Geek Soundoff

With the unusually high number of people who are geeky and proud of it, I'm curious how we break down as a population. How many linguistics geeks? How many engineers? How many of us are dedicated Trekkies? How many of us know more than the average person would ever want to about a goat's digestive system? Math? Sciences? Martial arts? Art? Crafting? We seem to have a wide variety, so let's get a list going.

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I'll be the first to admit it, I'm a geek. I love orthographies, codes, ciphers and pretty much anything old-school cryptology. I can sound out some really random scripts, like Ancient Egyptian. I'm a linguistics major, so I get to indulge in various linguistic geekery on pretty much a daily basis. I also speak Latin (passable) and French (near fluent) and a handful of phrases in other languages.

I also like 'collecting' manners for different countries around the world, and try to apply them often in order to be as internationally polite as I can. I'm hoping it's a good habit to get into with all this globalization going on. Certainly doesn't hurt to know!

I'm also apparently a great resource for costuming. I won National Latin Competition in 2004 for my portrayal of Camilla (From the Aeneid, for those of you classics geeks trying to remember who that is.) I regularly sew and knit, although crochet is my bane. I also enjoy macrame, beading, and various other threadcrafts, and know how to do several others that I don't enjoy (drop spindles are of the devil!)

I'm absolutely not a math geek, but I do enjoy listening to engineers chat about zeppelins and infinitely tall ladders (this one was from a logic homework proof... and the results of what a ladder like that would do the universe) My minor is in Computer Science
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That should be plenty to start us off... So what about you?
What esoteric knowledge have you horded up? What do you geek out about?

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MeiLin's picture

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I craft like crazy. Spinning, knitting, crochet, sewing. Some weaving. I can fiber-geek like mad.

I'm a PHP programmer. I was quoted once on a beginning PHP syllabus as saying "PHP is a mess, but it's a web-specific mess." I specialize in Drupal, which means I'm also semi-fluent in MySQL. I've been doing HTML markup since 1994; I remember when getting the "center" tag was a BFD.

I used to head a tech support department way back in the mid-90s. I owned one of the first internet cafes in the US. I fell in love with the internet on IRC back when it was possible to just dig around on IRC and have fun. I belonged to the Well in the '80s. I used gopher and finger.

I own the "Five Foot Shelf of Books," the classic collection that, read front to back, could give one quite a decent liberal arts education. My books are 100+ years old. I'm a hopeless Patrick O'Brian fan. I homeschool my kids. I own a hard copy of the PDR.

I am simultaneously completely turned on by space stuff--astronomy etc--and terrified at the thought of going there. My idea of religious experience is a high-def pic from the Hubble.

Paradoxically, I find there's something to astrology; my guess is that it's a coincidental way of mapping rhythms in human life and society. I read tarot cards, but I'm out of practice.

My idea of good TV is anything on the History, Science or Discovery channels. (Well, not *everything.* But much of it.) I find Adam and Jamie incredibly sexy. "How It's Made" is mesmerizing. I actually watch CSPAN; Commons Question Time is my fave. Smile

I know too much about Star Trek but don't really consider myself a Trekkie/er. I'm married to a Star Wars fanboy who can freeze-frame the Cantina Scene and give you the name and back story of every goddamned being in the picture. (BTW: Han shot first.) I am a browncoat, a diehard one; you can't take my show from me.

And this is beginning to sound like the geek version of the 25 Things meme...

V's picture

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but I've picked up some bits and pieces such that I can hold simple conversations with other engineering disciplines...EE, aero, and nuclear in particular. My computer science geekery is exceedingly mild by modern standards, but I do still like'm and use'm, and I process fairly large chunks of data at work. I guess I'm pretty vanilla as far as geekery goes.

ETA: I'm not a frequent board-game player but the first time I played Settlers of Cataan (7 player expansion) I won, which probably counts for something. }:) Also, it was really fun!

...yes, I know that Settlers only is only supposed have 3-4 players, or 5-6 with the expansion. We had geek critical mass and determined that by adding tiles from someone else's set we could put the tiles/player below the 3 and 5 player ratios but above the 4 and 6. Threw in a gold square from Seafarers, and voila! 7 player. The host made a new set of pieces from pine.

fairnymph's picture

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You're a ME and you play Settlers? *swoon*

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

He'd dominate the hell out of you, too.

Too bad he's a zombie warlock.

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V's picture

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Fairnymph might be openminded about that sort of thing Blum 3

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

But can we change zombie to vampire, at least in my head? Biggrin

V's picture

Embodiment

and I think only the hardest-core or silliest of Doms would try to differ.

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

Oh, that amuses me. I also didn't know you could be a zombie in WoW, not that I know much about WoW at all. *considers trying demo*

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

way less gross than zombies, especially for sex reasons. Something about...less decaying flesh? Not sure...

V's picture

Embodiment

Richard is Undead, if we're playing WoW rules, and he seems to be mostly bone or wafer-thin but not necessarily decaying flesh. Somewhere he's caught in a Monroe moment if you want to see his skinny white chicken legs

Laureril's picture

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And garters, if I remember the picture correctly. Not exactly the kind of thing you can un-sear once it's been seen.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

bring it on! Wink

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

I never understood the zombie fascination.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

Damn, you beat me to the punch for starting this... I like to think of myself as something of an all around geek, but I have some specialties.
I did two majors and a minor in under grad (nuclear engineering, physics, and math, respectively). I may possibly be the biggest geek about the nuclear stuff, since I make a point of collecting stuff like vaseline glass, an antique originally made with uranium, which glows green under black light.
Now I'm studying biophysics, which just leaves me endlessly amused every time I learn how to mutate cells or run protein separations.

As far as things outside of my academic career, I'm obviously a cooking geek; I pride myself on the fact that my spice collection took two large boxes to transport, and has since grown so that it's now spilling over into a second cabinet. I also have everything from a pasta maker to a yogurt maker, with a sausage maker somewhere in the middle.

On a lesser note I'm a bit of a caving geek, with all my own gear (except vertical stuff, no ascenders or repelling gear yet), but I don't get to use this as much since Michigan is notoriously cave deficient. On the same kind of outdoor note I'm big in to being able to identify wild plants for food, and I'm starting to get in to both hunting and wild mushroom identification.

Laureril's picture

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I thought it was hilarious in middle school to eat dandelions and watch people's faces. I don't have a whole lot of knowledge on the subject, but I do think it's interesting what people can eat. (not necessary will... Dandelions are a little bitter unless you get the really little ones.)

Incidentally, I found out today that Stargazer Lily nectar is not poisonous. I tasted before I thought that one all the way through.

ereuyi's picture

Or you could find the more domesticated kind.

Briar shoots are tasty, too.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I actually like the bitterness of dandelions in some applications, using them sort like you would radicchio. There's also something I haven't done in many years, which is toasting then grinding dandelion root to use as a coffee substitute. I didn't drink coffee at the time that I tried this, so I can't really say how well it works, but if you ever feel like being creative...

Laureril's picture

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Dandelion coffee, but I haven't been willing to dig up enough roots to make it worthwhile. I hear it was used (and what wasn't!?) as a coffee substitute in the American Civil War. I've heard it's not bad, actually.

Davik's picture

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You know, once spring hits maybe I'll have to dig out my field guide in addition to everything else and start some experimenting. If I do that I'll post the results of my experiments, but at this point in the year I have more than enough to do just with recipe experimentation and knife making (and let me tell you, grinding out a knife blade on a hand crank operated grinding wheel [was my grandfather's] is a lot of work).

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I'm a Chemical Engineer undergrad, which puts me squarely in the physics/chem/physics of chem geekdom.

I read EVERYTHING. I have always been a huge nerd for books. My favorite authors include (but aren't limited to) MeiLin (of course Smile ), Jane Austen, Dudley Pope, Ursula K. Leguin, Tamora Pierce, and Dianna Wynne Jones. I think that gives a decent cross section of my interests Smile

I also enjoy Start Treck and Star Wars...my friends in high school always teased me that I was their closet trekkie.

I am also a stickler for grammar, especially when speaking. If you're fluent in a language, sound like it, dammit! *huff!*

I'm a sports nerd. I love to play/watch/know the stats for/know the picky little rules of lots of sports. I watch my University's sports rabidly and yes, I yell at the TV...*blush*

Finally, I'm a HUGE nerd for classical western martial arts, particularly fencing. I'm no expert, yet, but I find this area of knowledge to be fascinating.

TheBoy's picture

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I'm not too big a geek.
-Reformed Classics geek (Latin V/Greek III in HS, Greek 101/102, Latin 400+ at College)
-Music (composition/arranging coursework)
-The Law (it's a career track thing)
-incomplete fantasy lit geekery
-Tabletop, but not computer, RPG
-Standardized Testing is my bitch.

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Well, I'm a geneticist, so I guess that makes me primarily a science geek. (Subtle with the screen name, huh?) I love biophysics and to some extent biochem, but I am by no means an expert in those areas. I took an advanced calc class to relax my freshman year of college, so I'd probably have to be considered a math geek, too, if a bit out of practice.

I'm an RPG gamer: tabletop, online (first MUDs then MMOs), and getting a little bit into console now (Fable 2 is so addictive!). I'm a female DM, although not currently running an ongoing campaign.

I have a pretty large comic book collection. I let the movers think they were my husband's, but at least half of them are mine. As a result, I have an unnecessarily high level of knowledge about the X-men. I've even written some fics.

I adore Shakespeare and have read my Complete Works cover to cover. I can't see a Shakespeare play/movie without coming home to check the text and see what they changed and why. I also love Greek myth and Arthurian legend, although I have trouble with any version of Arthurian besides Mary Stewart's.

I love fantasy novels in general and have multiple bookshelves packed with paperbacks. Again, some are my husband's, but not that large a proportion. I'm particularly fond of British authors, including Gaiman and Pratchett. I have a Discworld quote for almost any occassion. And Del from Sandman is someone I aspire to be when I give up on growing up.

I can take or leave both Star Trek and StarWars, but I do love Serenity and StarGate. I also adore Aaron Sorkin and can quote more of the West Wing than is probably reasonable.

I'm learning to sew, mostly to make halloween and ren faire costumes. I dabbled in astrology for a while and found it fascinating and sometimes more accurate than I, as a scientist, would like to accept. I enjoy English history, but my grasp of it gets very fuzzy post-1600s because Shakespeare wasn't alive to write about it any more. I love riddles and a certain type of logic puzzles. I've been known to discuss the zen of minesweeper and the enjoyment to be found in Excel.

I think that provides a sufficient list of my geekiness and quirks. Interested to see everyone else's.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

A bunch of my friends here roped me in to playing D&D, and now I'm working on planning my first campaign to DM, any thoughts?

As far as sowing, I actually own a sowing machine with a fair number of attachments, and know the basics of using it, but unless it's fixing a torn seam I'm more likely to try to sow up a wound than anything else (thankfully, never done this).

As far as books, I have three full bookcases and a couple of boxes I've never unpacked. Most of them, while great books, don't rank high on the collection lists, but I've got a some old ones that were my father's, as well as the pride of my collection, a 100 year old set of the complete works of Kipling.

Laureril's picture

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As in a tractor?

Sew = done with needle and thread
Sow = farming (same sound as "so") (or a lady pig, rhymes with cow)

Davik's picture

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Stupid mistake, this is what I get for posting on 4 hours of sleep, twice that in lab and two hours in the weight room Blum 3 The worst part, I'm still wide awake...

Laureril's picture

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Aaack! I forgot RPGs. >

Various video games (Currently Tales of Symphonia), WoW, LotRO, DnD (preferably 3.5, but I want to try 4e), a little Hackmaster, Old World of Darkness and Orpheus, a GenCon Changling LARP, home-brewed Superhero campaign... I'm pretty well rounded gaming wise, I think.

I'm actually starting to write a "Team Cleric" game for DnD 3.5. The rules are
-You can be anything in the standard DnD manuals (including BoED and BoVD, Complete A/A/D/W etc.)
-You must worship a Greyhawk God (or an abstract idea) (House rule: Moradin has the War domain)
-You have to have more levels in Cleric than any other base class.
-Starting level is 8
Should be pretty interesting!

Davik's picture

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Eh, try it, but 4e is pretty horrible. I find it amusing that the group I play with isn't the only one who has thought that a campaign of only clerics could be a hell of a lot of fun. Personally, beyond the campaign I'm planning I've been thinking it would be fun to run an evil campaign.

Laureril's picture

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Until people start backstabbing each other. As long as you've got a way to keep that under control (eg, common goal, mutual anti-aggression pact...), then they can be really fun.

I think I've actually worked out how to get the four major classes using a cleric base. Mystic Theurge and Radiant Servant of Pelor are no-brainers, but a "roguish cleric" and a "fightery cleric" were surprisingly harder.
Main Heals: Cleric 5 (plus Iron Will) Radiant Servant of Pelor 3 (Complete Divine) - Pelor
Main Nukes: Cleric 3, Wizard 3, Mystic Theurge 2 (DMG) - Baccob**
Main Tank: Cleric 4, Fighter 2, Battlesmith (Races of Stone) - Moradin
Main Sneak: Cleric 4, Ninja 3 ,Temple Raider of Olidamara (Complete Divine) - Olidamara

** Thought about going with a Druid and Stormlord on this one... might be interesting but a complete lack of arcane magic in the group might be hard.

Tigger's picture

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Is all about your PoV. Husband and his friends have been playing for...16 years now. Some longer than that. A few still run 2E campaigns, but they all know 4E. Most of what they run now is done in 4E, despite the fact that they looked at it askance and weren't sure they wanted to try it. Yes, there are a lot of changes, but look at it from the beginning and you'll see a lot more. It's not "horrible", it's just different. Everyone should at least give it a chance for themselves without preconceived ideas and decide for themselves.

Davik's picture

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That was actually the deal from my friends who decided to play 4E; I would play it and try it, and if I didn't like it they wouldn't give me crap for quitting Blum 3

GreenGlass's picture

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Okay, I'm not an uber geek, but if I can't call myself a geek, I think I'd loose a big part of my identity. I'm the hot girl geek. Not obsessed with appearance, but with a hot mind. I think my abstract ways of thinking and love of learning are what really classify me as a geek... but I've got my skills. And I intend to feed them!

~I'm an undergrad college student applying to grad schools. I am a Psychology major who hates numbers but still fell in love with research. I just recently finished running my 95th participant through my experiment. For the rest of the quarter I will be doing 15 minute follow-ups and I hope to publish anything significant I find once I analyze m data! I paid a friend to help me with data entry, so I get to call her my research assitant. Smile
~Although I modulate it, I love doing the reading and being able to answer the professors in class. I am a book worm and a sci-fi fan. I read full books in one sitting whenever I can.
~I love watching video games being played, and I actually play them sometimes too! I love Harvest Moon and Nethack. I beat FFIX! Oh, and that waja breeding sim. Fun stuff.
~I paint and draw, my subject is people. I enjoyed ceramics and the other art classes I got to take.
~I'm fanatical about birds and the color green. I need to learn more about those things though, so that I can be considered an expert or something, lol. History, philosophy, drama...

