TechRepublic contributor Nicole Bremer Nash has created a gallery of 15 basic items that every geek should do. Here are her selections in list format:
- Give the Vulcan live long and prosper sign
- Know the answer to the ultimate question
- Make a geeky fashion statement
- Read at least one work by Clarke, Asimov, and Bradbury
- Take a geeky vacation
- Play a role-playing game at least once
- Read and watch The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
- Read at least one comic book
- Know how to survive a zombie attack
- Know if Han shot first
- Take up a geeky hobby
- Be ready to defend your choice of OS
- Explain a geeky topic to a non-geek
- Know your geek vocab words
- Carry on a conversation using only geek movie quotes
So, how many items can you check off this list? What would you remove or add to the list? For this audience, I would add: own a tech gadget. Please post your suggestions in the discussion.
Courtesy of Nicole, here are five skills that every advanced geek should be able to do:
- Name the primary characters of all five Star Trek series. If you need to brush up, go to the series listing on StarTrek.com (a CBS site).
- Know the three words you must recite in order to retrieve The Book of the Dead. For help with this answer, go to the IMDb page of Army of Darkness memorable quotes.
- Know how and when to implement the Konami Code. If you don't know what the Konami Code is without looking it up, then you probably don't possess this skill yet.
- Know at least one way to kill a Dalek. Dr. Who fans have the advantage here. If you haven't watched Dr. Who, you can read up on how to kill a Dalek.
- Say "I love you" in binary. Here's a link that might help with your binary conversion.
Related Geekend resources
- 10 things every geek should know
- Poll: How do you not meet the geek expectation?
- Poll: Do you keep your geekiness up to date?
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