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    Speak out with your geek out

    Take a stance against baiting nerd rage and stereotypes of geeks.

    Post about how much you love your geeky hobbies or vocation from Monday, September 12th, 2011 to Friday, September 16th on your blog, website, social media account or in a forum somewhere. Then come here and tell us about it. We'll have a kick-off post where you can stand and be counted.

    Let's show the world why we're awesome and why there is nothing wrong with being a geek.
    - http://www.speakoutwithyourgeekout.com/
    Everything I need to know I learned through Googling.

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    For me:

    - Star Trek fan (duh!) since 1966.
    - Doctor Who fan since the late 1980's.
    - Science fiction in general since forever.
    - Science in general since at least the second grade.
    - Freddy the Pig (series of children's books) since the second grade.
    - Women's professional soccer since the first league started in 2001.
    - Mac geek since 1985.

    There's probably more, but those are the high spots. Your turn.
    Everything I need to know I learned through Googling.

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    I'm 41 and play weekly D&D.
    'nuff said.
    I don't see any Ice Giants.

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    Catapults!

    (Bet you'd never have guessed!)
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Catapults!

    (Bet you'd never have guessed!)
    I'm shocked!

    Also someone who voluntarily spends three weekends a year in a field teasing a woman dressed as Mary Queen of Scots. Who am I to talk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    I'm 41 and play weekly D&D.
    'nuff said.
    I'm 45 and prefer GURPS. Unfortunately only have time to play bi-weekly.
    I also have a tattoo that shows I'm a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I enjoyed watching the Power Puff Girls until the Cartoon Network started dubbing them to Danish here, the new voices are horrible.
    Just took a pause from watching the entire run of Ghost in the Shell, at SAC 2nd GIG Episode 9, to watch the Family Guy parodies of the Star Wars trilogy. Which is taking a long time as I keep stopping it to look up references.
    And will argue vehemently that the myth that there was ever a Star Trek V movie is false.
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    Um. 10,000+ posts on BAUT? Gaming site? Watch cartoons, including Heathcliff on Netflix every night as I fall asleep? Office job selling insurance. I think I've covered enough ground.

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    Hmmm....

    Computers (I love messing around in Windows and Linux, and I build my own desktops)
    Large amateur rockets (my last one was 86 pounds at liftoff, and went to 7000 feet)
    At school for a masters in Aerospace engineering...

    (I think I qualify)

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    Computer systems engineer (I liked dos 3.11)
    Ham radio operator
    electronics geek for (lemme count...) 30 some years - spen the week building radio direction finding gear
    I have an oscilliscope - automatic bonus geek points

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    I have this peculiar interest in excavating and enlarging a small lava tube in my garden (well, I'm living on a volcano). The tube is now a cave about 6ft cube, has absolutely no practical use at all, and is very hard and dusty work drilling very slowly through solid rock. Do I qualify as a geek, or am I just a bog standard idiot?

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    Geek because:
    1) Attachment is the very first thing I thought of.
    2) Considers the attachment obligatory.
    3) Unrepentant gamer.
    4) Unrepentant retro-gamer.
    5) I own one of these for X3.
    6) Five full bookshelves.
    7) Top of three bookshelves are covered with my toys (mostly decorative, but the NERF gun is loaded and can be gotten to quickly.)
    8) And far, far too many other reasons to mention.
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    Leisurely reading generally involves books about cosmology or quantum theory.
    The most exciting night I've had in a long time was a book club meeting last Thursday, discussing genetics.
    My first reaction to astronomical numbers is to convert it to miles and then figure out how long it takes for the average human to walk.
    I am a gamer and don't even have a basement.
    My DVR list consists of Wonders Of The Solar System/Wonders Of The Universe (Brian Cox is delightfully geeky), Bad Universe, Through The Wormhole, and pretty much any show about black holes and star/galaxy formation.../blush, I take notes.

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    Chemist, nature geek, moderator on BAUT - I got my geek creds, dog!
    At night the stars put on a show for free (Carole King)

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    Actually, I must admit that I don't consider myself as much a geek as a nerd. To me, geeks are science and nerds are liberal arts, and while I spend a lot of time here (she said, having a higher post count than any non-mod), my first loves are music, literature, and history.
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    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    -anything to do with space
    -lately doing math problems for fun and proving to my self I can do them
    ...I'm still free, you can't take the sky from me.

