According to this rather long test, I’m 17.357% geek. Just enough, I think, to hold my own without being dysfunctionally geeky.
Here are my affirmative answers:
– studied a language on my own. Programming language, that is.
– dated a geek.
– done homework for somebody else.
– looked forward to doing my taxes. I owed money. Like $4,000.
– attended public academic lectures on my own.
– worn 2+ watches at the same time. I can explain…one was a sportswatch and I needed the chrorograph!
– named a pet after a gaming, literary, or B-movie character.
– thought I could win a quiz show.
– corrected a professor in class. All the time…*sigh*
– corrected a salesperson on technical specs.
– corrected a supervisor on spelling or grammar.
– written a letter to the editor. I was an editor. But before that, I wrote letters.
– indexed and catalogued any personal collection. I used to have a thing for downloading movie trailers. Had hundreds of them at one point.
– gone to the movies alone. Matinees only, of course. heh.
– skipped parties to program or repair computers.
– skipped parties to read or study.
– skipped parties to talk online. …but only if I wasn’t too hot about going, anyway.
I HAVE BEEN…
– called a geek several times.
– in the chess club. I was VP of mine.
– to museums by my own freewill. I used to work at The Franklin Institute, doing papermaking demonstrations, and also an African mask workshop.
I HAVE READ…
– books on history outside class.
– gaming books.
– software/computer language books.
– more friends.
– that anything can be fixed.
I ROUTINELY WATCH…
– obscure movies.
– foreign films.
– History or Discovery Channel.
– bonus features on DVDs.
I HAVE SEEN MORE THAN TWICE…
– The Followship of the Ring.
– The Two Towers.
– The Matrix.
– The Neverending Story.
– 3+ computers.
– PDA, pager and cell phone. Assuming Nextel counts for a pager.
– DVD burner.
– 2+ DVD players. Four of them, if my computer drives count!
I WANT TO BE…
– a wizard.
I LIKE TO…
– play with words/sounds.
– turn on my computer first thing in the morning. And my projector…
-use 1024×768 or higher.
– tinker with electronics.
– watch public access TV. CSPAN…close enough.
– learn on my own.
– computer strategy games. StarCraft, Unreal Tournament…
– games via the Internet. Same.
– an excessive amount of computer games.
– my shirt tucked into my underwear. Just the undershirt!
– a digital watch. Only the sports watch.
– had long Mac vs. PC debates. Many, many times.
– altered registry files.
– used Usenet or IRC.
– a hard drive dedicated to MP3s.
– a computer at home with no cover on it.
– built a computer.
– built my own network of computers.
– destroyed things to see how they work.
– played video/computer games for 12+ hours straight.
– created a Web site.
– created a Web site before 1996. And it’s still up! We created it using the _first_ graphical HTML tool, Adobe Pagemill 1.0. It looks totally unchanged, except for the frames. Those are even my pictures!
– submitted my own personal Web site to search engines.
– owned a personal domain.
– more than 3 e-mail addresses.
– more than 3 screen names.
– CGI scripting (perl).
– what HTTP stands for.
– what DPI stands for.
– that AOL is the Spawn of Satan.
– that Bill Gates is both God and Satan.
– what RAM and ROM stand for.
– who first implemented windows on their OS.
– what a “patch” means in computer terms.
– what the blue screen of death means.
– my age in binary. Actually, it took me a while to remember my age. Anyway, 00011000.
– that the new millennium started in 2001.
– that I am a geek.
– My profession requires a certain level of geekiness.