Celebrate Geek Pride Day Belatedly!

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):


  1. The right to be even nerdier.
  2. The right to not leave your house.
  3. The right to not have a significant other and to be a virgin.
  4. The right to not like football or any other sport.
  5. The right to associate with other nerds.
  6. The right to have few friends (or none at all).
  7. The right to have all the nerdy friends that you want.
  8. The right to not be “in-style.”
  9. The right to be overweight and have poor eyesight.
  10. The right to show off your nerdiness.
  11. The right to take over the world.


  1. Be a nerd, no matter what.
  2. Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
  3. If there is a discussion about something nerdy, you must give your opinion.
  4. Save any and all nerdy things you have.
  5. Do everything you can to show off your nerdy stuff as though it were a “museum of nerdiness.”
  6. Don’t be a generalized nerd. You must specialize in something.
  7. Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every nerdy book before anyone else.
  8. Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
  9. Don’t waste your time on anything not related to nerddom.
  10. Befriend any person or persons bearing any physical similarities to comic book or sci-fi figures.
  11. Try to take over the world!

Ways in which I have proudly displayed my geekiness:

  1. I started my first blog at an all-weekend LAN party.
  2. I have an entire room dedicated to my sci-fi/fantasy book collection.
  3. 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.
  4. 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


2 Responses to Celebrate Geek Pride Day Belatedly!

  1. guyintheblackhat says:

    I displayed my geekdom by confessing to my entire department at a recent party that I just wrote a role-playing system and will be putting it to play-test next weekend.

  2. Dana says:

    Excellent display! It reminds me that I ended up explaining the local comics/gaming store to a coworker a couple of weeks ago, since she drives by it on the way to work and never understood why there always seemed to be so many people there.

    Hope the play-test goes well!

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