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    Heck, half of us would qualify for geekhood just by our choices of avatars.
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    My geek/nerd CV:

    • Also a Star Trek fan since 1966...Star Fleet Technical Manual, NCC-1701 blueprints, etc.
    • I was a cellist (and dabbled in other instruments, including the bassoon) from the 7th grade and for several years after graduation from high school.
    • Past hobbies include electronics, model rocketry, drafting, taxidermy, and calligraphy.
    • I chose my military specialty, Avionic Sensors, because I would get to work with lasers...and lasers are, you know, cool.
    • I'm a flight sim enthusiast, complete with yoke, throttle, rudder pedals, a few instruments, real world nav charts, and a device that allows me to look around the virtual scene by tracking my head movement.
    • I'm a maker of sausage, salami, and other cured and smoked meats, which include the nerdly aspects of chemical and microbiological processes.
    • If there is a great outdoors category of nerdiness, my fly fishing, fly tying, and ammunition handloading hobbies probably qualify me.
    Brett's the name. Peters Creek is the place.
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    I use to collect stamps and still have them.
    ...I'm still free, you can't take the sky from me.

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    Hmmm...

    Astronomy geek since Jr. high
    Owned astro gear since 1997
    Willing to take 2 day road trips to get to good observing sites
    Star Trek fan since the early-mid 70's
    Sci Fi geek since the mid 70's
    Other than sports, TV watching consists mostly of science documentaries
    History buff

    Guess I'm both a geek and a nerd...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LookingSkyward View Post
    Computer systems engineer (I liked dos 3.11)
    Ham radio operator
    electronics geek for (lemme count...) 30 some years - spen the week building radio direction finding gear
    I have an oscilliscope - automatic bonus geek points
    I've also been a ham radio operator, etc. I get massive extra points because my oscilloscope is a permanent fixture in my living room.

    I prefer the term nerd over geek because geeks originally were people who bit the heads off chickens in carnival sideshows. That goes way beyond nerdism!

    You used to be a nerd simply by having a computer but that's no longer a given. I recently sold a 1970's IMSAI 8080 computer to a 22-year-old who was salivating over the idea of programming it. I think that qualifies for a new term -- retronerd.
    "There are powers in this universe beyond anything you know. There is much you have to learn. Go to your homes. Go and give thought to the mysteries of the universe. I will leave you now, in peace." --Galaxy Being

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    I failed to mention the name of my first large trebuchet.

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    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Read encyclopedias for fun.
    Look up the etymology of words.
    Have spent almost a year designing my own SF world.
    Perform lots of experiments to see if things work.
    Science fiction fan longer than I can remember.

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    Spent prom night at home watching NASA TV.

    Spent my first Saturday in college walking across the river to the MIT campus and trying to find a building named after a deceased astronaut.

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    I am the ultimate LHC geekette!
    I love Star Wars as well as Star Trek
    I love anything to do with astronomy
    I love Dr Who I personally think Matt Smith is amazing
    I love nothing better than sitting down with a good physics book
    Oh and I also collect old coins and I did the whole stamp collecting thing when I was younger

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    When deciding to try out the Couch to 5K program I noticed that it specified intervals of running and walking and instead of actually going out and doing that, I spent a couple of hours mixing a soundtrack with the correct intervals of fast and slow music to control when I'd run and walk.

    It's now 14 days since I started and on my third attempt I finally managed to complete day 1: 5 minutes warm up walk, then 8 repeats of 1 minute of running and 1 minute of walking, measured afterwards on Google Earth it was 3.1 km in 25 minutes.
    Looks like I started out about 1 level below couch potato.
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    I must be a nerd because whenever someone asks me some version of "what's new with you", I do not answer honestly so as to avoid the blank stare and instead will reply with "not much, how about you".

    I read a lot of old stuff by the original authors doing the initial sorting out of how things work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LookingSkyward View Post
    Computer systems engineer (I liked dos 3.11)

    I have an oscilliscope - automatic bonus geek points
    Only one? Ha! I have two (Tek 2336 and Hitachi VT-220) lol!

    Quote Originally Posted by Luckmeister View Post
    I recently sold a 1970's IMSAI 8080 computer to a 22-year-old who was salivating over the idea of programming it. I think that qualifies for a new term -- retronerd.
    I remember building an 8080 computer on a breadboard in 1976 because I couldn't afford an IMSAI.

    The engineer who developed the power supply for those first 8080 computers is a good friend and remembers meeting a 15-year old Bill Gates as a snotty kid (and Albuquerque bankers are STILL kicking themselves in the butt for not giving him a chance back in the late 70s).

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenrikOlsen View Post
    When deciding to try out the Couch to 5K program I noticed that it specified intervals of running and walking and instead of actually going out and doing that, I spent a couple of hours mixing a soundtrack with the correct intervals of fast and slow music to control when I'd run and walk.

    It's now 14 days since I started and on my third attempt I finally managed to complete day 1: 5 minutes warm up walk, then 8 repeats of 1 minute of running and 1 minute of walking, measured afterwards on Google Earth it was 3.1 km in 25 minutes.
    Looks like I started out about 1 level below couch potato.
    You're not a nerd.... you're a jock.
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    First, note that I suck at it; second, note that the approach is cerebral rather than gonadal.
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