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Icon 1 posted December 10, 2008 17:09      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So, I was wondering today, we are all on the same forum because we share a "common" bond... we are all geeks! But then I got to thinking, what is it about us that makes us geeks? I guess for me it would be the fact that I love anything techy, continuing my education, and men with pocket protectors and glasses. [Razz]
What makes you a geek?

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I believe that is passion in what we love, like artists. Different from them, our passion is not always oriented to an audience, but for our own enjoymen. Well, I'm a tenor at my uni's choir, so I'm both [Razz]
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quote:
Originally posted by Richard Wolf VI:
I believe that is passion in what we love

Agreed. Whenever I get called a geek (be it at work, at home, when playing sport, when out shopping, whatever) it's because I get carried away explaining or ranting about something that interests me. The reason I'm able to wax so lyrical about that particular subject is because of the passion I have for learning everything there is to know about it.
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__________________ TheMoMan Here __ This is a topic that is hard to pin down. I suppose there could be a history Geek, doesn't have the same ring does it.

A co-worker once said "no matter what you do you can not escape the laws of physics."

So what fields are considered Geeky?

Physics
Chemistry
Astronomy
Bio-Chemistry
Math

These five also are very inter tied almost like shoe laces.

If you know what this link is about with out going there you are a GEEK.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRC_Handbook_of_Chemistry_and_Physics

If you don't believe in sciences all of the above mean nothing to you and then I guess you would not be a Geek.

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I've always considered myself a half-bred geek, mostly because I don't have the one-subject passion. (Maybe I just haven't found mine.) But I am scientifically curious about everything. Physics, chemistry, medicine - especially neurology -, sociology, anything, really. And what I love most is to find similarity in subjects that aren't directly related. And that's why I chose to study computer science, really. With that, you can end up working in any fields you want.

Actually, I've always preferred the term "informatics" over "computer science", as I see myself as a specialist of information: gathering data, keeping them in logical bunches (databases), manipulating them until it makes some sense (hardware/software programming) and thus reaches information status (a good user interface helps here). And then, you can digest information into knowlege.

Yep, that's where I earn my "geek" status. (And my bookworm tendency helps, too.)

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I think that this is more cultural than anything else. You can't just call yourself a geek, any more than someone can call themselves a hacker. It's almost like a recognition from those around you that you possess certain skills that many others lack. Maybe you have certain natural abilities that define "geek" cred.

For me, I'm just good with a computer. Build one up, tear it down, occasional programming, repairs, etc. There's just something about a computer that clicks in my head. Taking that a little further, if I was just as good with a car, I'd be a gearhead. So yes, I'll go with cultural influences on this one, LOL.

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I think it was my high school sophomore yearbook photo with white tape on my glasses. Plus entries that said, "Chess Club", "Model Rocket Club".

Right there, I think those are a few things that did it.

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It's that obsessive enthusiasm for their chosen subject that makes a true geek.

That chosen subject is often science-related, but it need not be. A true geek can 'find love' anywhere.

The 'jock' at work who insists on giving you a play-by-play description of last nights football game?
Sports geek.

The construction worker with the gun rack in his pickup truck, who can tell you the muzzle velocity and rate of fire of every firearm used since the Napoleonic wars?
Gun geek.

The accountant with a shed full of welding gear who built his kid a bike from raw materials?
Metalwork geek.

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This guy is definitely a geek.

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Icon 1 posted December 11, 2008 13:26      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yeah, he is a geek alright!
This robot girlfriend he has invented has me concerned. Why have a "real" girlfriend, when you can have this suitable replacement? No nagging, no bitching, she don't spend your money...even fakes her own orgasm, wow!!!

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quote:
Originally posted by geekygoddess:
No nagging, no bitching, she don't spend your money...

Kinda takes the challenge out of having a girlfriend, doesn't it?

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quote:
Originally posted by geekygoddess:
she don't spend your money...

21K is not enough for you? And that's just to have the girlfriend.

quote:
Originally posted by geekygoddess:even fakes her own orgasm, wow!!! [/QB]
But there's no word about her ability to give one to her "boyfriend". So as is, I'd think real girls would still win.

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Um, guys are kinda easy on that front, Stereo. Kind of like the genie in the bottle, with the right kind of rubbing the genie pops out.

On a more "geeky", sober note, there was, years ago, an episode of the Outer Limits (the '90's version), I think, about a wealthy guy who was married and had a fembot girlfriend. I forget the full story, but he falls in love with the fembot because she is so perfect. Gee, wish I could remember the whole storyline.

Of course, there are other, less sexual, uses for anatomically correct humanoid robots. But, that seems like a whole other thread, but a decidedly geeky one at that (medicine, caretaking, companionship for the disabled, military, dangerous jobs, etc.).

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But, that seems like a whole other thread, but a decidedly geeky one at that (medicine, caretaking, companionship for the disabled, military, dangerous jobs, etc.).

IIRC, but the article said he had a heart attack and pondered 'who would care for me?' As such, this is the ultimately geeky solution, but that assumes total honesty in the explanation. [Razz]

On a sillier note, iTunes is playing "All You Need Is Love" here. [Smile]

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I like taking things apart, building them up, and figuring out how they work.

Being really into CS probably didn't hurt either.

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