Upgrading my geekability

When I started this Weblog, in june 2006, I took the Geektest, and scored 32.34714% – Total Geek. A month ago (almost two years later) I did it again: 36% – Major Geek! So, my geekability is growing, slowly but steady. Is there something to be worried about? I don’t think so, I’m still 64% normal (that’s the part that should trouble me).

Only a geek would waste their time on the internet, defining geek on urbandictionary.com

This quote is from the Urbandictionary, defining the word “Geek“:

Not to be confused with Nerd. A geek does not have to be smart, a Geek is someone who is generaly not athletic, and enjoys Video Games; Comic Books; being on the internet, and etc.

This is definiton #3, but there are others, like this one (#5):

Geek: An outwardly normal person who has taken the time to learn technical skills. Geeks have as normal a social life as anyone, and usually the only way to tell if someone is a geek is if they inform you of their skills.

My wife can rest assured, since Geek Dudes Rule:

Geeks are sensitive and caring lovers and husbands. If you can hang with the techno-lifestyle, they make the best mates. They are the most attractive people, not flashy or hunky, but the kind who get cuter and more alluring over time.

Wow, that is quite a compliment!
So, that makes a nice contrast with two other social groups, denoted by the terms Nerd and Dork:

Nerd: A socially awkward person who has learned technical skills due to the spare time they enjoy from being generally neglected. Their technical knowledge then leads normies to neglect them even further, leading to more development of their technical skills, more neglection, etc. This vicious cycle drives them even more into social oblivion.
Dork: A person who, although also socially awkward, doesn’t have the intelligence to fill the void with technical pursuits, like a nerd, and is forced to do mindless activities. Almost always alone. Usually with an XBox. Like playing Halo. All day. Every day. Not even understanding how the Xbox is making the pretty pictures on the screen. Very sad.

Of course there are also “normal”people. Maybe you should not want to be “normal”; for the last time I’ll quote Urbandictionary:

One of four titles used to classify someone based on their technical and social skills. The other three titles are nerd, dork, and normie. The difference between the four titles can be easily shown in table form:

……………. Technical …… Social
Title ………… Skills ……… Skills
———- —————- ————
Normie ……… No …………. Yes
Geek ……….. Yes …………. Yes
Nerd ………… Yes …………. No
Dork ………… No ………….. No

Normie: A normal person. Blah.

The point, of course, is that normal people think they have a right to label me, a geek, as being “not normal”, which is actually true – and I’m proud of it. Because being a geek is twice as good as being normal or being a nerd (if I have to choose between these categories: I’d prefer to be a nerd). It doesn’t make any sense to speak about the dork: compared to him the geek is like a singularity.
Because geeks like to classify, there is also a Geek Hierarchy Chart on the Web:

And there is the Geek Code. Hre follows mine – (you can decode it here):
Version: 3.1
GIT/MU d+ s-: a+ C++>$ UL P+ L++ !E W+++>$ N+++ o? K–? w !O !M !V PS+ PE++ Y+ !PGP t !5 X R tv- b+++>$ DI+ !D G++ e+++$ h—- r y?

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