BlueNC Geeks, Represent! - Open Thread

In a recent thread I effused about nuclear physics, partly because I'm interested in the subject and partly to defuse an acrimonious and lengthy Clinton vs. Obama exchange.

I failed in that effort, and proceeded to complain about there not being enough geeks on BlueNC.

Fortunately, that stimulated the egos of some of the geeks who are on BlueNC; they stepped up, on their own behalf and that of others who have been here much longer than I, to show their geek pride. Take this opportunity to join them!

BlueNC geeks, represent!

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I'll get the ball rolling with those who have already stood up to be counted.

[...] we have a green architect and interTubes geek (gregflynn), a military aircraft noise geek (parmea), a naval warfare and statistics geek ([James]) [...]

TrueMeckDem:

HP-48GX here with expanded memory and Survey card.

As for myself, yeesh, I'm a really stereotypical geek in a lot of ways. I'm a physics geek, a genetics and evolution geek, a space exploration geek, a (minor) aviation geek (but not wealthy enough to be a private pilot), a music theory geek, a guitar geek, a computer science geek, a philosophy geek, and I'm willing to get my hands dirty in just about any subject. I'd like to be a history geek, a film geek, and an economics geek but I don't feel I have the chops yet, so I am powerfully envious of those who are. I used to be enough of a pop culture geek to be able to laugh hysterically at Dennis Miller (back when he was funny), but I'm getting older and starting to lose my interest in what them young whippersnappers are paying attention to. And, of course, the pièce de résistance—I have been a Dungeons & Dragons player for many years.

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Oh boy...where to begin

Gardening geek, blogging geek, beginner at computer programming so really only a wannabe geek there.....I'm a parenting geek - raised two lovely geekettes. Sadly, they're both too cool to embrace their geekiness, but I have high hopes for down the road.

I hope it's OK with you that I"m about to add "open thread" to your title and front page this. We need this up there.

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No problem

No problem at all. Community-building is crucial.

...and now it's time for the live blogging!

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relocating from Indianapolis, IN to RTP, NC soon; got any advice for me?

I wouldn't recommend drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me. -- Hunter S. Thompson

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Garner, NC

I wouldn't recommend drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me. -- Hunter S. Thompson

I'm a literature geek.

and a pop culture geek - I got Dennis Miller, too, when he was funny. I would probably get him now, if I watched him, but I won't, because he's just not funny.

Other things I geek out on - Music. All kinds of it. And yes - I too have played d&d. I even taught my child how to play it.

Also, I can recite almost every Monty Python sketch. In fact, I met my very best friend in the world by being able to sing The Philospher's Song.

and so, yes. I'm weird.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Oh No you DI 'INT

No, you di'int say you were a literature geek.
NAH honey . . . I got yer literature geek righchere

and don't you even start on Monty Python -

Yer
GEEK, oh yes, my geek creds go waaaay back

Brunette (knows all those original star trek episodes)

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Hi. My name is Mike, and I'm a Monty Python geek.

Always look on the bri-ight si-ide of life ..
Dadoot, dadoot, dadooot dadoot dadoot.

pphhhhffftt-ddddddd .... "Message, Sire."

"Ahm, a lumberjack and ahm okay. I sleep all night, and I work all day."

Yes, I, ... I went to see the Holy Grail .. (sob, sniff) at the late show .... when I, (sniff) ... I was in high school. MANY TIMES!!!! AAAHhhhhhhh!!!!

(Sotto voce) Thank you, everybody. (sits down.)

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

OMG

I welcome any fresh voice -- PLEASE --- PLEASE let those who would otherwise keep their yaps shut feel that now is a good time to open up.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

two particles are walking down the street...

...and the one says: "i convinced i'm an electron."

the other says: "are you sure?"

to which the first replies: "i'm positve!"

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965

Oh...my...no you didn't

The sad thing is.....I laughed...again.

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I'm actually more of a nerd

When I was at the height of my business notoriety (15 years ago), my hometown paper did a story headlined: "Never knock a nerd."

I was named "Most Studious" in high school.
Went to the US Naval Academy to study naval engineering and political science.
I am a Star Wars geek.
And a Transformers (old school) geek.
And a gourd geek.
And a mid-century modern architecture geek.
And a writer geek.
And an OLF geek.
And a hog waste geek.
And a permanent nerd of the highest order.

Geeky scientist.

B.S. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Ph.D. Cell & Developmental Biology
Postdocs in Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Reproductive Toxicology

lasers, microscopes, software, social networks

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

that's not geeky... that's

that's not geeky... that's impressive!

Levi

Heya Folks!

My name is Ben, and I do IT and web work for a publisher in Cary. My wife works for a library. We have lots of books ;-)

I'm a big music geek, and write and record some instrumental pieces every now and then. (Right now I'm listening to my new Mars Volta album that arrived tonight. It comes on a wooden USB stick shaped like a triangular Ouija Board pointer, which Wikipedia tells me is called a planchette. You learn something new every day).

And I have a much neglected level 70 Warlock on the World of Warcraft server Medivh. Too busy for video games these days ;-)

Geeks of the world...

