|A Biased Account of My Life|
So, I am bored on a Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, one of my adored diarists, Dekcol, created a scale to figure out how much of a geek a person is. I’m sure there could be lots of quibbling over whether these qualifications truly meet the definition of “geek,” but I think it does a pretty good job of capturing the term as society at large defines it. That said, if anyone has any complaints about the categories, complain to her, not me.
Because Dekcol’s scoring system confused me slightly, I’m treating this as a 0-100 scale. 10 possible points for each category.
Scoring for each category:
00: NOT a geek.
2) Categories that make up a geek.
I don’t really like video games – I played them a lot as a kid, but the last gaming system I purchased is an N64. It still is hooked up to my current tv. Playing video games at this point in my life is entirely social for me, I haven’t sat down and played a video game alone for years.
Points: I’ll give myself .5, just for the fact that I do technically play video games occasionally. Also, due to the fact that historically, when I did play video games, they were among the geekiest video games one could possibly play (text-based sports simulations for the win!)
Well, there is at least one of the qualifications that I definitely meet – I am often the person in my office who people go to for computer advice/tips when something is up with their computer. That doesn’t mean that I know the answers usually – I don’t. But surely some geek points should be awarded just for seeming like a guy who must know a lot about computers.
Points: 2.5 There are certain computer programs (Microsoft Excel) that are somewhat technical and that I know well enough that I have taught classes on them, so I probably deserve some points for that. I refuse to go very high though, just because I am probably as clueless about technology in general as any person you will meet my age. I’m constantly annoying Heather with questions like “So what does your IPad do?” to which she responds “I don’t have an IPad Matt, I have an IPod touch” . . . . Seriously, don’t they seem like the same thing?! Well, they do to me.
If I could award myself negative points I would here, just because I absolutely have no interest whatsoever in role playing games. And it’s not as though I’ve just never really played one because I’m not interested, no. Throughout my life I’ve found myself in social circles (geeks!) who are very interested in role playing games and have constantly tried to get me to play them. And I have never found them anything but incredibly boring. It’s the sort of thing that just has no appeal to me.
Well, I do generally “like” the Star Wars series at least – the early Star Wars movies in particular are pretty decent. I think I’ve only seen one Star Trek movie and I hated it, which is probably too little to judge on. At any rate, I certainly don’t collect stuff from either series and I could barely tell you basic Star Wars facts that everyone in our culture knows.
Points: 1.5 just because I think Star Wars is a decent movie.
Yeah, I have to reward myself some points here. The only thing I will qualify is that I am not particularly more awkward around the opposite sex – I am just a socially awkward person in general. I don’t make small chat very well. People often don’t get my sense of humor at first. Etc.
Points: 7 I am self-aware enough to know that I am a somewhat socially awkward person. That said, I have plenty of friends who are more socially awkward than I am and there are certain environments (i.e. business environments, teaching) where I handle myself pretty well.
What’s a LAN party?
I have seen one movie that would qualify as Anime in my life (Spirited Away) and I didn’t like it that much.
Don’t own or read comic books. I will at least qualify and say that, having glanced through Kyle’s collection over the years, it seems like something I could imagine myself having an interest in, unlike, say, role playing games.
Points: .5 just because it is something I could imagine myself being interested in.
Ok, yeah, this is another one where I definitely must award some serious points. Remember how I said earlier that I’m socially awkward? What makes it especially awkward is when I’m sitting in silence until I overhear someone say some nonsense like “The problem is that we are sending all our jobs to China!” when I will inevitably interrupt with “Well, actually…”
Points: 8 I know lots of trivial details about most of the things I’m interested in. I go to sports websites like basketballprospectus.com more often than ESPN.com. I watch DVD extras and director’s commentaries on all my favorite movies. The only reason I won’t score myself even higher is that I’m not very good at “trivia” – I’m not the person who knows a lot about everything. I’m a person who knows a lot about the certain things that interest him. So, although I could battle with the best on NBA trivia, if you ask me a question about a classical composer I wouldn’t know to guess Mozart.
I would say most of this doesn’t apply to me. I’ve never written fan fiction, I don’t read webcomics. I watched the movie Firefly and enjoyed it, but have never seen any of the other shows. I don’t build model things. I’ve never seen the Big Ban Theory.
Points: 1.5 Just due to the fact that I do appreciate some cult favorite movies. David Lynch anyone?
3) Final Score: 21.5
Overall, I’d say that’s not too bad. Mostly what saves me from being much of a geek is that I’m not interested in typically “geeky” things – like RPG’s or Magic the Gathering. I do, however, apply certain geek like behavior towards my more normal interests, such as sports and movies. So, I am more like a geek trapped in a normal person’s interests. Or something like that.