How to be a geek

Many people know I’m a geek. It’s ok, I have come to terms with it. Basically, it’s a compliment in my opinion. Here I outline what it takes to be a geek. Read on.

Make your list and check it twice ….

  1. Adopt a funny little animal as your mascot – preferably a penguin or unimposing devil
  2. Wear glasses
  3. Know one of the following movie/book series by heart: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or the Jersey Trilogy
  4. Own lots of gadgets
  5. Create a cron job to recompile the latest CVS version of the kernel and reboot each night
  6. Code using a low level language and complain about having a left over bit in your 8-bit bitmask
  7. Check Slashdot or Kuro5hin at least 10 times a day
  8. Become a optionaire
  9. Frequent IRC or a mailing list – make fun of AOL h4x0rz while doing so
  10. Start at least one flame per week, while trolling your favorite boards
  11. Pipe flagged messages to festival and brag about how you have talking email
  12. Laugh at the kids who become computer majors “to make money.”
  13. Drink lots of beer, code even more
  14. Attend at least one UG, whether its a LUG, MUG, or PUG.
  15. Reminisce about your Altair, Amiga, or IIe
  16. Release something under the GPL

That’s just a short list of what it takes to be a true geek. If you have done more than 90% of the things on this list then I’d consider you l33+ hax0r.

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