What could be geekier than working in politics? I get home from working 10 hours and read Politico and Blue NC for a good time. Seriously? When did I become that guy? It happened really slowly, Oh but it happened.
I also love Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.... and I'm 33.
Oh. I also really love Shakespeare and read him often.
Thanks for encouraging everyone to embrace their inner geekiness.
I feel better.

Levi

Welcome!

Glad you're speaking out......if you're a political geek, this is a great place to hang out. I am a Harry Potter fan and I'm 45. It started when I read the books to make sure they were kid-friendly. I was hooked.



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Geek creds from waaaay back

when I wore corrective shoes because my feet turned inward, glasses because of my nearsightedness, and braces for my buck-teeth. And I was small and skinny, and had to wear suspenders to hold up the pleated skirt on my school uniform longer than the other girls because I was slow to get curves.

Also, like my sister, I was labeled a geek because I always had my nose stuck in a book. Still do, except when I'm killing time with fellow political geeks on these blogs.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

You know - except for the tall and skinny part,

we might be sisters. Or at least related somewhere on the geek tree.

I was teased mercilessly in school because I would rather read than date. And I always had a book with me - or four, that I was reading for pleasure, because I had already read the ones for school.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Not TALL -- small

I believe the word "shrimp" was often employed.

I didn't get teased for not wanting to date because everyone figured that it wasn't a realistic option for me.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

I misread!

Then we might actually be sisters.

The world should be afraid, very afraid.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

W00t, geeks!

I'm an anime geek (an otaku, y'all). I'm an officer in the UNC anime club (since, uh, 2002 maybe?) and I volunteer at Animazement every year.

I'm a sci-fi geek. You should see my bookshelf. I've gone to Dragon*Con twice, and I'm going again this year. Can't wait!

I'm a costuming nerd, with a focus on the Victorian era (subfocus natural form (1878-83) and Belle Epoch (1890-1900)).

Probably not strong enough creds but...

I have all the Hallmark Star Trek Christmas ornaments- about 20 years worth.

Styx is one of my favorite bands

I know lots of things about trains and tanks.

I play video games online and used to be a member of an online battle clan. At one point I was ranked in the top 200 in the world without cheating.

That qualifies : )

As for video games, I used to play that DOS-based game back in the early 80s where all the characters were X and # and @ and it was text based with pipes (|) for the gameboard. I remember we were so proud when we hacked it to give ourselves level 99 magic.

; )

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

oh.my.goddess!



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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The good old days.




When I spent Christmas copying a 23 page BASIC code to make a roulette game on my TI-99. Now,I didn't have a modem and my method of saving was a cassette player. Yes, a cassette player.


This wasn't the one we hacked through, that was this one, the TRS80 Model IV




Man, I have such good memories of that computer. Learning code, games, math problems.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Not quite a laptop, eh?



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Notice the cool "unicase"

They were years ahead of Steve Jobs and his iMac.

I like how the name of this photo is "Ancient Imac"

Ha!

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Cassette

Oh yes! I remember typing in Basic games from magazines into what I recall being called the "TRS-80 Color Computer." It was complete with a "chiclet" keyboard. After all those hours of typing, then you got to go debug and fix your typos...

Nethack?

Or maybe Rogue?

Rogue-like is still used to describe dungeon-crawl games.

Rogue, i'm almost sure it was rogue.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Bask in the aura of geekness

Star Trek (with the Shatner, Nimoy and Kelley. Accept no substitutes.

LotR (Long before it was a movie)

Harry Potter

Doctor Who (from Tom Baker to David Tennant, and the FOX movie inbetween)

Computers - RS-Mod III/IV, Apple IIC, IBM XT, Wells American 286-16, Five Star 386-20, Compaq 486, and system I built myself since 1990. AN MCSE, MCP, and CNA from the day Novell ruled the networks.

Software - PageMaker from 3.x on, R:Base the first SQL program for the PC, MultiPlan, Wordstar, Scripsit, TurboKey, Quattro Pro, WordPerfect, Office, ProComm, FireFox, Thunderbird, and dozens more.

OS - TRSDOS 6.x, AppleDOS, DOS (2.x - 7.x), Windows (1.0 - XP) Windows Servers (NT - Server 2003).

Blogging (since 2002)

Politics (paying attention closely since 1991)

Activism - eVoting (I actually coined the term "black box voting" ), civil rights, privacy rights, and human rights issues (though arguably the first two should be encompassed by the third)

General Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy - Babylon 5, BSG, Star Wars (not the recent crap. Lucas can call me when he casts an actor 1/1000 as good as Harrison Ford), Six Million Dollar Man, Kolchak, Xena, UFO, Buck Rogers, Romero's zombie flicks, Shaun of the Dead, Forbidden Planet, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, Alien, Questor, Wild Wild West, Night of the Demon, Torchwood, BUCKAROO BANZAI!!!!, and hundreds more.

