June 20, 2004

I'm Not A G33K!

I subscribe to a mailing list made up mostly of people who met on a web forum and didn't quite fit in there. Topics range from personal issues to world politics to pets to science fiction. Most participants are self-acknowledged geeks, and most were disappointed at the percentage of geekiness they were accorded on the innergeek test.

I am so muchly a geek that at the last place of employment where I had a job description, it was specifically stated, per the plant manager, that if there was ever a requirement at the company that heads be bitten off of chickens it would be my responsibility to do so.

Now I find out that I can't claim to be a G33K, but only a G26.23274K. Even a mere total geek would keep track of all significant digits. The problem with the test is that entire segments require involvement with aspects, some of which I somehow missed completely, of popular culture in order to score a percentage of the degree of geekitude.

There was a provision at the end whereby one could add extra points for things outside their ken which I thought should count. There was no indication of how these would be weighted against the gaming and television stuff I couldn't relate to, but I chose to give myself two out of five. My assumption is that if if they only give one point for "collecting trains" they wouldn't be impressed that other model railroaders think I'm geeky for my choce of scale and prototype. There were references to H.P. Lovecraft, but no credit assigned for having met "le Comte d'Erlette" or having listened all the way thru The Music of Eric Zann as performed by Stephen Dickman.

Sometimes I encounter things online which do reassure me of my geekiness. I found this thru a link from a neocalvinist who reacted no doubt differently from me. I can't think of anything cooler than being one of the fabricators of the human dream's next REM cycle, or, in my case the objects therefrom. It would be hard to have to choose between that and a state of Grace, but I don't see how thye would be incompatible.

Posted by triticale at June 20, 2004 07:40 PM

No, I don't think one necesarily has to choose between being "one of the fabricators of the human dream's next REM cycle" and "a state of Grace" ...

Posted by: Gideon Strauss at June 21, 2004 09:20 AM

Hey, I was 44.318% geeky. Beatcha.

Posted by: Jimmy at June 21, 2004 04:41 PM

44.57594%, I'm a Major Geek. That could be my sujper hero name, sorta like Major Havok or Captain Atom.


Posted by: Brass at June 23, 2004 10:43 AM

Or the classic geek military officer, General Failure, reading your hard drive.

Posted by: triticale at June 23, 2004 12:05 PM
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