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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Super Geek

posted by on August 8 at 13:09 PM

We all watched Revenge of the Nerds, right? And we wanted those nerds to KICK SOME ASS! Nowadays, nerds prefer the term “geek.” And while geeks also tend to be socially awkward, we still want them to kick some ass designing our software and answering difficult questions—but stop talking after a few minutes. Well, Ignite Seattle is a bi-monthly event for geeks to stand before a few hundred of us regular folk, share their esoteric brilliance, and then shut the fuck up. Tonight features 16 mercifully brief lectures, including the future of nanotechnology in healthcare and iPhone mind control. I haven’t been to an Ignite Seattle yet, but it draws up to 400 people and the full bar makes it sound a fuckload better than reading Wired.

Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave,, talks begin at 8:30 p.m., free.

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fucking finally you guys mention this!!!!! this month's talks seem pretty weak though. not tech enough for my tastes but still!! GO!

Posted by PGC | August 8, 2007 1:37 PM

This is going to be totally packed with hot hot hot geeks. Today's geeks are better socialized, much more sexy and play less D&D than the ones in the past, I promise.

Posted by Michael Holden | August 8, 2007 1:55 PM

No, they still play D&D, they just do it while fucking in hot tubs while high on nitrous.

Posted by NaFun | August 8, 2007 2:22 PM

Sorry, I'm going to be listening to a free Medical Genetics lecture tonight at the Foege (S-060) at the UW instead.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 8, 2007 2:22 PM

"they still play D&D, they just do it while fucking in hot tubs while high on nitrous." (#3)

now THAT'S what I call Revenge of the Nerds, nan!

Posted by fun shaped | August 8, 2007 2:49 PM

All geeks are nerds, but it does not necessarily follow that all nerds are geeks. I have met plenty of nerds who are as technologically incompetent as the most fluffy Barbie soc types.

Posted by Geni | August 8, 2007 2:52 PM


Agreed. I have no problem with being called a nerd (it's the truth, and I've learned to accept it), but I bristle a bit at the geek title. I'm capable of dealing with the technology that I interact with on a daily basis and I can swap a hard drive out of a computer, but I don't speak geek (or play video games all weekend in the lab with a couple of my 45+ year old there's some geeks).

Posted by md | August 8, 2007 3:02 PM

@7 - what's a hard drive? don't you have a flash drive like everyone else?

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 8, 2007 3:34 PM

Thanks for the love! It would be great to get Dan or Last Days on stage for the next one -- sometime in October.
One nit: we are more of a haphazardly quarterly event than bi-monthly.

Posted by Brady | August 8, 2007 4:20 PM

To me: geek=social misfit, nerd=smart guy. Plenty of nerds be geeks as well, but probably the minority of geeks are nerds. A lot of semi-intelligent, filthy fuckwits are in the geek community. I play D&D (and other games as well), and it can be hard to find a game with people that don't make your teeth grind. I'm smarter than the average geek myself, but not interested enough in thinking to qualify as a nerd. Nerds be cooler than geeks, let me tell you. I envy them, but not enough to get off my lazy duff and become one.

Posted by christopher | August 8, 2007 4:58 PM

Wierd. Around Tucson, geek basically just means techno-saavy, and nerd mostly refers to someone who dresses like the Revenge-of-the-Nerds stereotype.

One more thing to get used to when I move to WA in a week and a half.

Posted by supergp | August 8, 2007 7:35 PM

Nerd: an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits

Geek: 1. a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked 2. an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity

I think there should be a third definition for a nerdy geek that is well liked ...

Posted by Merriam Webster | August 8, 2007 8:51 PM

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