Comedy - MST3K, Weird Al, Monty Python, Dan Bern, Stephen Lynch, Corky & the Juice Pigs, Blazing Saddles, The Producers (way back before anybody paid attention to it), IT Crowd, Dave Allen at Large, Are You Being Served?, Tom Lehrer, Lewis Black, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Bill Maher, Third Rock from the Sun, George Carlin, Cheech & Chong, The Marx Brothers, Top Secret, Student Bodies, Yes, Minister, Yes, Prime Minister, Jeeves & Wooster, Black Adder, and many, many, many more.

Trek Fandon - Conventions, costumes, zines (wrote my first on at 12), clubs, art)

Lit - I, Claudius, The Twelve Caesars, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Alas Babylon, Fail Safe, MacBeth, Hamlet, Walden, 1984, Animal Farm, Handmaid's Tale, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Flowers for Algernon, Importance of Being Ernest, and shelves more.

OK, got to stop before I spaz out completely.

Liberalism as a badge of honor! No excuses, no apologies.

Liberalism as a badge of honor!
No apologies, no excuses.

Funny ... and very cool

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

H & R Block ripped me off

Just got done filing my taxes online. After H & R Block promised, promised, promised me that their online service was ABSOLUTELY free, right at the very end of the process they charged me $30. So I either got to pay $30 or do it all over again.

H & R Block, Liberty Tax, and Jackson Hewitt are all some real scam artists. Do you know that they lobby the federal government to make taxes more arcane and a pain in the ass, hence you're more likely to use their service? They also try to prevent the government from making VITA accessible to more people, again so they can profit.

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McCain - The Third Bush Term

North Carolina Community Reinvestment Association

Here's a link to the North Carolina Community Reinvestment Association, which does some work educating people about H&R Block sketchy business practices. cra-nc.org/hrblock_needsreform.htm

They also publish this calendar of busted mobile homes to raise money to reform the housing law on mobile homes. Mobile home owners have the worst of all worlds: they have all the responsibilities of a mortgage holder, while still usually having to deal with a landlord's often arbitrary fees and decrees (and attempts to sell the property out from underneath them). We need new legislation to protect mobile home owners.

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McCain - The Third Bush Term

I am pretty sure that's why

I am pretty sure that's why they are referred to as H&R Shock

Levi

Mac | Bike | Beemer Geek + Music Freak

Mac Geek: Pixel pusher by trade, began working on the boards when PostScript was just code. Started using Macs before the dark days in the mid-90s. Now I live in CS3 and use the Internets to keep my sanity.

Bike geek: A shed full of bikes and a new one (early 90s GT SS) under construction. I try to get out and ride a couple of times each week on local trails.

Beemer Geek: Nearly 200K on two wheels. Looking forward to a ride out to Gillette, WY to meet up with about 7K other beemerphiles this summer.

Music Freak: Love listening to rock/country/alt/psych/indie/etc. whenever I'm working. Wish iTunes handled large libraries better.

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We are losing 100,000 acres of prime forest, farmlands and open spaces for parks and recreation to development each year.

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You haven't left comments very often

If I didn't do it before, I'll do it now.....Welcome to BlueNC. I received my first Mac for Christmas last year - an iMac - and I've loved it so much we bought my 9th grader a Macbook for Christmas this year. My Dell PC is cold and lonely up in the office all alone.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Thanks Betsy!

I try to stay up on NC politics through BlueNC. Without it, I would never have learned of Marshall Adame, Jim Neal, Larry Kissell and others that make me proud to live in NC. I enjoy the respect that is given to all posters, even the trolls. Too many political sites turn into shouting matches. Anyhow, thanks for the welcome.

Macs are that way. I've just bought a MacBook so I can retire a ThinkPad. The best thing is that if I need Windows, I can run it on this laptop without skipping a beat.

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We are losing 100,000 acres of prime forest, farmlands and open spaces for parks and recreation to development each year.

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"Jesus was a community organizer while Pontius Pilate was governor."
--Jim Hightower

New generation of geeks

Just returned from painting the 16' long wall in the my Grand-nephews bedroom in CT. The planets, the Millennium Falcon and some X-wing fighters for the six year old Alex who loves the Gameboy Star Wars.

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Gorgeous!

Lucky nephews!

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Wow! How much do you charge for football players!!!!

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Beautiful!

...and the wall isn't bad either!

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Thank you.

Alex is amazing. He just turned 6 and he's reading like he's in the 2nd grade. We got to write "The Poopeyhead Poem" together and had a chance to bond this time since my brother (aka Grandpa) wasn't there to grab all the attention. I even got 2 hugs from Andrew the 3 year old whirling dervish.

Awwwww

What a happy time. Good for him with his reading. I have two readers and it has served them well. The best part is they are easily entertained. The worst part is we can't keep them in books.



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How about a World War 2 gaming geek?

And more ...

Back in the 80's I played WW2 board games, Star Fleet Battles (Star Trek ship v. ship combat) and Dungeons and Dragons.

About 20 years ago I said to my friends "What we need are really fast computers that will let us captain our star ship/country/characters but be linked into the overall game we are playing at the time." (That's true.)

Guess what computer games I like to play now .... and now I can link over the net with those same friends and play away ....

(Actually it's just a safe outlet for my meglomania. Muhahahahaha ...)

:)

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Ladies and Gentleman,

this man is running for office.

Thank God.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi