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Re^3: Please remember that geeks have their own social mores.

by BrowserUk (Patriarch)
on Feb 24, 2008 at 04:00 UTC ( #669816=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Please remember that geeks have their own social mores.
in thread Please remember that geeks have their own social mores.

You're no geek! Geeks don't do sports or sports fanism. And they certainly don't do valid sports analogies.


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Re^4: Please remember that geeks have their own social mores.
by Limbic~Region (Chancellor) on Feb 24, 2008 at 15:45 UTC
    BrowserUk,
    Geeks don't do sports or sports fanism.

    I still use the definition of geek as it related to the distinction between nerds and dorks that I learned back in high school.

    A dork is a social outcast. They lack all physical and social grace. While they may enjoy D&D, they have no exceptional intelligence. They are awkward in every way.

    Nerds are also socially and physically inept. The distinction, a nerd has a well above average intelligence.

    A geek is someone that you could sit next to at a bar and have no idea that they are a rocket scientist. They may not excel at sports or in the art of eloquent speech, but they don't stand out enough to initiate ridicule.

    I tend to find the profile of J Random Hacker quite accurate and would point to Physical Activity And Sports. It has been several years since I did anything resembling physical activity - but long distance running used to be my sport of choice.

    Cheers - L~R

      To me, Jocks are Scotsmen; freshmen are not women, but chase them; and I've no idea what a sophomore is except through third hand context derived from TV and Hollywood.

      So it is, that all three of the terms you differentiate, are simply youthful Americanisms who's meanings I derive only through inference from the media. Vaguely insulting terms used by one adolecent tribe to describe members of another. Generally interchangable.

      I was a fairly competent gymnast, and I can still turn a handspring or cartwheel at will, despite my advancing years. Though the fear getting it wrong is an ever stronger deterant from proving that these days. I was also pretty good at Softball for the couple of years I had the opportunity to play.

      I would never ascribe myself as belonging to any of those tribes or sub-tribes. But then, I actively shun labels, and any form of categorisation. For myself or others.

      I recognise common traits in pairs or more of people, but also differences. And the latter have always intrigued me more than the former.


      Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
      "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
      In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
Re^4: Please remember that geeks have their own social mores.
by dragonchild (Archbishop) on Feb 24, 2008 at 04:04 UTC
    Only because you're conflating understanding sports with playing sports. Geeks may not be as athletic, but all those statistics about baseball didn't come out of nowhere. Not to mention, who do you think comes up with the betting lines?! :-p

    My criteria for good software:
    1. Does it work?
    2. Can someone else come in, make a change, and be reasonably certain no bugs were introduced?
      ... who do you think comes up with the betting lines?!

      Well yeah. But using analogies that 'sports fans' will understand? That's...that's just pandering to the chattering classes.


      Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
      "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
      In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

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