It was my brother’s birthday yesterday. He’s a quarter of a century old now, which is a great geek age. You’re old enough to feel secure in your fandoms, but young enough to still be open to new ones. This isn’t a rule, merely an observation. At my age, I feel like I have no more time for new obsessions (except Orphan Black), but my brother dives in. He even took up Dungeons and Dragons for the first time and that’s not a forgiving hobby.
As you can imagine, gifts get pretty geeky at our house, but this year I took it up a notch and made the wrapping paper match the insides.
I tried to make something witty, gender neutral and ageless. Oh and something that wouldn’t look crappy all wrapped up. This paper is astoundingly easy to use.
1. Click here to download the file.
2. Print it on a color printer.
3. If you have a larger package, print on a larger sheet of paper, if possible.
4. Wrap as you would. And keep reading for my thoughts on the best gift of all. (Hint: you can’t even wrap it.)
I’m afraid it’s come to the point where I can no longer tolerate the state of our relationship. We need a break.
You might be saying, why geek chic, why? I’m the most commonly used browser on the web and I promise, I’m going to try real hard to be part of the HTML5 evolution.
Well, I’m sorry, but that simply isn’t enough. You hate my friends, despite the fact that CSS has tried repeatedly to work it out. You ignore the current trends and stubbornly require me to use outdated methods to communicate with you. And worse yet, you are constantly updating your appearance to lure people, but never bother to adjust the problems you have inside yourself.
I’m over it. Don’t call me. Don’t text (though we all know you still can’t embrace that technology either). When you’re ready to change, let’s talk.
The geek chic