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GameMaster
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posted June 01, 2002 09:09     Click Here to See the Profile for GameMaster   Click Here to Email GameMaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your mission Geek(ette)s, if you chose to except it, is to locate and secure 12 favorite flowers of your mate (potential mate, or loved one) and transport them to the work place, home or class of said important person. You then are to secure one hug, and make a hasty exit before that person can thank (or yell) at you for this (possibly embarrassing) display of affection. Then record the response to this thread. This message will NOT self destruct, and will remain as a standing order in case you want to repeat said exercise. Good day, and good luck.

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ZorroTheFox
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posted June 01, 2002 18:46     Click Here to See the Profile for ZorroTheFox   Click Here to Email ZorroTheFox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
oh sure, tease us single folk............Z

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TheAnnoyedCockroach
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posted June 01, 2002 20:53     Click Here to See the Profile for TheAnnoyedCockroach   Click Here to Email TheAnnoyedCockroach     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Um...

I'll pass. I think I'll just keep my single self out of any floral shops.

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uilleann
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posted June 02, 2002 09:38     Click Here to See the Profile for uilleann   Click Here to Email uilleann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[WTF? Whatever I hit just made the browser do a Back on me, and lost all this damnit. Maybe editing in an external editor is not so bad...]

Ya know, I restrained myself with this topic and kept silent; however, I see that I'm not alone here, so no longer feel constrained =)

Of course, one assumes that (potential) mates actually like flowers. I managed to get some girl online's thoughts on this matter and it turns out that she (like me) doesn't like flowers and prefers more useful items (we have a number of things in common, long story).

Also, how would one know their potential mate's favourite flowers? Heh, I sense some crafty work there for those choosing to accept ;-)

Now, the question is: why would anyone want to cause embarassment, or want to exit hastily? I guess I'd make a useless spy or soldier, but I tell you, I'd neither want to embarass, or leave, but be nice and stay around. I'm defecting over to the Wussians : ]

- Uilleann

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Demosthenes
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posted June 07, 2002 10:37     Click Here to See the Profile for Demosthenes   Click Here to Email Demosthenes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
flowers...?
[sneezes]

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Janeway
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posted June 07, 2002 11:49     Click Here to See the Profile for Janeway   Click Here to Email Janeway     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmm, no flowers, but bring me a copy of Civ. III and all will be well (and it's probably cheaper than a dozen roses, anyway).

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macadddikt18
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posted June 08, 2002 12:09     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
first i am single, so that is just mean. second, flowers would involve money, and you are not going to get me to spend money. How dare you suggest it.
Nayt

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GameMaster
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posted June 08, 2002 19:19     Click Here to See the Profile for GameMaster   Click Here to Email GameMaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alright, I see the results of this little endevour were not what I thought they'd be. I did expect some people to think it was hoky and some to be cheap skates, but everyone jumping on me for trying to get geeks to display their affection for a loved one, a romantic intrest or that cute girl/guy you've been thinking about. So, I guess I will post this reply to answer your rants.

First, I am single too. So what? If you don't know what flower or didn't like the flower idea you could have gotten something you know they do like. Something a bit more useful perhaps (as mentioned in one reply). The point was that you do some sopntaous display of affection, and post the results. I am sure there would be more positive then negitive results... Which would have made more geeks willing to put them selves out their and say "I like you" or "Hello, My name is ..., what's yours?" This is something that geeks typically lack the courage to do, and I thought that if a number of geeks would have posted good results more people would be willing to take the risk.

Flowers have their flaws, roses have their thorns, but the idea was to find a symbol, flowers, where the thought would be important.

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uilleann
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posted June 08, 2002 22:46     Click Here to See the Profile for uilleann   Click Here to Email uilleann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Guess who underestimated the bitterness of single geeks? ;-) I still stand by my question of why on earth the mission instructs us to go and embarrass someone - I don't want to be on the receiving end of someone set out to embarrass me, and I have no plan to inflict that on a future mate. However, I think I'd be too embarrassed to carry out the act so, for me, it isn't relevant.

Excluding futile hopes regarding people I've met online (no nearer than 4200 miles) (who I have explained my feelings to) I don't ever enter situations where I can start anything (guess this is my fault for going nowhere and doing nothing). However, there is someone sweet and attractive I've seen at the bus stop for a few weeks; she did ask me a few times if I'd seen her bus, and one evening I leveraged that to start a conversation, and (national holidays and bus punctuality permitting, rather, prohibiting) we've chatted since then, however, there's never really all that much to say (she's not a computer geek), and I'm generally too nervous. It's not a good place anyhow.

