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re: Prepare yourself for Geek Pride Day (May 25)
Max The Magnificent   5/23/2013 4:51:39 PM
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Some of these answers are great -- I live the PICNIC acronym (I'm sure I'll be using that myself before long). And the guy who answered the "Fix anything with Duct Tape?" question with "I fixed my wife's complaining with duct tape once" (priceless :-) Also the "Ever solved a Rubik's Cube in under 10 mins?" to which the answer was "No, I only had one hand available at the time as I was driving a car." LOL

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David Ashton   5/23/2013 11:18:29 PM
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Max, have you ever heard of a RED PENCIL? It's a Reliable Electronic Device for Printing Every Name Composed of Initial Letters (ie an acronym generator). Yet to be invented.....

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Max The Magnificent   5/24/2013 2:32:12 PM
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LOL

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Garcia-Lasheras   5/23/2013 11:21:18 PM
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My own family calls me "friki" more times I'd like to admit!! Fortunately, we have now our own day! When I was at the Uni, my flat-mates and me build a wifi map with the different keys of the neighboring networks that were available in each room of the apartment. P.S. I wonder what the APP crew would answer to this geek-test...

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Max The Magnificent   5/24/2013 2:33:16 PM
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You should post a comment on my Geek Pride Day blog over there and ask them http://www.programmableplanet.com/author.asp?section_id=1925&doc_id=263742

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David Ashton   5/24/2013 12:25:05 AM
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@max - " I love the PICNIC acronym...." Our tech support guys use PEBCAC - Problem Exists Between Chair And Computer

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re: Prepare yourself for Geek Pride Day (May 25)
Max The Magnificent   5/24/2013 2:33:32 PM
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I like PICNIC better :-)

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David Ashton   5/25/2013 12:40:47 AM
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Actually one of the said Tech support guys corrected me. It's PEBKAC - Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair. I think the fact that it's not a real word gives it more "Geek cred" - but hey, whatever turns you on....

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rick merritt   8/29/2013 7:51:22 PM
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Good one!

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betajet   5/23/2013 5:31:52 PM
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My favorite computer acronym is SPOOL as in "spooling a file to the printer" because so few even know it's an acronym :-)

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Max The Magnificent   5/24/2013 2:34:13 PM
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What does SPOOL stand for as an acronym?

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DonkeyHotay   5/24/2013 3:36:27 PM
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SPOOL : Simultaneous Peripheral Operations On-Line (Wikipedia: SPOOL)

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betajet   5/23/2013 5:44:09 PM
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Geekiest moment I can remember was about 10 years ago when I was checking my gas mileage with the slide rule I keep in the glove compartment. (Hey, it's a great tool for calculating ratios, and the batteries never wear out :-) My grown daughter watched me do this and told me I was a "beyond-geek", a label I wear with pride. My parents tell me that when I was about 3 years old they took me to the Botanical Gardens. I wasn't interested in the plants. I was interested in figuring out where the irrigation pipes went. Great practice for tracing nets in multi-layer PCBs :-)

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Duane Benson   5/23/2013 6:29:46 PM
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Mine was a gradual descent into darkness. When I was in grade school, I discovered my dad's old "CRC handbook of Chemistry and Physics" and started reading it for fun. When I was in high school, I sold a nice audio amp to a friend so I'd have enough money to to buy an ancient VTVM at a flea market. And, of course, I've read the Hobbit & LOTR more times than I can count and I read the Silimarillian when it was first published in hard cover. It still bothers me that the movie people put elves at Helm's Deep. They just don't belong (other than Legolas, of course).

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David Ashton   5/23/2013 10:17:10 PM
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Don't do yourself down Duane. YOU'RE in the light. The rest of the world is in darkness.... I also didn't like the LOTR movies, for much the same reasons. Why mess with a good story? And isn't it the SillmarilliOn? (Well who started being picky... :-)

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Duane Benson   5/23/2013 10:37:00 PM
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Argh. It is "...on". Thanks for the catch. And you're right again - it was a gradual ascent to enlightenment.