I AM A GEEK. And proud of it!

Edit: Also I married a really big geek, and I think that counts for big points too. Blum 3

Nye's picture

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My major geekdom is gaming, of the tabletop roleplaying variety. I play D&D every Saturday, pretty much all day. 3.5, no 4th ed for me. I don't mind the occasional foray back to 2nd ed, either. Years back I did a lot of LARPing, mostly in the World of Darkness... a bit of Vampire, a bit of Werewolf, and a bit of Mage. I also did online gaming, primarily at Beware (part of State of Insanity). I also do/did other war games, board games, and strategy games. I do play some computer and console games, but not a whole lot.

I'm also a literature geek. I read far too much, far too often, of far too many genres. My second major in college was in English, and while it turned into a Creative Writing degree, my emphasis was British Literature. I know far too much about Native Aerican History

I'm a DIY geek. I like all sorts of things that I can do myself... painting, building, refinishing, gardening, crafting, etc. Give me power tools and back away slowly. I'll just be busy over here with a manic grin plastered on my face.

I'm a pet geek. I know far too much about chinchillas... and fish... and cockatiels... and all sorts of other critters.

I was a band geek, pep, concert, and marching. I play piano and trombone. I play percussion and Native American flute to a lesser extent. I also sing and was in far too many choirs, concerts, and musicals to count.

I was a theatre geek. I did construction, props, makeup, costumes, and performed, often in musicals, but rarely as a lead. I assisted with lights and sound setup but didn't do those myself.

I'm not a hardcore anime geek, but I've been known to appear at Anime conventions, Japantown festivals, and such. I have also been to other local Faires (Renaissance, Scottish, etc.) and alternative cons (scifi, filk, gaming, etc). I don't do a lot of con-going, but a lot of my freinds do, so I occasionally go to see people and costumes... and to have an excuse to dress up.

I admit I'm a bit of an STNG Trekkie. That's faded somewhat over the years.

And, well, I'm a geek fangirl. I likely my men geeky. *grin*

I'm probably forgetting a million things, but those are my primary geek traits.

Davik's picture

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I may have been roped into playing 3.5, but I was noosed into playing 4.0 by a friend who insisted I try it. Between the fact that it's just table top WoW (i. e. completely dumbed down), and the fact that all the classes are exactly the same (well, they did nerf the mage), I managed to get out of it. My campaign, if I find time to run it, will definitely be 3.5.

Nye's picture

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Someone in my group got the book for 4th ed. We spent a good part of a day passing it around and laughing. It was so horrible... I mean if they're trying to get kids age 6-12 to play D&D I can maybe see the point, but not the teen to adult gamers out there. Gah!

We're well set in our 3.5 ways. We'll convert things from previous editions to 3.5 if we need to. We have Excel character sheets and spellbooks, we have most of the books in PDF, we have a in-house dual-classing system and system for playing monster characters that works very well.

We're starting to do some conversion to Pathfinder now, but it's pretty painless... even less painful than 3.0 to 3.5, really.

Shade's picture

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I'm definitely a conglomeration of geekitude.
Huge LOTR fan (have all of the histories, and 85+ action figures, a five foot by four foot map of middle earth - which is gorgeous) and other various fantasy worlds; Star Wars, Firefly, Buffy, etc.

I love DnD and play it as often as I can. I also belong to a couple of online role playing forums.

I'm a major science nerd (20 yo and in pharmacy school, working on a PhD) and love to argue about quantum physics and anything science-related.

I'll read anything I can get my hands on and then fight passionately about it; politics, literature, what have you. I write a great deal as well, everything from short stories and poems to novels and essays on political discourse (I'm working on one about Slouching Towards Gomorrah atm - fascinating read).

Major computer nerd too - mostly with C++ and Lisp, but I'm working on some others. I also devour video games like a madwoman (less, now that most of my time is spent studying pharmacokinetics and physiology, but I still try to find time to play DoW every now and then. Necron FTW!)

Melin! I also watch CSPAN; Common Questions! I love CSPAN! Hooray! It's hard for me to find other people who like to watch it, hahaha.

I'm also a language nerd - speak French and Spanish, learning Japanese and Dutch. Working on teaching myself Latin as well.
I dunno, pretty much name a subculture of geekitude and I've at least tried to dabble in it :P.

Eleonora's picture

Devotee

Just curious, why are you learning Dutch specifically?

Shade's picture

Supplicant

I'm learning it because ze boyfriend is Dutch and while he, his immediate family, and our circle of friends speak English, his other family and etc don't. It's really awkward sitting at Christmas dinner not being able to participate because I don't speak the language, haha.
Also, even if he and I don't pan out, I do want to live and work in Holland at some point - seeing as I'm going into pharmacy, speaking the language of most of my patients would be rather essential XD.

Eleonora's picture

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Veel succes!

Hyacinthe's picture

I'm a big science geek. I want to be a mad scientist when I grow up, but I'll settle for being a microbiologist. I'm pretty interested in immunology and genetics too, but my interest is mostly in bacteria and the cool things they do. I took a class about disease last semester, and it was one of the funnest classes I've taken. I'm fairly interested in math, although not enough to pick up a double major.

I'm a big fantasy and scifi fan. I love books in general, and will read just about anything I can get my hands on.

I'm not a big anime geek, but I really like some shows. I liked Lain, Noir, and I need to get around to watching Ergo Proxy

I love RPGs. Oddly enough, I never got into DnD, but I've played oWOD and nWOD, along with a lot of 'indie' RPGs, such as Nobilis, Dogs in the Vinyard, Over the Edge, Paranoia and Cell Gamma. Currently I'm in two LARPS and a couple tabletops. I want to be a GM, but I'm still working up the guts to run my first campaign.

I ran a con this year, and was second in charge of it last year. @Nye, if you like alternative cons and filk, you should check out What the Hell?! Con at Guilford College. We're about as alternative as it gets, and we will be having Tom Smith (again!) as a guest next year. He is all around awesome.

I love doing art and jewelry stuff. I draw, paint, and occasionally bead. My current craze is doing steampunk jewelry, mostly because I think gears are really pretty and I enjoy taking things apart and making cool stuff out of them.

Lemur's picture

Wow,
I suddenly feel a lot less geeky than I do among 'Normal' people.

I would first of all call myself a knowledge geek.
I am, unfortunately, able to be deeply interested in anything for a limited period of time. This means I know a surprising amount about things like orchids and aquarium care, but not enough to really be called a geek (I swear I absorb knowledge from whomever I happen t be around).

I'm a total fibre geek. I knit and have taken up spinning in the past year. Siply put, I love fibre. I also love reading knitting patterns (and blueprints, and recipes) and visualising the end results as a way to unwind.

I'm a bit of a words and design geek. I enjoy playing with grammar and will copy-edit by instinct. Studying journalism has only made this worse. My roommate and I make a game out of picking apart whatever signage we see, both for clarity and general layout. We're also the people at a party checking out all the cameras in attendance (and giving impromptu aperture lessons).

To a certain degree I'm a games geek, mostly table-top (though anything that can hold my attention is game). When I do play I get deeply involved.

Books. I read far less than I once did , but have plenty of books. Having so many books around me makes me feel comfortable (I spent much of my childhood in the public library).

Martial arts - Technically I'm not much of a martial arts geek, it's simply something I am far less happy/stable without. A mix of training, running/swimming and weights seems to be essential to my state of mine. I train Filipino martial arts right now, in an extremely small, quite informal school.

Computers are my new thing. I fell in love with the concept of programming and the way it uses language that I've started taking part-time classes. This love started while studying PHP and I don't know why, but it makes my hands feel twitchy (as does knitting).

I am also, as can probably be told by this post, a little over-excited about this thread. I love meeting fellow geeky-types.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I fully understand just picking things up from the people around you. I know I've been picking up a hell of a lot from the tech in my lab, who is teaching me everything from animal butchery to mushroom identification (above and beyond the biochem skills he's teaching me in lab).

You say you're learning Filipino martial arts, which form exactly? I've been dying to find a Silat school, but they seem to be incredibly rare. Since I have a little bit of knife skill already and almost always carry one both for utility and self defense I would love to learn learn a more formalized skill set.

Lemur's picture

The exact school of training I'm with is Siling Labuyo Arnis (though as far as I know that's a fairly local style).
I'm extremely happy with style, a mordern hybrid. It adopts the idea that martial arts are flexible, and things that work, be they traditional to the syle are not, are good things.
A fair amount of our grappling comes form ju-jitsu, and a lot of stick/knife techniques are simmilar to, or learned from, the Dog Brothers (look them up if you haven't yet. Wow).

As for picking things up? Yes. I often regret my inability to be interested in things long enough to study them in-depth, but I love my ability to pick up random informations form those I sepak with (even though this interest in someones knowledge is often taken..shall we say wrong?).

Gudy's picture

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I would first of all call myself a knowledge geek.
I am, unfortunately, able to be deeply interested in anything for a limited period of time.

That's me in a nutshell - the generalist geek, although I find nothing unfortunate about it. All knowledge is worth having (and I'm not going to play Spot The Reference with this crowd - that'd be far too easy.) My hobby is, essentially, knowing weird stuff about all kinds of topics. My specialty is taking the knowledge and facts from disparate domains and combining them in interesting ways.

I love everything Tolkien. I have the complete History of Middle Earth, with only the last book still unread.

I love astronomy and biology. I'm a sex geek. I find anything and everything about sex fascinating and worth knowing.

I'm also a language geek, and I have a knack for picking up accents or bits and pieces of languages. I'm fluent in English and German, and know some Russian, French, Spanish, Lojban and Latin (in 12th grade History at school I was better able to translate Latin snippets than the guys who'd had Latin for more than a year, despite never having had a single lesson in Latin).

I read voraciously (or would if I had the time). Still, the last hour before sleep is reserved for reading, unless my wife has other ideas.

Being an IT professional has mostly cured me of my computer and internet geekery, though vestiges remain, mostly in the areas of cryptology and maths.

I love to take poorly done sociology studies (i.e. most of them) or medical studies (entirely too many of them) and rip them apart. (The amount of atrociously bad science reported in news media as New! Sensational! Findings! is well and truly mind-boggling, I tell ya!)

GreenGlass's picture

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SEX GEEK. Yes! I don't know what kind I am, but I could totally see myself becoming a controversial researcher on sex or religion!

Lemur's picture

Sometimes I wish I could be interested in something long enough to stick with it (say, longer than a couple months). So far knitting, and likely spinning will win out.
Writing I will always do, but that's more a neccessary part of my life than it is an interest.

It also makes it hard in school, when picking courses, to look at a course guide and say "but I want all the first-year courses..."

On the plus side, I tend to weird people out by spewing random facts out about whatever topic comes up. And I can usually pick up enough on my own that I manage to ask intelligent questions of experts, which is a bonus.

I wish I had that skill with languages. I studied both French and Japanses. The former I've all but forgotten and need to relearn. I didn't use it once outside of class, then went and moved to Ottawa, where I need it. The latter, well, I was closer to fluent a few years ago, but doubt my ability ot ever be completely fluent in a foreign language (I have high standards. If I can't understand university-level lectures, I won't consider myself fluent).

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

Sometimes I wish I could be interested in something long enough to stick with it (say, longer than a couple months).

True, that. On the other hand, I like having a broad, if of necessity occasionally somewhat shallow, knowledge base. Being a generalist in a world full of experts (or people looking for experts) can be hard, but it can also be rewarding.

I believe that my skill with languages ties directly into my generalist tendencies - I tend to cross-reference stuff across language borders almost without thinking about it, which helps getting a new language off the ground. And once you are beyond basic literacy, it's just a question of exercising your language muscles with regularity. I am fluent in English and German because I use those languages in some form or other every day. OTOH, I've had eight years of Russian at school but have dropped way below even basic literacy because I essentially haven't used the language since getting out of school half a life ago.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

My interests are wide and varied, and I have both ADD and Bipolar II--I approach things with enTHUsiasm! and then fade away. The thing that never leaves me is writing. In writing, I can explore all my enthusiasms, forever, letting them come and go. All kinds of silly details in the History come from my various studies.

What I'm saying is: Don't worry about it. You're not flighty. It all goes into the compost heap of your mind and soul and eventually comes out as something sweet-smelling, rich and fecund.

Lemur's picture

I think one of the reasons I read the History is simply becauseof the way you put things.

As for settling, well, I'm having a hard time watching my friends choose life goas and paths and jobs, while still having no idea what I want to do for the next two months, much less 60 years. I'm starting to feel a little inept in this whole "growing up" thing.

Of course, that just makes it extra awesome to have found this place.

NekoMegi's picture

Petitioner

...the nightmare of trying to figure out "what I want to be when I grow up". *shakes her head* I hate it, and I don't think I'll ever have a clear goal.

Lemur's picture

I don't know about you, but I'm fully into adulthood (I even mostly consider myself one now) and I'm still thinking about "what I want to be when I grow up."

I think I've decided on "Not grown up" though..there's plenty of time for that later.

Pedes's picture

Postulant

I still have the problem too. Or rather had, but my career choice (digital painter/comic artist/writer) is not high on "being able to support oneself" list :/
With being a general geek with low attention spin apart from a few things it's not a wide spectrum of possibility XD

Lemur's picture

I'm trying to support myself with writing right now. It's not quite working - to the point that I'm starting to seriously consider trying food service again (I made it one week in a deli before I quit).

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

and can tolerate a high stress environment, try line work. No glamor job but it pays. ^-^ (Oh, or a bakery, that might be fun. . . then again there are the early hours for it)
Either way, I wish you luck in finding your financial support ^-^

Lemur's picture

For the wishes of luck.

I'm not much of a cook however, and my reactions to people yelling is not the right one for line work.
Although a bakery is tempting. I may just go check that out.

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

And I'm not a huge fan of people yelling at me either. I tend to do one of two things- 1)Yell back if they are, I feel, of equal ranking with me (I work for the Uni so any non-manager student who been here as long as me or less is game for this and I have before >.) or 2) I just get pissy and don't verbally respond to what you're telling me. I'll do it but I won't speak with you for the rest of the shift (or the next 5 minutes) E-hem, anyhoo. . .
As far as not being a cook goes, your made into one :D. Kitchen work is what got me really started with cooking and a curiosity with food (although I did cook a bit in high school too. Hmmm. . . .)
Yup

Lemur's picture

One of the main reasons I didn't last in the deli was the owner chewing me out. Granted, he sat and watched me do something wrong for half an hour without saying a word, then got in my face about it..but I can't work places like that. I just end up stressed, unhappy and dreading going to work (to the point that an evening shift would ruin my whole day).

