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"Well, now that we have seen each other, said the Unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you. Is that a bargain?"
Lewis Carrol, Through the Looking Glass

Embracing Geekness

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.” - Simon Pegg

So, yes, I'm a geek. I'm also fairly nerdy, with lots of academic interests (mostly in the humanities). I married a man I met on the net, and he happens to be a computer professional (programmer, but also occasionally a system administrator and web developer, and lately goes by the job title "Research Engineer" of all things). When I go into a store that sells computer components, and I make the MonkeyTech noise (it goes sort of like "Ohh, oooh, oooooh, ooooooh," and usually involves something like drooling). Oh, yeah, we also maintain our own Ubuntu server and I used to work as a support tech at a reasonably large ISP (back in the days when ISPs had in-house tech support).

I've been on the net since 1993. I designed my first web page using Pico in a Unix shell, and it was entirely vanilla because I didn't have a SL/IP connection (later, of course, the standard went to PPP before moving on to various flavors of broadband). My first graphical page was designed in early 1994 for Netscape 1.1. I met my husband online in 1994. In 1998, I started my own web design business (although I had done casual web design work previously).

Most of my technical expertise is in HTML and with graphics. I make jokes in hexidecimal code and in HTML. I can talk at some length about the problems of using anti-aliasing with variously colored backgrounds and how this affects text if/when you try to put it on a different background color. I have been known to sit for a couple hours playing with special effects in a graphics program, or hand editing a digital picture, pixel by pixel, and liking it, and I have literally dozens of graphics filters installed (although I only use about half of them regularly). I'm also an admitted fontaholic with 2500+ fonts on my hard drive (many of them dingbat fonts), and I have no intention of seeking help for the condition (nor do I have any intention of loading them all into memory at one time).

And while there's not much on my web design site these days (because I don't really take on new clients and only do specific work for specific people), I do still maintain elizabyte digital art and add new pieces when I get the time to make some.

In addition to all that digital/computer stuff, I'm very much a Geek of Humanities, and tend to go on at some length and quite enthusiastically about such subjects as history (particularly English history) and art, and, not coincidentally, art history. I'm currently working on a degree in Ancient History, and, not surprisingly, I'm doing it online. (Yay for the internet, eh?)

Here's my very own Geek Code (v. 3.1):

-----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK-----
Version: 3.1
GH d-@ s:+ a C++ U++++ P+ E---- W+++@$ N K w(+)@$ 
O- PS+() PGP t()+ R* tv(+)@ b(+)++@ G e* r+++ x+++(++++)
------END GEEK CODE BLOCK------    

Want to decode the above?

So, yeah, I'm a nerdgirl, and a geek. And, as Simon Pegg notes, it is liberating. This is me, this is what I do, this is what I like. And that's the size of it.

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