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MaximB
July 1st, 2006, 08:48 AM
the geeks build linux and we are very greatful for it.
but do YOU call yourself a geek ?

I personlly do not call myself a geek nor other ppl call me by that name.

.t.
July 1st, 2006, 09:00 AM
I am in the same situation; I like computers but I refuse to be labelled (by myself or others) a geek.

LoclynGrey
July 1st, 2006, 09:10 AM
no, but my wife calls me a geek.

skull_leader
July 1st, 2006, 09:14 AM
I voted "no," but I am an aspiring geek. :cool:

kigina
July 1st, 2006, 09:27 AM
no, but my wife calls me a geek.

same

woedend
July 1st, 2006, 09:27 AM
I'm a jack of all trades, master of none.
If you saw my resume you'd think I was strange.
Right now Im working as a janitor. I cannot stand working all day on a computer or sitting down at work all day for that matter.
I do like the internet, but don't adapt well...I HATE new technology(ipods, cell phones, blogs, feeds, etc.).
I hate compiling things. I hate when computers don't do what I want them to. I don't know how to program them. But I learn to use things as best I can,whether its automobiles, tools, or OS's.... and I like to help others with information i've acquired along the way(hence the main reason I hang out here...I rarely ask questions anymore)
so to answer the question...maybe? I like to just think of myself as 'rounded' :p.

nickpaton
July 1st, 2006, 09:28 AM
I'm confused as to how I've ended up with my 'classification'

I'm best described as a Rock & Roll Geek

Love the 70's rock greats, Steve Miller, Billy Preston, Huey Lewis & the News (well he is maybe not 70's but you get the picture!), which has this image of headbanging long hair (which I had and did!).

And yet I live in total Geekdom and occasional come out and join the world of marriage, wife, DIY, supermarked shopping, and worst of all having to socialise with others.

What does this say about me - I sound terrible - but everyone says I'm OK, but can be a bit eccentric at times;)

xtacocorex
July 1st, 2006, 01:57 PM
I don't call myself a geek, I'm a nerd. It just so happens, that all my friends think I'm the coolest nerd around too because I don't act like a stereotypical nerd, unless you get me started on Aerodynamics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerodynamics) or Computational Fluid Dynamics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computational_fluid_dynamics).

The only reason I'm a nerd and not a geek is because, to me, nerd connotates a more scientific aspect than geek. I'm not saying that there isn't Science in computers, it's just not as apparant to most people.

Here is my breakdown:
Computers -> Geek
Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering -> Nerd

My dad says I'm a computer geek, but I only know computers because of being an engineer, so therefore the geek in me is brought in part by being a nerd.

BWF89
July 1st, 2006, 02:13 PM
but do YOU call yourself a geek ?
No, because I don't bite the heads off of live chickens for the entertainment of others :)

MetalMusicAddict
July 1st, 2006, 02:32 PM
Ive been known to accept the title before, but a nerd I am not.

Raavea
July 1st, 2006, 02:41 PM
I have been called a Geek on numerous occasions, but if I follow xtacocorex's breakdown, I'm a Nereek. :lol:

I dislike lables, in principle, but they are awful useful in jokes and conversation. For instance, how many of you would understand completely when I say: 'I'm not a goth, I just like black, and chains, and spikes.' (And rainbows and beads and strange hats... And computers and biology, ecology, geology, geography, chemistry, physics, algebra, architecture, and plants and rats and ferrets but not people because they scare me.)

Miguel
July 1st, 2006, 04:19 PM
OK, here I go:
I am a physicist, currently doing a PhD on high pressure physics
I love most areas of maths (group theory, complex variable, blablabla) with the likely exception of manifolds
While I stand some modern pop, I'd rather listen to Dire Straits, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Pink Floyd... and I'll try to go to the general tests of Opera performances in Bilbao (they are much cheaper, a yearly membership is out of budget).
I follow motorsport to death. I mean, I'm one of those guys that watches F-1 races live with the laptop displaying live timing.
I used to game a flight simulator, Falcon 4.0. This replicates over 90% of the unclassified systems of an F-16 in a realistic way. If I don't fly now is because lack of time... and because my laptop doesn't have a numeric keyboard.
I'm currently hooked to Baldur's Gate 2, but this is by no means my first RPG. I've played the Lands of Lore series, Morrowind, Elvira, Elvira 2, Waxworks and will probably give the Eye of the Beholder a go.
And, yes, I use linux


I think this sums it up pretty acurately. Do you think this makes me a freak, a geek or a nerd? Anyway, I'm proud of it. If you were wondering, I do have a social life. I usually go out on fridays and saturdays with my friends. And I even have a girlfriend*!!!!!

* She is a psychologist. My mates tease me saying that she goes out with me because of her thesis "Freak individuals: how to live with them"

tsb
July 1st, 2006, 04:22 PM
No, because I don't bite the heads off of live chickens for the entertainment of others :)


It's bats darnit! And that s never being a geek. =D>

G Morgan
July 1st, 2006, 04:57 PM
I don't consider myself a geek. I've been called a geek and a jock* within 1 hour of each other at one point. I played rugby when I was younger but also have been ripping computers apart from age 11 so I'm not sure if I fully qualify for geekdom all of the time. However I do everything to extremes so I could be considered a geek in that respect.

*in the sporting sense rather than the Scottish sense

SpEcIeS
July 1st, 2006, 06:38 PM
Being called a geek or nerd is a compliment. The people saying this are simply admitting their incompantency, and or lazy behaviour, so really it is a label to be pleased with. After all anything can be said with a negative overtone. Try it, "Lawyer". ;-)

RavenOfOdin
July 1st, 2006, 08:28 PM
Yup, but if you looked at me, you wouldn't know it.

weasel fierce
July 1st, 2006, 08:46 PM
Everyone I work with and interact with at work, knows Im a gamer, a computer geek and a roleplayer. So yeah, I embrace the geekness.

