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Does this perchance have anything to do with that spurious and fiendish arguement that women have a lower propensity to math and science in the university? In my experience women gamers and RPGers at least add so much to the experience of gaming as to be incaluable and I only wish there was more ways to introduce more girls to gaming at an earlier age.

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I play Half Life and Counterstrike and occasionally Mume and all of that, but guys like most of you never really believe it because I don't look the part - more girls play that stuff than you think, it's just that not all of us look that obvious.
To sway off subject a bit, that poses another problem...I'm really only interested in sort of geeky guys, but those of you looking for the same in a girl always assume I'm some blonde bimbo because I used to do cheer (hated the girls but it kept me in shape) and tennis and don't make a point of explaining to everyone that I am in fact not an idiot.
What is it gonna take? I mean, should I geek myself up?

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quote:
Originally posted by KatherineRose:
To sway off subject a bit, that poses another problem...I'm really only interested in sort of geeky guys, but those of you looking for the same in a girl always assume I'm some blonde bimbo because I used to do cheer (hated the girls but it kept me in shape) and tennis and don't make a point of explaining to everyone that I am in fact not an idiot.
What is it gonna take? I mean, should I geek myself up?

Hmm, if anyone thinks that tennis players are bimbos, they've got another think coming. All of the girls I've known who've played tennis have been very intelligent individuals. And that's coming from playing in a number of comps.

Haven't had any experiences with cheerleaders, sorry [Wink]

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Of course we exist, all be it in lesser numbers. I play alot of MMO's, and also come XBox live. But I made the mistake of buying a headset. The guys can't belive girls play so they call me 'trannie', I guess they think girls don't have opposable thumbs so they can't play, or we are so far in the minority we must not exist. But were out here... not that I have met any other than my self, ehh...
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quote:
Originally posted by millamushi:
I guess they think girls don't have opposable thumbs so they can't play, or we are so far in the minority we must not exist. But were out here... not that I have met any other than my self, ehh...

Of course womens have opposable thumbs. How else can they hold the cooking utensils? [Big Grin]

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Slightly related question/statement: My mom was making phonecalls on Wednesday and all of a sudden looked up and asked, 'How'd we learn to dial with our thumbs?'

I explained that it's 'cause we cradle the phone in our hand, leaving only our thumb to dial. Any thoughts?

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if you can't find a gamer geek girl, i would recommend looking for a "geek groupie". that's what i was when I was 16. I was more into drama myself, but i really feel hard for guys who were into computers and D&D and really smart. maybe some of those band or drama girlies are dying for a nerdling to teach her what RAM means. You have to start somewhere!

I still consider myself a geek groupie. I LOVE to talk to guys who are into programming or hardware about what they do, but I don't like to do it myself. I'm a technical writer, so I enjoy learning about something, but not putting it to practical use. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Slightly related question/statement: My mom was making phonecalls on Wednesday and all of a sudden looked up and asked, 'How'd we learn to dial with our thumbs?'

I explained that it's 'cause we cradle the phone in our hand, leaving only our thumb to dial. Any thoughts?

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I've got one. "Why the hell do we all refer to it as 'dialing', when what we are actually doing is pushing buttons? I haven't even seen a working rotary dial phone in about 20 years."

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As recently as seven years ago my grandmother still had a rotary phone and a party line to their farm.

"Dialing" is probably used 'cause it's shorter and easier to say than "pushing the numbered buttons on the phone." [Wink]

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To quote Ellen Degeneres(sp?)

"Why do we still use the arm rolling motion to mean roll down your window?"

Like all things these motions are engrained into the common psyche. We dial phones. We roll down our windows. And we make the twisting motion with our hand to say turn up or turn down the radio.

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Hey! My Sony boombox (do they still call them that?) from about five years ago has a volume dial. Maybe more recent ones don't?

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
As recently as seven years ago my grandmother still had a rotary phone and a party line to their farm.

"Dialing" is probably used 'cause it's shorter and easier to say than "pushing the numbered buttons on the phone." [Wink]

"Keying" or "keypadding".

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quote:
Originally posted by garlicguy:
I haven't even seen a working rotary dial phone in about 20 years.

I have one of the old hardwired ones in my bedroom, converted to connect to a modular jack. Has a ring that would wake the dead too, at one point I had a modem at work set to call me. It would ring the phone and wake me up. I've found I can sleep through pretty much any alarm clock, but never that phone. If I'm feeling ambitious, maybe I will take a picture.

