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Speak Out With Your Geek Out, posted by CJ Ovalle

This week is Speak Out With Your Geek Out, which seems appropriate for this blog. ^_^

Take a stance against baiting nerd rage and stereotypes of geeks.

Post about how much you love your geeky hobbies or vocation from Monday, September 12th, 2011 to Friday, September 16th on your blog, website, social media account or in a forum somewhere. Then come here and tell us about it. We’ll have a kick-off post where you can stand and be counted.

So, although we haven’t been particularly good about necessarily POSTING here, it really is part of the purpose of this blog; coming out of the basement. Yes, we’re playing with a geek stereotype; if you haven’t read it, look at Mike’s definition of Geeks and Kurt’s definition of Basement in the tabs above.

Heck, I’ll quote a big chunk of Mike’s:

It’s about marginalization. When you get passionate, does the conversation start flowing with you or does it stop and eyes start rolling? It’s “geeking out” when your passion surpasses the audiences tolerance for your obsessive interest. Now, this doesn’t mean a group of people can’t be geeky about a topic because within the group they aren’t marginalized. It just means if that room was full of average people, the dedication to the “geek out” would be relegated to, well, those geeking out. Believe me, when I start discussing Lockean linguistics with gamer friends, I can tell from their reactions that I’m the geek.

So you aren’t either a geek or not a geek. Everyone’s a geek about something, likely more than one something. So you’re not a geek, you’re a geek about X. Like Curly said in City Slickers, it’s up to you decide what that one thing is. Except I still think it can be more than one thing. So it’s more like City Slickers two where Jack Palance’s zombie twin showed up.

Yeah, we’re all geeks about SOMETHING. Some of our hobbies are probably considered particularly “geeky,” but we love them. ^_^

I will blog on this a bit more later; I’ve got a bunch of deadlines tomorrow that I need to meet, but I’ll come back! Really this time. ;)