And you call yourself a geek because.....?

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    Jun 29, 2007 11:29 AM GMT
    Seems I've been coming across a number of people that profess to be a geek, or nerd, or dork, or whatever. I'm also included in that group, because, hey, all the cool kids are doing it.

    I want to know, what is it about you that makes you a geek? I mean, we all can assume, but let's get past that and find out.

    Now, I know I'm a geek because of my interests. I'm a gamer, and a gay one at that, and a minority also, so I probably could be considered for the endangered species list. We're talking all kinds of games: card games, board games, roleplaying games, LARPs (ask me if you don't know what these are), computer games, video games, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Hey, and I also know how to spell "etcetera."

    I have a penchant for languages and entomology, the study of the meaning and origin of words and phrases. It fascinates me to no end.

    Also, I have this knack for finding out the most random snippets of information and factoids and remembering them. Did you know the gestation period for an African elephant on average is 18 to 20 months? That tomorrow, June 30th, is a blue moon, the second time a full moon occurs within a given month? Men go through a similar spike in estrogen levels and emotional mood swings as a woman does on her period, but this only occurs up to 4 times a year?
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    Jun 29, 2007 1:06 PM GMT
    "I have a penchant for languages and entomology, the study of the meaning and origin of words and phrases."

    I'm a geek because I know that entomology is the study of insects and that your penchant is actually for etymology.
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    Jun 29, 2007 1:15 PM GMT
    Thanks for the correction, paradox.

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    Jun 29, 2007 1:15 PM GMT
    haha. love it...

    I'm getting my master's in cell bio and genetics. And I watch anime...and like all things sciency.

    BUT I'm not a LARPer thank God.
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    Jun 29, 2007 1:31 PM GMT
    LOL Paradox.

    I'm a geek because I spend every waking hour either using a computer or some electronic gadget. I am about to leave for a vacation in Maine and am scared that I won't have Internet access. I have spent much of the past month reading news and rumor sites for updates on the iPhone even though I don't have the money to buy one right now.

    When I was 13 I had my own BBS (the precursor the Internet forum) that I ran out of my bedroom. I actually later came out and met my first boyfriend on a GLBT BBS.

    I am avid fan of Jeopardy and tried out for the Teen Tournament back in the day. I watch every episode in hopes that I can get my response times and knowledge base up to the point where I can try out again.

    Wow, after reading that, I realized that I am a dork. :)
  • bwayne78

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    Jun 29, 2007 1:37 PM GMT
    I am a total geek in disguise...

    I love comic books! I have been collecting them since I was knee high to a grass hopper...

    ...and my boyfriend collects stamps and coins...especially ones from the confederate south...

    ...I guess that makes us both nerds!
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    Jun 29, 2007 1:43 PM GMT
    These forums definitely need an edit feature. BTW, I didn't post that correction in the spirit of arrogance or snottiness. It was a playful poke at a typo that was too good to pass up.

    I'm a geek because I'm passionate about technology, and I spend a lot of time learning about various subjects. In my gearhead phase, I had a Porsche 911 with Weber carbs instead of the stock wheezy fuel-injection system. This house used to be off-the-grid and powered by sun and wind. I ferment my own sauerkraut. I'm a hardcore foodie.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 29, 2007 1:59 PM GMT
    Well, I'm more nerd than geek, but here goes:

    I'm getting a PhD in a purely academic subject for the express purpose of spending my life teaching it at the college level.

    I spend a good amount of my free time in Barnes & Noble reading, as they're more convenient than my library. Said reading includes both "classics" and a good mix of SciFi/Fantasy.

    I know huge amounts of random trivia. This ranges from the personalities of the Greek gods to animal behavior to math in base 12 (my Dad used to declare the occasional Base 12 day, in which all numbers had to be expressed in base 12 instead of base 10). If not stopped, I have a tendency to slip into Professor Mode and explain random things to anyone who seems at all interested.

    The yearly summer vacation trip I eagerly anticipated as a child was the weekend in Toronto--one day at the zoo, one day at the Ontario Science Center.

    In high school I was president of the math team, and captain of the chess team. I made it to the state championships in math all 4 years, and was invited to nationals twice. The fact that I also lettered in wrestling and was captain of the tennis team is immaterial; the math team was the central extracurricular.