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David Ashton   5/23/2013 11:14:19 PM
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Actually we were BOTH wrong. It's the Silmarillion (I had 2 l's, you had 2 i's)

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SylvieBarak   5/23/2013 9:42:37 PM
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@betajet, you need to get a t-shirt printed up with "beyond-geek" written on it :) My geekiest time period (because sadly it was not restricted to a single moment in time) was as a teenager when I thought it would look supremely fricking awesome if I spray painted a plug gold and wore it around my neck with a power cable, to symbolize my extreme love of electricity/physics. Needless to say, I was that girl in high school with NO friends. lol. oh well!

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David Ashton   5/23/2013 10:09:56 PM
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Nice to see you back Sylvie... If I'd seen you as a teenager I would have thought you were cool...but I would've been too shy and stupid to talk to you then... :-)

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SylvieBarak   5/23/2013 10:22:01 PM
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Awww, thanks David :) Luckily, there is life after high school!

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Max The Magnificent   5/24/2013 2:37:28 PM
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I would like T-Shirt like this myself -- maybe saying "Beyond Geek!" on the front and "Don't Panic!" on the back

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I do not like htis   5/23/2013 9:44:24 PM
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BBROYGBVGW

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betajet   5/23/2013 11:52:34 PM
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I never learned that as an acronym -- I learned the mnemonic phrase, of course :-) When I was teaching undergrads, I once drew a circuit with a capacitor I labeled "FBC". I told them if they didn't know what it stood for, to "ask around". Got a good chuckle from the audience.

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David Ashton   5/23/2013 10:14:20 PM
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When I was on about my 2nd car I had a watch with a calculator in it. The strap broke and I couldn't replace it, so I fitted it into the ashtray of my car (complete with 1.5V power supply) so I could calculate my gas mileage when I filled up (also my car then didn't have a clock...) I had it beeping on the hour and passengers would say "What's that?" and I'd show them and get funny looks....

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Max The Magnificent   5/24/2013 2:39:14 PM
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ROFLOL

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Nicholas.Lee   5/24/2013 9:32:48 PM
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To Atmel: I can't begin the express how much I dislike the epithet 'Geek'. This word comes from English dialect geek, geck: fool, freak. In the 19th century, in North-America, the term geek referred to a freak in a circus side-show. To combine this word with 'Pride day' insinuates into the insult that these social pariahs should perhaps aspire to feel some self-worth, despite their obvious 'deviancy'. As a professional chartered engineer and business owner, I find this insult nauseating. The name 'Geek Pride Day' patronises the most intelligent, numerate, creative, and productive members of society. I am aware that some engineers have adopted the term 'Geek' (out of ignorance of the word's meaning), however, this does not prevent the term from being grossly offensive. Atmel, get some respect for your customers, and pursue your marketing in a different way.

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David Ashton   5/25/2013 12:35:16 AM
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@Nicholas: Yes, Geek was not a "term of endearment" when it first started being used. But what better way to turn the tables on the "Geek bashers" than to make being a geek cool? Words change in meaning over time and I don't think "Geek" has the offensiveness now that you ascribe to it. I've always been mad keen on electronics and probably a bit socially inept along with it. But being able to laugh a bit at yourself, as many posters above have, gets you a long way. Lighten up a bit, it won't hurt.

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betajet   5/25/2013 3:14:22 AM
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I used to feel that way -- maybe 30 years ago. According to Wiktionary, the classic circus term is "dated" and the modern tech meaning, while colloquial, is more prevalent. Words change their meaning over time, sometimes by 180 degrees. I was amused to read that "geek" is related to the Dutch word "gekkie" (silly person) which is used affectionately. We immediately note that "gekkie" rhymes with "trekkie". When I was in high school, it was before the microcomputer revolution and techies were social outcasts, almost like sideshow freaks. I see the modern ascent of "geek" as compensation for those years. By the way, I like your suit. It reminds me of Tyrone Power in "Nightmare Alley", an excellent but very bleak 1947 film noir that features the archaic use of "geek".



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