I have started looking into bakeries though, I could definitely manage baked goods.

araharu's picture

Ah, the internet, a magical place where the geek can truly shine. Yes I am a geek/nerd/whatever, and damn proud of it. My geekiness includes the following:

First and foremost, I am a video game geek. I have thousands of dollars worth of video games, systems, and equipment, and I can tell you most anything about a huge amount of games. I've had Nintendo systems all my life, starting with the Game Boy pocket, then everything up to the Wii. Only recently have I defected and gotten a PS2 on the cheap, and I am loving it. Hopefully I'll be able to get even more when I move out and not have strict console limitations in place.

I'm an internet geek. I'm on the cusp of the internet memes before they're even memes, and I can usually tell what's quality entertainment from just a fad. I spend a good majority of my time online, reading webcomics/novels, on IRC, or moderating some forums, and I can't seem to get enough of it. I'm still here, at 3 am, finding new and interesting things to read online. C'est la vie.

I'm a music geek. I don't know too much about band members or history, but I can listen to a song and get the name of it faster than anybody I know. I gobble up any and all good music (to my tastes, anyway) until I can hum every note and sing every line. Most songs I'll try out on my bass, just for fun, but I don't practice nearly as much as I should.

I'm a running geek. I have all of the newest shoes, clothes, accessories, you name it, to make me a better runner. While my diet isn't necessarily the best, I do run 5+ miles every day, so I like to think that I keep in shape.

Lastly, I'm an anime geek. I love most types of anime/manga, but I started with quality and I have to stick with quality. Basically, I'm a snooty anime fan because I started with Full Metal Alchemist, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Cowboy Bebop, and I can't stand anything that's less thought provoking, has less plot, or doesn't pay as much attention to detail.

I'm pretty proud of my nerdiness, and I'm glad to see that everyone else here is too. ^_^

Marri's picture

Supplicant

I'm a CS geek! I'm one of the few female CS majors at my school. Which is pathetic given that it's Stanford. I can work with minimal problems on any of the three major operating systems, and have given classes in the Stuff People Should Know (aka Excel use for office dummies). I've also been a web developer... well, I blame Neopets for teaching me HTML when I was ten, but I started holding web jobs when I was sixteen and have continued since. The list of languages I can code in:
-HTML / CSS
-PHP! All forms and flavors. Not quite as good at Object Oriented as I should be, but what's PHP5 after C?
-SQL: I'm best with MySQL but I have a fair bit of experience with postgreSQL, which I HATED. HATEHATEHATE.
-Javascript. JQuery is my bestest bestest friend, but if I have to I'm perfectly capable with straight Javascript.
-Java: Standard, PBeans (works with MySQL) and the Google Web Toolkit version
-C++ and C which have tossed me into a never-ending love/hate relationship with pointers
-Python and Scheme in minimal I-had-to-write-you-for-class amounts
-Freemarker... gods, it gave me headaches. But I'm pretty good at it by now.
-Ruby. Oh, how I hate thee. You and your weird <%= syntax! Never haunt me again!
But I mostly stick with a happy blend of HTML / CSS / JQuery Javascript / PHP / MySQL.

I'm a geography geek. It's my personal mission for the year to be able to remember important global stuff. I have all 50 states down, and their capitals. Next is all the countries. Then their capitals. Then flags! Won't this be fun?

I took three years of Latin so I can hold my own with Classics geeks; five years of piano and ten years of viola mean I can manage music geeks as well. I've been around enough video game (my dad!), war history (my ex!) and comic (my current boy!) geeks to be able to pretend to be a nerd of those as well. Ditto electrical engineering, cars, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, finance, and various other disciplines that my multitude of roommates have chosen to study.

My TV show of choice is Firefly. Like MeiLin, I am a browncoat. WHY IS THERE NO SERENITY 2 Sad I was also a huge Star Wars fan and have an entire shelf of the books. Mostly wimpy 100 page 'made for 10 year old' ones.

I am a webcomics geek. No, not comics. Webcomics. Last count I read something like 60 or 70 of them regularly.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

First of all, I think I have some concept of your pain. I haven't had to try to teach people excel, but I spent two semesters teaching an intro physics lab to non-scientists as a physics grad student. While I thought some parts of it were actually rewarding, when I had to grade the finals I really wanted to line up a firing squad, and I'm one of the good TA's Blum 3
For programming languages you seem to have missed most of what I've learned over the years:
Fortran 77 - (as a friend of mine put it, jesus programmed in fortran 77!). At least I was far enough along that punch cards were only being used for bookmarks, though somewhere around here I have a few that were used in some of the original nuclear monte carlo programs.
Unix script - between Fortran and Unix script I spent two summers writing a quality control program for nuclear cross section processing.
My CS roommate gave me no end of crap for the languages I programmed in Blum 3
Also:
Go browncoats!
Tell me you know the webcomic Schlockmercenary.com

applejax's picture

Supplicant

Female CS majors! I'm one of three in my year, although I've switched now to IS(Info Science). I don't know nearly as many languages and I doubt I'm actually any good in them, but I like the reaction I get when people ask me my major.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

There are so few female EE's that people always expect me to be bio (all the chicks are bio-something...biology, bio-chem, bio-med, bio-tech, etc.).

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

I had several CS friends at Stanford...and none of them female, tis true. But that's the story the world 'round; why would you expect Stanford to be so different?

What dorm are you in? Biggrin And are you having the trouble I had finding cool (read: interesting) fellow students?

Marri's picture

Supplicant

Yay Stanford!

It's more a "We have more CS students than most places, so there should be more total girls" rather than "we should have a higher percentage of girls." I mean, Princeton? Their CS department is ~20 people a year. Thus, maybe 2 girls a year? We've got 100-150 cs undergrads a year, so logically, there SHOULD be more girls. But no. Sad

Kairos technically... but I mostly stay with the boy in Jerry (aka That Place That Used to be Lambda Nu). On the bright side, the lake is rather pretty right about now. On the downside, hill. As far as friends go, my roommates in Kairos are all in Band, so... you really don't get much more interesting (read: crazy) than Stanford band. Biggrin I'm also a sort of unofficial member of Phi Kappa Psi. Because they are all nerds and I love them <3

Where did you live? Sorry the people were boring Sad If I meet people from your year, I shall make sure to mock them!

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

Maybe? I wish I had. Nyah

I lived in Otero, then Synergy, then off campus. Synergy was AWESOME.

Lambda Nu is no more - wow! I feel old. And you are right about Band; those WERE the generally coolest people I met.

Marri's picture

Supplicant

Awww Sad I think it helps that I generally prefer male company. Otherwise the sheer number of guys in my life might make my head twitch.

Phi Psis as a whole tend to be eclectic, though. There's this one coterm, a financial math major who's gotten five or six articles published in Time's Business section, who also has shoulder length fluffy blonde hair and likes to rock out with his band Full Metal Apocalypse wearing only tigerstriped spandex. And another kid who took PWR with me (how recent is PWR? I have no idea...) who likes to post YouTube videos on neo-humanism and how the current paradigm has deceived us and we really all need to sit around and watch beetles all the time. The videos are entertaining as all hell: see http://www.youtube.com/user/pdballiet if you ever need entertainment value. And Ivan, who wants to be a professional ballroom dancer and is teaching me pivots because I cannot polka without them and polka is cool. Plus their VP is some insane computer genius who's a major power at Better Place (Google it and realize how insane they are there) and they used to fly him to Israel for the weekend regularly; now he just gets flown to LA for a day.

...I rant about Phi Psis too much. But they make my life interesting! (Even if they do also kinda make me realize just how unaccomplished I truly am).

Synergy is awesome! I have a couple friends from there. Insane, but awesome. Anti Mausoleum this year was packed because they moved Mausoleum to the student union (boo) but otherwise their parties rock.

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

Oh, NOW I remember what Phi Psis are. Yes, interesting folks, but outside the Stanford norm, I think you'll agree. You do seem to know the best of the bunch, regardless.

PWR?

The dude who made that video is hot. *feels pervy for ogling 19 year old boys* I like how he's shirtless/nekkid. Biggrin

Now I feel all nostalgic!

Marri's picture

Supplicant

PWR = Program in Writing in Rhetoric. You take a class on writing one trimester freshman year and a class on public speaking & presenting one trimester sophomore year. A lot of people (see: engineers) hate it, but I got lucky and got a really cool twenty something woman who taught classes on religion, politics and the Internet. Philosophy-video kid was in the public speaking one with me. I got to peer edit his paper... THAT was interesting for sure Biggrin Mostly a rant on how the Internet is ruining American culture, the Oh God I Need a Dictionary version.

He seems to make all his videos sitting a) in his room before going to bed, usually around 3am or b) sitting in the Phi Psi computer cluster, also around 3am. He also has a YouTube friend he gets into long video conversations with; they post responses to each other's videos. When asked in PWR what he did over break, he explained that he'd met up with this guy who's a grad student in Oakland, and they stayed up until like 5am talking about philosophy and then he slept over at the guy's apartment. And then looked really confused when everyone cracked up.

Me: "Phil, you don't find it a little weird to meet some guy over the internet, stay up late talking and then sleep over at his house?"
Phil: "What? No! We were talking about neohumanism!"

I love that kid.

You still in the area or you relocate? I know a lot of grads stay in the area if only because it's Silicon Valley and there are jobs, but personally I kinda miss Manhattan. I like public transportation thank you >.>

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

Now that you've spelled it out, PWR rings some bells...it's not the required writing class, is it? The one you can pass out of one trimester's worth of if you've taken the English Lit AP?

Your teacher does sound quite interesting. I had a teacher who focused on art (I did my final paper on Mapplethorpe, who is (in)famous for his provocative nude photography) and whom I also liked a great deal, but most of the class was focused on VERY BASIC writing skills which I'd already learned, so I skipped ohhh 80% of the actual classes and didn't write the papers I found useless. Ooops. She still gave me a good grade, considering!

Internet ruining American culture? LOL! First of all, *what* culture? Second of all, how? Do you remember his central thesis and points, by any chance? And yes, that story of late night internet meetings is ridiculously hilarious. He sounds adorably naive in certain ways.

I HATED the Bay Area, especially South Bay, and the location was a big part of why I so disliked my Stanford experience. I'm very sensitive to my environment, and South Bay is just...soul-killing. It also completely fails in terms of public transport (thank god my mom trucked my car out to me the Spring of my freshman year), I agree. I also hated how early everything shut down. I actually was living in Manhattan last year (September 07-08), and then I moved to Chapel Hill, NC. I love Manhattan, but I did get burnt out. Still love it and always will, though I don't know if I can live there all the time ever again. Are you from there originally? I grew up in MA.

Wraith's picture

Petitioner

First off I love the idea of this thread.

As for me, I seem to really be a Jack of all Trades. I am blessed/cursed with a truly insatiable curiosity that leads me to try to dissect anything and everything around me.

My biggest area of expertise is computers. My parents gave me my first computer when I was approximately 3-4 years old (back in the DOS days, I think I was fully fluent in DOS before english) and I can't truly remember a time since when I haven't spent at least 4 hours in any given day on (or tinkering inside) a computer, with one exception:

I also enjoy the outdoors and wish I could spend more time away from society. My parents got me into the Boy Scouts of America to try to give me some social contact (I think), but my favorite part was always being off in the woods (or wherever) and finding some solitude. That and the various shooting sports I could partake in.

I have dabbled a little bit in tarot reading, but I've only done 4 readings and I kind of forgot about my deck for a while.

I would love to learn martial arts, my roommate is actually teaching me some of the very basics that at the very least should help me if someone jumps me in an alley. I'm not sure which school of martial arts he's teaching me but it's some hand to hand and some sword work.

I have almost always been excellent in math (goes with the computers really) and as such I've extended that into a love of science, particularly physics and quantum physics. I actually received a book on quantum physics for Christmas last year and devoured the whole thing within three days. It probably would have been faster but I actually had to work.

I absolutely love to read, mainly sci-fi and fantasy, but I have been known to try other genres. My favorite authors include: Meilin (of course), Jim Butcher (both the Dresden Files and Codex Alera series come highly recommended), Robert Jordan (may he rest in peace), assorted Star Wars novelists (too many to mention, I've read through most of the Expanded Universe), David Farland (currently re-reading the Runelords saga), and many, many others that I can't recall their names at this point in time.

I am a hardcore gamer, both PC and PS3. I prefer FPS and RPG although I also play platformers, racing games, assorted action, puzzle, and even a few fighting games. I used to play Magic: the Gathering and I still have most of my decks (6 or 7 if I remember right). I have always wanted to get into D&D but I don't have a predictable enough schedule at work to commit to a group, and everything I try with my roommate falls through because we really need more players. We do however occasionally play what's almost a D&D light experience for when we're in a car (or canoeing the Boundary Waters, fun times) that doesn't use pencils, paper, or dice. I had a large description of it but here probably isn't the place for it.

I really don't know what else to put here. I do have a tendency to ramble on so I suppose I shall stop here for now. If anything seems confusing or you just want to set me off again for your own amusement, let me know and I shall be glad to clarify.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I too learned on DOS to start; the first computer I ever used was my parents' 8086, which my dad had upgraded by trading out a floppy drive for a 10 MB hard drive. Built my first computer around 7th grade, which instigated even more use of DOS, since I screwed up a time or two and ended up rebuilding my config.sys and autoexec.bat files basically from scratch Blum 3
As far as boyscouts, as much as I disagree with their rather discriminatory ideals, I actually got my eagle scout, based largely on my time out in the woods alone (well, and perhaps a bit of creative origami of the truth) Smile Do you still do any shooting?
Also, for martial arts, if you're really interested, I'd suggest getting into a real school and practicing 3 or more times a week. Your roommate may be great (had a roommate of my own who taught me a lot and was far better than I'll ever be), but unless you spend a lot of time practicing it you won't be able to use it as muscle memory (where your body just does it before your brain catches up).

Wraith's picture

Petitioner

I have actually had more computer built by my hand than built by a company (and the few built by other people always got upgraded multiple times by me so I could keep using them long after their expected life had ended.

I wish I could still do some shooting, but time and money constraints make that hard, the closest I get is a little airsoft target shooting with one of my friends.

As for martial arts, I would love to go to a real school, but I need to do some research into the schools in my area because I want a really good school, not one aimed at being more of a daycare service for overworked parents. But again time and money constrains me in ways I never would have believed just a year or two ago.

The one area of my geekishness that I didn't really go into is my odd habit of absorbing (and critiquing) various ways to kill people. I actually managed to scare one of my co-workers one day. She asked me if I knew anything about anatomy, and the end result was me mentioning a few ways to do massive damage to a human body, depending on whether you wanted the recipient to die or not, and how fast or painful you wanted it to be.