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It's hard for me to see why people find it so unbelievable to think girl geeks actually exist. I'm a) a girl, b)a gamer, c) a coder, and d) live my life on my computer...and couldn't imagine being any other way.

Oh...but I don't wear glasses.

Go figure. [Smile]

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Hmm...it's not been that long since I've used a rotary phone. I /may/ have one somewhere at work - or else I have one or two laying about here somewhere. I first used rotary phones when I was a kid - I think I'm almost better with them than touch tone desk phones. For awhile, I had a nice simple touch tone, analog desk phone - the tactile response was pretty good, at that. There was only one downside to it - lack of speakerphone...which really bites when you're on hold with tech. support. Right now I have a relatively nice Nortel phone, but I absolutely suck at dialing numbers on the thing. I don't think my index finger is meant to be used to input numbers at nearly arm's reach - my thumb is much better at this on my cell phone. Oh, and dialing with the phone in my other hand and/or cradled - fuggedaboutit...I've found that I stand the best chance of getting it right if I start on speakerphone, dial the number, and then pick up. Yes, I'm pitiful. At least I had my wits about me to call up a company, and tell them to stop spamming me. [Big Grin] The hell with unsubscribe links - having them pay for my 800 call to them, and employing a human to respond to me is the way to go. [Big Grin]

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I'm a geeky gamer girl who wears glasses, sometimes contacts, and my geeky boyfriend says I'm the hottest girlfriend he's ever had (so he says haha). I think it's pretty cool to play games with him, though if we didn't, that would be cool too. I hate shopping.
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Ah, yes. The rotary phone. It probably saved me from the hellish cycle of (bo deen wah chuk) "making telephone porridge" as we Chinese like to call it from when I was younger and turning into an annoying preppy teen. That was because I had no idea how the dailing system worked... do you spin the wheel as far as possible? Do you put your finger into the number before the one you want? Do you wait for it to fully reset to its original orientation.

Ahhh, now buttons makes the world go round [Big Grin]

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I vote we make a GC FAQ, or at least make some thread such as this sticky. I have seen something along these lines sooo many times...

Most of us have met a geek girl. You just have to know where to look. You'll stumble across them in everyday life, yeah; at the pub, etc. but you'll meet more in your compsci class at Uni.

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quote:
Originally posted by SilverBlade:
That was because I had no idea how the dailing system worked... do you spin the wheel as far as possible? Do you put your finger into the number before the one you want? Do you wait for it to fully reset to its original orientation.

Really, it's not terribly difficult. Hold a closed pen between your fingers, put in hole of number, slam it to the right until it stops, and let go. Rinse and repeat. [Smile]
(Using a pen is more comfortable than finger, at least if you're making a number of calls.)

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:

Really, it's not terribly difficult. Hold a closed pen between your fingers, put in hole of number, slam it to the right until it stops, and let go. Rinse and repeat. [Smile]
(Using a pen is more comfortable than finger, at least if you're making a number of calls.)
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As I said before dragonman97, that was when I was YOUNG(er) [Razz] I can operate a dial phone perfectly fine, thank you.

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Sorry, Silverblade. :-/

I think I was probably using a rotary phone by or before age 8, though. [Wink] /me grew up with some fun tech toys and background. [Razz]

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No no dman, its okay. [Razz] I was being hearty when I said that!

I was always stuck to the computer, even at a very young age. My family was an Apple user even then!

A picture of the mac we had.

I remember playing Alleyway, and all it was was a blue screen with some coloured blocks, a black ball and a platform thing. I was quite good at it, actually [Razz] Then my sister put a train ticket into the zip drive and messed it up hehe. But ah, good times, good times. [Razz]

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Well i know this gamer/geek girl who plays CS at the local hub. Shes 15 and hot [Big Grin]

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I'm a geek girl in the LA area and I was hoping if you guys could point me in the right direction to finding more smart cool geeks in the general vicinity.

I'm in my 20s and looking for other geeks in the same age range. Thanks a bunch!

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I'm 15 (turning 16 in august) and I consider myself to be a gamer girl. I don't play as much as I used to though, because school is too demanding...I don't owe my ps2 term papers...

That doesn't mean I've lost it though! I'm addicted to fighting games like Tekken, Soul Calibur, Smash Brothers, etc and I can definitely take down my cousin and all his (really) dorky gamer friends. I also lurve RPGs, but it's getting harder to find good ones...

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