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Geek? - cellophane — LiveJournal
the story of an invisible girl
I was called a geek yesterday, because in the middle of a converation my mind blanked out and I couldn't remember the word for "telemarketers". So I substituted the phrase "telephone-spammers". Everyone understood what I meant, but they called me a geek anyway. hmph. Sort of thing that could happen to anyone.

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From: stilldocked Date: February 8th, 2002 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
is "geek" a bad thing?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 8th, 2002 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)


Nah. Just thought it was a funny moment.

Here's a snippet from my essay on "who am I" with regards to technology; talks about geekdom...

I'm a Computer Scientist. I'm a Java GUI developer. I'm an RPG-AS/400 programmer. I guess you could say I'm a geek. I don't mind the word, even kind of like it, although it sometimes surprises me how much the word is embraced these days by computer people. Maybe it's because it's the same word that was used to taunt and hurt us as children, and now that we're much richer and happier than any of those bullies, we enjoy taking it back. Claiming it for our own. It makes us part of a Secret Society -- which actually is not-so-secret anymore, since we are so highly valued and sought after these days.
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: February 8th, 2002 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
From one geek to another... well said. :)

By the way, I have much respect for RPG programmers, although I'll never understand why the language is still in use. I'm convinced RPG was created by Satan himself.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 8th, 2002 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)


Thanks! RPG's not so bad. You just have to get past the weird syntax. Then it's just a language, like any other.... Well, okay, it's got some quirks, even then. But it's useful for some things.
guingel From: guingel Date: February 8th, 2002 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
hmmm. . . well, I'm not a programmer, but I consider myself a geek and revel in it. Basically, I think that anything that separates me from certain people is good.

anyway, I think "telephone spammers" is a good phrase. ;)
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