• Tuesday, September 01st, 2009


Are you geek enough to wear this?

A few months ago while looking through one of my favorite Web sites,, I stumbled upon this pretty cool shirt. I thought it would get some laughs at an upcoming conference. I placed my order, and even paid extra for 3-day shipping to make sure I had it in time. Here’s where the trouble starts – I neglected to read the fine print. As it turns out, the 3-days starts from when THEY ship it, not from when I order it. And, it only counts weekdays, not weekends.  So, my shirt was waiting for me when I returned from the conference.  I could have returned it.  I actually meant to return it.  Each night before bed I would see the box sitting on the floor next to my dresser and think to myself “Dang! Gotta get that RMA number before my 30 days passes!”.  As you might have guessed by now, I never got the RMA number.  I could still wear it, but while I may be geek enough to wear it in a room full of geeks, I am no where near geek enough to wear it any other time.

Feeling lucky?

You now have an opportunity to benefit from my negligence and laziness.  I’m going to give this shirt away to one of my Twitter followers.  I’ll choose a random name at noon (CST) on September 8th – one week from today.  Just follow the simple steps below, and this shirt could be yours.

UPDATE: Forgot to tell you, it’s a men’s extra-large shirt.

The rules are simple;

  1. Follow me on Twitter
  2. Leave a comment on this page, any non-spam comment will work. (Please include your twitter name)
  3. Tweet about the contest from your account and include the hash tag #wifi-shirt, perhaps something like:

That’s it!  I’ll tweet the winner Tuesday afternoon, and after I get their mailing info I’ll send it right out.  Sorry, but 3-day shipping is not available.

Good luck!

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Barbara Nixon, she is the lucky winner of the think geek wifi detector shirt.  Please send well wishes to her via Twitter at @BarbaraNixon, and you may also want to give her site a read as it’s packed with great public relations info.

If you are curious how the winner was chosen, it was simple really.  I asked twitter to pick a number between 1 and 27 (the number of entries).  I then took the average of those numbers and that was Barbara’s comment.  A few people thought it would be fun to keep sending numbers after said I had enough – you know who you are.  They were rewarded with a special treat.

Thank you to all who played along – perhaps we’ll do this again.

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27 Responses

  1. 1
    Scott Cowley  //

    My life has been nothing but a collection of experiences building to this moment in time, when I might win Jack Leblond’s Wi-Fi detector t-shirt. Being a red-head, black is one of the only colors I look good in. If I owned the Wi-Fi t-shirt, it would be the capstone piece in my wardrobe. I would be the envy of all, the belle at the ball, the hipster at the mall. Oh that I may win! Pick me, Jack!

  2. 2
    Nathan Judd  //

    I have traveled here from the year 1982 to deliver this important message to you: Jack, please send me the shirt, and if I ever make it back to 1982 with this shirt I will sing your praises. And if that doesn’t work… “You want to give me the shirt now…” *Jedi-like wave of hand*

  3. 3
    GauchoSEO  //

    A participar del concurso!

  4. 4
    Ray  //

    I soooo want one!

  5. 5
    Zaneology  //

    That shirt would look great on my billboards.


  6. 6
    seo_cat  //

    yes, i’m geek enough for the #wifi-shirt via

  7. 7
    @katebuckjr  //

    Jack, you must award me that shirt. For one, that shirt would fill a perfect void in my collection of geeky shirts (that’s what she said, I’m huge on twitter, etc) which coordinate perfectly with my pink hair and constant status updating.

    If that is not enough, I will reduce to sucking up by saying, I read *almost* all of your tweets…and I love them! (By the way, I will give you a plug on twitter, too.)

    And if that STILL is not enough, well, you said you hated me and I’ve never forgiven you for that. This would be like completion for me. You and I can move on in our Twitter-ship without the awkwardness that exists when I see your tweets pop up on my Tweetdeck, remembering just how cruel you were to me that day. So, in truth, you owe me.

    In closing, I’d like to add, #justkidding

  8. If I don’t win this shirt I’m fairly certain ponies everywhere will cry.

    You don’t want that Jack, no you don’t!

  9. Well I hope I win this thing . . . It’d be perfect for the Chicago bars at 3am. ;-)

  10. It would be fun to ride the L in Chicago and see where the WiFi concentrations are!


  11. 11
    @liz_gilgan  //

    Here is the thing– I am desperately trying to up my geekcred… my roommates laugh at me as is but i have determined it is due to my LACK of geekiness. I just haven’t crossed the line yet that makes it acceptable or fast the funny stage. “how she’s geeky” is funny. “Oh, she’s just a geek” is accepted because at that point there is no turning back.

    That is my plea.
    Please help me up my geek cred. ;)

  12. 12
    @steveplunkett  //

    oct, 16th 2008… i blogged about it..

    today i tweeted your post, sphunn it and tweeted that, dugg it and tweeted that…



  13. 13
    Barbara Nixon  //

    I think this shirt would suit me just fine . . . my students already think I’m geeky…

    Cool contest. Thanks, Jack!


  14. 14
    @virginianussey  //

    This shirt should be mine…

  15. 15
    Peter Hamilton  //

    gimme gimme :)

  16. 16
    Monica Wright  //

    There aren’t enough geeks in Maine. I could be Queen Geek.

  17. 17
    Jay Ehret  //

    I think the important question here, Jack, is have you worn this shirt?

    Anyway, I’m not afraid to fly my geek flag, so please enter me in the contest.

  18. 18
    FriedBob  //

    Would love to win the shirt.

  19. 19
    Olivier  //

    Not only am I geek enough to wear it. I’ll even wear it to a Tweetup!

  20. 20
    Tim Obarski  //

    @TimObarski is going to win sorry to tell everyone before the contest ends but I asked the magic 8 ball and it said it was so. We all know that you can’t argue with the magic 8 ball.

  21. 21
    Allie  //

    I have this shirt!
    I love it so much!

    I used to work in a college campus store selling laptops and it looked so geeky but great!

    <3 to all the geeks out there!

  22. 22
    Krystle Green  //

    If you give the shirt to @katebuckjr I’m going to be upset

  23. 23
    @katebuckjr  //

    @Krystle – don’t hate the player, hate the game :)

  24. 24
    Dave Mulder  //

    I think Jack LeBlond is an eloquent, interesting person to follow on Twitter. And I’m not saying that only because I’d like to win this shirt. The shirt is just 30% of that feeling. Well, maybe 40%. Alright, you got me, I probably wouldn’t have posted a comment here if it wasn’t for the shirt. But the content here is great and I think I will at minimum add this to my Google Reader. Isn’t that the end game Jack hopes for?

    (Tweet @davidlmulder)

  25. 25
    MattC  //

    @trinixia Oh I’d be geek enough to wear that. But is that shirt geek enough for me!