Celebrate Geekiness Day

I was asked by SingleHop to write a blog post about being a geek. I imagine they found my name through the URL which is hard to ignore when looking for geeks. Especially those of the Schmidt type. I cannot vouch for their products or services, but I appreciate the opportunity to write  something I am passionate about. Without further ado

  • What makes you a geek?

There is the age-old question of geek vs. nerd. In my mind a geek is less of a thing and more of a  lifestyle and way of thinking. I am a geek because I get excited about things most would not. I am a geek because my entire life I have felt like a sponge for knowledge. I am a geek because my wife has an album on Facebook of me on a phone/laptop/tablet reading RSS feeds or working. I also have a computer museum, wear ThinkGeek shirts, and do Superman poses around the globe. What other evidence does one need!?

 

What is your proudest geek moment?

One Christmas a few years ago my parents found an original in box Commodore 64. This was the computer that started it all for me as a young kid. We lived in Sicily at the time and my wish everyday was to ride our bikes across the old WW2 flightline to the Base Exchange (BX) and play Frogger while sitting on the technology floor. My Dad returned from a deployment with hazard pay and purchased one for me as a surprise. To receive one as an adult and be able to relive those moments meant the world to me. I was also able to get the C64 on Twitter which was pretty spiffy.

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  • What is your geek motto/favorite geek quote?

Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating. — Simon Pegg

  • Who is your geek role model?

Dennis Ritchie. People celebrate the sexiness of technology, but often forget the guys whose backs they stepped on to get there. Dennis Ritchie was that kind of geek. His passion fed into my own as a young kid when I learned UNIX and the C-language. His approach and humbleness is awe-inspiring and why he is my geek role model.

  • Which SingleHopper geek do you most relate to? Why?

No idea

  • How familiar are you with SingleHop’s product offerings (dedicated servers, private cloud hosting, managed hosting, etc.)?

No idea, but I like computers and they seem to do stuff with the 1’s and 0’s

Per my Wife and in closing; Geeks also get all the girls.