Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Geek week 4: Blessed be the geeks

After Miss Liana and Miss Windbag’s blogs yesterday about not being particularly geeky at all and being 80% geeky (respectively), I paused to reflect on the generous nature of the nerds that are around us. We all have an alpha nerd friend to help us out when we get in a fix. They are always super helpful and seem to love the challenge of solving tricky problems. No matter how nerdy you are, there is someone nerdier and they seem to want to share their knowledge and help you to learn. They are like a bunch of hippies and it reminds you that the human capacity for cooperation and sharing has played as large a role if not greater than the 'survival of the fittest' model that we are told is the fundamental evolutionary truth (and actually is in some art circles)! It is a hidden economy of gifting that never really gets recognised by economists and has had good things like the Linux open source systems that are spreading so much joy among microsoft haters. I hope the nerds know that they are appreciated by neo-luddites like me. For all that they do.

I said to Liana once that my alpha nerd partner and his nerdier friend were going to upgrade the computer that we share to add more storage capacity and that they had ambitions to make it into a super computer. Backups had to be done of my precious image files and it was a major disruption to my blogging/internet schedule. She said “God I HATE it when they do that!” It’s true, I wouldn’t mind how many gigglewhatsits my computer has. As long as I’m number one on a google search for ‘jewellery’ I couldn’t care less. And it is the geeks that hold the key to that.

Now I'm off to the beach for a coupla days to de-geek and watch whale watchers.

7 comments:

Florence said...

Nerds=hippies that is so true.

I've always thought that that Social Dawinist ideology and even the Dawinists were off their tree. And without the gifted economy society itself would cease to be. Here's to sharing and caring, and number one on google search!

see you back soon for the last part of Geek Week.xxx

Jean-Luc Picard said...

We are all a little geeky, Rebecca. There's no escape.

Merlyn Gabriel said...

I lovethe bracelet and want one... very cool.

You would love DMD or Dlp chips... I want to make jewellery out of them they are just so beautiful...
here's a bit about them...
http://www.audioholics.com/techtips/specsformats/displays_DLP_technology2.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DLP

http://www.spie.org/web/oer/march/mar99/home.html

It's a really cool technology.
but the chips are just gorgeous.

-merly in love with borgie bits...

Rebecca-the-Wrecker said...

wow merlyn - thanks for the tip and all the great links- i will look out for these projector thing-a-mees! I see they are made by Texas Instruments which was our 1st family computer in the 80's. Dad tried to get me interested in writing programs for it but I was more interested in playing Parsec for hours. As far as i am concerned that is where computer games peaked. Guess jean-luc was right about everyone having a bit of geekiness. btw I'll be selling my work online very soon from www.rebeccawardjewellery.com

Merlyn Gabriel said...

I don't know that comp games have peaked so much as divided into a couple of splits...
the first person yeeehaw shooter/ driver / what ever
the home alone card/tetrus/majong/etc.. player
and the terrifically nerdy and my personal fav MMORPG massive multi player online role playing game ( or many men online role lpaying girls...)
The MMOs are gonnna boom because this is where things are headed virtual reality at home.
Having spent the better part of last year playing Star Wars Galaxies I know how insane it is and you get attached. You get a virtual house, have a virtual job and really a virtual second life. Just wait till the Star Trek MMORPG comes out. Holy cows batcat!

ps if you might be interested in a DPT chip let me know....

Rebecca-the-Wrecker said...

hi merlyn
those MMOs sound like geek heaven! I hope florence does not find out about them - we may lose her in craftland. I'll try to source a dpt chip locally but if i have probs i'll be in touch!

Merlyn Gabriel said...

Yeah... MMOs very dangerous...
The thing is you get attached which is a bit odd since everything except the person behind the 'toon' is virtual. The houses, the stuff, the planets... everything... it exists as 1s and 0s on a huge server farm someplace... yet..when one plays one's brain makes it real.

I dread to think what will happen when we can REALLY escape into a 3d virtual world ( you know like the movies)

If Florence goes down under in the world of the MMO we'll go after her!!!! Virtual search and rescue! Believe me I nkow I am a recovering player...