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Ceph = Geek?

WhiteKiboko

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found this excerpt in a thing on how to pass as a geek: (italics mine)

"Hobbies: The more obscure, the better. You can always start out with the standard model-building, model railroads, chess, Medievalism. But since geeks love being narrow, beleaguered minorities, don't let that stop you from picking increasingly more esoteric interests, until you're assured that the person you're talking to will never be able to trip you up on cross examination. Instead of crossword, say cryptic. Instead of chess, say go. Instead of tennis, say fencing. Best is to find something that NOBODY ELSE IN THE ROOM HAS HEARD OF. Including interests of your own sole invention. Tell me "I collect cephalopod footprint fossils." doesn't hush the room."

any thoughts? :smile:
 

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LOL! I find this hilarious. A few years back I went to a head-shrinker as my ex-wife had asked to see if I had some bugs that needed dealt with. Since I was over 30, didn't have kids, and had hobbies that much older or "enlightened" people would take an interest in she told me my best social group would be with gay men over 50!:bonk:

Geeks do have a way of pulling the more rarified interest cards out. I feel like I've isolated myself a lot with my hobbies, and I would certainly say a special interest in cephalopods would qualify.

My hobby weirdness:
Tarantulas
Cooking
Wine
Coffee Roasting and preparation
Carnivorous Plants
Antique Import Cars (snobby European of course)
High Power Rocketry
Collecting antique Halloween and day of the dead stuff
Kite Fighting
Esoteric spiritual practices
Dark stuff
Indie Music
Turntables
Dog Scootering
and a whole lot more...
 
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:bugout:

Wow, you have a lot of hobbies... although cooking and wine don't seem that odd to me. I just have cephalopods and French Flower beading...
 
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I suspect all of us here could be grouped under the weird banner to some extent. Anytime I mention that I like cephs, or bats, or spiders I get strange looks......then throw in my passion for classical music and opera, obsession with environmental issues, oh yeah, some esoteric spirituality, not in practice, just in study, (unless you count tree hugging) and that I don't like beer or Nascar or much of anything on TV and that I read like a fiend, it becomes evident that I am at least somewhat"different".:bonk:
 
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If all else fails you can always be a computer geek:smile:

oh I keep cephs. and I spend the weekends working on my PC Its fool proof lol
 
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i need cuttle said:
wow yall have alot more interesting hobbies then i do, as cephs are as weird as my hobbies go, well so far

When you're in high school, there's only so much time to develop weird hobbies. We'll give you some time on that. If you're into cephs now other things bizarre are sure to follow! :biggrin2:
 

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Fini said:
Dog Scootering
and a whole lot more...

Except for not having the slightest idea what "Dog Scootering" is, I think those are all fine hobbies... and believe it or not, I actually know a lot of social groups in which talking about those would be assets.

However, going back to the original post, I've never understood why people that aren't geeks want to pretend they're geeks. I was a geek before being a geek was "cool" and even though I'm pretty darned geeky, I'm not sure I get the "geek chic" thing...

Case in point: a friend of mine gave me a threadbare "Topp's bubble gum" shirt 'cause his sister gave him ten of them or something because she chewed a lot of gum in the 70s. I was wearing it 'cause I'd been painting or something, and went to a restaurant, and the waitress said "wow, that's cool, I bet that's even *real*!" and I was introduced to the notion that most people wearing ratty t-shirts of goofy pop items from the 70s paid $30 for knock-off reproduction shirts at Urban Outfitters.

Similarly, I come across as having "geeky quasi-meta-coolness" because I like cephalopods and functional programming languages and topology and spacecraft dynamics and computer animation and stuff like that... I'm very confused about why people would want to "pretend" to... if they want people to think they're weird, why not embrace their own weirdness instead of trying to emulate someone else's without understanding it?

It's all so confusing...
 

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