    I was really happy to take the GRE the last month it had a logic section on it...because logic puzzles are fun. I have a weakness for buying books of them in airports if I don't pack enough novels for the trip.

    The above list isn't exhaustive, but I think it's pretty compelling. I've had people tell me these don't make me a nerd. They're misguided. Nerd/Geek/Dork is a trait of personality, not of merely appearance. To those familiar with the Simpsons: Lisa is a nerd, Comic Book Guy is a geek, Milhouse is a dork. A better archetypal dork is Screech from Saved by the Bell, but more people are familiar with the Simpsons.
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    Jun 29, 2007 2:16 PM GMT
    I'm more of the opinion that Screech is a dork-wad. I feel sorry for the actor that played him all those years. He STILL gets shouts on the street, "Hey, it's Screech!"

    sick: You don't know what you're missing. Complete escapism entertainment where you can be someone completely different for an evening. Which leads me into another reason. I'm a theater geek. I love catching up on new plays, theaters and theater companies in the Chicago area. That's why for me LARPs are a perfect fit. Ya know? Some anime....not so good, but when you find one that's awesome....it's so awesome! Like, Excel Saga, or Cowboy Bebop, FLCL, Boogiepop Phantom.

    paradox: No hard feelings about the corrections. If I get something wrong, I appreciate if someone tells me what the right answer is. I'm open to critique and take it all constructively. You ferment your own sauerkraut? How long does that take?

    nickinstl: I'm like that now. It's hard for me to go AN HOUR without checking my email or forum posts, both here and elsewhere. Except when I sleep.
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    Jun 29, 2007 2:19 PM GMT
    So are we going to create a RealNerd web community, with photos expressed in the form of random numbers?


    I'm a marine science nerd, i used to sit at the dinner table at home and identify every part of the seafood we had for tea, needless to say i used to get offered all the shellfish when my family started to realise what they were eating.


    And i am fascinated by the complex matrilineal communtiies and intelligence levels of Orcas.

    Sports science and physiology is like a hobby.

    i also know random bits of trivia that can stop conversations dead in there tracks.

    So i suppose we should create a RealNerdyJock community.
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    Jun 29, 2007 2:41 PM GMT
    I am a duathlon and tri geek. Love checking out the new gear and races and training methods.

    When I see a guy riding a road bike, I am usually checking out the bike and not the hottie on the bike.

    I would also bet thet there are tons of tri geeks on this site.

    Oh and I used to watch Star Trek TNG but shhhh dont tell anyone.

    When I was a kid, I collected cards, baseball cards until they went on strike and then I collected cards from the Marvel Universe. Cards with XMen XFactor Spiderman and Fantastic Four on them. I still have all of those too! And all my comic books too!

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    Jun 29, 2007 2:46 PM GMT
    You just like wolverines bulge. Don't lie!



    *ssh* don't tell anyone i still watch cartoons.



    (and wolverine, droooooool)

    :)
  • darkeyedresol...

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    Jun 29, 2007 2:49 PM GMT
    The fact I know probably too much about the mighty morphing power rangers and following series...

    I fork over atleast 20 bucks in comic books a week...which includes a 20 percent discount in there...

    I like video gaming and anime, have been to an anime con and cosplayed...yea that was in the nail in the coffin.
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    Jun 29, 2007 2:50 PM GMT
    Mmmmm Wolverine's Bulge. Mmmmm Hugh Jackman
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    Jun 29, 2007 2:57 PM GMT
    I once had sex with a guy because he was a minor character on Earth: final conflict and he promised me a pair of prosthetic alien ears.

    I have an extensive zombie movie collection.

    I posses encyclopedic knowledge of every and all sci-fi TV shows and movies shot in Vancouver. The wedding scene in the Fantastic Four flick? That took place outside my last job. We watched the scene being filmed. And not to ruin the movie but the scene inn "singapore" was shot in the next alley over.

    I am constantly on the lookout because it's my life's ambition to sleep with one of the guys on BSG, preferably not Olmos but he'll do in a pinch. I once say the guy playing Baltar, he was out for a run in Stanley Park. He's way hotter in real life.

