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					Being a geek
(Howto v1.0)

Synopsis
What is a geek? You want to become a geek? What is good about being a geek? Test if you are good enough

What is a geek?
Any idea?

M-W Definition
Etymology: probably from English dialect geek, geck fool, from Low German geck, from Middle Low German Date: 1914 1 : a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake 2 : a person often of an intellectual bent who is disapproved of

Web definition
 http://samsara.circus.com/~omni/geek.html

A geek is someone who spends time being "social" on a computer:
IRC

Multi user games
writing shareware

Geek vs Nerd
A nerd is a person with no social skills, usually obsessed with science or technology. Geek is more computer specific.

Become a geek
Find yourself a computer-related passion with which you can waste spend all your time. Then find your location in this hierarchy:

Next step: the Geek code
Now you have to create your geek code. Current version is 3.x at http://www.geekcode.com/geek.html Example:
-----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK----Version: 3.1 GED/J d-- s:++>: a-- C++(++++) ULU++ P+ L++ E---- W+(-) N+++ o+ K+++ w--- O- M+ V-- PS++>$ PE++>$ Y++ PGP++ t5+++ X++ R+++>$ tv+ b+ DI+++ D+++ G+++++ e++ h r-y++**

------END GEEK CODE BLOCK------

The translation
 GED/J: Geek of Education and Geek of Jurisprudence (Law)  d--: My t-shirts go a step further and have a trendy political message on them  s:++>: Average height and Linebacker candidate  a--: 20-24  C++(++++): Computers are a large part of my existence. When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is log myself in. -> I'll be first in line to get the new cybernetic interface installed into my skull.  …  5+++: I am a True Worshipper of the Church of Joe who lives eats breathes and thinks Babylon 5.

Too hard to translate?
Check out the geek code decoder page: http://www.ebb.org/ungeek/

Computer-related humor
Example: Howto -> http://www.waferbaby.com/howto/
how to watch good movies how to have sex unintentionally
how to always have a hot girlfriend

A Girl’s Guide to Geek Guys:

http://college.antioch.edu/~totally/geek.html http://www.copinedegeek.com

Funny IETF RFC’s
RFC #3251 Electricity over IP RFC #2324 Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP/1.0) RFC #3092 Etymology of "Foo" RFC #2549 IP over Avian Carriers with Quality of Service

WRITE IN C
(sung to The Beatles "Let it Be")  When I find my code in tons of trouble, Friends and colleagues come to me, Speaking words of wisdom: "Write in C."  As the deadline fast approaches, And bugs are all that I can see, Somewhere, someone whispers" "Write in C."  Write in C, write in C, Write in C, write in C. LISP is dead and buried, Write in C.  I used to write a lot of FORTRAN, for science it worked flawlessly. Try using it for graphics! Write in C.  If you've just spent nearly 30 hours Debugging some assembly, Soon you will be glad to Write in C.  ….

Last but not least
One point not to be forgotten is:

You MUST have a definite idea about whether Emacs or Vi is the best text editor.
It is one of the main topics you will have to discuss and one of the most important...

Typical debating

What is good about being a geek?
You have the right to wear nice T-shirts: http://geekt.org/ http://geekshirts.sourceforge.net/

Sexiest Geek Alive Contest
http://www.sexiestgeekalive.com/

Find a Job
http://www.rentageek.com/
“Rent A Geek is your best source on the World Wide Web for locating freelance computer consultants and consulting companies.”

Final Test
http://www.amigeekornot.com/

Are you a geek?


				
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