*DISCLAIMER: Despite knowing way more about fighting and violence than anybody without training or real-life fight experience has any right knowing, I am actually quite non-violent most of the time. The rest of the time, well, that's why I have my violent video games. }:) *

Lost Child's picture

What a wonderful thread! It's fascinating to read what different interests you people have.

I probably don't come across as much of a geek, but amongst my frineds I'm the geekiest. I sometimes wonder why they're even friends with me anymore.

I'm studying linguistics and literature, both English and German, but I wouldn't necessarily call myself a linguistics nerd.
I am, however, a huge comic book geek; comics are the real literature. I have a bookshel flowing over with graphic novels and spend most of my money at my local comic book store. I'm also planning on writing my bachelor thesis on comic books as literature, if they let me. I also grew up reading a lot of comics. Sadly, I'm the only female person I know in RL that likes comics.
I'm a gaming geek, but kinda limited; I play point and click adventures and RPGs. But I can talk to you endlessly about the latest Baldur's Gate mods or old Lucasarts games, or the newest NDS games (I hardly ever leave the house without my DS lite). I also do pixel paintings, one of the geekiest things ever.
I used to be an art geek, but I'm not anymore, applying for art university and getting rejected over and over kinda destroyed that. But I guess it never really leaves you,if you were into it once.
I'm a little movie geek and I love the big film festival we have here once a year, the Berlinale, and watch several films in a row whenever I get the chance there. But I can't get into watching films at home. Only the big screen is the real thing.
I'm of course a music geek, but who isn't? I love old indie and new electronic stuff, and 8 bit.

I'm also married to an electronic engineer who builds his own synthesizers in his free time. Talk about geeky. Biggrin

Wraith's picture

Petitioner

Baldur's Gate was an awesome game, I tried to get a couple of my friends into it, but they couldn't see past the (relatively) simplistic graphics to the great gameplay underneath. Also Yay for classic Lucasarts games, Specifically the Monkey Island series and Grim Fandango. I still throw those in every once in a while when i need a good laugh (although I know most of the puzzles by heart now)

Lost Child's picture

Yeah, I love the Baldur's Gate "Trilogy"; I'm into old graphics like that because first person 3D etc often gives me motion sickness. Also, the storyline is one of the best ever, and they're still some of the best computer games for actual rolepaying. And the amount of absolutely brilliant mods is so great that it makes the games replayability practically endless. Check out the BG1 NPC Project. Incredible.
And if you haven't played it yet, you should also check out Planescape: Torment. One of, if not the best game I've ever played, storywise.

I've also just replayed the first three Monkey Island games for the hundredth time... those were amongst the first computer games I've ever played and I still replay them every now and again, although I know them by heart. They're just too funny. But Grim Fandango is my favourite, I'm still sad that there wasn't a second part...

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I completely managed to forget one of the greatest game series ever: Quest for Glory! I lost so much time on the first four of these (starting with Quest for Glory 1: So You Want to be a Hero). The sheer number of hours I spent replaying the entire series from the beginning so that I could multi-class my character to all the classes and end up with 400 in every ability, skill, and spell by the end of the fourth one...

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I loved Baldur's gate, but unfortunately I lost one of my disks back in the day; another good RPG game, I thought, was Arcanum. The Lucasarts games were also great, but my all time favorite games were the Wingcommander series, most of which sadly won't run on anything past a 486.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

The Wing Commander series was awesome, even though the system requirements tended to be absolutely brutal. WC3 is one of my favourite games, in fact.

BTW, WC Privateer is kind of available for modern hardware as a mod for VegaStrike.

Arcanum was nice, I liked the story and the atmosphere of the game. But it was deeply marred by bugs and severe game balancing issues.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I actually dug that up a year or so ago and played through it; I may have to fire that up again. I think of all the WC games that the first one was my favorite, though it took me forever to get through the last mission on both winning and losing tracks.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

WC crop up in recent comments, I figured you were someone British talking about the bathroom. I was hoping for a funny British story Smile

Davik's picture

Embodiment

After all of this talk on here I realized that one of my hard drive backups mirrored to my main drive still had a fair number of these games, and this laptop is such a piece of crap that it'll actually play them Blum 3 That said I just got done playing Loom all the way through. Great game, but after playing modern games I'm astonished how short it is, especially after things like Oblivion.

Wraith's picture

Petitioner

Actually most old games can still be played even on a vista machine, you just need to use DOSBox. I don't have the link for it on hand but if you just google it it should come up. I would call it an emulator except DOS is so small (in today's terms at least) that it's probably just DOS with a couple of additions to allow for mapping even an NTFS hard drive so DOSBox can see it. I've used it a couple of times (built into Steam for the older games) and it works great.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I'll have to look in to this, because I have a lot of old games that just flat out won't run (or run at psycho speed) on my modern 64 bit machine. Of course to play some of them I may have to go dig through the hardware pile to find my old 5.25" drive to install Blum 3 And yes, I've been gaming for longer than some of you have been alive, deal with it Smile

Wraith's picture

Petitioner

The "run at psycho speed" may not be fixed by using DOSBox, because as I remember, some games way back when didn't have any way of keeping track of time except the number of cycles per minute on the CPU. Clyde's castle for instance, while the one I have does have an option for slowing it down relative to CPU speed, the speed it's expected to run at and the speed of my CPU are so drastically different, there is no noticeable change.

*EDIT* I just checked through the readme for DOSBox and it looks like you can slow down the CPU speed under DOSBox by using ctrl-F11, and speed it back up again using ctrl-F12. Any further questions you have are probably best answered by the DOSBox readme, it seems fairly extensive.

Lost Child's picture

I'm (of course :P) also into P&P roleplaying. I've been playing a popular German P&P (Das Schwarze Auge, I think it's the black eye in English) for almost seven years now. I'd love to try out D&D as a P&P, but I know no one around here who plays it.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

Now there's a source of fond memories. I never got into some of the newer ones like Grim Fandango, MI3, Full Throttle, or the Sam & Max series, but I used to obsessively play through Zak McKracken, Maniac Mansion and the first two Monkey Island games when I still had time to do so. I liked Day of the Tentacle, The Dig and the first Sam & Max, but not with the same intensity as those earlier ones. Loom, on the other hand, will always have a fond place in my heart as one of the most poetic games I've ever played.

Samaris's picture

Supplicant

I just have to say, this idea was absolutely brilliant! Smile I have been having a blast reading about everyone's geeky habits! Smile So nice to know there are so many others who are proudly geeky!

I'm a scientist, studying Neuroscience, and I have to admit, I am absolutely crazy about working in the lab. I love pipettes and gels and PARAFILM! It's the funnest invention EVER! I live for parafilm these days! Also, we use these cool coloured tapes to label our buffers and I admit I went a little crazy and gave everyone in the lab a set of colour coded pipettes and tip boxes... I got strange looks and got called funny names, but such is the armour of geekiness that it all rolled right off! I love every moment of working there!

I am a bibliophile, an absolute nut, who gets high on the scent and feel of books, old and new... I love webcomics, but I still feel books are nicer, they're more real, somehow! So, MeiLin, I'm waiting for a proper ''book'' book from you! Biggrin I love Jane Austen and the Anne series... I always wanted to be Anne... Then I discovered fantasy, and now I can't live without Tolkein and Tamora Pierce and Garth Nix and Orson Scott Card and a million more! I also love writing poetry, and some day, I hope to publish... Let's see how that goes! Smile

I knit, I make bead jewellery... I just moved to a new apartment with an unlimited lease, and hence, home for the duration of my PhD atleast(!), and I'm bubbling over with ideas to re-upholster my furniture and paint murals on a wall and set up my garden.... I love working with my hands, and making stuff.

I am totally into astrology. I love the whole concept that there is so much more to life than we fully understand (goes with being a scientist, I suppose!) and astrology is a wonderful way of seeing more than we normally do. I love numerology, and palmistry, and one of these days, I'm going to get around to making my own Tarot Cards... I also love astronomy and I plan to own a telecsope of my own one day.. Smile And find the right kind of company to go star gazing with! Wink

However, it is to my heartfelt sorrow that computers and all things electronic do NOT like me. Sad I'm the antithesis of a geek with regard to computers and stuff. Which is a source of a lot of surprise for almost everyone, because my dad is a genius with them, likewise my sister! I suppose I just missed out on those genes... Sigh...

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Yay for colour-codedness!
My husband has our CD collection ordered by colour. You can't find anything, but the CD shelves look beautiful...

I also love the touch and smell and feel of books, especially old ones, but sometimes also brand new ones. I have the habit of buying multiples of books I really love, just for the sake of it.

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I sometimes think of buying multiples of my favourite books, but for a purely selfish reason... One set is to be purely for me, and another set to lend to friends... Because I've lent books to friends which have come back to me battered, the poor children. Needless to say, I don't have those friends anymore! But even if they're not in pieces, they're still different... What can I say, I'm possessive!

And by the way, the lab looks great, too! Wink If only people would stop mixing the damn pipettes up, I could rest happy!

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I considered going into it and it remains a strong interest of mine - what are your particular topics of interest, if any?

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Niiice! Neuro is pretty awesome... I'm working on Alzheimer's... which is why I got into it in the first place, so I consider myself pretty lucky to be able to work on that for my thesis. Smile I am particularly interested in the signalling and protein interactions... Smile What are your areas of interest?

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I did neuro/psychiatry research under an MD/PhD who was studying the genetics of pharmacokinetics, and in addition to several psychiatric disorders, we were looking at Alzheimer's and other cognitive loss disorders. Also, my late husband worked as a medicinal chemist for a pharmaceutical company, developing drugs to treat Alzheimer's (and he had a peptide background). Even more personally, my dad suffers from it, early stages. It's such a small world, isn't it?

I' myself am more interested in the psychiatric end of things, as well as recreational drugs/psychedelics stuff, with a particular interest in the mapping of various neurotransmitter receptors and how they respond to psychotropic drugs. There's so much we have to learn in that regard and it absolutely fascinates me. I'm also very interested in genetic pharmacokinetics of psychiatric drugs as I was researching (which extends beyond neuro obviously) because I think that until they are better understood, psychiatry will remain woefully unscientific in its therapeutic approach.

Are you pursuing a neuro PhD, masters, or what? Smile

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You sound like the big boss in our lab! Smile All the technical terms and stuff. Smile Really sorry to hear about your dad, though... Sad
Psychiatry is fascinating... I always wanted to get into it, but back home you need a medical background before, and I could not face years and years of studying medicine... Anyway I'm happier in the pure sciences. Smile I just started my PhD, so you can pretty much still see the scrubbed-shiny enthusiasm radiating from me. Smile I get unmercifully ragged about it, but I am also assured it will wear off. (I'm hoping it doesn't! Wink )
I am a little unsure as to drug development in the field, though, seeing as how we still have NO idea what causes AD in the first place. You do know about the whole fiasco with the antibodies to amyloid plaques? They broke the plaques down to the soluble peptides, which turned out to be more bioreactive, and went and caused hypertension and all kinds of other stuff... Was terrible...

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I have no doubt that despite having just started your doctorate (congrats! Smile is it officially in neuro?) you know far more than I do. I have only a superficial understanding as I was doing this research as an undergrad, and then the bulk of my knowledge comes from self-instruction (reading various books, a bunch of studies, and just mucking about on my own). My strong personal interest (I have OCD, SAD, and have suffered from depression,& have experienced a lot of psychiatric distress secondhand through friends, family, and lovers) and a particular intellectual curiosity really drive me, though.

One of my good friends from college is studying dopamine and reward-system neuro - he's now in a doctorate program - and he knows so much it blows my mind. Biggrin He loves his work, but your enthusiasm (which I love and pray you DON'T lose - hey some of us are perpetually overeager, myself included!) exceeds his. Oh and another very good friend is doing an MD/PhD in neuro, though he's doing something with radiology now instead, boo! Not that radiology isn't fascinating too, but it's not neuro.

I was set on medicine (with the end-goal of psychiatry in mind) for many years, so I have a decent background in it considering I never actually went to med school. I love medicine, intellectually and practically, but it does come with many complications which the purer, harder sciences don't share.

AD IS like much of neuro in that it's still vastly beyond our comprehension, which is frustrating but also sort of exciting too...so much that we still have to learn! I do know about the AB fiasco. Sad My late husband was working on drugs which would prevent plaque formation in the first place (he worked for Amgen). I think you're in the field at a very fortuitous time and have the potential to be on the cutting edge AND see the tangible results of your work.

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(I'm still cringing about mis-reading your name! Sorry again!) Thanks, and my PhD is officially in neurosciences, so that's really nice. But I think that independent reading is sometimes more educative than directed reading... So I am sure you have a greater breadth of knowledge than I do, for sure... And I haven't been around long enough to acquire any real depth... Smile

I don't have any fear that I'll wake up one morning and not be enthu about doing research any more. Smile For me, since my early teens, I've always wanted to do pure science, and somehow, there's always something to learn every day. It's absolutely brilliant, and I'm having a blast. Smile

And medicine is something I knew I could never do... It's extremely important, and I am so glad that there are so many strong people out there who have the drive for it, but I couldn't face it... Pure science in some ways is the easier option... Smile

I would love to be part of finding a cure for AD... I think everyone who gets into the field considers that the Holy Grail, as opposed to just increasing the amount of knowledge in the field (like with other parts of neuro, like GABA receptor clustering and so on)... That's vitally important, but I doubt anyone would just be satisfied with that in this case....

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I'm used to people misreading my name at this point, so it's okay. It just makes me sad when people misinterpret my intended meaning.

Both directed and independent reading have their uses, and I'm sure you'll end up going off on your own knowledge binges as you come across specific topics which really appeal to you. I love how excited you are about science - so many people going into science these days seem to lack your enthusiasm and sheer intellectual love, and that's sad. I'm excited to see what you accomplish in your work. The world needs more people like you! Smile

(And pure science is, intellectually at least, harder than medicine. Clinical medicine requires (or should require) more people-skills, but in terms of science...it's not as methodical or logic based as research.)

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and my html is lame. But, I think I disagree with the following: "pure science is, intellectually at least, harder than medicine. Clinical medicine requires (or should require) more people-skills, but in terms of science...it's not as methodical or logic based as research."

Assuming (for the sake of argument) that "it's not as methodical or logic-based as research," there's still the promptness requirement--pure science has publication deadlines that can be fudged more easily than some of the time-pressured elements of medicine. You're also more likely to be able to make a second try at something in science...I'm not convinced that it's possible to say that pure science is (necessarily) intellectually harder (or easier) than medicine--or vice versa. I think that the intellectual skills required may be different--but categorizing one as substantially "harder" makes me a little iffy.

I started this post initially with a full-on "I disagree," but have moderated to a mere "I don't think we can really compare these quantities."

