Christmas From Aperture Labs

I’m not really all that big on Christmas cards[1]. Every year I receive a few, but never really get around to sending any. I’m not sure if it’s because I can be lazy and forgetful at times or if it’s because, when facing a mostly blank card with pen in hand, I tend to freeze up and not know what to write. “Merry Christmas!” followed by signatures seems a bit too terse. The “family year in review” newsletter seems a bit too impersonal. Coming up with something special and unique on each and every card feels overwhelming. Such is my dilemma with Christmas cards.

Putting all of that out of the way, I thought I’d share one of the most awesome cards I’ve seen. [info]ariock sent this our way a few days ago:



And if you don’t get the references, shame on you. Go out and get yourself a copy of Portal. If me, the guy who plays two computer games a year (the other was Bioshock) can play it, you can too.

You may be wondering why he didn’t sign the card? He did–it’s just that the note and signature are out of frame in the blank area on the inside of the front flap.

[1] Yes, I call them Christmas cards instead of Holiday cards. At this point in time, the holiday is political and commercial and no longer terribly religious. Hey, wasn’t Christ born in July? Aren’t decorated trees Pagan? It’s a federal holiday and I’ll call it what it is, political-correctness be damned. And get offa my lawn, you crazy kids! I would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you and your meddling dog!

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3 thoughts on “Christmas From Aperture Labs”

  1. I’m glad you liked it! I actually got the set late last year and have been waiting and waiting to send them out. I wanted to get them to people who were:
    1. Really nice to me the previous year, and almost as important
    2. Would get the references.

    You obviously were the right choice.

    I also want to point out that I’m not one of those people who now expects a quid pro quo. I’m one of the worst people for sending cards ever, but these were just too awesome to not share with friends.

    Well wait. Did you ever send a pic of yourself wearing a button??

  2. Button, button, who’s got the button?! Oops–the button delivery occurred during my sickly time and photographs completely slipped my mind. We’re going to have to come up with an interesting tableau for that picture because a simple picture seemed… well, boring.

  3. Mine says:

    If the Weighted Companion Cube could speak
    — and the Enrichment Center reminds you that it cannot —
    it would wish you and yours…

    All the Best this Holiday Season!

    A truly magnificent card. I like how it says “Aperture Greetings” on the back. 🙂

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