A friend of mine sent out an email to people he knew and respected about how he was invited to speak at a well known event with the word ‘geek’ in the title. It was apparently an honour. The reply-all response to the email by a gentleman whom I respect greatly caught me off guard and really got me thinking – something hard to do at 3am before my first coffee.
He sent a link to this article and suggested that one ought not be proud of the word geek nor allow it to be attached to us as people. I was most intrigued so I did what few do and clicked the link and was most pleasantly surprised. I hope that you will do the same. Allow me to present you another hyperlink to the article essentially doubling the chances of you reading the article.
I agree with the author. Here is a list of things that I’m absolutely interested in that might be considered ‘geeky’ by those people who line up for mobile phones with fruit logos on them:
- ham/amateur radio
- VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
- Privacy and Security
- Programming (even though I can’t even do it)
- DIY projects like when I recently built an HD antenna for my TV
- …and there are probably many more….
Don’t call me a geek. You have no idea how cool these things are because you simply aren’t into them. I personally don’t understand gamers. I can’t see dedicating any part of my life to playing video games. I can more easily relate to board games but even those… yet there are actual cafes dedicated to them! And I always drive by those places where you can get all those medieval board games and clothes… I simply don’t share the same interests – yet. Whose to say that I won’t one day get into board games or gaming?
So don’t call me a geek and stop calling yourself one.
I’m a ham radio enthusiast.
I’m into ham radio.
I’m part of the ham radio community.