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10 things every geek should know

Nicole Bremer Nash's 2010 resolution is to become more of an ultimate geek. Check out her list of 10 things that every geek worth his or her cape should know.

In the spirit of bettering myself and continuing my quest for knowledge of all things geeky, I have come up with a list of 10 things every geek lad or lass should know. It's my New Years resolution to know them all by the end of 2010. In no particular order:

  1. Every geek should be able to give the Vulcan "Live long and prosper" hand signal from Star Trek. (Check out this toy for geeky sports fans.)
  2. A true geek must be able to carry on a conversation using only Monty Python quotes.
  3. To be a proper geek, one must know the answer to the Ultimate Question.
  4. In order to show that you are a Master Geek, you must be able to name the primary characters of all five Star Trek series.
  5. Like that geek hero, Ash, all geeks should know the three words you must recite in order to retrieve The Book of the Dead.
  6. A geek must know how and when to implement the Konami Code.
  7. A smart geek should recognize WoW and OOo and be able to explain them to a non-geek.
  8. A romantic geek can say "I love you" in binary.
  9. A savvy geek knows at least one way to kill a Dalek.
  10. Any life-loving geek has a survival plan for a zombie apocalypse and knows the best way to kill a zombie.

(Geekend readers should have the skills to find the answers to all of these items, even if I hadn't given helpful links.)

I admit that I don't have all this knowledge committed to memory yet, but you can rest assured that I'll be working on it all year.

After reading the list, if you think there will still be gaping holes in my geek knowledge bank, tell me what I need.

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76 comments
Milandermaybe
Milandermaybe

why wearing a red shirt is bad news. When to say no to alien sex. Be able to talk like Kirk. The needs of the one.. Who killed JR (not sci-fi I know but). The starfleet designations of the important spacecraft - enterprise(s), defiant, lexington, etc. Serenity crew names, at least two hot female sci-fi characters that are not on the show b/c they are hot, go on I dare you..

Leon8
Leon8

All geeks know ascii and how to make pictures out of it. :c)

Cerebral*Origami
Cerebral*Origami

http://www.geekcode.com/geek.html -----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK----- Version: 3.12 GAT d(++) s++:++ a+ C+++ UL P?> L+ E? W++ N o? K? w+++ O? M- V PS+ PE Y+ PGP t+ 5++ X+ R+ tv--(++) b+++ DI++++ D++ G+ e+/+/+ h+ r--> y+ -----END GEEK CODE BLOCK-----

Gort Follower
Gort Follower

But nothing about knowing how to stop a rampaging Gort?

jcommunications
jcommunications

I only got 5....i'm having a really awful day and this made me smile, thank you....

jhend91
jhend91

A true master geek would not even recognize the last four Star Trek series.

jeff
jeff

What?!? Nothing about Doctor Who???? Surely any true Brit geek should be able to name all the actors who have played the role, in order!!!

lance
lance

default RAM and antenna settings for you black and white tv for running the Timex/Sinclair ZX-81...Switches for the DOS format command.

pbock
pbock

You have to be able to identify all 12 humanoid cylons!! And know what a toaster is!!

cjg
cjg

Why 1+2*3+4 = 11 (NOT 13) Why the greatest work Lord Byron gave to the world was a daughter. In cases of Alien infestation, the only way to be sure. Who fired first.

sbrell
sbrell

Hilarious! Finally a difinitive guide. LOL

mbrewster
mbrewster

This is a horrible injustice. There are two types of geek. A Star Wars geek and a Star Trek geek. Most are either or but some are both. The directors of the new Star Trek said in the commentary that they were trying to imitate the Star Wars action in the new film so if you think your a fan of Star Trek only because of that movie you are dead wrong.

JasonKB
JasonKB

Since part of geekdom is hair splitting I've got you correct you on #8. Binary is a number system, not a character coding system. You should be able to say "I love you" in ACSII or Unicode or UTF-8 (single and double-byte) in the person's native language character set and know the corresponding binary, decimal and hexadecimal numeric values. Earn one extra fossil geek point for knowing the octal codes as well. 01101001001000000110110001101111011101100110010100100000011110010110111101110101x2 733210811111810132121111117x10 49206C6F766520796F75x16 111040154157166145040171157165x8

ycsing
ycsing

I think any geek worth their salt should know how to play "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock".

