Sunday, July 28, 2013

Options for the geek.

When you realize you are geeky, even among the company of the somewhat geeky world of social media, you clearly have a problem.  Something must be done.  I sat down, thought about it, and have come up with the following solutions.

1. Get out entirely.  Clearly social media has infected you and you have embarrassed yourself and are dragging your family down with you.  Just stop altogether.

2. Reform.  Slow down.  Try to be cool.  Comment on mainstream topics like, Duck Dynasty, the latest season of LOST, Justin Beber, or the new baby king George... I wonder it they named him after George Zimmerman...hmm?  (Stop it, that's the kind of geekery that is inexcusable and intolerable.)

3. Embrace it.  Face it, you are a bit weird, strange even, or potentially just plain mad.  There is nothing wrong with this...is there?

Faced with the decision of which way to go, I thought of a few random  things.

Alice Cooper.

Photo by KeithKoelger Photography, creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/
Lewis Carol.

Alice: But I don't want to go among mad people.
The Cat: Oh, you can't help that. We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.
Alice: How do you know I'm mad?
The Cat: You must be. Or you wouldn't have come here.

Thomas Edison.  "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

Edison and the Phonograph, Public Domain
Bad Religion.



Albert Einstein.  "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." and "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

My decision seems clear to select option #3 above.  But what does all this mean?  Maybe it doesn't mean anything.

Freaking Wil Wheaton had a beer named after him.  All he did to earn it was be a geek.  And then there are some geeky bloggers who decide to get together and collaborate on a beer review...each reviewing the same beer and posting on each other's blogs. Completely mad, right?  Perhaps.

But you won't want to miss it on Monday.