Friday, July 31, 2009
Was thinking about geeks last night. As you do.
I love them. Mostly, dependent of what kind of geek they are. I’ve always professed to loving a guy who is a little nerdy but also slightly eccentric, if not fiercely intelligent.
You can’t stereotype, but some things can be roughly classified.
I liaise with geeks on a constant basis, I love working with them, and frankly, I consider myself to be a third geek, actually. Geeks are usually classified in three ways:
3) Steve Urkel.
So Hardcore would be those insanely genius fellows who create algorithms of code, probably wear bifocals from the hours of computer exposure they’ve had since they were 1, the dress sense is questionable, and although they have IQs of 160 plus, they battle in the EQ department, and are usually rather introverted and speak in href forward slash.html.
The chilled ones are my favourite. They’re very savvy in the whole business, but don't necessarily code. Perhaps they fix hard drives, or implement technical strategies. They’re inclined to be eccentrically funny, dress all funky, be quite hot, and will party with you until the early hours of the morning.
And then there’s Steve Urkel. I haven’t embarked on anyone like him, like ever, so here’s hoping it stays that way.
In general, I love a good geek.
But I must be honest, there’s nothing worse than an arrogant one.
It grates me something chronic.
Whether they’re hardcore or chilled, they’re out there. The one’s who apparently know everything, and confidently believe they’re the cleverest people in the world.
While that might be true, and even if your name is a buzz word in the industry, and you’ve built unimaginable things, a humble geek will always be my favourite.
Must be honest, haven’t encountered a lot of girl geeks who fit into this category.
He-geeks can be very cocky. The purest forms of geek are very intelligent people, and they deserve recognition. But sometimes, the genius card gets a little old.
I always have great respect for geeks, and I’d love to be able to build stuff like search engines, aggregators, applications like they do.
But a small portion of geekdom has an inclination for ridicule, and to purposefully make others around them feel stupid.
You know the type - the one's who believe they're God's gift to humankind. Luckily they can be few and far between.
Nice geeks are the coolest people in the world.
In whichever higher IQ bracket they fall.
PS: This is why I love Ross Gellar.
PPS: Yes, he's real.