While staring at my screen as I put together my next post in my noggin, I idly started typing things into Google. Being a technology geek, I tend to use search strings to see what people like me are looking for. I typed “How to be a Geek” into the search box and was actually stunned at the results. The Internet has it completely wrong – and so do you. The definition of the word itself just isn’t right y’all. Being a geek has nothing to do with carnival performers, computer gurus or peculiar people.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: a geek is someone who is passionate about something. There are computer geeks, sure. There are also gardening geeks, motorcycle geeks and word puzzle geeks. Everyone has a passion of some type. I don’t honestly care if you love playing the drums, writing poetry, playing a sport or simply sitting next to the ocean while staring into space. Those things which are you most involved with and excited about are what make you a geek.
I hate seeing the geek label being used in a derogatory manner more than I explain. Those who don’t know any better assume that a geek is someone who hides behind a computer screen, has no social skills and is unkempt. Sure, there are people like that out there somewhere. There are also those of us who have vibrant lives outside of our online world, who are obsessively clean AND who know how to converse in social settings.
Being a geek of any type is something to be proud of. Proclaiming yourself as one means simply that you truly care about whatever it is you’re doing. You love it… you eat, sleep and breathe it. You LIVE it. Can anyone explain to me how in the hell embracing our passions is a bad thing?
A geek cannot be stuffed into one tidy little description. When I polled Twitter to find out how all of you define this term, one answer stood head and shoulders above the rest. Kristijan said that “A geek is someone who would never succeed in defining “geek” in 140 characters or less.” Right on!
What type of geek are you?
Since 1949, LEGO has been giving collectors and enthusiasts the opportunity to design and create virtually anything they can imagine. This tradition continues with the LEGO Minifigures: Series 3. 16 unique minifigures make up this edition, expanding on the collection the first two series started. Their inspiration comes from movies, sports, history, and even regular everyday life.
The tennis player carries her racket with a confident smirk. She’s donned in a white tennis outfit with blue trim.
The Hula Dancer brings life to any party with her grass skirt and maracas.
The Space Alien has a big green head with bulging black eyes. His purple space suit matches the beam coming out of his ray gun. Rumor has it he wants to take over the world, but just hasn’t found the time to, yet.
The Samurai wields a massive katana, wears an impressive set of armor, and looks absolutely serious all the time. Under the armor, he’s wearing a maroon kimono.
The Sumo Wrestler is a real award winner. No, really, he has a trophy with him so all will know how impressive his skills in the ring really are. Even though this immovable object has a permanent frown, he is always happy to stop and sign autographs.
The Rapper comes complete with a giant boom box, microphone, and a matching cap. While he may not be the next Kevin Federline, he certainly looks the part.
The fisherman has caught a big fish, and it is nearly as long as impressive as his beard. He appears to be a jolly old fella with tons of stories to tell.
The Tribal Chief comes complete with a giant ceremonial headdress and a deadly looking spear.
The Snowboarder has her own snowboard and helmet, which matches a pretty fancy looking snowsuit.
The Elf, LEGOlas, is a master archer with arrows as pointy as their ears. Should an enemy get too close, though, his shield is on hand to protect him from danger.
The Race car Driver has a winning smile, and a protective helmet that doesn’t quite fit over his hair.
The Pilot comes with an aviator hat and goggles. He looks warm in his flight jacket.
The Baseball Player is in uniform and ready to play with bat in hand. The only question is, “Who are the Clutchers?”
The Mummy is all wrapped up in being one scary dude. His white wrappings appear to be covering up a terrible skin condition.
The Space Villain resembles a cross between a Borg and a pirate captain. His peg leg and phaser complete a package of pure evil that may rival even the fiercest of the Sith.
This brings us to the final LEGO Minifigure, Gorilla Suit Guy. He may be sweating it out inside a giant monkey costume, but that doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate a good banana.
You can vote for my friend, Vanae (who you might remember from an earlier video interview). She needs your help, and I figured… well, you could give it in exchange for a bit of geek-centric dating advice. Don’t let us down, guys! She is in the running for the “Good Mood Gig” from Sam-e Complete, writing in their blog.
Vanae feels that you are a geek because you have great qualities that are hard to find in other people. Own your geekiness! Don’t try to hide it – even from members of the opposite sex. She reminds you to feel good about yourself from the inside out, including taking care to be healthy and practicing good hygiene habits. Be comfortable with yourself so that you exude good energy.
Speak up, guys. You’re invisible until you do, and she won’t know you exist. You know those boundaries that you have, where you are completely unsure of what to do? Stop worrying so much! Don’t let yourself be so socially active. Let go of your boundaries and don’t be afraid to compliment or flirt with that cutie you have your eye on.
Be true to who you are. We’re humans who always evolve and want social connections. Present the best you by carrying on what is authentic. Don’t adopt a persona or techniques that are something other than what and who you are.
Make friends with girls, guys. If you have female friends, you will start to become more comfortable with women in general. Don’t look at every female as a potential date. Hang out with them in a platonic way. Not only will you build confidence, you will also start to learn and understand more about women in general.
What dating tips do you have for those of us who call ourselves geeks?
Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a fantastic movie. Johnny Depp is such a phenomenal actor, no matter what the part calls for. He is funny. He is diabolical. He is a pure genius.
However, it’s not only Depp who can figure out who (or what?!) his friends are. At the end of the day, all I need is my iPhone, my iPod touch and my iPad. With these by my side, I shall never be alone!