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I know almost all of these except how to say anything in binary. But the conversion tool you linked to takes care of that. A wink is as good as a nod to a blind bat ... eh, eh.

javmore
javmore

Thought this was awesome, my friends and I have been having fun with it all day. Personal favorite was #3

Milandermaybe
Milandermaybe

following that argument we would still be arguiong teh relative merits of forbidden planet vs return of the martians

lance
lance

Gort was the robots name not Klaatu, Klaatu was part of the command.

cjg
cjg

You need to know what a dagget is!

darpoke
darpoke

and in the hair-splitting tradition true to geeks everywhere.... I don't believe that it makes any difference whether you multiply or divide first. Nor whether you add or subtract first. They are basically the same operation. Division is multiplication by a reciprocal, and subtraction is the addition of a negative number. But let the debate rage on! :-)

jkiernan
jkiernan

Re: Why 1+2*3+4 = 11 (NOT 13) This is not Geek. This is basic math.

christinakidd1
christinakidd1

Don't you remember the math rule, "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally"? Multiply before you add.

MidZoneTec
MidZoneTec

Ada Lovelace the mother of programing and for whom the ADA programing language was named.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

1+2*3+4 = 11 because it's not 1+2^3+4

pbock
pbock

first one, order of operations, PEMDAS, parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction. I don't know. Nuke the place from orbit. But a fusion device wouldn't runaway, only a fission device would. The US did during pearl harbor against a japanese min-sub??

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

The correct decimal string is: 073032108111118101032121111117x10

jjprehn
jjprehn

Any body else notice the similarity of the phrases? Klaatu barada nikto. (To disable robot Klaatu) Clatto Verata Nicto. (To Call up the Book of the Dead)

cubeslave
cubeslave

There are 10 kinds of people when it comes to binary. The kind who know it, and the kind who don't.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

0101010001101000011000010111010000100111011100110010000001110100011010000110010100100000011000100110010101110011011101000010000001110111011000010111100100101110

cubeslave
cubeslave

So, I'm not the only person who's mind automatically adds "The answer to Everything" (or some variation) upon hearing the answer? On the non-geek side, I do have the social skills required not to actually say it out loud most of the time.

Imperious Leader
Imperious Leader

Yes, for those who were not aware, there is an 11th Level, which is only designated for those who have achieved Supreme Geekdom Status. $ /usr/games/trk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . * * * . . . . . . . . . . . . K K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . * * . . . . . . . . . . E . . . . . . . . . . . . . * @ * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CONDITION RED! KLINGON AT 0,5 FIRING.... SHIELDS HOLDING KLINGON AT 1,5 FIRING.... SHIELDS HOLDING STARBASE AT 5,9 DESTROYED!!! STAR AT 4,9 HAS GONE SUPERNOVA ======== YOU HAVE BEEN DESTROYED =======

cubeslave
cubeslave

That is what I thought... On the other hand, perhaps Jeff isn't a sufficiently high level Who Geek to have phrased his question as: "What?!? Nothing about The Doctor????"

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Somebody out there is climbing the walls because you had the temerity to suggest that it doesn't matter whether you add or subtract first.

pbock
pbock

the "order of operations" means the solution is solved like this: 1+(2*3)+4=11 instead of left to right: ((1+2)*3)+4=13 of course I am assuming you know to solve the stuff inside the parentheses first, as is governed by the P in PEMDAS.

cjg
cjg

The Byron question is worth googling. The last one is for the star wars geeks.

JasonKB
JasonKB

OK I missed the leading zeros... 097032100111110101032083105114033x10

rahbm
rahbm

Gort was the robot, Klaatu was the alien visitor. The command did not disable the robot, it stopped him from exacting retribution, possibly annihilation of Earth.

adams
adams

It was intentional.

D Walker
D Walker

That is a slightly different version of that game than I remember. Of course I never got to finish the changes to fix/complete/improve a version in high school math club via a teletype machine (1973 I think). Still have a print out and paper punch tape rolled up somewhere in storage. The code that got me interested in programming.

OxfordRob
OxfordRob

In my bag along with the guide, a babelfish and a bag of peanuts......

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

No parentheses. No exponents. I haven't worked left-to-right since I can remember and I don't use a calculator for something I can do in my head. In any case, as I said, 1+2*3+413 because it's not 1+2^3+4.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

087101032108109097107101032109105115116097107101115046 101116117 :D

Imperious Leader
Imperious Leader

A brief moment of silence..... "...CAPTAIN SCARLET and the MYSTERIONS...." Enuf said :-)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Good times, man; good times. Be sure to name your dog.

lyallaust
lyallaust

turn off light Every Geek should know the end result of this one (by this thread, some certainly do)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I was on the wrong map. Okay, time to restart...again! :D

Imperious Leader
Imperious Leader

That was absolutely hilarious. I bow to powers of Ultimate Geekdom. Oh yeah, here's one for you..... $ /usr/games/adventure ..you are in a maze of twisty passages... all alike......:-)