I don't forsee any other good chances, so that really settles that. And I certainly didn't start the bitching at the mission, though I wanted to :)

- Uilleann

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Steen
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posted June 10, 2002 18:56     Click Here to See the Profile for Steen   Click Here to Email Steen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Heh... my Memorial day weekend sorta fits in with this.

I drove 750 miles in one day and showed up on her doorstep (don't worry, I was invited and expected) with a 5" cactus that had large hook shaped spines and a box full of happy meal toys (she loves cactus and happy meal toys... who am I to force flowers on her?) I also recieved a nice hug in return for said cactus (and then spent three days hanging out with her, during which time we went geocaching).

Not quite what you asked for, but probably as close as my life is gonna get

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uilleann
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posted June 11, 2002 01:46     Click Here to See the Profile for uilleann   Click Here to Email uilleann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
750... *blinks*

As far as I can recall, the speed limit for US motorways is 50 mph, which (with no breaks) would have taken 15 hours. I don't think you really went that slow (and I'd like to know what kind of roads you took and how fast you can go, I'm curious), but that was still one very long drive (albeit worth it, evidently).

A slightly difficult concept living in Britain, as there is nowhere here that can be reached at that distance (well, sea) :) (Though you can go across the Channel Tunnel into Europe, and 750 miles would take me from here to Graz in Austria (748) or Madrid in Spain (747), hrm, drive to Spain for the day... you know, doesn't sound so far putting it like that... strange)

- Uilleann

PS Rednivek - if you're reading this - something to get for your Palm if you don't have one already - a program that will tell you the distance from anywhere to anywhere else. Most fun little things :)

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LifetimeTrekker
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posted June 11, 2002 03:27     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by uilleann:
750... *blinks*

As far as I can recall, the speed limit for US motorways is 50 mph, which (with no breaks) would have taken 15 hours. I don't think you really went that slow (and I'd like to know what kind of roads you took and how fast you can go, I'm curious), but that was still one very long drive (albeit worth it, evidently).

A slightly difficult concept living in Britain, as there is nowhere here that can be reached at that distance (well, sea) (Though you can go across the Channel Tunnel into Europe, and 750 miles would take me from here to Graz in Austria (748) or Madrid in Spain (747), hrm, drive to Spain for the day... you know, doesn't sound so far putting it like that... strange)

- Uilleann

PS Rednivek - if you're reading this - something to get for your Palm if you don't have one already - a program that will tell you the distance from anywhere to anywhere else. Most fun little things


The speed limit on US Interstate Highways is 75mph, now. But if you don't want to wind up a hood ornament for an 18-wheeler, you drive at least 80.

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uilleann
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posted June 11, 2002 05:30     Click Here to See the Profile for uilleann   Click Here to Email uilleann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And I don't think his girl wanted that, eh? ;)

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Steen
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posted June 11, 2002 08:22     Click Here to See the Profile for Steen   Click Here to Email Steen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most of my route was on interstates 78 and 81 which have speed limits which vary between 55 and 70 mph. I also tend to stay about 5-10 mph above the speed limit except in construction zones, so my average speed works out to 60-65 mph. All told, the one way drive took about 12 hours.

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nekomatic
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posted June 14, 2002 05:21     Click Here to See the Profile for nekomatic   Click Here to Email nekomatic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by uilleann:
we've chatted since then, however, there's never really all that much to say (she's not a computer geek)

Does being a computer geek mean you can't have conversations about the weather, what you did at the weekend, what you're going to do next weekend, films or gigs you've just seen or want to see, the world cup, big brother, how much you detest the world cup and/or big brother, something else that's in the news, your holiday plans, how much better the buses were in the last country you went on holiday to, your favourite brand of chocolate digestives, etc etc etc?

I know it's not easy to start conversations with strangers but c'mon, she's happy chatting to you, you like her, and what's the worst that could happen? Apart from having to take a long and circuitous route to work every day until kingdom come so as never to catch sight of her again, of course

edit: Just read the Carpe Geekium thread. Oops! Oh well - save the above advice for next time!

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uilleann
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posted June 14, 2002 13:24     Click Here to See the Profile for uilleann   Click Here to Email uilleann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Quoting nekomatic:
Does being a computer geek mean you can't have conversations about the weather (why? my sensory system tells me all I need to know), what you did at the weekend (caught up on sleep a lot, posted here and listened to trance, so staggeringly interesting to someone), what you're going to do next weekend (um...the same), films or gigs you've just seen or want to see (haha, I don't go out), the world cup (actually, she was talking about that today, and how her husband is really into it and trying to force interest into her too, of which she seems not keen at all)... (I won't bother with the rest, you get the idea)

My brain tends to only like things that are interesting, or useful (in short, I'm just too selfish). Small talk, to me, is just boring and useless; it never involves any interesting topics, and never anything I want, or need, to know. In short, it's just tiresome. It's also difficult to start or keep going for the same reasons. (I also hate being asked questions (how did your day go, what is such-and-such like...) - I either have nothing worthwhile to reply (or it's just, ugh, who cares?), or I don't want to answer, being too ashamed to say.)