ETA: holy crap, an actual long comment from me, with real live thought? It's been a while. Wink

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I do NOT know what is up with that stupid thing. Let me go look at it now.

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there. Smile

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I didn't word that as clearly or thoroughly as I could have. Suffice to say that I think there are different types of intelligence, and I tend to equate intellect with logic and study, and medical intelligence is more chaotic and intuitive. I definitely did not mean to imply that one type is 'superior' to the other. I have bizarre ways of breaking down intelligence types in my head, so I hope that made some sense...

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OK. That makes some sense.

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a conversation I have all the time. How many types of intelligence do you think there are, and what are they? I read psych stuff all the time and ask people about this. A lot of people break it down into right brain vs. left brain, or book intelligence vs. social intelligence or include creativity and logic as separate things, and I was wondering what you thought. Thanks! Smile

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I was about to jump into the thread with "Well, what do you mean by intelligence?" but I checked out this article first. While it provides some food for thought, there's also a fair amount of criticism which seems to be summed up by one line from the article, "Most people who study intelligence view M.I. theory as rhetoric rather than science, and they're divided on the virtues of the rhetoric."

There's a lot of correlation between what I think of as intelligent, but then there are certainly specialties or unique ways of applying it. I don't see it lending itself very well to cut-and-dried categories.

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absolutely nothing.
however, it's widely in use, and a not unhelpful starting point for a discussion.

I'm not sure, exactly, where to take it--I've never considered it carefully.
I like those general categorizations of aptitude, though I'm not certain that they're actual intelligence--but intelligence is such a wonky thing to define anyhow.

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that seems a like there are too many. I like the criticisms posted in that article, particularly:

Critics hold that given this statement, any interest or ability is now redefined as "intelligence". Thus, by adopting this theory, studying intelligence becomes difficult, because it diffuses into the broader concept of ability or talent.

I think that's definitely true, especially with the idea of bodily-kinesthetic intelligence and maybe even naturalistic intelligence a little. I think I would classify those as talent or ability over an "intelligence".
I thought this was cool, though:

Every multiple domain IQ test ever normed (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Stanford-Binet IQ test, Ronald K. Hoeflin's Mega test) has shown that all the areas tested are correlated. This trend is also shown in tests like the Graduate Record Examination, the SAT, the PSAT, the ACT, etc., on every one of which each section correlates to a high degree with the others; the correlation rarely drops below 0.6 on the -1 to 1 scale.

I also sometimes wonder...if something is true, but it's not helpful or is destructive, should it be made known? The article talks a little bit about how the idea of multiple intelligences can hurt education and might lead teachers to make excuses for students who do not show aptitude in one area or another, or that Gifted and Talented programs might be broadened to accommodate different types of intelligence instead of focusing on the traditional form of it. I don't think either have happened, but it's still interesting. Even if it is true, that intelligence could be so classified, I wonder if it could possibly be better not to teach it to educators.

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The thing is, they dont have to be useless. Knowing that someone has a high bodily-kinesthetic intelligence could help teach that student. Here's an example:
When you learned about the earth's orbit around the sun, and the moon's orbit around the earth, did your teacher make groups of 3 students to act it out? Mine did. It was completely useless to me to act it out, but if I FELT things, maybe I would understand orbits better. (I had to draw it to get it.)

I must add that I majored in Psych, and my university definitely taught this theory as fact.

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your university, or just some of your professors?

I've heard it asserted pretty widely--idunno how widespread the criticisms are.

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because I'm going to be skeptical of any professor that teaches something like that as fact. I took psych classes at a university maybe seven or eight years ago, but that professor presented a whole bunch of theories like this one, and we discussed the merits of each of them. I don't think anything at all was presented as fact, unless it was something physiological.
As an engineer, I'm kind of a skeptic anyway, but I'm surprised that someone would put that much weight on a theory they were presenting to a class.

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All right, I'm sorry. The word "fact" in psychology is incredibly loaded. The truth is, NOTHING is taught as fact, there are just theories with evidence and theories without evidence. This one was presented more as a theory with some supporting evidence.

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"a theory with some supporting evidence"
runs the gamut from goddam -gravity- all the way down to something still undergoing examination that happens to have some supporting evidence.

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I'm not doing a very good job at this am I? For all it's tests and measures, psychology is hard to quantify.

Maybe I should just stop there.

No wonder I'm dispensing pasta and not mental health advice.

And this stupid worthless degree that hasn't gotten me a job is preventing me from getting financial aid for nursing school.

*cries*

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but I'm also not saying anything bad about your department...it sounds very reputable and I'm sure this is one of the theories with more evidence than some of the other ones regarding intelligence. I'm just not a huge fan of the theory myself because I feel like when you want to talk about how intelligent someone is, it's all very subjective and there comes a point where one "type of intelligence" should be more fundamental to the general idea than another. Even if your type of intelligence is bodily intelligence, maybe you'll be good at football, but I'm not sure I can physically teach you a really complicated idea that way (although maybe that's just a limitation of mine as a teacher).

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The big issue here is me pulling words out of my brain in a coherent fashion; I have a purdue degree, so I'm pretty sure it's not a department issue Wink

One of the reasons I like the theory is because I am lacking soooooo much in some areas of intelligence. I may rock at algebra, but I can barely tell the difference between a cone and a cylander. And it's not a learning style issue, since I'm a visual learner. I am just... spatially retarded.

ETA: in the interest of full disclosure, I've never even been to the Lafayette campus. Sad

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I could say it probably was the degree, but then Davik would come tackle me }:) I think most people here get the gist of what you're arguing, even if we sometimes pounce on the technicalities. In general, I think I define "intelligence" more broadly than you might, while your definition approaches what I'd call "abilities"

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I was kind of trying to find what line the faculty was walking along...I acknowledge a tendency to pick, but usually I'm trying to refine something someone else has said. I hope I'm not too pushy/obnoxious.

Also, V, I think you might have it reversed--I think intelligence is narrower than what the general MI theory seems to cover--but that it covers parts of several of the proffered categories.

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Obnoxious? Pushy? No! And, really, I wasn't contemplating changing my online identity to hide from my woeful failure and it's resulting attacks in this discussion. Please. Wink

Really though, it's all good.

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with TheBoy. I think we all seem to think that intelligence is narrower than MI suggests, and that we believe that a number of those intelligences proposed in that theory fall outside of actual intelligence into a category like "talent" or "ability". Sometimes I hate how ambiguous words are. For instance, if we found intelligent life on another planet, I think it could be significantly dumber than we are and not be particularly good at any of the intelligences listed in the MI categories, but still qualify as intelligent life. I wish language were more precise sometimes.

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First of all, I have no problem if you want to give crap to the Purdue fuzzies (anyone not in science, engineering, or the like). However, if you try to bash engineering and science at Purdue you'll have far worse than a tackling to deal with (my roommate and I never did iron out the problems on that railgun, but we both have more than enough time now...) As far as the rest I'll try to come up with a coherent response in the next day Blum 3

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all science is either physics or stamp collecting, right?

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You know, I don't know how to take this; all sciences is physics in the end, but on the flip side of that if you mean that as insult to physics, I can't help but think that you're raising a hand to be a test subject either for the rain gun or the clinical trials of Y. Pestis (or maybe both at this point).

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nono--a -compliment- to physics. I'm given to believe that the origin of that statement was a Nobel winner...for Chemistry.

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xkcd has a definitive chart on the subject. Don't forget the mousetip!

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It's a decent sized department; I can't imagine the head of the department allowing proffessors to teach psychological heresy.

That said, we did have one ancient and slightly crazed proffessor who taught Freud as the gospel. I never took it, but he had a class that required over 200 pages of journaling about your subconcious mind. At the end of the semester the entire class went on a retreat where (I have been told) there was much drinking of alcohol and smoking of marijuana.

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I would totally take that class. One of the psych classes I took at a university, I took when I was 14 because my high school had a program where you could get high school credit for college classes. It really freaked the professor out because I was the first student he had who was less than half his age. Anyway, when we were studying Freud, one of our assignments was to look for examples of advertising that used subliminal messaging to appeal to people's sexual sides. I giggled through the whole assignment, but it was one of my favorites. I don't think that stuff necessarily has *tons* of merit (at least, I wouldn't put as much emphasis on Freud as maybe your crazed professor would even if parts of it are probably accurate), but that sounds like a really fun class.

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Shit, your reply means I can't go back and delete all those extra "f"s from my post. Gah! Curse you spelling!

I think he was the only prof I knew who taught Freud as anything but historical.

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Maybe if you ask nicely, Mei will take them out for you. And yeah, I agree that Freud is largely outdated. That doesn't mean he isn't fun!

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If you say "some people learn better by doing, others by reading" I'm willing to accept that. Portions of the article may have validity or be useful without necessarily saying "There are exactly 7 uncorrelated types, and these are the 7".

I'm skeptical of any theories taught as "fact" rather than "this is what we currently assume and this is how well it fits what we currently observe", particularly in fields like intelligence, human vision, etc.

I'd usually rather taste everything at the buffet and then fill my own plate than order a complete meal from the menu unless the chef has widespread renown among her peers.

ETA: OK, this was posted before I saw some of the backtracking from "fact" statements...it's not intended to further dogpile the topic.

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There's a difference, too, between intelligences and learning styles. I credit the latter more, based on entirely unscientific anecdotal observations.

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Yeah...my entire research on intelligence this evening was limited to that topic, but I did read the parts you noticed. The high correlation in particular is what struck me...gather up those strongly-correlated sections and you've got something approximating "intelligence", at least functionally.

Classifying and dealing with intelligence in education is another very difficult subject. You want people to be able to reach their full potential but you don't want to discourage some or spend undue time on others. And when you're done, the fact remains that some people will simply never perform at the level other people will--and throwing out the high end of the curve, my mother works in special education so I can say with some experience that, unfortunately, some things will be much much harder or impossible for the low end of the curve.

...*bites back a rant about parents, feelings of entitlement, average money spent per student, sad realities, etc etc*...

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it makes me giggle a little to see how long and narrow these posts get after a bunch of replies.
Back to you regularly scheduled discussion ^-^

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...wasn't exactly "regularly scheduled" >.>

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on this forum, hijacking seems to be about as close to "regularly scheduled" as topical posting is.

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My sister works in Special Education as well, and in the school I grew up in, they got rid of the gifted program to open up funding for "special needs students", which does not, apparently, include gifted students. *grrrr*

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we all know gifted students don't have any special needs. What are you talking about?

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Seriously, though, I really felt like everyone in that administration felt that way. It was really frustrating, especially since that program was one of the highlights of my whole life in middle school.

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Tangrams! Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego! Brainteasers, puzzles, balloon-popping-machine contests Biggrin

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If people misread your name all the time, you could consider changing it. You could make it "fair nymph" or "FairNymph" so that it would be more clear where one word ends and another begins. Otherwise, it's just easy to move the "y" in your head. Your new signature helps, too, though.

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But rejected due to legacy screennames. We decided that the sig would handle things most effectively }:)

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I can definitely understand not wanting to change it...I didn't want to switch to TheGirl for the same reason, among others.

And the sig cracks me up every time I look at it. I haven't heard the term "fuckwads" in a long time.

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you're welcome. Blum 3

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even on your old posts. Just sayin'.

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and I use that word loosely, that she's talking about other -sites- as well.

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My online presence is fairly massive, relatively speaking!

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is that I've actually felt nostalgia for the SAT. I'd love another chance to take it; less than six percent away from a perfect score, I bet I could bump that now.... Wink

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I consider myself a geek. I think my friends consider me a baby geek. I didn't grow up as one, and I don't think I really have a specific "field" of geekery, but I'm a geek by association. I'm a freaking knowledge sponge. It started in college, when I dated a programmer and started absorbing some of the stuff he did on the computers. I knew NOTHING about them, but I learned a bit. I went on to later become engaged to a guy who is a database administrator, whose father wrote books for Microsoft Press and is a freelance computer consultant, and whose step-mother was editor-in-chief for Microsoft Press. He knew LOTS about computers. Smile He was also the first one to introduce me to things like MtG and console gaming.

Enter the husband. He's a geek. All his friends are geeks. We've been married for 5+ years, and I've absorbed a lot of what they talk about. I love listening to them. Computers (we own 4), consoles (Elder Scrolls was my crack, before WoW), books (we have 5 really big bookcases that are full), MMO's (I play WoW for about 12 hours a day - I'm unemployed right now), RPG's (they play D&D 4E on a regular basis and I take umbrage to Davik's comments earlier), linguistics, anthropology, you name it they can talk about it.

I've decided my dream job would be a place where I could wear jeans and sit around listening to geeks talk all day. I would love to be surrounded by them, I think. I may not understand everything I hear, but I like to learn. As long as you're patient with my questions and don't treat me like I'm an idiot for asking, we're fine. I love to research stuff and share what I learn. My biology professor loved me, even though I didn't do so well in her class. I understood it when she was talking about it, I just didn't test well on it.

After talking to the husband, I've decided I must be a geek about infertility (and pregnancy, by association). I don't "geek out" about it (can you imagine someone going "Squee! you're infertile! let me tell you stuff!"??), but I have lots of the originally mentioned "esoteric knowledge" stuffed in my head. I spent four years studying it and living it - I should have a damn degree! I love to share what I know, answer questions (no matter how silly they seem), and just educate people in general.

Edit: I forgot to mention organizing. I love organizing. If you give me a box, I will put stuff in it. Basket? you got it. Plastic tub? Sure thing! It doesn't help (or maybe it does, depending on your PoV) that I have mild CDO (not OCD, that's not in the proper order). I've managed to get it under control, but when my life starts spinning out of control, I start organizing everything in sight. When mom was down to the wire, I was up at 4am organizing the Guild Vault. Smile

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I have mild CDO (not OCD, that's not in the proper order).

That phrase is full of win. I'm not sure why it tickled my fancy so much, but it does. It's just so... fitting! ;-D

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My husband told someone I was CDO once and it just stuck. My...issues...don't lie in the direction of hand washing, or alphabetizing. Sometimes color coding. Mostly just making things be NEAT. Not neat, like neat freak, but every thing MUST be in it's place. I've been known to stay up until 4am cleaning. Any time I say "honey, I want to move the furniture in the living room" my husband has a breakdown - he knows it's going to turn into a full house rearranging. I am incapable of cleaning just one spot - I move things from A to B, but now something in B is bothering me and needs to go to D, but then something there goes to C, and...you get the picture. Smile

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That sounds eerily similar to me! I'm home sick today, and I insisted to my friend that the reason I was sick is because my house was such a mess... I'd just moved in a week ago, and there's a HUGE suitcase in the hallway and ...stuff!... everywhere... I tried sleeping today, but every time I woke up, I felt sicker than ever looking around! SO I cleaned. And cleaned. And now, everything is where it should be, and I feel sooooo much better! Biggrin

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If you believe in the slightly less "Magical, Mystical" version of Feng Shui, then cleaning up really can make you feel better, more in control and calmer because your home reflects on your self and well-being. I'm actually interested in the 'science' of Feng Shui. For example, I don't really think that hanging bamboo flutes will help a room feel less claustrophobic - it looks funny anyway - but the idea behind it is to make lines that draw the eye upward to lift the ceiling and make a room feel taller, which could be done with paint, or any long, thin decorative object.

