To be a geek is something of a badge of honour these days. It used to be the case that to be categorised in that way was something of a slur, bringing into question your social abilities, stature and ability to connect on any level with anyone other than a fellow geek.
That’s no longer the case: It’s almost the case that geekism is now trendy and hip and there’s an almost grudging admiration from those who firmly fit into the non-geek category for their bespectacled, awkward, pale-skinned compadres. It’s a cross between wanting to tickle them under the chin and say “aww, aren’t they cute”, and the nagging realisation that your average geek probably possesses the knowledge and means to hack into the Pentagon and direct a pre-emptive nuclear strike, directed at you personally, whilst simultaneously whupping your butt at World of Warcraft!
I accepted long ago that I’m of the geekoid persuasion – it’s never really worried me that much, but I’d does have its irritations. There are few things more annoying than having to endure the wafflings of a know-it-all who patently, to the trained mind, actually knows nothing at all and is spouting a load of nonsense. Then there’s the lack of opportunity to ever have a full-on, in-depth geek discussion on a level that meets that deep-seated desire to know and explore all that is knowable.
SL to the rescue! Our virtual world is a geek’s paradise, not only does it provide us with ample opportunity to dive into the nitty-gritty of truly geekolastic topics as 3D rendering, optimal computer settings, baud rates and multi-threading, but it is stuffed to the gills with other geeks who enjoy nothing better than getting deeply embroiled in endless conversations and debates about everything from non-Newtonian fluids to quotes from the director’s cut of fabulously obscure moves from the 80s that were only ever released as showreels on U-matic video! No to mention that you can do all this whilst dressed as Batman, wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the word ‘Bazinga!’, and surrounded by posters making obscure references to girls in red dresses, black cats and the phrase “I know Kung Fu”.
It’s the perfect environment for me, and best of all, SL gives me an opportunity to use some of that seemingly useless knowledge in a productive way. I’ve lost count of the number of times that somebody has asked “Does anyone know how I can…” and I’ve found myself jumping in, almost without thinking: “Preferences > graphics > general > maximum complexity slider to max”, or spending ten minutes in IM with somebody to diagnose and fix a problem that they just haven’t been able to sort out themselves. In SL, geek really is cool, especially when it means you can make someone’s day by pointing them in the direction of a hidden debug setting, or digging them out of an ever deepening technical hole.
However, it is possible to be a little too geeky. I realised that this week when one of those annoying and intrusive ads popped up on my phone. We’ve all had them… Invitations to download the latest game, sign up to Amazon Prime or check out the latest cut price lingerie collection, but I finally realised I’d taken geekism to a whole new level when the this particular advertisement demanded my attention… I mean, how many people, in all honesty get targeted adverts trying to sell them oscilloscopes?
I’m rather proud of it, actually!
hacking on computers disassembling stuff
paid off in the end now who got it rough
the beauty of the baud and the world of the switch
make a new generation of us geekstas rich
YTCracker – Meganerd