Abort, Retry, Delete?

You know it’s bad when you start using compu-talk in conversations…

R: I’m on the verge of a career crisis!
C: ruh oh!
R: hit restart!
C: force quit!
R: my boss already did that to me 2 months ago!
C: hahaha… unexpectedly quit
R: hahaha
R: process contains fatal errors
C: abort, retry, delete?
R: i want to reformat my hard drive
C: your internal or external?
R: if only it were that easy
R: hahaha
R: internal, save the external in case I change my mind
C: you can still boot from the external
C: perhaps you should make a backup
R: I’m hanging
R: too many processes at once
C: multi-task processing
R: maybe it will work itself out after some sleep mode
C: I recommend defragmenting
C: and some anti-virus protection
R: I’m so fragmented
R: I’d tell you about my bits but that’s nsfw
C: hahahah
C: that really burns my disc.
C: (this is getting bad)
R: hahaha, “getting”
C: dammit
C: Okay, blogging this
C: haha
R: oh boy…

What makes a Geek?

Hmm, ye olde blog is stagnant again.

What is there that is really blog-worthy these days? It seems like all I really have to report is that I spend most of my days working on design projects… cafe-hopping for free wi-fi and the perfect espresso. I do admit that I have been slacking a bit more than I initially intended… especially on the stay up late/wake late thing. Old habits die hard.

Is it something in the basic formula of geeks that cause them to fall into this pattern? Is it the quantities of caffeine consumed that causes it? This mostly nocturnal pattern almost seems to be the norm for freaks and geeks everywhere.

Oh, and an aside to those of you that are fans of the show Freaks and Geeks: I ran into the DVD collection not too long ago… me want.

Some even go so far to claim they’re of the Vampire kind. S’funny. Many of those that claim to be vampires have very strong geek roots. Come to think of it, so do Furries. Uhm, never mind.

And BTW, Enjoy the Geek Hierarchy and see where you fall in the spectrum…. or enjoy the facts… or simply laugh.

What defines a geek? The definition seems to be quite varied, depending on who you ask. What is the fine line between a nerd and a geek? Can you be a nerd without being a geek, or vice versa?

It seems to me that a nerd is almost always book smart, the brightest kid in class… with accompanying lack of social skills. They pride in solitary accomplishments. They know a lot about one or two subjects. A geek, on the other hand, does not necessarily have to be the brightest of the bunch, but they are certainly smart. They seem to know a little about a lot of things. They are proud of their geek heritage, and like to show their prowess off to others, esp. other geeks.

The key here, I think, to separating the nerds from the geeks, is the social skills. Geeks tend to convene in groups, showing off their geek plumage. They take pride in their geekdom. Heck, the term “Geek out” was coined just for us.

Yeah. It takes one to know one.

So what do you think about Nerd versus Geek? Anything to add to the definitions?

geekend

The TiVo arrived Saturday… a Philips DSR704R/14 dual tuner… it’s awesome, but I haven’t a good chunk of time to sit down and play with it. It’s really nice to be able to watch what limited amount of TV we watch on our own time (worth it in itself)… but the dangerous part is finding new things to watch and potentially get sucked into. I think that it was worth it, regardless.

My brother got a new iBook G4 14″ last week, therefore I found someone to dump off that annoying extra iSight I had lying around since last year. It’s a worthy donation, since he’s off to college this fall… cheap and easy means of communication are a must. He was over this weekend to play poker and geek out with me, which was awesome, since he hadn’t been by in a while. It’s great to have a brother that’s, like, cool and stuff. 😉

Oh, and I finally got Panther up and running, needless to say, since I’ve been using iChat AV with my brother. I like it more and more each day… and most operations run a lot more smoothly, and notably faster. Garage Band is a ton of fun, and I want to play with it more. I only wish I had a tool like this when I was in film school… it would’ve saved a lot of grief in making soundtracks. But still… fun app, good times.

Oh, and on non-geekish topics, we had a nice Valentine’s evening, no fanfare or anything… K cooked me a Chicken Picatta from a recipe in one of AB‘s books, and did a superb job at it. I chose a 2002 Meridian Pinot Grigio to go with (I do so love my Italian wines), and made a garlic risotto for our side dish. Afterwards, we had some chocolate lava cake (a good mix from the market) and then watched a quirky Japanese game show while playing with the TiVo. A nice quiet evening at home… we even went to bed early and got a good night’s rest!

Yep, it was a good weekend.

Happy House

This past Christmas, I had surprised K with a gift he totally did not expect… a shiny brand new Epson Stylus 2200 printer (good geek girlfriends give good geeky presents)! It was a gift so physically large that there was no way that I was going to wrap it and put it under the tree… so there it remained, in my car trunk, until Christmas.

On Christmas morning, I presented him with a small box containing a matte black ink cartridge for said printer. It took him a few seconds to realize what the present really was… oh, and what a priceless look on his face it was!

Fast forward a few days, and we are trying to figure out how to fit this large printer into our family room/office space in our home. There was no way he was going to fit the 2200 on his desk, so we either had to get another surface or work something ingenious out with our current resources.

We did a bit of both.
Continue reading Happy House

hot javascript

I know it might be a little hard to believe, but I know next to nothing about Javascript. I’ve survived with using commonly-used or other peoples’ scripts to get by.

I’ve also noted that in many jobs that I have applied for in the past couple of months require a working knowledge of Javascript.

Put one and one together, and… well, I signed up for a distance learning class in Javascript last night as a late add, and now I have been cramming all night to make tomorrow’s deadline for the first batch of assignments. Oy.

I hope that this strengthens my geek cred just a little bit more. ^_^;;