Geek Tip: Use Your Xbox and Register To Vote If you haven't registered to vote cause of one lame excuse or another ("I don't know how," "I don't have time," or my fave "It's too complicated") then I have fabulous news for you – you can now easily register to vote using your Xbox! With all the time you spend playing games, the least you can do is make your voice heard in between Gears of War sessions and Mountain Dew runs.
This Halo kid is either going to be the coolest kid in school when this vid goes viral, or he's going to have to assume another identity unless he wants his ass to get kicked. (Thank god the Internet didn't exist when I was a child.)
Thanks, College Humor!
This month's Wired brings you their take on the geek hierarchy — remember when we surmised that there were many different types of geekdom? Well, Wired agrees, and they've offered up six types of geek: The Fanboy (classic Star Wars/Simpsons lover and defender), the Music Geek (think Rob Gordon from High Fidelity), the Gamer (your thumbs are always sore), The Gadget Guy (3G + iPhone = drool), the Hacker (fears the sun), and the Otaku (all Manga, all the time).
Do you fall into any of the categories, or are you a different kind — or a hybrid geek?
If you've got a chocolate loving sweetie who happens to be a bit of a geek, then these Chocolate Miis ($14.95) will be right up their alley. Created by the folks at Paul Pape Designs, these geeky chocolate icons are available in both white and milk chocolate and come in three different pairings: boy/girl, boy/boy, and girl/girl. They're also packaged in a Wii-style box bearing the words, "Wii belong together you and Mii." They would be absolutely perfect for Valentine's Day, but I think they're sweet for any day.
Are you the "go-to" person in your house for programming DVRs or recovering deleted files? Or maybe your younger sibling is the tech savvy guru of the house? When I was living with my parents, my sisters and I always argued about who was the "geek" of the house. In the end, they always relied on me, the youngest, to deal with their computer issues—good times! Now I want to know who you consider to be the "techie" of your house. Let me know below! By the way, how adorable is the pic below?! Laptop work sessions in bed are the best!
Most people don't know what to think of being called a geek. They either embrace it like Gallery of the Absurd's 14, who proudly says "I am a major geek and I wear it as a badge of honor," reject it or hide it. To be fair to those people who skeptically look at me and say "you are geeksugar?" the word's first definition is "a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake." Not exactly something most of us want to identify with and a far cry from my usage of the work. But the word's final definition - "an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity " - does just the trick for me. And, as I have learned from you readers, most of us consider ourselves to be some variation or variety of a geek. Be it a mac geek, pc geek, video gamer geek, Dungeons and Dragons geek or a general, no holds barred geek.
Brunching.com recently featured a hilarious chart chronicling the Geek Hierarchy. At the top are people who have published Science Fiction/Fantasy books who consider themselves less geek than people who majored in folklore and mythology, comic book fans, Anime fans who insist on subtitles, Anime who don't care about subtitles, video gamers, Heinlein fans, Amateur Science Fiction or Fantasy writers and Science Fiction television fans. At the very bottom of the chart are "people who write erotic versions of Star Trek where all the characters are Furries." Most of those categories either elude or intimidate me, but I appreciate that someone took the time to lay out the traditional geek hierarchy for us. Not sure I fit into it. Check out the Chart to see if you fit in.
This past weekend I was out and about in San Francisco and saw this geekalicious musician along the Embarcadero. I don't think he saw me under those thick bottle cap glasses, but he did strum a couple awesome tunes on his guitar while rocking a one-of-a-kind cardboard ghetto blaster - on his head. It was a feat to behold. The boombox was fully pimped out with an antenna, speakers, a radio tuner, tone and balance controls, graphic equalizers and a cassette deck, which just so happen to double as his oxygen mask. If you click on the gallery pictures below you can check out the back of ghetto blaster and see more details. Hint: It includes a power cord!