*looks around* Guess I should clean up my desk a bit. I've got a paper I've been putting off. >.>

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Oh, I really like Feng-shui... Smile I pretty much follow most of the stuff they suggest. Smile And secretly, I like the ámgical, mystical'version of it also! Biggrin I wanted to arrange my home according to Feng-shui, but I didn't get around to buying a compass in time! Smile But it feels pretty right anyway, so I'm not fussing! Smile

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with feng shui, other than the basic concept. My issues are more along the lines of "I'm a control freak and when life starts spinning, at least I can control my house". I've gotten much better at not giving in, but it was out of necessity. We moved in with our in-laws four years ago at their request. I went from an apartment with no animals and just my husband and I, to a 1700 sf house with 2 dogs, 3 cats (one of them I got after moving in) and 4 adults. I couldn't keep up and was making myself crazy trying - so I decided that I would just have to settle for our space being clean. Then shit hit the fan and I couldn't even do that anymore. It's been a learning process - and I've learned that once I give in, I'm up and going for hours and hours...unable to stop, even when I really should because my body can't take it anymore. I have to be super careful. Sad

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I also use cleaning as a form of therapy... There's something very satisfying about it, especially at odd hours of the day (and night!)... But it can be incredibly tiring, especially if you're not up to it, but do it anyway... I would die if I had to keep a house with pets clean! But you sound like you're doing pretty ok, so hats off to you!

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Let's see...gaming geek, reading geek, science geek, martial arts geek...that's most of them Blum 3

When I have time to read (sadly limited recently), I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett, Garth Nix, Tamora Pierce, G.R.R. Martin, and (of course) Tolkien. I play three tabletop miniature wargames (Warhammer Fantasy, Warlord, and CAV) and obsessively paint all my minis. Of those, I actively play and promote CAV, and get free stuff from the mini company for it! I also play D&D (3.5 only) and GURPS when time allows. Also play a good number of computer games, but I avoid online play for the most part.

I'm an astrogeophysics major, which means I'm studying chemistry, geology, physics, and astronomy all at once. I may also be minoring in art or math, not sure which. In short, I love any science that's not bio.

I have a black belt in taekwondo and run the college's TKD club, and have recently started studying aikido as well, particularly the weapon techniques.

That's about the extent of my geekiness...oh, and I invented my screenname because it sounds Elvish.

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I'm definitely not a geek. In fact, after reading this thread, I'm sitting here trying to not feel really really stupid. >.

I can do plumbing in cpvc, I put down underlayment and the linoleum in my kitchen, and can do most home and car repairs myself. (Don't worry; I won't do my own brakes. I'm not going to take the chance of doing it wrong and injuring someone else.) I also don't like play with electricity and flatly refuse to touch gas lines, since those things can kill me! (I told you I specialize in surviving Wink ) I'm also a damned good cook and I can do US taxes, which is something that makes most folks cringe.

I used to play DnD (when second edition was *new*!!) and I was a member of the SCA for about 7 years in the 90's, including holding two local offices at the same time (Chatelaine and Herald, for those who know what those are), so maybe I have a tiny bit of "geek cred" for those. I am madly in love a with a "geek" though; my Master has His Master's in Mathematics, a subject He taught in France for ~36 years. I also write a bit; poetry, random essays, a few semi-erotic short stories, and one "novel" I started while I was in therapy that is over 250,000 words and less than half finished. >.

I also tend to be way too wordy and ramble, so I'll hush now and let the geeks have their thread back. Wink

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

... but to me, DnD + SCA = major geek points.

So from where I sit, you're fitting right in here. Smile

amiciaN's picture

Petitioner

I like it here so I'm glad to have some geekiness at least.

Laureril's picture

Supplicant

Anyone who knows the difference between Statant and Passant wins big medieval geek points - even though, as I've just discovered, technically they aren't differentiated in the SCA, so I probably should have picked a better example. xD

The ability to survive socially? Way more useful than knowing how to read Sindarin. Smile

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

Compared to my co-workers and friends, I'm one hell of a geek. But I don't have shit on anyone here. Never really "specialized" in anything but know enough about enough to be able to follow most conversations. May not be able to contribute anything, but can at least usually follow along. Used to play Star Wars Trivial Pursit with friends and the first time around, I went last and everyone else only got one other chance before I was done (damn Ugnaughts). After that there were special rules for me so that everyone else would have a better chance.

Anything including history, genealogy, camping, hunting, computers, RPGs (but I havn't done D&D since just after 3.5), Star Wars/Trek, DIY and of course, food. I know just enough to get myself out of what ever trouble I've gotten into, and occasionally help someone else out. Of course, there's times where I only dig a deeper hole.

Then again, I go to town on event planning. Let me know what you want, what your budget is, and I'll bring you choices.

storm_wind's picture

I've Been outgeeked! :jawdrop:

Well, hi everyone. Figured I might as well stop lurking with this lovely account I set up a while back, and actually post something. As indicated by that loverly smiley, outgeeking me is rare... ::shrugs::

Anywho, I am an avowed geek and damn proud of it. It began as a child with a staunch interest in Star Trek (TOS, NG, and DS9 predominately, and Enterprise does not exist,) a large interest in fantasy novels, and a fascination with the weather. I wanted to be a meteorologist, and new more about weather and weather patterns at age 6 than most people learn in their entire lives (much of which I have forgotten.) I was reading Lord of the Rings by the time I was in 4th grade. Couldn't deal with my peers to save my life, but Tolkien didn't phase me in the least. I also grew up playing video games, still have my barely working original Nintendo, as well as my SNES and Sega Genesis.

Then I really hit my stride in reading fantasy and science fiction. Bradbury, Orwell, Asimov, Orson Scott Card, Mercedes Lackey, George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan (yes, I've read that entire series, and then he died), Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, etc. Don't really feel like recalling all the names of authors I love.

Anywho, back to the video games thing. Still convinced that Final Fantasy VI (or III, because that is the version I play) is the best game ever invented. Yes, better than Chrono Trigger or Metroid or Zelda, though I do love them all. Still play it on my computer's emulator, which is a good deal more consistant than my SNES is these days. I prefer older games because anything from N64 onward triggers motion sickness, and thus I am a little more "old school" in my video game tastes than many of my fellow game geeks, especially here at college.

Other gaming things I do include table-top D&D and a variety of old and new world White Wolf games. I also LARP ::cringes away from potential food being thrown. checks around to make sure its safe again...:: Throw in tv and movies like Firefly/Serenity, Buffy, Star Wars, etc. Pretty much anything that isn't Battle Star Galactica.

Mostly, I think of myself as a geek less for my interests and more for the fact I am interested in knowledge. Pretty much any knowledge. I'm a perpetual student, even if I'm not so good at the roles that people assume that means, I love learning. Just... never ask me to write a lab report. Those are the reason I am not a science major. Yay philosophy! (If anyone ever wants to discuss "High Theory" and such bull I quite enjoy it. Warning: may induce ranting.)

Poetry too.

Really probably my biggest geekdom, as if that all is not enough, is theater. I am a total techie geek. I stage manage, light design, set design, build sets, hang lights, direct, and actually run a student produciton company that puts up about 18 shows in a single semester (along with about 12 other students. thats it, just us students.) Its most of my life. Though advice for anyone interested in theater out there, never EVER direct, stage manage, technical direct, a major production.

I am definately a jack of all trades geek as well. I know some yarn-geekdom, cooking geekdom, science geekdom, computer geekdom, comic geekdom, webcomic geekdom, clothing geekdom, writing geekdom, movie geekdom, mythology geekdom, etc. Enough to follow the conversations and realize that how little I know in those areas.

So hi again. This is a bit of a strange first post, but as good of an intro as anything I guess.

-Storm_Wind

ps- Cookie for who can name where Joss Whedon went to college WITHOUT googling it.

Laureril's picture

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Yeouch - that theater geekery sounds fun but time consuming. Would you by any chance be in Louisville? I have a second cousin there that manages the tech stuff for a theater there that I seem to recall had a largely student troupe. I got to go take a behind the scenes tour - really neat, especially one theater in the round with an elevator system in the floor and weather machines.

My closest brush with managing anything in theater was a play in middle school where I managed the costumes. Hours upon hours of soda-tab chainmail making. I had a whole assembly line going! Not to mention trying to fix it during the show when part of it broke.

PS. Berkley? No clue. I'll go look it up after this.

storm_wind's picture

Not in the Louisville area, I'm rather farther north... and not Berkeley. Good guess thought! Its rumored to have a similar atmosphere.

Yeah, you have pretty much summed up the reason I will never do costumes. That and I can't keep myself clean, so I'll stick with things that require painting and power tools. ^_^ Theaters with elevators and weather machines are amazing. I've worked in theaters with them, and it makes life SO much easier. Not to mention fun effects.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

but it depends on who you ask. My family thinks I'm the geekiest kid ever, but they haven't met all the kids I go to school with.
I'm currently working on a PhD in Electrical Engineering. I am also a huge literary geek, and all of my non-literate friends always ask me to proof-read their papers. I hate video games, for the most part (except for kid ones like Roller Coaster Tycoon or Commander Keen), but I played DnD for a while when I was a kid and during my freshman year of college.

I also really like computers and things, but for an EE that goes without saying. I think my favorite is real-time programming in C. I'm not that awesome at it, but it's fun, and I love debugging other people's broken stuff.

I don't know if it counts as a geek thing, but I have the biggest collection of sex toys most people have ever seen (although maybe some of you could top it). I've been asked by a few female lovers if I'm secretly a sex-toy saleswoman who only hooked up with them to show them how awesome some product was. I have ones that plug into the wall, some that are wireless that can be used from across a restaurant, some that plug into the computer and can be accessed over the internet, things that strap on, things that get held in with certain muscles, things that apply a small electrical current to your butt or other places, and things for every orifice. Whips, handcuffs, a swing, and a whole drawer of batteries, lube and other gotta-have-em's.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I don't know if it counts for geek points, but the sex toy collection is just awesome Smile Of course now you're making me ashamed of my little gadget drawer (especially since my ex kept the one that fell into the across the room remote). Ah well, I still have all the rope and still remember all my knots from when I was a boyscout. Of course I don't have anyone to use the stuff with at the moment, and I've never seen a toy for a guy that was worth anything Blum 3

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

because most of them are stupid things you're supposed to stick your penis in, and most boys I know would rather use some lube and their hands. There are a few good options, though. They do make some awesome toys for prostate stimulation. There's a lot of variety in that market. Vibrations also do tend to feel good for boys, and you can get various vibrating implements that go around cock, balls, or whatever else you like. Finally, if you are not a poor college student, they make some really neat things that will apply electricity to various parts of your body. A lot of people think this is kinky and that it is intended to be painful for people who are into that, but it's not. Because of the way your nerves work, very small electrical currents can make you feel as though you're being touched in a number of pleasant ways. I think it's interesting to play around with, and they make some cool attachments you can experiment with once you have the box that generates the electrical signals.

I'm betting other people would either have recommendations, too. Maybe I'll start a sex toy thread.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I think we all know who to turn to now for any question about sex toys Smile I think at this point though, especially given how poor I am (the new furnace really hurt, and there may be a new water heater in my future, which I think is killing my hopes of a new rifle), that I'll pass on buying sex toys that don't sound terribly appealing just to try out. Guess I'll just stick with looking for the real thing Blum 3

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

The real thing, that is. Almost everyone likes it. Still, I think the toys are super interesting, and few things aid sexy hookups better than having a toy she wants to try Smile

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

besides -being- the toy she wants to try...;)

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

as an essential. Talking about toys has been helpful for shy girls who really, really want it, but don't know how to ask for it. They often have some at home, so toys are squarely in the comfort zone, whereas maybe lesbian sex is closer to the edge of the comfort zone.

Besides, sometimes I'm physically ill-equipped for penetration... Smile

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

unless you're missing fingers, you're always equipped for penetration...

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

Smile Still, it's always good to mix it up a little.

Wraith's picture

Petitioner

I remember those games, give me a moment . . . *rummages around his computer* I thought so, I actually have a copy of them on Steam from when I bought the ID super pack. Yay for ID's first game. They are among my favorite game developers, not least because they make sure to have their games as close to perfect as humanly possible before they release them.

Samaris's picture

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...So brilliant! Smile I loved him! And all the fun stuff he had to do to find the Ancient Ones or whoever... Smile I didn't play the other parts, though, just the one. Couldn't find them... Sad

Wraith's picture

Petitioner

Yeah I never completed any of the parts, I dabbled in all of them, but never completed (not that I can remember at least)

Samaris's picture

Supplicant

I think the one I played was part 3 or something... Where the Shikadi kidnap the members of the Council and scatter them all across the Shadowlands and you had to find them in all the different ares... I seem to remember a few names Slug Village and the Perilous Pit and the Wishing Well and stuff like that... The funniest part of the whole thing was when Keen rescued someone, he'd say stuff like, "No problem, ancient one'' or something flippant like that. Was hilarious! I mean, you brave the jumping mushrooms and dopefish and flying spiders and he's so cool about it! Smile

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

Cooking geek, reading geek, martial arts geek, theater geek, political science geek, board games geek, Kingdom of Loathing geek, science geek, Trekkie... knowledge is so good to have about everything, isn't it?

Anyway- hi again, everyone! I was sick and hospitalized before, but I'm back now! What'd I miss?

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

I mean, change.

"Users by points" disappeared/reappeared/left for good.
Lots of people posted lots of things.
New posts are now surrounded in red, which is great if you read somewhat regularly...I bet it's blinding on a new chapter if you've missed a week...;)

Welcome back! Glad you're out of the hospital.

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

TB, you didn't mention the inuendo and your bad jokes...

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

MLM performance art! I'm glad you're feeling better!

MeiLin's picture

Most High

What happened?! Did I know and forget? I do that a lot...

