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I thought it was good, personally. Not good enough to get me to buy Kirin, non-alcoholic or no, but definitely witty.
"Busting out Hadokens all day." Haha... nice. ;)
I think the concept of geeks as a sub-culture is part of the problem. There is no coherent list of things that defines a geek. It basically just boils down to someone who is passionate about gaining knowledge. It can be about nearly anything, and often crosses into areas that the majority of people dismiss as unimportant (or embarrassing) but doesn't necessarily have to. I've always considered myself a geek given my predilections for how to spend my time. However, I think I'm much more defined by how I treat and view those around me than I am what I choose to learn (or sometimes obsess) about. I have encyclopedic Star Wars knowledge, can program in several languages (though not well), spent all my electives in highschool in various vocal performance classes, and just played in a Magic: The Gathering tournament last weekend. However, I've never had trouble with finding girlfriends, or getting bullied, or developing a large and varied circle of friends. Does that mean I'm not a geek because I didn't suffer? Does any of the knowledge I've gained in certain areas automatically make me a geek? I dunno... and I don't worry about it because I'm enjoying life and don't bother with labels. I don't mean to sound holier than thou here either. I completely understand how someone would strongly identify with something that "got them through" tough times where others in power made their lives difficult. And if having a particular set of experiences is what someone chooses to use as a definition of "geek" as a label, that's fine. I would just prefer to leave the labelling to someone else and instead spend that time/energy elsewhere. Namely, on enjoying my interests while meeting other folks and celebrating the cool things that they are interested as well. Because honestly? Who cares whether you're cool or a geek or a nerd or a jock when you can sit and talk about how awesome it was that your party barely pulled off defeating the Red Dragon via some lucky rolls? Or how much you both love acapella quartets? Or how you smiled the first time you saw "Hello World" print in bright green characters on your monitor? Who has two thumbs and doesn't give a crap? This guy. :)
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I didn't find your post to be "geekier than thou". I think people can see a lot of different things in that video. That was what made it interesting to me. In that video you see folks who are well known geeks and others that are not known to be geeks, but do seem genuine. Others that are geeky, but not in the stereotypical ways (which is all I took the D&D comment to mean). I'm not naive though... so I'm sure some folks involved probably did try and tap into the culture for PR reasons. That doesn't invalidate the project though. As an avid sci-fi/fantasy fan and gamer geek myself, I didn't find anything in the video offensive, but I could see where someone who more strongly identifies themselves with some of the "I don't X, but..." comments could. My main takeaway didn't have anything to do with validation of my choice in hobbies or lifestyle though, and I never thought "hey, I can send this to my popular friend so he can finally understand me". Instead after watching that video and poking around a bit to see what was going on with you all on Twitter, I signed up (@caffn8d). I've always written Twitter off as a waste of time and thought the "celeb chasing" stuff was ridiculous, but after browsing the contributor page and seeing @'s for everyone I reconsidered. I liked the musings that you and Felicia posted. Free entertainment and a cool way to gain some insight into the sense of humor of the folks whose work you enjoy.
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