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?