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

I think I just haven't posted in a few days, but personally, it felt like a long time. I don't think I mentioned that I was sick, so no worries, Mei- you weren't supposed to remember. Blum 3
In a nutshell: school is out on break this week, thank goodness, but I had work, so I am staying with the boyfriend because I'm apparently not allowed to live in my dorm when school is not in session. He was very sick for the first time in almost a year, fever, chills, cough, nose, throat- just completely bedridden. He is getting better now, the fever broke night before last, so that is good. Anyhow, I was drinking lots of white and green teas and taking vitamin C and felt fine while taking care of him... except that after work and dinner Monday, I suddenly started vomiting and couldn't stop.... until at around 2 am I went to the hospital because of dehydration and not stopping problems. We were there all night, and made it back day before yesterday, and aside from venturing out to fill a prescription and check on my triop, we haven't left. My boss is incredibly nice and told me to just drink lots of tea and come in when I can. (I work at a Teavana tea shop.) I'm feeling much better, although I think I lost a fair amount of weight, which is BAD for me, and I can't really eat that much yet, and he's been feeling much better since his fever broke, but is still quite sick. Again, thank goodness this happened during break, right?
Thanks so much for catching me up, everyone! That was a lot of red to look at, TheBoy, you're quite right. And 'lots of people posted lots of things' cracked me right up. It's been busy, hasn't it??

Eleonora's picture

Devotee

I'll keep my post short, but I do consider myself a geek. Currently doing computational chemistry, I love reading, computer games, table top games. Oh and I love explaining to people that lol is a word in Dutch. Yes it is! It means fun, as in the noun fun (is fun a noun? I feel my geekness shrinking), which is actually why I almost never use it. Lol is a little bit archaic so putting lol somewhere always sounds kind of sarcastic to me.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

computational chemistry?

Eleonora's picture

Devotee

chemistry in a computer. Instead of experimenting with chemicals and liquids and stuff you simulate for example reactions to get information that you can't get very easily (or not at all) from normal experiments. Considering the fact that I'm very good at spilling liquids, especially hot liquids everywhere, especially on myself, except for on computers, I figured staying away from the lab is probably a good idea.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

I'm a little surprised you don't have to do both, though. I know for EE stuff, we have to do simulations on a computer and then make whatever it is in real life. If you had someone who was either just a simulator, or who didn't know how to simulate, they probably wouldn't get hired. Maybe it's more high-level, like algorithm design. Sounds pretty sweet, though. I always give mad props to chemists...that stuff can be pretty hard.

Eleonora's picture

Devotee

You need a whole lot more theory to be able to really understand what you're doing. Usually it's a combination of researching a specific system, and developing methods to do so.

Laureril's picture

Supplicant

Either a noun "I'm going to go have some fun."
or an adjective "fun times"
Or ambiguous. "She's fun" could either be a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective. It's kinda the same situation as 'good.' as in "to do good" and "good deeds."

It is not:
a verb ... *She funned the whole night long.
an adverb... *We partied funly.
a preposition *I went fun the mountain

Hmm,
Computational Chemistry sounds a lot like Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. Do you guys do protein-folding algorithms by any chance? I think that they mentioned that one of the algorithms being used was based on something intended for tree-diagramming sentences.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I'm more into the experimental side of protein folding than the computational side, but from what I've seen most of the protein folding models tend to be monte carlo based. You sample trajectories and energies and then try to determine the energy landscape and routes to the native state.

RandomScientist's picture

Petitioner

Dunno about the origins of protein folding algorithms, but I do know that DNA sequence alignment algorithms are related to speech recognition programs. Or at least the advance that allows DNA sequences to be aligned with gaps (eg a section of DNA that got stuck into one sequence or lost from the other, but the bits around them are the same). That was something that had to be developed for speech recognition to take into account accents. Most accents have near-identical consonant sounds and only differ in the details of vowels, with length often being a big difference. So the algorithms designed to deal with identifying consonants despite varying length vowel sounds between them ended up being very useful for identifying matching DNA sequences with varying length differences between them.
In grad school (and since) I proofread a lot of papers for a computational biologist friend and classmate since English is his second language. Thus I know way more about how algorithms get used in biology than any self-respecting physiologist should.

Also, I love your impromptu parts of speech test and may have to see what my closet linguist friend would do to try and bring coherent meaning to "I went fun the mountain".

Laureril's picture

Supplicant

Prepositions are typically a closed class. You don't really get things added to them, although occasional mergers or subtractions happen. Really the fastest (and one of the most accurate) test to figure out if something can be used in a certain way is to track down a native speaker and substitute the word for a word you know would fit in that blank.

Imo, "to go fun the mountain" would be to approach in a meandering, round-about, stopping-to-smell-the-roses sort of way.

Eleonora's picture

Devotee

I do know people who do protein folding. Not only Monte Carlo, but also quite a bit Molecular Dynamics. I'm more on the quantum side of things.

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

The distinction has never been entirely clear to me, but here are my areas of knowledge:

-Science, generally - pretty much anything that can be considered science interests me, from math to psychology and everything in between. I studied bio and chem in college and have taught/tutored math and chem for over a decade.
-Medicine, especially psychiatry and women's health (3 of my 4 parents are health professionals).
-Cooking, baking, and making foods. I'm trying to eliminate all processed foods and make everything myself, within reason.
-Languages; fluent in 5 if you count Latin, with working knowledge of 3 more. I want to learn about 20 more in my lifetime.
-Literature, primarily classic but I've gotten heavily into SF/F in the past 5 years. I read a great deal.
-Anything natural/holistic/alternative; organic food, herbal medicine, natural childbirth, etc.
-Astrology fascinates me, but I'm still an amateur. Slowly becoming a little more knowledgeable, though.
-Drugs. I've tried nearly everything recreational, and I used to work in pharmacy and mod a drug forum. Not much a part of my life anymore, but I will always find conscious-altering substances fascinating.
-My family has had computers since I was born, and I've been on macs since I was 9. I'm definitely a hardcore mac fangirl, though I've used Windows and Linux. I'm no expert, but I am significantly more competent than the average computer user.
-I can fix most basic things. I credit my late husband for this, because he rounded out the electric stuff. I don't believe in hiring help if I can possibly do something myself or learn to do it.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

I am, unashamedly, a science fiction geek. I love SciFi, and my favorite shows are Stargate, Firefly/Serenity, Star Trek Voyager, Supernatural, Sanctuary, Battlestar Galactica (the new one), etc etc etc. Scifi and super hero movies are my favorites. I am so very stoked for Watchmen (although, I think I've said this before) and the rest of the nerdy movies coming out this spring/summer!
I also have a fine arts education, with a focus in ceramics, and I can't turn off that part of my brain. When I look at a plate, I think, 'stoneware, three piece cast, commercial glaze, kitschy transfers' instead of, 'lookit, pretty!' So I end up in Target tapping the plates and saying to whoever is with me, "This isn't porcelain - see? See??" You can't take me anywhere. Blum 3
I'm also a political science / news nerd, but I try not to discuss politics with people I like. Wink

Laureril's picture

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I took a ceramics course in high school and loved it. I haven't managed to get back to doing it, but I really want to. I still haven't gotten the hang of thrown pottery and it looks So. Fricking. Cool.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

It's really really fun. I'd get back into it, but I have too many hobbies as it is!

jacob's picture

I think that the knowledge geek is a perfect example of me. I seek out knowledge in all activities and find that I just really enjoy acquiring more. Part of this is that I have trouble staying in a field for more than a year or two before I need to learn more or learn something new.
Reading- I used to read a lot more books, now you can ask me about the legal and societal repercussions of technology and I could go on for days. Thusly I get it from the interwebs.
Few of the titles I hold. CCNA, networking associates(I saw DOS and thought SYN/ACK) Working on my CIE bachelors and specializing in optical circuits. Oh ya I program, and sysadmin for the local uni, and contract for myself have yet to run into a problem in computers I can't solve.
I play/played DND, and pretty much anything else I can get my hands on. Trekkie, babylon, browncoat.
I love the body, and need to formalize my knowledge of body mechanics, (massage school is in the works) I do acrobatics aerials and such in my free time so now its time to know all the proper names.
Love me science I totally geek out on news of breakthroughs in material development, 640 Gb/s integrated de multiplexer glass makes me rediculously happy. I wish that more people understood statistics properly though.
I live to be challenged, I've done EE, CS, sysadmin, network admin, R&M(120v hurts kids), Supervisory, teaching, student, etc. Ohh I can repair any arcade cabinet and machine you want, I used to get paid to play with hydraulics, pneumatics, and water cooled computers in my spare time, Hack where I can, Regular reader and rebuilder of hackaday projects.
God its hard to list all the things I like to do.
I need to go learn the genetic stuff, now forgot about that.
Jacob

shy_gryphon's picture

Anything with thread I knit, crochet, sew and weave. I want to learn to spin but i havnt got there yet, and I was learning how to tat. Smile I learned how to make chain mail from my brothers cub scout troup.
My mom and sibs and my grandmother all call me when they get stuff wonkey with their computers because im generally good at ferriting out the simple problems. I havn't actually built a computer from scratch but I have minor upgrades to an older model PC.
I am a scifi and fantsy geekett star trek, stargate, star wars, farscape, and charmed
Authors that really get me going any one who writes star trek books, Anne McCaffery, Mercedes Lackey, MeiLin Miranda, Larry Niven, JRR Tolkin, David Webber, Terry Prachet, Piers Anthony, Tamora Pierce, Alezander Erin, and more, I am always discovering more.
Nintendo makes my favorite gaming systems, but I do not have that much experience.
I think thats about it.

The Which's picture

Embodiment

It makes me sad to know how much of a geek I am not Sad

Hello average, I never knew I knew thee.

ETA: well, I guess I am a psych geek. If you need the name of an historical functionalist psychologist, I am the one to ask!

MeiLin's picture

Most High

I don't even know what that is! Welcome to official geekdom! SmileSmile

rdehwyll's picture

Devotee

...considering that since my retirement as a "Professional History Geek" (aka Professor of Medieval History) I've taken up or extended my range of hobbies to include (in no particular order) Small Press Publishing (which is actually an avocation), writing (Fiction, articles, scientific treatii), word etymology, online gaming, board games, woodworking, cartography, scientific trivia, reading (actually a long-term hobby, more than 50 years of it), paper mache construction, calligraphy, document illumination, leatherworking, and various crafts. Not to mention the passing interests in several hundred other subjects...

V's picture

Embodiment

rdehwyll! Welcome back! Feeling better, I hope?

Davik's picture

Embodiment

Anything in particular that you're working on? I'm pretty good at the bulk stuff (decks, stairs, etc.), but I'm really just getting in to the more detail stuff like doing wood inlay. Really I think a fair amount of why I'm trying to learn it isn't just to make the things but try to learn some of the things that I never got a chance to learn from my grandfather the master carpenter. At least I have his tools to use...

NekoMegi's picture

Petitioner

I guess I would be another general geek? I'm not particularly specialized in any area of geekdom, but I love it all!

I love to read. "Literary geek"? *laughs* I will read almost anything you give me, though my personal choices are mostly fantasy (with only a little bit of SciFi mixed in). I cannot even fathom trying to list out my favourite authors (other than you, Mei!).

I love music. Listening to music, making music...whatever. I was in band for years (I play flute), and then did choir and show choir. Man, I miss my voice lessons SO~ much.

I love languages. I have been trying to teach myself Japanese since I had to stop taking university classes for it. One of these days I'll pick up Rosetta Stone, it looks like an awesome program. I also want to learn Gaelic. I've always picked up accents and languages quickly.

I love video games, mostly RPGs, but I'll admit...I'm terrible at them. ^-^ So I usually just stick with my Sims.

I also love my computer, and the internet, but I'm not really a computer geek. The inner workings baffle me.

And anime and manga! As someone mentioned before, though, I'm slightly a snob when it comes to those. Cowboy Bebop was the first anime I watched from start to finish.

Hm...I love movies, and certain television shows (Doctor Who, Supernatural, Firefly...etc). And I recently started getting into American comics, and randomly reading my ex-husband's Marvel Encyclopedia...so I know a lot of random trivia, but haven't really read many of the comics themselves.

And I seem to have run out of things I can think of...though I'm sure there's more. It's getting a little late! So...that's it for now!

Hardison from the TV show Leverage: Age of the geek baby; we run the world.

Pedes's picture

Postulant

I think I've got Geek in my blood, so I easily become one over something.

Comics, manga, webcomics, books, anime, drawing, painting - the most obvious ones.

Knowledge - OK, that's pretty general, but I like gathering information about various things. Also Physics ans such.

Computer - not an expert, but an appreciator and addict.

Never really got into games - partly because I could not afford it and/or didn't have computer. Now I'm keeping myself away from it because I need the time for first points of geekyness. (although gaiaonline seems to claim it's share anyway :/)
Hmm, I can't think of more right now but there is something for sure XD

Biestygirl's picture

Petitioner

I love biology! Well science in general, but biology is my passion."Planet Earth" is amazing! David Attenborough has been my hero since I was two and watched "Life on Earth".

I love reading, LOTR is amazing, my other favourite authors include Tamora Pierce, Piers Anthony, Orson Scott Card, Jane Austen, Edgar Allen Poe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Stephen King.

I love to play Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, and Boggle. My fiance just got me to start playing WoW, and I'm actually enjoying myself, although still staying the closet because my academic friends would tease.

I love Discovery Channel and History Channel! Mythbusters makes me smile (yey for blowing stuff up!), and I love to watch documentaries. Dirty Jobs is really funny. Mike Row is hot.

I'm trying my best to go green, and get others to go green too. My fiances family started recycling! YEY! I try to reuse everything. I love to knit and sew!

Webcomics are my alcohol. I follow (seriously) 100 comics.

Miyazaki movies are like crack.

I love traveling too. I'm going on two big trips this summer: one with my sister and granpa for fun to Ireland London and Paris. The other is a solo trip to volunteer in Ecuador to help with animal conservation.

I was in choir for 8 years, and played flute/oboe for the last 10 years or so. I've been involved in theatre since I was old enough to walk and talk.

.... that's it I think.

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

Please share your trip with us once you're back!
I know that's one place I would love to go to. . . and plan on a trip there once I graduate college[but that'll probably be the middle of the next decade >. )
Where else have you been?

V's picture

Embodiment

You have a thing for Persian and Indian symbology adopted as a symbol of rebellion? Big fan of Prince, perhaps?

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

Not quite. Although I did not know that the Paisley was adopted as a sign of rebellion. And I've never listened to Prince (that I'm aware of)

V's picture

Embodiment

It wouldn't be worth three guesses if we didn't use a couple of them Smile And I probably shouldn't have guessed after getting so familiar with John Daniels, but anyway...

applejax's picture

Supplicant

I'm more of a geek than most of my friends, but meeting all of you makes me feel...normal :O

I love to read, and just absorb knowledge. I can get lost in Wikipedia for hours just clicking through pages and learning little random facts.

I'm learning how to knit and crochet, but so far all I can do is make things that are rectangle shaped. My mom has been knitting since forever, and she also have a loom and weaves occasionally. My dad spins as well, so there is just a whole lot of fiber in my house!