Apart from having to take a long and circuitous route to work every day until kingdom come so as never to catch sight of her again, of course ;)
Actually, the 602 bus arrived early today (nearly missed the blighter), and I got to St Albans station unusually early. About a couple of minutes after sitting down, a late 304 arrived (about 25 minutes before my normal bus was due); I almost got on for an early ride home, but I didn't feel like I could desert her just for that convenience, and hung around just so as I'd be there when she turned up.

Even so, I found listening to boring tales of her life too hard to stay focused on, and my concentration tended to return to the card game I was playing on my palmtop. I did feel bad, though, for that, but the evidence is clear.

- Uilleann

PS Oh, and for the record, the 602 and 357/304 buses cross paths at two points, and I could just stay on the 602 a little longer, and wait for the next bus there. However, I decided I preferred waiting at the station long before I met her.

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ilovemydualg4
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posted June 14, 2002 13:28     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemydualg4   Click Here to Email ilovemydualg4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i suppose i'll just have to send soem v-flowers, if i choose to listen to you

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uilleann
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posted June 14, 2002 18:03     Click Here to See the Profile for uilleann   Click Here to Email uilleann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That was intended for me? Because you lost me...

- Uilleann

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posted June 15, 2002 11:11     Click Here to See the Profile for GameMaster   Click Here to Email GameMaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, Geekcode is back? The URL went down for a while... I see a new version was created too. I don't geekcode sigs, but I wish everyone had to wear a geek code, it'd make it easier to hunt... "Wow, a girl who is star trek fan, a programer who uses Pico not Emacs and is single. I think I'll go over and talk to her."

I personally think the "+++++" instead of a number is silly (especially for geeks) Something along the lines of
code = number[(+- number)][(>number)][(<number)]
would be prefered... so that
C = 4 (+- 3)(<2)
would mean that Charitoristic C is at level 4, on any given day could be 3 more or 3 less, and I want to be better by 2... would make a lot more sence than:
[email protected](+)<++
Which is a little harder to read, just by looking, and could take up a whole lot more space.

I digress, to check the new code out. Thinking about it, geekcode in the sig wouldn't be that bad if it was in code tags... hmmm...

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posted June 16, 2002 07:31     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonman97   Click Here to Email dragonman97     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by LifetimeTrekker:
The speed limit on US Interstate Highways is 75mph, now. But if you don't want to wind up a hood ornament for an 18-wheeler, you drive at least 80.


Really, where?
Most highways I've seen on the east coast have speed limits of 55 MPH, except for 84 W past the Newburgh bridge where it goes to 65 MPH. Not that I don't occasionally go a tad over that . BTW, uillean, I'm curious about what speed limits are like in England/Europe. I know the Autobahn is quite limitless, but I'm wondering about other highways, and if they have limits similar to ours, or higher.
Regarding flowers, I have no qualms about these. I think Mission Geeky is not a bad idea, though I tend to think I might just be cowardly enough to not do this. However, if I did it, I wouldn't drop them off to her and run. If she wasn't there, I'd leave a pleasant note, with my number. If she was there, I would make the absolute most of my time, and leverage my spontaneous P.D.A. (periods to distinguish from my Zaurus, et.al) to get a date with her, and if timed appropriately timed, I'd take her to lunch or dinner then and there if she'd go along with it. Keep in mind the aforementioned disclaimer about my unlikeliness to do this. I am still struggling to start conversation with this lovely woman I know. I wonder how I should get around the fact that her boss will invariably be around, and I am also supposed to be working. But I asked my boss if I can take her area for our upcoming software updates, "for personal reasons." Hopefully, I'll think of something when I get there.

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uilleann
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posted June 16, 2002 09:31     Click Here to See the Profile for uilleann   Click Here to Email uilleann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Quoting dragonman97:
...I'm curious about what speed limits are like in England/Europe...
In the UK, the speed limit for our motorways is (so I'm told, haha (I don't drive)) 70 mph, and 60 for vehicles pulling trailers and, probably, lorries also.

