Friday, May 25, 2012

h4ppy 933k pri1d3 d2y!

May 25th is known as "Geek Pride Day" for a number of good reasons:

  • The anniversary of 1977's cultural phenomenon known as Star Wars (today is specifically the 35th anniversary of my favorite saga!)
  • It's also "Towel Day", in celebration of Douglas Adams' The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • The "Glorious 25th of May" is celebrated in Terry Pratchett's Discworld
  • Sir Ian McKellen's birthday (he's 73!)
  • ...and for the first time, a commercial spacecraft (SpaceX's Dragon) docked with the International Space Station today.
In celebration, I've discovered 3 new (and legitimate) ways to watch SW Ep IV in addition to the (what some call "horrific") special edition changes that George Lucas continues to make to his movies:

1.) In ASCII
(Mac users can just type "telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl" into your terminal)





(will take some techie knowledge to obtain these, but it's legal since it's a fan preservation)



The first venn diagram is what I used to classify myself as a "geeky nerd"a few years ago, but it looks like someone made one even more specific and detailed as seen below.

       


Being a geek isn't about "proving" that you know a bunch of obscure science-fiction references, it isn't about wearing thick rimmed glasses and pocket protectors, and it certainly isn't about excluding "non-geeks" from your circle because they haven't liked Star Wars or comic books as long as you have...

Being a geek is about embracing the love of things you are passionate about and sharing it with the world and accepting them when they decide they love it too!  

I'm proud of being a geek, and so should you!  Nerd on, friends!






1 comment:

  1. I honestly was not aware of this until you posted about it. It is pretty awesome! I also like the venn diagram illustrating the definitions. Pretty nifty.

    Side note in regard to the second diagram: not all sociopaths are socially inept. ;) Socio/Psychopaths are really terms formed for legal documentation.

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