Yesterday, May 25, was Geek Pride Day, and I confess with shame that I was remiss in alerting us to the need to celebrate. The manifesto is as follows (via the Wikipedia entry linked above):
- The right to be even nerdier.
- The right to not leave your house.
- The right to not have a significant other and to be a virgin.
- The right to not like football or any other sport.
- The right to associate with other nerds.
- The right to have few friends (or none at all).
- The right to have all the nerdy friends that you want.
- The right to not be “in-style.”
- The right to be overweight and have poor eyesight.
- The right to show off your nerdiness.
- The right to take over the world.
- Be a nerd, no matter what.
- Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
- If there is a discussion about something nerdy, you must give your opinion.
- Save any and all nerdy things you have.
- Do everything you can to show off your nerdy stuff as though it were a “museum of nerdiness.”
- Don’t be a generalized nerd. You must specialize in something.
- Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every nerdy book before anyone else.
- Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
- Don’t waste your time on anything not related to nerddom.
- Befriend any person or persons bearing any physical similarities to comic book or sci-fi figures.
- Try to take over the world!
Ways in which I have proudly displayed my geekiness:
- I started my first blog at an all-weekend LAN party.
- I have an entire room dedicated to my sci-fi/fantasy book collection.
- I have been known to complain that some of the members of the Goodreads Sci-fi/Fantasy Book Club are insufficiently precise in their understanding of the definitions of various sub-genres when making suggestions for monthly themes.
- I recently saw Mike Tyson in a commercial and noticed his facial tattoos for the first time. (This proves that I am not a sports geek, because I’m told he’s had them for quite a few years now.) My first thought was that they looked like he had taken the design from the 2IC on Star Trek: Voyager. (Looking them up for reference now, I can see they’re quite different, but in my defense, the commercial was very short.)
Would you care to share some of the ways you display your geek pride?
-posted by Dana