But then, this is Portland. If you can think of it, we got one of it here, and we're fine with that

weasel fierce
July 1st, 2006, 08:47 PM
I'm currently hooked to Baldur's Gate 2, but this is by no means my first RPG. I've played the Lands of Lore series, Morrowind, Elvira, Elvira 2, Waxworks and will probably give the Eye of the Beholder a go.
And, yes, I use linux

If you're playing Lands of Lore, you're not just a geek, you're a gentleman and a scholar

Stolie
July 1st, 2006, 10:58 PM
To quote MC Chris: "I'm a geek! Spelled G double-E K..."

djsroknrol
July 2nd, 2006, 12:41 AM
I fancy myself as a fanatic.....:)

jeffc313
July 2nd, 2006, 12:45 AM
i call myself one, but besides from owning two linux tshirts, and carrying around my hacked one-time-use cameras, I do a pretty good job of hiding it.

Anduu
July 2nd, 2006, 04:23 AM
no, but my wife calls me a geek.

Ditto....

Unfortunately I'm the only geek I know...I work in the construction industry(...I'm lead hand on a framing crew...) and none of the guys I work with nor other friends give a rats *** about computers.

Kind of a bummer not having anyone to talk tech with :cry:

richbarna
July 2nd, 2006, 06:32 AM
I'm a jack of all trades, master of none.
If you saw my resume you'd think I was strange.
Right now Im working as a janitor. I cannot stand working all day on a computer or sitting down at work all day for that matter.
I do like the internet, but don't adapt well...I HATE new technology(ipods, cell phones, blogs, feeds, etc.).
I hate compiling things. I hate when computers don't do what I want them to. I don't know how to program them. But I learn to use things as best I can,whether its automobiles, tools, or OS's.... and I like to help others with information i've acquired along the way(hence the main reason I hang out here...I rarely ask questions anymore)
so to answer the question...maybe? I like to just think of myself as 'rounded' :p.

Thanks for writing my post for me :)
Although I do still ask questions, and I'm not a janitor (English Teacher)

My friends and family call me a geek, probably because they aren't very computer literate and I'm the only person they know that can fix their Windows computers for free.

ubuntu_demon
July 2nd, 2006, 09:16 AM
I'm proud to be a geek :)

bonzodog
July 2nd, 2006, 11:02 AM
yup, absolute geek, totally addicted to computers, and proud of it. :D

manicka
July 2nd, 2006, 01:23 PM
I'm proud to be a geek :)
ditto :)

krazykirk
July 4th, 2006, 07:16 AM
No way man! I'm not a geek! If you didn't know me at all and looked at me, you would not think that i am anything like that! But I am very good with computers... (I can figure out computers so fast)

ajifans
July 4th, 2006, 09:46 AM
I'm not a geek, I'm a connoisseur!

Where possible I don't:

- eat fast food;
- drink cheap beer;
- watch low-brow films;
- Use MICROSOFT products!

woedend
July 4th, 2006, 09:56 AM
- eat fast food;
- drink cheap beer;
- watch low-brow films;


Doh....that pretty much describes my average day.

ubuntu_demon
July 4th, 2006, 10:53 AM
I'm not a geek, I'm a connoisseur!

Where possible I don't:

- eat fast food;
- drink cheap beer;
- watch low-brow films;
- Use MICROSOFT products!
LOL :-D

Glauco
July 6th, 2006, 02:06 AM
I have a small shop with my brother... We sell PCs, mice, keyboard and so... It's very common to have 3 ou 4 people talking about technology, OSes, programs, etc. But, it's funny to see other people's face looking to us, just as we were from anoter planet. 8-)
Another funny thing: I was an attorney! Only God knows why!

Greetings from Brazil, and sorry about my poor English.

slimdog360
July 6th, 2006, 02:49 AM
anyone who posts on this forum on a consistant basis := a geek

Iandefor
July 6th, 2006, 03:40 AM
I don't think of myself as a geek... but other people do.

benplaut
July 6th, 2006, 03:55 AM
i'm a geek, and proud of it :)

Koori23
July 6th, 2006, 04:19 AM
I'm a jack of all trades, master of none.
If you saw my resume you'd think I was strange.
Right now Im working as a janitor. I cannot stand working all day on a computer or sitting down at work all day for that matter.
I do like the internet, but don't adapt well...I HATE new technology(ipods, cell phones, blogs, feeds, etc.).
I hate compiling things. I hate when computers don't do what I want them to. I don't know how to program them. But I learn to use things as best I can,whether its automobiles, tools, or OS's.... and I like to help others with information i've acquired along the way(hence the main reason I hang out here...I rarely ask questions anymore)
so to answer the question...maybe? I like to just think of myself as 'rounded' :p.

I'm with him. I worked at a gas station in High School, then an Insurance company.. Joined the National Guard and graduated from bootcamp/AIT in '01, sent to Afghanistan in '02, Iraq in '03. Came back, started racing Formula Ford's around the Midwest USA, started working for a Manufacturing firm in Indiana.. Been there ever since.. I know enough about cars (Change the oil, tires, wax/wash etc).. I can find my way around a computer, Can't figure out women for the life of me,... Basically, I consider myself well rounded.

At no time, in my short 24 years was I ever considered a geek, although, secretly.. I do make an attempt to learn the finer details of this Ubuntu install.