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Geek alternatives to Valentines Day

Stereotypically, geeks are foremost amongst the tragically single on Valentines Day. Thus, for those of you who are seeking out an alternative reason to suffer through February 14, in lieu of seppuku, we offer these seven occasions for celebration.

Stereotypically, geeks are foremost amongst the tragically single on Valentines Day (which is strange, because almost all the geeks I hang out with are married). Thus, for those of you who are seeking out an alternative reason to suffer through February 14, in lieu of seppuku, we offer these seven occasions for celebration:

  1. Feb. 14, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray almost simultaneously apply for patents of the telephone.
  2. Feb. 14, 1924, IBM is founded.
  3. Feb. 14, 1961, the synthetic element Lawrencium is created for the first time.
  4. Feb. 14, 1970, Simon Pegg--the actor comedian who'll play Scotty in the new Star Trek movie--is born. He was also Shaun of the Dead.
  5. Feb. 14, 1985, former Tomb Raider spokesmodel and Lara Croft lookalike Karima Adebibe is born.
  6. Feb. 14, 1989, the first of the Block II (operational) Global Positioning System satellites is launched.
  7. Feb. 14, 2000, NEAR Shoemaker becomes the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.

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5 comments
Histrion2
Histrion2

Here I was, feeling really good about Valentine's Day this year, still experiencing that newlywed glow, and prepping to take my wife out to a nice dinner, and you have to point out that I'm older than Simon Pegg. Now I feel like I haven't accomplished anything in life. Thanks, dude.

read
read

Histrion2: Educators (which you indicate as your job role) are far more important than entertainers. Why do we so easily forget this I don't understand. Hopefully you were being sarcastic.

Histrion2
Histrion2

I was definitely being sarcastic. Sarcastic and underpaid, but sarcastic nonetheless. ;-)

sleepin'dawg
sleepin'dawg

are examples of the old cliche of [b][i]"There's them that can do and then there's them that teach."[/b][/i] If we paid proper money and gave them proper respect we might attract better people to the job. Why do our educational systems not get better support??? There are far too many disinterested lazy slobs just putting in time for the vacations and pensions while the good ones head into industry. There are some good teachers and some great teachers but they are as scarce as hen's teeth and it is one of the reasons why we are sliding down the slope till we will end up somewhere behind some third world countries. The product being put out by our current systems leaves much to be desired and we're going to pay dearly for that one day. [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

marquis
marquis

Sorry, dude, but if yer gonna bash someone, get it right! Them that can, do. Them that can't do, teach. Them that can't teach, teach teachers! And I should know, I've done 'em all. And like another poster says, There's good'uns, and there's bad'uns. And I am a good'un, so I know.