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The Video Nerds
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Icon 6 posted August 05, 2003 03:33      Profile for The Video Nerds     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
We are thinking of making a TV show (in the UK) about the greatest achievments by geeks. Such as...
The fastest over-clocking ever seen.
The most obscure bit of hardware ever built.
Have you changed a mac into a fishtank (or something better)?
Or have you changed a fishtank into a computer?

Let us know. At the moment the TV guys think that this sort of thing doesn't go on. They think that the only way to be cool is surf and skateboard. I say blasting a rocket up half a mile into the sky is pretty bloody cool actually. Help us out if you can with more of your own stories!

Ta

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Nothing so glam - but my computer is a dog...

How much do we get paid for our contributions to your TV show?

[evil] [Big Grin]

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I once stalked Esther Dyson. [Smile]

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Wasn't Winona jealous? Or was that while she was, um...busy. [Razz]

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Icon 1 posted August 05, 2003 06:22      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
This is certainly not the height in geekiness, but it was pretty funky at the time.

In the 70's I rigged up a remote yelling device. It was "the old days" when we had a machine room with an operator and tape drives. If you wanted to use a tape, your JCL would mention it by number and a message would appear on the operator console so they could find it on the rack and mount it on the drive. The problem was that the operator often was talking on the phone in his little office, and never bothered to look at the console. You would wait about 10 minutes, try calling him, getting a busy signal, and eventually have to go down a few flights to mount the tape yourself.

We had a Votrax text-to-speech box leftover from some dead project. It had a serial input and a speaker and did a fair job of saying whatever you sent it. I hooked it up as a printer and cranked the volumne all the way up. Anytime I wanted to get the operator's attention, I would just print what I wanted to say and it would blast it all over the computer room.

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i haven't done anything too thrilling in the geek sector, but a friend created a program that took 3d shapes and translated the points into musical notes to create the sounds of spheres and spiral staircases and such. I could give you the person's contact information, provided that you show that your cause is legit.
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Well....there was this one time.....at band camp...

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quote:
Originally posted by The Video Nerds:
We are thinking of making a TV show (in the UK) about the greatest achievments by geeks. Such as...

My best obscure geek reference:

A friend of mine does a monthly comedy show here in Boston called The Geek Council. He gets four geeks up on stage and we all opine on various subjects. Usually about various geeky things (comics, movies, tv) and generally snarking the hell out of all of them.

The topic at the time was Ben Affleck as Daredevil (this was before the movie came out, mind you.) One of the other panelists was bitching about how terrible a choice we was for the part, how he'd never done anything good except for the Kevin Smith movies, etc. when I chimed in with...

"Yeah, but Affleck was the bomb in "Phantoms", yo."

Brought down the house. Not too many audiences you can use that joke on, though.

Come to think of it, I can probably dust it off for talking about Gigli now too. Go me! [Big Grin]

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Autodidact-
where is this place in Boston that you speak of? i live in boston, and it sounds like something i would like to see

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Icon 1 posted August 05, 2003 16:39      Profile for FatGnome     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I don't do geeky things... ummm erhhh maybe I should rephrase that. I don't do anything that isn't somewhat geeky.

List of somewhat geeky things

Built my own computer
Did a thing called Bible Quizzing and went to nationals once (kinda long story)
Getting an MIS degree (not even the CS students have the balls to do that Business geek and CS geek all in one.)
Fixed the vacume cleaner myself (today)
Played an old MMORPG called 10six for 48 hours straight once (had to stop due to splitting headache from too much caffine and sugar and no realy food.

Well ok so nothing terribly geeky going on for me

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one time I setup a web server on my dialup and used ssh to login to a remote shell account at my ISP where I then fired up lynx and browsed back into my box to see my own webpage!

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This is slightly off-topic, but I think a *better* show would be reality TV dating for geeks. Like that PoS show "Elimidate" but for people with IQs higher than ground squirrels and personalities that outshine the members of MTV's "The Real World." It would be cool. We could call it "Eliminerd" and geeks would vy for other geeks' attention using such time honored mating rituals as competitive Rubix cube solving, coding programs to display love messages, and the like. Wouldn't that be TV worth watching?

