information (with the possible exception of the first and second items.) I think that's more in line with what the question has in mind.
1: A picture of me in one of my kitty shirts.
2: A piece of paper with my (labeled) email address, IM nick, and IRC nick.
3: Rush Chronicles CD
4: Final Fantasy 4 Original Soundtrack CD
5: Metropolis 2003 sampler CD
6: Queen's Own omnibus edition (by Mercedes Lackey)
7: Fire Upon the Deep (by Vernor Vinge)
8: White Wolf Werewolf: The Apocalypse handbook
9: AD&D 1st edition handbook
10: The first Escaflowne DVD
11: The first Babylon 5 DVD
12: One of my stuffed animals (if i could be sure of getting it back at least =) Edit: Duh, it should be one of the kitties :)
For item 2, that's the best way i can think of to indicate that i'm familar with computers and they're an important part of my life. I could put a computer in, or maybe a programming book, but not sure if that would get the same point across.
I'd like to have put in some more video game stuff, but was running out of space, so i'm hoping for a certain amount of cultural cluefullness in the person, and that they'd be able to figure out that a FF4 OST means that i probably like the game too :)
I suppose i could eliminate the D&D book, but with that i'm hoping to imply that my interest in RPGs is both widespread and goes back a ways.
B5 DVD may be redundant too, because of the Vernor Vinge book.
Edit: Yeah, i'm boring. I just can't think of cool symbolic stuff like some people, so sue me =P