I’ve been busy with stuff recently… I have a couple of posters I’m trying to get organised in time for a conference next week. In Toulouse. Apparently, I’m a jet setter now. But I couldn’t let today go by without saying — Happy Geek Pride Day! Yep, that’s right. A day when all of us geeks can cherish the things that most people pour scorn upon us for. Rise up, my nerdy cohorts, for your time is now!
So apparently, I am a geek. Though sometimes I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I don’t draw the same kind of strict boundaries between work and !work that other people draw… But that’s a rant for another time. In any case, for your nerdish enjoyment, I present the Geek Manifesto!
The Geek Manifesto
- The right to be even geekier.
- The right to not leave your house.
- The right to not like football or any other sport.
- The right to associate with other nerds.
- The right to have few friends (or none at all).
- The right to have as many geeky friends as you want.
- The right to be out of style.
- The right to be overweight and near-sighted.
- The right to show off your geekiness.
- The right to make an attempt at being as geeky as Matt Young, and the right to fail. (Topher Stumph came quite close, but he too, failed).
- The right to develop serious crushes on Randall Munroe, Shane Carruth & Bo Burnam, as opposed to say… James Franco. (See 10).
- The right to carry a Thesaurus with you at all times, as opposed to an iPhone. (See 10)
- The right to execute shameless self advertisement via the Wikipedia Geek Pride Day page. (See 10).
- The right to falsely assume the surnames Finkleton, Waldman, Stratzer and Krukemeyer.
- The right to quote Firefly, xkcd, or both, whenever at all possible.
- The right to take over the world.
- Be a geek, no matter what.
- Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
- If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
- To save and protect all geeky material.
- Do everything you can to show off geeky stuff as a "museum of geekiness."
- Don't be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
- Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
- Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
- Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
- Befriend any person or persons bearing any physical similarities to comic book or sci-fi figures.
- Try to take over the world!
In fairness, one should be careful not to confuse a geek with a nerd. There is a subtle difference between the two, as is exemplified by this convenient venn diagram:
…I just proved my point didn’t I? Crap. Oh well, at least I can be proud of it today!