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    I get called geek all the time, it goes with the job, but I have been mistaken for a teacher and a head teacher before!

    I obviously have that look of authority

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    A comment expressing surprise at me being a female IT tech... that's much as you are getting... it was sexist, uncalled for, out of the blue and had I got the name off his badge, I would have probably caused trouble.
    Ah! Completely out of order, I don't blame you.

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    Geek

    Double 4th Dan holder in Aikido and JuJitsu. Former world champion Jujitsu fighter for heavyweight class from 2003-2010.

    No longer practice either MA due to disability.

    I am a keen welder, carpenter, bricklayer and basically will do anything that involves taking apart or building.

    Big time gamer since I stopped the martial arts.

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    Probably a bit geeky, I do like my gadgets!
    but also a Powerboat Instructor, Tall Ship Sailor, Ambulance Reservist (that would have been my career if I didn't end up in IT!) and Lowland Search and Rescue Technician, so spend lots of time away from computers!

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    I have umpteen Children's Trading Card decks (Magic: The Gathering, FullMetal Alchemist, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokémon)
    I used to play Dungeons and Dragon's until our group drifted apart (those boring 'job' things, and uni. Grr!)
    I play lots of video games on my custom-built gaming PC
    I do some amateur digital art from time to time, though mostly favours or for my own use.
    In the past year I have repaired more laptops for friends and family than I have fingers.
    Dabbling back into web design (and failing miserably! So much has changed in the past 5 years )
    I have two different Warhammer 40,000 armies.

    I'd say I'm pretty geeky
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    I do muck about with techy/gadgety stuff like arduino and rpi, and am know as a geek outside of work.
    But can be found blacksmithing on Saturdays (second job)
    Also lift weights, spend lunch break getting some walking miles in and have fun with our 6 dogs too (4 are giant breeds).
    Misses and I have plans for a homestead raising animals one day, hopefully that'll supplant the IT job

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    Quote Originally Posted by gomalley View Post
    Tall Ship Sailor
    This is TOO COOL!

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    Design and Build wooden clocks. Just started learning how to do stained glass, slightly lapsed glider pilot (post solo but very inexperienced), Photography, Cooking, gardening, Hen husbandry, Creative writing, Philosophy, History (Roman Republic), Law, flying eensy weensy iddle biddle helicopters.

    But, all of those are really a bit (or a lot!) geeky. Now that Geek is cool, I'm not sure what a stereotypical geek is. The hacker/maker community seem interested in everything. Which is as it should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    Design and Build wooden clocks. Just started learning how to do stained glass
    That's awesome.

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    I'm a lot less geeky than I used to be say 5 years ago.

    Used to spend virtually all my time outside of work on the PC or doing PC-related things, but now I hardly turn my desktop PC on. Partly because my interests have changed (wife and kids tend to do that!) and partly because I don't need the PC so much any more. I can get the things I want and need done quicker using my iPad and my phone (Android).

    I've now got into other things: getting more into cars, teaching myself basic mechanics; got a caravan and spending time tinkering and fettling with that; got back into model building; and at the moment am obsessed with the TV show Wheeler Dealers!

    I'm much more likely to be doing something electrical or electronic if I'm being geeky or techy now than computer related.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wabey View Post
    nope! I play my Xbox and tweet a lot, but that's about it. Play Golf, Cricket and see daylight to socialise...so not a geek...
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    I hate labelling myself as anything that isn't "radicool sik dewdette yo", but:

    - I read and collect comics and administrate a large (hundreds of members) FB group dedicated to comics and cartoons. I'm trying to write and know a few people in indie comics. It's my life goal to call Dan DiDio a PoS to his face one day.
    - I'm a CoC keeper (a bad one) and go to a roleplaying and boardgaming pub meetup often
    - PC gaming and trying to collect older games I love on disks.
    - I spend more time prepping for LAN parties than I do going to LAN parties.
    - "Losing is fun!" is a favourite catchphrase of mine. F*** elves.

    A few members of staff have called me "such a nerd" and I've just practiced my scowly face at them.

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    I'm a geek in that I love technology and gadgets and am a World of Tanks addict but I'm also heavily into bodybuilding and cars so I wouldn't class myself as a stereotypical geek\nerd.

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    Check out Tall Ships Adventures I sail as a volunteer Deck Hand and Purser
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    I think that the whole 'geek/nerd' stereotype has changed in recent years. Some stuff (like gaming for example) has become slightly more acceptable and less 'nerdy'.

    If I were to categorise:

    Nerdside...
    - I love to bury my nose in a good comic book (slowly building up a collection!)
    - Mad on photography, that doesn't mean I'm any good but I do love it
    - Console and PC Gamer and have been for years
    - I wear specs (surely still a must for 'nerds'?)
    - Love gadgets!!

    Notso Nerdy
    - Big gym nut, borderline unhealthy obsession
    - Rugby player when not injured
    - Love cars! Tinkering, driving etc.

    I do what makes me happy!
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