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My Geek Code

Background

Robert A. Hayden developed a "code" to permit geeks to classify themselves as to their geekiness.

My Geek Code

My code is:

GAT/GB/GCM/GIT/GTW d+ s+:++ a+ C++ U--- P? L e? W++ N- o? K? w+ O--- !M !V PS+ Pe Y+>++ !PGP t+ 5+ X+ R* tv+ b++>+++  DI++++ !D G e++ h+ r-- y+

What does it mean?

Here is, for each category, the code I chose, the definition from the Geek Code Website and, for some, a further explanation.

Type of Geek

GAT/GB/GCM/GIT/GTW    
Geek of All Trades/Geek of Business/Geek of Computer Management / Geek of Information Technology / Geek of Technical Writing
My geekness spans a number of areas. I've tried to pick the major ones.

Appearance: Dress

d+    
Good leisure-wear. Slacks, button-shirt, etc. No jeans, tennis shoes, or t-shirts.
Actually I'm a bit more than d+ but less than d++. The reason is that while I normally wear slacks and a button shirt, it is always black slacks and a gray shirt. And, I always wear a tie. Some are pretty wild. They are a part of my "uniqueness".

Appearance: Shape

s+:++    
I'm a little taller and a lot rounder than most.

Appearance: Age

a+    
40-49

Computers: Computers

C++$    
Computers are a large part of my existence. When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is log myself in. I play games or mud on weekends, but still manage to stay off of academic probation.
My income derives from computers in some way (programming them or writing about them or speaking about them). And when I am not doing it for money, I am doing it because I like to.

Computers: UNIX

U---   
Unix geeks are actually nerds in disguise.
This isn't a great description, but the classification is probably right. It is just that I've never used UNIX. And, also, the fact that "case" matters in UNIX commands and file names has always bothered me.

Computers: Perl

P?    
I don't know Perl

Computers: Linux

L    
I know what Linux is, but that's about all
I'm actually a big supporter of Linux and Open Source. I'm just not a user.

Computers: emacs

e?     
I don't know emacs

Computers: World Wide Web

W++     
I have a homepage. I surf daily. My homepage is advertised in my .signature.
This one is pretty obvious. I mean, you are here aren't you.

Computers: USeNeT News

N-     
News is a waste of my time and I avoid it completely
I did the USeNeT thing in 1996. I quit. I rely on email discussion groups now. The noise level on USeNeT was too high for me.

Computers: USeNeT Oracle

o?   
What is the USeNeT Oracle?

Computers: Kibo

K?   
I don't know Kibo.

Computers: Microsoft Windows

w+     
I have installed my own custom sounds, wallpaper, and screen savers so my PC walks and talks like a fun house. Oh yeah, I have a hundred TrueType(tm) fonts that I've installed but never used. I never lose Minesweeper and Solitaire
Again, not exactly true, but a close approximation of my familiarity with Windows. Windows and Microsoft are a significant part of my daily computing life.

Computers: OS/2

O---     
Windows RULeS!!! Long live Bill Gates. (See w++++)
Many people object to OS/2 for technical reasons. I actually preferred OS/2 and used it when Windows was at version 3.1. But subsequent releases of Windows adopted most of the OS/2 features that I liked and IBM completely bungled the OS/2 marketing plan, so I'm now a Windows guy.

Computers: Macintosh

!M   
I do not use a Mac
Again, this is for historical reasons only. My customers don't, so I don't.

Computers: VMS

!V    
I do not use VMS.
And never have.

Politics: Political and Social Issues

PS+     
My whole concept of liberalism is that nobody has the right to tell anybody else what to do, on either side of the political fence. If you don't like it, turn the bloody channel.
I am probably a bit more liberal on social issues than this, but not as much as a PS++.

Politics: Politics and economic Issues

Pe     
Distrust both government and business.
Actually, I think I just distrust authority.

Politics: Cypherpunks

Y+>++
I have an interest and concern in privacy issues, but in reality I am not really all that active or vocal.
I wannabe (++)
I am on the cypherpunks mailing list and active around Usenet. I never miss an opportunity to talk about the evils of Clipper and ITAR and the NSA. Orwell's 1984 is more than a story, it is a warning to our's and future generations. I'm a member of the EFF.
Note the use of the ">" symbol. This separates the rating that identifies where I am from where I'd like to be.

Politics: PGP

!PGP    
I do not use PGP.
I'm not opposed to it, I just personally haven't had a need yet.

entertainment: Star Trek

t+     
Star Trek: It's a damn fine TV show and is one of the only things good on television any more.
And I like all of them: Original, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager.

entertainment: Babylon 5

5+     
Babylon 5 certainly presents a fresh perspective in the Sci-Fi universe. I watch it weekly.
While it was on broadcast TV I watched it.

entertainment: X-Files

X+     
X Files: I've converted my family and watch the show when I remember. It's really kinda fun.
Unfortunately, I got into it kinda late and haven't yet found a good background guide to catch up.

entertainment: Role Playing

R*     
Role Playing: I thought life WAS role-playing?

entertainment: Television

tv+     
I watch some tv every day.
I usually turn it on while I'm surfing the net.

entertainment: Books

b++>+++     
I find the time to get through at least one new book a month
I wanna be
I consume a few books a week as part of a staple diet.
My net reading has overtaken my book reading and I'm working to change that.

entertainment: Dilbert

DI++++     
I've received mail from Scott Adams. I'm in the DNRC (Dogbert's New Ruling Class).

entertainment: Doom!

!D  
I do not do Doom!
I did it once; that was enough.

entertainment: The Geek Code

G     
I know what the geek code is and even did up this code.

Lifestyle: education

e++     
Got a Bachelors degree
A Bachelor of Arts (!) in Mathematics from a liberal arts school, the University of Dallas.

Lifestyle: Housing

h+     
Living alone, get out once a week to buy food, no more than once a month to do laundry. All surfaces covered.
I actually go out more often. I need food once a day because I do not cook.

Lifestyle: Relationships

r--    
People just aren't interested in dating me.
Again, not an accurate description, but a good rating. Actually, I'm just not interested in dating people.

Lifestyle: Sex

y+     
(male) I've had real, live sex.


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