Being Geek, Part 1 – Intro and Initial Geek Cred Rating System

Perhaps more applicable to dweebs but still humorous and geeky

I think that we geeks have long been misunderstood and confused with dweebs, dorks, and nerds. In order to put an end to the confusion and allow us geeks to raise our heads (with or without glasses) high, I decided to start a series of posts including some helpful self-analysis questions for determining Geek Cred. You see, dweebs are really geek wannabes, dorks are hopelessly anti-social , and nerds vehemently militant about nerdiness. Geeks, on the other hand, are kinder, gentler nerds. Yes, we can be arrogant at times, but our aims are for the bettering of mankind. No really! I mean, where would we be without geek devices like the MacBook Pro, the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and all the other gadgets that are part and parcel to geekitude. OK, so my definition of geek is just a tad Apple-centric but I think that is essential to the core of geek values: technology that is cool and that solves a relatively simple problem by re-inventing ways of doing things or thinking about them, reeks of geekness. In the Geek Cred system, Steve Jobs rated a perfect 100 until his untimely death last year.

To help you determine – and perhaps improve – your Geek Cred, let’s start with some basic questions and further posts this week (other than the obligatory season wraps on Californication, House of Lies, and Justified) will continue to refine the glory of geek attitude. Today’s quiz will be on the basis of 1 to 10, where 1 is “uninterested in anything even slightly geek”, 3 is “dweeb-dork”, 5 is “nerd”, 7 is “geek in training”, and 10 is, well, Steve Jobs. You get one point for each question that you can answer “yes” to, so here goes:

  1. I have been interested in computers since at least high school. Extra point if you were interested in junior high.
  2. I have written a computer program beyond main {printf(“Hello world\n”);}. You lose a point if you don’t know what this question even means.
  3. My idea of “social” extends beyond Facebook / Twitter / Jabber / Skype to actual dates with actual people including at least one multi-year monogamous relationship.
  4. At 10pm, I am often either catching up on email, playing Angry Birds, or blogging, but NOT role-playing on a PS3 or brushing my teeth.
  5. I know what a DM is and own a first edition Advanced D&D DM Guide
  6. I have been to at least one Rush concert. [My gut says that Steve went to at least one at one time or another because there is no band geekier than the 3 virtuosos from Toronto]
  7. I own at least three Apple devices (current ones – iPhone 3 doesn’t count although iPod 1st generation does because it is very geeky)
  8. I have read Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, Tolkien’s Ring Trilogy and the Hobbit, Arthur C Clarke’s 20xx series, and Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. You get one bonus point if you also read Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter.
  9. I have watched all the original Star Trek series episodes as well as all the derivative series and movies, all the Star Wars movies and know what a Ninjago is. [Nota bene: a real geek would read my blog and thus have read my Ninjago posts :)]
  10. I invented the Macintosh. [There can only be one “10”, right?]

Despite the obvious slant, I rate an “8” by this scale. I was thinking of further refinement and scaling within some of these categories to round this out to a scale of 1-100 like the one over on

So, Dear Reader, how is your Geek Cred?

Afterword: Perhaps, upon further reflection, nerd should refer to all the technically minded populations I mentioned with dweeb, dork, and geek as increasing levels of social skills and “coolness”. Well, it is open for debate, so let’s hear what you have to say!


About mfinocchiaro

IT Architecture Guru for large PLM software company but dabbling in Web 2.0 and other stuff.
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4 Responses to Being Geek, Part 1 – Intro and Initial Geek Cred Rating System

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  2. Paul says:

    As Super Geek, a must-have is the subscription on the Daily Dilbert (
    Every morning the Dilbert of today’s Herald Tribune in your mailbox.

    • mfinocchiaro says:

      True that! I am planning to make a more precise measurement and I’ll keep that in mind!
      Speaking of Dilbert, isn’t House of Lies kind of like Dilbert crossed with Californication? I love that show 😃
      Thanks for your comment.

  3. Pingback: NSFCCDP: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) – Umm, did they actually make a worst movie than the original one they were re-making? | Fino's Weblog

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