Seriously...call my people. [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by weensicka:
This is slightly off-topic, but I think a *better* show would be reality TV dating for geeks. Like that PoS show "Elimidate" but for people with IQs higher than ground squirrels and personalities that outshine the members of MTV's "The Real World." It would be cool. We could call it "Eliminerd" and geeks would vy for other geeks' attention using such time honored mating rituals as competitive Rubix cube solving, coding programs to display love messages, and the like. Wouldn't that be TV worth watching?

Seriously...call my people. [Wink]

Would the physical challenge consist of carrying 17" CRTs from one LAN party to another? Count me in. [Smile]

Geekiest thing I've ever done? Quiz Bowl. nuff said...

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As long as we get to vote off the aim-botting/wallhacking/camping players, then that sounds fine [Smile] BTW, isn't 17" a bit small for a monitor these days (yes, yes, size doesn't matter, etc [Wink] )
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Thanks for the.... suggestions. I felt a bit out of my depth posting but it has kicked off a fair amount of discussion.
Shame Boston's a bit far for us to travel to.
Is there anywhere else (real or virtual) that I should check out. I quite liked the overclockers and their one-up-manship style antics. But what else?
Are there any legends or fables out there - the biggest this that or whatever - the most number of people ever to...
Seriously though - what would people really think to a geek dating show. What would be the criteria?
Lastly. Like the Graemlins - but what the hell is this [Beard of Peter Gabriel!] and how should I use it?

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quote:
Video Nerds: I... us...
Not nit-picking, just curious: are you singular or plural IRL?

"Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds" (Emerson)

[Big Grin]

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Create a T.V. show that monitors the destructive powers of slashdot at work...I'd love to be able to watch as a server is brought to its knees. [evil]

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are you singular or plural IRL?
Must be singular. There's not much room in a Single-Celled Newbie for multiple personalities. [Wink]

I've often wondered about the Bearded Graemlin myself.

The geeky things I've done are probably not worth putting on a TV show (commenting on the W3C specs is not a spectator sport). But I think some of the most interesting geeky things I've seen on /. are the case mods. For example, the Hello Kitty laptop.

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Oh yeah, this didn't personally happen to me but I thought it was the funniest thing ever. At a quiz bowl competition, this girl answered some computer question and after the round, a guy from the other team decided to go over to her to chat. (That'd be me interested too [Wink] ) Anyway, they were talking for a bit and this came up:

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She asked him if he uses Slackware on his machine. He answered, "Why of course. Slackware is the oldest, tried and tested, and most reliable!" The girl's eyes lit up as she said "Real men use Slackware!"
I don't know why I thought that was so funny, but I've had that in my AIM profile ever since. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by The Video Nerds:
Seriously though - what would people really think to a geek dating show. What would be the criteria?

Well, I think you could model a geek dating show after a lot of the dating schlock that's on right now, except the contestants would be *interesting* and not rejects from the cast of Bikini Car Wash III (not like I've ever seen that or anything...)

I like the criteria suggested so far for elimination rounds and such. Other good things might be: I.D. that Shakespearean sonnet, or something like the contestant that *didn't* elect to suck a jello shot out of a girl's navel would win the round out of sheer decency.


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Lastly. Like the Graemlins - but what the hell is this [Beard of Peter Gabriel!] and how should I use it?

Umm...I believe it's a Peter Gabriel head and you use it to be kewl (but I could be wrong).
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there are people who've beat minesweeper in just over 40 seconds. that's fairly legendary.
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That [Beard of Peter Gabriel!] represents the oath "By the Beard of Peter Gabriel!" It takes the place of using Yay! or any other exclaimation of hapiness or coolness. Inspired by a JoT a while back, but I'm too lazy to look it up right now. Also an answer to a poll question in the Superfan Clubhouse. [Wink]
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Joy of Tech #393 seems to be the one in question (thanks to the JoyBase for finding that :)
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Just look in every single computer science class in every UK University !

Best Ive doen apart from programmign is to wear my Tux top to as many metal gigs as possible [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by The Video Nerds:
Are there any legends or fables out there - the biggest this that or whatever - the most number of people ever to...

Look around on slashdot for a while, and you'll see some recurring themes which would align well with your goals. Among them are: beowulf clusters of unlikely computing elements (Furbys, or laser printers, ...), world's smallest web server, most unlikely Linux port ("I got Linux to run on my wrist watch!"), most unlikely computer power source ("web server powered by potato"), etc.

Real footage of someone demonstrating a potato- or lemon-powered web server would be quite nifty.

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