However, if I did it, I wouldn't drop them off to her and run...
Glad to see someone else who feels that way, too.

though I tend to think I might just be cowardly enough to not do this... but If she wasn't there, I'd leave a pleasant note, with my number. If she was there, I would make the absolute most of my time...
Maybe another person in my position, in a small sense? Even so, it sounds like you have a sufficient degree of charm, given more conducive circumstances, so I wish you good luck with the girl who you are actually hoping to pursue.

...and leverage my spontaneous P.D.A. (periods to distinguish from my Zaurus, et.al)...
Periods of what? Took me ages to realise what you meant there. A '.' is a 'full stop' over here, or a 'dot'. :) Nevertheless, I looked it up on dictionary.com (and spent more time configuring the ad filter in iCab while I was at it ;-) and found it to mean "public display of affection" Cha-ching, I understand it all now...

- Uilleann

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posted June 16, 2002 11:26     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonman97   Click Here to Email dragonman97     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, thanks uillean, for your insightful words, and comments.
Quoted by me by uilleann
Quoted by uilleann:
In the UK, the speed limit for our motorways is (so I'm told, haha (I don't drive)) 70 mph, and 60 for vehicles pulling trailers and, probably, lorries also.
Hehe, I'd love that kind of speed limit. Some mornings I've been known to take full advantage of my 125hp engine (I love my Toyota Corolla, it's a zippy little car), and bring it to 95 (rarely), or at least 80. This is keeping in mind that if you go much less (than 72-80), you'll get creamed, even in the right lane (slow lane here, uilleann).

However, if I did it, I wouldn't drop them off to her and run...
Glad to see someone else who feels that way, too.
Yes, I would never run from someone for whom I am giving flowers. I've only really given flowers once before, and they were appreciated (by my date).

though I tend to think I might just be cowardly enough to not do this... but If she wasn't there, I'd leave a pleasant note, with my number. If she was there, I would make the absolute most of my time...
Maybe another person in my position, in a small sense? Even so, it sounds like you have a sufficient degree of charm, given more conducive circumstances, so I wish you good luck with the girl who you are actually hoping to pursue.
Thanks, I hope she thinks so too. Perhaps I'll print this out for her . Hopefully my pursuit will result in the capture of her, and she will be secured in my arms (sappy humor).

...and leverage my spontaneous P.D.A. (periods to distinguish from my Zaurus, et.al)...
Periods of what? Took me ages to realise what you meant there. A '.' is a 'full stop' over here, or a 'dot'. Nevertheless, I looked it up on dictionary.com (and spent more time configuring the ad filter in iCab while I was at it ;-) and found it to mean "public display of affection" Cha-ching, I understand it all now...
I wish I understood it all . I have heard of this "full stop" thing before, and find it to be an interesting idea. We simply call them "periods." But I'm glad you got the gist - it was intended to make people think a little - of course you've now spoiled the challenge for others.

- dragonman97

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posted June 16, 2002 15:23     Click Here to See the Profile for uilleann   Click Here to Email uilleann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Quoting dragonman97:
Well, thanks uillean, for your insightful words, and comments.
What was that in aid of? Trying to get favours out of me? ;-)

This is keeping in mind that if you go much less (than 72-80), you'll get creamed, even in the right lane (slow lane here, uilleann).
Where are the speed patrols where you need them, eh? Catch those darn trucks... (for those confused by the meaning of "lorry").

...I hope she thinks so too. Perhaps I'll print this out for her :). Hopefully my pursuit will result in the capture of her, and she will be secured in my arms (sappy humor).
*wince*  Not sure why you want to print it out, I'm not sure what meaning it holds for her. Anyhow, here's a question: for every two people who get together as a couple, at least one of them notices the other and likes what they've found. Now, when the two have got together, they're happy with each other, and love each other, etc. What I want to know is, when one was trying to gain the interest of the other (such as someone in your position), what was the other doing and thinking? Were they mildly interested but not prepared to make the effort to pursue, or interested but too shy, or actually not interested? What causes him or her to find themselves of a different opinion now?

I guess that comes from the first demonstrating their personality, interest and perhaps charm, thus making looks of secondary importance? Just me rambling.

I wish I understood it all ;).
I think what you want to understand is different from what I understand gere. However, what geek doesn't want to understand it all? We all wish...

I have heard of this "full stop" thing before, and find it to be an interesting idea.
You make it sound like some new fangled idea, as opposed to something very real ;-)

it was intended to make people think a little - of course you've now spoiled the challenge for others.
To what do you refer - the meaning of PDA? I guess the plan would have worked better with fellow Americans who wouldn't have been so confused by the general meaning of the sentence... but apologies for the disaster I brought down on your little world ;-)

- Uilleann [yes, ignore my username, my nick begins with a capital letter]

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