    I once spent 100 bucks to get Jeri Ryan's autograph.

    And last but not least....

    I have two, count em two gorgeous tats stretching from shoulder to bicep.

    They're Borg implants.

    Top that, bitches! :)
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    Jun 29, 2007 3:03 PM GMT
    I bow down to you 8 of 49,000

    The guy of Farscape that was in season 10 of stargate, Ben ... Well, hubba hubba!
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    Jun 29, 2007 3:03 PM GMT
    ChicGymGeek,
    I used to feel sorry for Dustin Diamond until I saw him on Celebrity Fit Club. That guy is a dick (and not in a good way :) ).
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    Jun 29, 2007 3:05 PM GMT
    Scullboy:

    You need to post some pics of those tats! I would love to see em!

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    Jun 29, 2007 3:06 PM GMT
    slut
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    Jun 29, 2007 3:39 PM GMT
    hmm... so many possibilities.

    •45 years without a girlfriend
    •Basement full of science fiction books & magazines
    •Electron microscope in the garage
    •Not only knew the etymology thing, but knows the differences between to, too, two, there, their, they're, insure and ensure.
    •Watched Star Trek TOS the first time around.
    •Was once featured in a article in F&SF
    •Can't watch the Discovery Channel for two hours without seeing someone I know.

    I can't go on. This stuff is more embarrassing than being gay.
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    Jun 29, 2007 3:47 PM GMT
    let's see, i'm a geek because:

    - went to computer science camp when i was 12.

    - built a robot with a friend in hs

    - made (and still have) a model of the tardis and k9 and my own tom baker scarf

    - bittorrent new episodes of dr who as they air in the uk (a yr is too long to wait for them to get to the states)

    - loved scifi fridays: sg1, stargate atlantis, battlestar

    - do the ny times crossword

    - have a penchant for even numbers over odd. yes, i will pass many open, available odd numbered lockers for an even one. i'm even happier when i get a palindrome, e.g., 242.

    - can't wait for july: harry potter book AND movie!

    - work as a software engineer

    - oh and there's so much more
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    Jun 29, 2007 4:17 PM GMT
    LOL...besides the fact I am a dork cause I have all the Golden Girls on DVD, have a comic book collection, and still collect action figures...all He-Man by the way. I even have He-Man DVDs too. I also still play Age of Empires...even though it is totally not cool. I loved chemistry...so now I am a mixologist(bar tender). I did a lot of geeky stuff in HS...physics, chemistry, and a tech class...made robots and even designed a space center. I am now a CAD dork...making houses on the computer...oh and lets not forget the James Bond tech gadgets that I have. I don't know why but I got a digital scale that fits in my wallet...in case I feel I'm getting ripped off I guess. Lets not forget the key chain digi cam either...for my secret spy missions...and my night vision goggles. GOD what a dork.
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    Jun 29, 2007 5:15 PM GMT
    Mmmmmm, Cyclops....
    Wait, what the hell is wrong with me? He sucks! And not in the good way...

    Ya know? I like the idea of a RealNerdyJock site, or a forum dedicated to that, but I guess topics like that belong in this already existing forum.

    Oh, have I mentioned I tend to overanalyze things?
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    Jun 29, 2007 5:22 PM GMT
    Overanalysing, thats not a nerd function, thats a normal function of life, i do it CONSTANTLY, thats why i spent 10yrs hiding by love of vag and cock from my parents :D

    Now that thats all gone, bring on the better life


    And cyclops, totally totally wrong! Shame.

    Silver surfer, johnny storm, wolverine and batman

    Big plastic sheet, and a big tub of baby oil.

    Sacreligious.
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    Jun 29, 2007 6:00 PM GMT
    scullboy: I bow down to you and your Borg implant tattoos. You take the cake....so far. But, we need to see proof. I really want to see the tattoos that you have, not the lean muscles, taught and rippling, veins spanning over like roads on a map....uh, I mean.....

    Surf: Yes, it was your idea for a RealNerdyJock thing. I like the way you think and do cartwheels.

    mindgarden: Wow, you sure know a lot of people in the science fields.

    hemanstud: In retrospect, I loved He-Man, but it just didn't stand up to the test of time, and time glosses over memories. I love the night goggles.