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Desteny
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This question randomly poped into my head today. I researched it some...no one has done a study on it or anything. Being a geek that is always on the go, I would like to be able to maybe one day relocate to a place that has a higher consentration of my prefered people of association.

So, I'm asking you guys...in your opinion, what is the Geekiest City in the United States?

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I divin't naw the answer to yer question, like, but Hello and Welcome. [Smile]

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Ah...Deutsch. Danke Schön.
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quote:
Originally posted by Desteny:
This question randomly poped into my head today. I researched it some...no one has done a study on it or anything. Being a geek that is always on the go, I would like to be able to maybe one day relocate to a place that has a higher consentration of my prefered people of association.

So, I'm asking you guys...in your opinion, what is the Geekiest City in the United States?

Cambridge, IMHO.

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
quote:
Originally posted by Desteny:
This question randomly poped into my head today. I researched it some...no one has done a study on it or anything. Being a geek that is always on the go, I would like to be able to maybe one day relocate to a place that has a higher consentration of my prefered people of association.

So, I'm asking you guys...in your opinion, what is the Geekiest City in the United States?

Cambridge, IMHO.
Strangely enough, Cambridge in 'old England' is pretty geeky too.
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I'd imagine that the areas around MIT and Berkley are also really geeky.... Though, I've never been to either. Geekiest place in Wisconsin is Wausa, several Battle Bots were built there for the Comedy Central's old show. Milwaukee had a lot of geeky bookstores and such, but they remain fairly empty most of the time.
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Wisconsin, where the state motto is:

Come Cut The Cheese

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quote:
Originally posted by GameMaster:
I'd imagine that the areas around MIT and Berkley are also really geeky.... Though, I've never been to either.

w.r.t. MIT: you mean Cambridge? [Wink]
Been there...awesome place! That place just rocks so hard in terms of geekiness and it's....just....wow. Maybe I'll take a long weekend trip down there in the fall if I'm feeling like a break.

Berkeley - out by San. Fran. - would have been my second listing, if I cared to do a second one. I think I'm going back there again this August (LWE @ SF), and maybe my friend over at UC Berkeley could show me around.

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Quoting the DMan
w.r.t. MIT: you mean Cambridge? [Wink]
[Big Grin] Errrr... no the .. ummm... other M.I.T. [Big Grin]

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How about Pasadena with Caltech?
Hmm... caltech...
Yay, geek guys!

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I was guessing around San Fran, but never thought of the Boston area. I was originally from there and when I lived it Seattle, it seemed much more geeky than Boston to me.

Thanks for the second opinions! [Smile]

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I don't know how geeky the area is, but the nortern part of Virginia is headquarters to a lot of tech industry. Overall, aside from the areas around the big geek schools (the aforementioned MIT, Caltech, Berkley and others) geeks probably congregate in areas where they can get paid for doing geeky things.

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People. Please.

The geekiest city in America is Cupertino. By default. By definition. The Garage is a placarded historic landmark, fer Wozsake.

I suppose it is worthy of discussing what city is the second geekiest. Or third, after Mountain View.

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there needs to be a world wide LAN in which the gamers of the world collide. That would very likely be the geekiest place in the world for the time being.
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quote:
Originally posted by Jace Raven:
there needs to be a world wide LAN in which the gamers of the world collide. That would very likely be the geekiest place in the world for the time being.

It's called the internet =P
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About an hour from where I live is Research triangle park, which consists of Chapel Hill, Duke, and NC State all within a 50 mile radius.
But I think Cupertino takes the cake [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Ivan:
quote:
Originally posted by Jace Raven:
there needs to be a world wide LAN in which the gamers of the world collide. That would very likely be the geekiest place in the world for the time being.

It's called the internet =P
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Ok, well, he means a world wide LAN without AOL...

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quote:
Originally posted by supergoo:
About an hour from where I live is Research triangle park, which consists of Chapel Hill, Duke, and NC State all within a 50 mile radius.
But I think Cupertino takes the cake [Smile]

Oh yes, RTP... very geeky place [Smile]

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While MIT is obviously up there, you forget that Cambridge also has the unfortunate Harvard factor, diluting the geekiness with old money and pretention. I know; I've lived there and experienced the pain first hand. 'Tis a shame really.

So my vote is definitely for anywhere in the Valley.

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Boulder's more granola than geeky, though we've got lots of tech and biotech floating around (people graduate from CU and don't want to leave). We also have NIST. And NOAA. And NCAR.

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Belpre, Ohio in my living room, whenever there is a major NASA event like the MER landings. We turn on NASA TV, I put on my NASA Tee shirt, and watch with baited breath as each even ticks off ....... "we have a successful parachute deployment" or "we have a good retrorocket firing!".

The THRILL!!!!

Keep in mind, I am defining SCIENCE as a GEEKY pursuit.

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It also depends on the flavor of geeky that you're looking for:

if it's computer geek, you can't get much worse than Redmond, WA. Even the unemployed have Wi-Fi enabled laptops, and the average broadband bill is equal too the average apartment rent...

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Redmond was up there in the list. When my boyfriend asked me what I thought, Redmond was on the list.

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In the midwest, perhaps the area around U of Chicago/IIT? Not as much as Pasadena though: JPL, Caltech, what more do you want?
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