I love logic puzzles like nonograms, or sudoku or anything like that. Except Rubik's cubes. We're not friends.

I'm an Information Science major at Northeastern, and all the boys make crazy faces when I walk into class on the first day each semester. Blum 3

I love comics/manga/books/anything with pages I can look at and turn. I'll start reading almost anything, and if I get far enough I'll force myself to finish it even if I don't like it.

I played WoW for about two months, but after my bf and I broke up and he stopped paying I didn't bother. I have a ps2 and still go back and play FF every once in a while, and I play lots of silly games on my Gamecube Smile

I'm sure there's more but this seems like a good start.

Slagar's picture

Devotee

I really missed the boat here, damn.

I'm a geek.
Star Wars nut (I can do the trick with Chalmun's cantina too, it's not that hard when you really obsess).
Martial arts geek, I've studied a few different schools, and find it fascinating.
History nerd, and proud of it. Currently taking classes in Greek and Roman myth, and European History, neither of which is covering anything I haven't already studied once.
Computer geek, I can fix Mac and PC, anything that doesn't involve hardware or fresh code. Three of my four parents are computer programmers, so I was raised to it.
All-around nerd: I do boffer fighting, I watch online memes, I'm on Twitter and Facebook, I speak a good chunk of Latin.

I'm a geek among geeks, and proud of it.

V's picture

Embodiment

Yup, a whole day and a half you've ignored this thread. We post that quickly these days }:)

TheGrayCrayon's picture

Devotee

No not that kind, your chicken heads are safe. Just your average level geek. I play WoW (when i have fast internet), I play D&D 3.5 or earlier (i don't trust that 4.0 stuff, if i cant play a gnome druid off the bat its not D&D) when i can find a group, Im a total book geek, Adults automaticaly assume i know way more about computers than i actualy do, I enjoy donuts (that doesn't realy have anything to do with geekdom but im on a diet so i cant have them anymore), I was way into theater in highschool (two plays, Annie Get Your Gun and Strange Bedfellows), I enjoy the original trilogy but am not a huge starwars fan (Ewoks to this day are the fastest and surest way to put me to sleep.), I'm a black belt in American Style Karate but have long since realized its more effective as physical fitness than an actual mode of self deffence (blocking punches and kicks is hard but no one argues with a chair upside the head..........i swear im not a homocidal maniac), I've played (and finished) every game in the Curse of Monkey Island series at least 5 times, take that LeChuck!, I play Magic the gathering, WoW cardgame, and the Vs. card game, I play Warhammer 40k (poorly) have about 2000 pts of orks WAUUUUGGGHHHHHHHHH! (which i should realy realy get around to painting), I read comic books more than i should (Deadpool being my favorite character ever, actualy imma start a comic book thread after this one YAY!), I enjoy reading poetry particularly T.S. Elliot and Robert Frost, umm other stuff? so yeah im a kind of a middle of the road geek. WOO Smile

Tigger's picture

Supplicant

What server are you on?

I've been collecting the TCG cards for WoW, but only for points and loot cards. I don't know how to play, and there's just not enough time to play TCG when I"m online playing for about 14 hours a day. Smile Question, though: what should I do with my extra cards? I mean, I plan on collecting complete sets (husband got me a full box for Christmas, and I just ordered another one of the same set) but I'll have lots of doubles. Should I Ebay them? Find someone to trade with?

TheGrayCrayon's picture

Devotee

i was trying to reply to you 2 days ago when the internet cut out. Im mostly on Moongaurd, horde side (76 tauren warrior Raguel) when i have good internet. This satalite stuff is kinda laggy. I love my server. I was in a battle ground one time and and another player started whispering me furiously.

Player: HAY! HAY!
me: what?
Player: how do you get that title????
me: huh?.....what title?
Player: MOONGUARD! do you have to do some special achievement???

i literaly fell out of my chair laughing. On my server we gaurd the moon. is srius bznis. anywho as to the cards, the game is realy fun and well balanced. And raid decks are a blast! DAMN YOU BLACK TEMPLE! If you can find someone to play with i'd recomend learning. but if your just looking to collect the cards (which is fine too) trading and ebaying are viable options. If you have a gameshop in your area or comic book store or general place where people like to hang out and game im sure you can find some people to trade you.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Hee! The intro post mentioned goat digestive systems! That's me! Hooray ruminants!

I'm a bit of a zoology geek. I audited a veterinary class on small ruminants/camelids (sheep/goats/alpacas/llamas) at met at 7am Tues/Thurs/Fri in a building that was literally a half hour walk from my dorm - for fun! I raise goats for fun, but I raise meat breeds specifically so I can sell the extras to support my habit. I luuurve animal physiology, animal husbandry, animal behavior, the history of domesticated species, and the joy of planning a breeding, midwifing the resulting babies into the world, making sure they grow up big, beautiful, strong, and productive, and then watching over them as they have *their* babies... Yay grand "kids" ;-D

I also can geek out about martial arts, which is sort of another form of applied biology. If you press here, you get this pain reaction... if you strike here, the body folds this way.... ;-D

I'm a dabbler in most other fields of geekery. Sci/fi & fantasy fiction, duh. I've just enough internet/computer/html type knowledge to allow me to follow other's conversations. My gaming experience includes Final Fantasy & Chrono Cross series on PS2, and on the computer, the entire Sid Meir Civilization series (I LOVE Civ IV!), Rome: Total War, Age of Empires, and Spore. I was a total linguistics dork in college (my ling 101 final paper topic: comparing the High and Low forms of Elvish in Tolkien's Middle Earth, analyzing it for sound changes, etc.).

Um... I'm sure there's more I've dipped my toes in, but that's enough to get started, I suppose Wink

Samaris's picture

Supplicant

Wow!:) Zoology was my favourite subject too, back in the Bachelor's days... Animal behaviour was one of my favourite modules... Smile Applied bio is cool, too, even though I have zero flair for anything ''applied'' when it comes to science... I tend to stick more to the ''pure'' sciences! Smile
P.S. Sometime, start a thread on the Elvish High/Low forms... I'm absolutely fascinated by it!

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

Some of my favourite studies are the well-designed ones on complex animal behaviour - possibly my favourite scientific study of all time is this fabulous one which found that dolphins are capable of mirror self-recognition.

The 'domestication via selective breeding in so many generations' studies (arctic fox, I think, was one I like in particular) are fascinating, too.

Can I ask whereabouts you are located? I'd really like to get chickens, and one day a pig for a housepet (I don't eat what I consider to be intelligent animals), goats, a cow, and sheep. Do you do anything with the goat dairy your animals produce? Man, I need to find a goat raiser around here for meat and dairy (I want to make my own cheese). Goat meat is delicious!

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

The arctic fox fur farm study in Russia is a famous one; I think it's a requirement to mention it at least once in any animal behavior class Wink That one is really neat because it demonstrates the link between selection for domesticated temperament, neotony (retention of juvenile features), and white/colored parti-colored fur.

I'm up here in NYS. If you're asking if I milk my goats, the answer is no. I don't have the time or energy to milk them and do anything with the milk on top of raising them and all the other work that I do (my responsibilities for the family farm, having a life, etc). That's why I only have meat breeds. And I mentioned a couple sources for finding goat farms halfway down the page here: http://meilinmiranda.com/node/879 Wink

I would be careful getting a pig for a pet. I know people do, but my experience with them makes me doubtful. Pigs tend to be a bit vicious (especially when something gets between them and food), and watch it if they do get snippy because they will readily bite, and it's a nasty bite. I don't think I'd keep a pig in the house with a young child or with any other pets that are smaller than the pig, just in case. Do lots of research, consulting with your vet, and talking to other pig-owners before you do.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

I know JUST what to do with the fleeces! Smile

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

I'd imagine that any sort of farm work would be very time-consuming and strenuous, so I think raising meat is more than enough work! Thanks for the linkage, btw. Now if only more goat meat were served in restaurants and such, or carried in general supermarkets...

I was thinking of a pot-bellied pig, which I've heard make better pets, but thank you for the warnings. I know they aren't easy pets to have, but I've always loved them and admired their intelligence and personality. It's definitely something I would have to research much more before committing to.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

I have an account and rarely go inworld, but I would to meet-up. I hang out, when I'm there, at Mill Pond.

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

Wasn't it one of the first of its ilk? How steep is the initial learning curve, and how afraid of addiction should I be?

MeiLin's picture

Most High

But then, I used it as an outlet for my creativity, and now I have this. SL, unlike WoW, is what you make it. There are no quests. You can be anything you'd like, you can do anything you'd like. Wanna be a 3-foot tall hobbit? You can do that. Wanna be a giant mechanized robot? You can do that. Wanna be a mermaid? You can do that; I have a mermaid suit I wore sometimes and went swimming around the island I lived on (Mill Pond--my friends called me Mermei when I was suited up). Clothes shopping is really fun, because you fit in everything, and many of the designers are terrific. You can change your appearance as often or as little as you like. You can play games, you can chat with friends, you can build stuff. I built china; I was best known for tea sets. My line was called Mirandaware, and you can still see it at SL Exchange, or whatever they're calling it these days. I need to go in and clean up stuff.

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

I have such broad interests that I often find too many options and not enough structure somewhat paralyzing...is that an issue with SL, or not so much? I do like that it wouldn't be so...fighting-based, as I get the impression WoW is. I like battle, but I also tend to tire of it quickly. It can't be the focus or the game won't hold my attention.

The clothes shopping makes my inner girly girl squee with delight, I'll admit. Oh, did you ever read about the Asian dude (I forget which country) who killed someone over some SL debate (I think it concerned a sword?) or debt or something? It was a few years back I think.

I can totally see you doing china, and Mirandaware is an awesome name. ^_^

MeiLin's picture

Most High

It can be overwhelming. The main thing is to find a nice group of people and hang around with them. You'll get ideas as to what you want to do then. I hung around at the newbie place The Shelter and loved playing the games there (Payment Podium, etc). And I made friends at the artists' colony Mill Pond, which I helped to name long, long ago. I was lucky I came inworld when the residency was fairly small. The main piece of advice I have is to get out of the alleged "welcome" lands immediately. Go to The Shelter or NCI, especially NCI. It's where newbies can really get help. Tutorials, classes, freebies, and really nice people. If you run into Carl Metropolitan, say Hi from MeiLin. Smile

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

All duly noted and I'll let you know if/when I end up checking it out. Smile

V's picture

Embodiment

I looked into it a while back. In addition to performing poorly on my very up-to-date Mac at the time, I also got a bit nervous about all the "new economy" hype, Linden dollars, etc. I research things by nature, and after digging around and learning how some of the earliest accounts (free or paid) get free $L periodically and then seeing the way they trimmed it back over time, and with some of the scandals about banking, interest, pyramid schemes etc I just felt the TOS were a bit too sleazy for my taste.

If you're looking for fun, or to play with disposable income (as much as you'd take to a casino), then knock yourself out. If you're looking for a new job...not so much.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

I make enough to cover my game fees and maybe a bottle of perfoom.

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

to the already broad range of geek-ness already accumulated here here but what the hay? Lets see what all I have(in no particular order)
1- MUSIC! Love it! Being the daughter of a musician I have been spoiled with my music. I listen to almost anything and am always open to suggestions (have at least half a dozen mix cds in my possession that my friends have made which broadens what I already have in the way of artists). A goal I have that is more "pipe dream" than "make it a reality" is to have a vinyl collection of classic rock and anything else I like that might be on vinyl- instead I have a growing cd collection. Its filled one cd tower for 50 albums I think, spilled over to the shelf my my desk, a cd book for discs without cases, my car. . . yup. I like me my music In addition to a cd collection I also have the beginnings of a concert film collection(Woodstock, Festival Express, Concert for George, Monterrey Pop Festival), although I do kinda share it with my Dad ("share" as in "He bought it and I mooch them away to stash on my book shelf).
2- chain maile- Love it- when I get around to it. While I don't use it for armor so much as I do for jewelry I enjoy it. Still learning weaves, not gonna lie- but it is a hobby I've been able to hold for years
3- Magic the Gathering- Yup. My ex taught me this one and I be very excited if I was able to find a play group again that reviles my first one in coolness. Don't get me wrong, I love the people I've played with most recently but the games went one of two ways- either the combat phase was never used or, if Sarah was playing- there would be a great rushing to beat her then frustration when she finally took over the board >. Lets see, then there was my interest (currently dormant) in the Brunswick A-2 pinsetter that were used at my last place of employment (want to be trained in the back- the GM told me "That's no place for a woman" then backtracked [I thought- neither is management if your going to be an ass about this :P]).
I have a general interest in cars, if only to know how to properly maintain them(oil change, check all the engine fluids [already know how to check and add oil but who doesn't?], change the tires, etc), but any knowledge I welcome. I would also like to be more proficient in driving my little Honda ('tis a 5-speed manual, I love it ^-^)
Then there's my crafting- glass blowing (still learning but love already and it never ceases to make me giggle [Them: "What did you do today?" Me: "I blew" Them: ". . . . " Me: "Glass *giggle*"]), jewelry, drawing (not very good at it but whatever, I like what I do), photography, and cooking (hey!, its a craft in its own way, no?).
OH! Then there's my reading preferences- so far anything by Heinline, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Lord of the Rings(although its been a while), ummm. . . .I like sci-fi for my reading ^-^
Also enjoy dancing, martial arts films (Crouch Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers, Hero and I think I'm missing at least one other I like, Rocky Horror, and of course web comics/serials ^-^. Needless to say, I like a lot of stuff but (in my opinion) I fall into a smaller spectrum of geekdoms than my actual interests
(Then theres the quest for intresting and tasty beers/liquors, cultures, fairies, (once geeky about horses and bowling) . . . .I'll stop now ^-^)

Cait's picture

Bandie (clarinet, bagpipes, drums), a stitcher (sewing, knitting, beadwork), a horse geek (self explanitory :P) and a Trekkie (my favourite was Enterprise; I know, I know, hold your tomatoes!)
and a few others Blum 3

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

Bag pipes?
And I used to be a horse geek (still have all my books. . . .all 50 of so pounds [they are of teh hardbound, coffee table variety])

Cait's picture

Only for a couple of years, I wasn't very good XD
I can understand that, Ive still got boxes and boxes of horse books (kids series, care books, coffee table, medical books, genetics. . . . you name it, I have it!) at my Mums house, I cant bear to throw them out Smile

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

But I can bear to sell some. . . now to get my butt out to a Half Price Books or some such

magalicious's picture

Postulant

You're in good company with the Star Trek Geekery! Psyched much for the movie?? My fav is Voyager, but I like Enterprise too.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

for that movie! It's going to be awesome, and I think it comes out on my birthday!

Cait's picture

Excited is one word, Im am fortunate enough to live near Vulcan, Alberta. The geekery will be a great and shared experiance XD

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