spt – embrace your geekness

A geek is an individual who is highly intelligent (brainy) and technically oriented. They are most often associated with the computer, and computer systems world. A geek is usually formal, studious and into his technical world, often to the exclusion of all else. A geek is closely related to a “Nerd”. A nerd however, may or may not possess technical expertise.

Some people view the term “Geek” with a negative connotation. Are they jealous of your knowledge and skills, perhaps? We certainly think so.

do you have a “geekness” about you? we’re all together in this great big blogosphere, so i imagine we’ve all mastered the basics of desktop publishing. do you have a secret fascination with programming? were you in line last week for a new iphone? do you actually know what gigs and pixels and java script are?

or do you love a geek? is there someone you can go to when your beloved PC is misbehaving?

embrace your geek! make it a point to learn one new computer phrase this weekend. share a tip you’ve mastered. update your blog, if nothing else!!

Okay…so I’m not a really a “geek”. I’m more of a “nerd”. The “geek” award in my family goes to my brilliant sister, Erika. Whenever I have any kind of technical problem, she’s my go to girl. I have picked up a few things here and there, but she is definitely the geek of the family. (Erika, that’s meant as a compliment, I swear).

I will have to say that I have been pretty impressed with my html skills on the blog. I didn’t have any knowledge before starting the blog, but I have now learned quite a bit. Enough, in fact, to change my entire template, including backgrounds, colors, fonts and format. It’s like a little victory every time I learn something new. I would love to take a class, but I just don’t have time, so I have to struggle through trial and error and lots of Google searches. What I would like to learn how to do now is to make little pop-ups happen, like on Lelly’s blog, so that I can easily view if people have updated their blogs and so that my visitors can quickly check out my friends without having to actually click on them . Lelly, if you’d like to pass that information along, I’d greatly appreciate it. That will be my new knowledge for the week.

The one “geeky” thing I will be doing this week is dictating into my digital voice recorder (maybe I’m a geek because I own a dvr) then burning it to a cd, so I can listen to myself as I make my drive to and from Salt Lake on Mondays and Wednesdays. I’m taking a study course for the GMAT and when I signed up for it, I was hoping that I could figure out public transportation, so I could study on the hour long commute. Well, Utah and public transportation are apparently not friends, so drive I must. As I was running on Saturday, it occurred to me that I can go through formulas and flash cards on the recorder, with prompts that will procure answers (hopefully), similar to how foreign language programs are set up, and then listen to them on the way up. After this thought, I also started to visualize different triangles in my head and the formulas for the lengths of each side based on the opposite angle. Does that qualify me as a geek? Or am I just stuck in Nerdsville?

Other than that, I’m just not super geeky. If this were “embrace your inner nerd”, I would have mountains to write, but it’s not, so I’ll keep it short.

Here’s to all of the geeks out there who make the world run smoothly! Thanks for being the way you are!

*An actual self-portrait will be added this evening. No time right now.

6 thoughts on “spt – embrace your geekness

  1. I’m certainly much more a nerd than a geek.My geekiness:I like gadgets, but I think that’s just part of my materialism and liking “stuff” in general.I worked for a computer company- but it was in sales so still not super geeky.I know a bit of html but I never use it- I just had a basic template on my blog and haven’t really changed it.Oh, but I do use a number of firefox plug ins (the only thing that kept me using firefox instead of safari when I bought a mac was some of the plugins) My favorite is probably sage- an integrated rss/atom readerA lot of browsers have a built in ability to check for RSS updates- but if use firefox and want a basic reader that makes it easy to see who has updated I’d definitely recommend checking out the sage plugin.

  2. Erika…I love when you post comments! It’s my favorite! And I realize that you are not a true geek, but you are the geekiest person I know, so you’ll just have to take the compliment.

  3. You finally recognize the true value of the inner geek. It’s about time. Yay! (To be honest, though, I’m not much of a geek at all. I know just enough tech stuff to fake it.)Janssen, on the other hand, seems like the true geek. I never knew what RSS was. Now I want to try it.

  4. Do you use an RSS reader? I use Google Reader and you just put the links to all your blogs in it and whenever any of those blogs update, the new posts pop up in Google Reader. So instead of checking the ninety or so blogs I read separately, I just check google reader, and voila! All the new posts, waiting to be read.

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