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The Code of the Geeks v3.1 Generator

Last updated: July 12, 1995



Instructions



The geek code consists of several categories. Each category is labeled
with a letter and some qualifiers. Go through each category and determine
which set of qualifiers best describes you in that category. By selecting
the right qualifiers and submitting this form, you are able to construct
your overall geek code. It is this single line of code that will inform
other geeks the world over of what a great geek you actually are.

Some of the qualifiers will very probably not match with you exactly. It
is impossible to cover all possibilities in each category. Simply choose
that qualifier that most closely matches you. Also, some activities
described in a specific qualifier you may not engage in, while you do
engage in others. Each description of each qualifier describes the wide
range of activities that apply, so as long as you match with one, you can
probably use that qualifier.



Variables



Geeks can seldom be strictly quantified. To facilitate the fact that
within any one category the geek may not be able determine a specific
rating, variables have been designed to allow this range to be included.


In each category, there will be four buttons right after the category
description. Each is described here.

@
for this variable, said trait is not very rigid, may change
with time or with individual interaction. For example,
Geeks who happen to very much enjoy Star Trek: The Next
Generation, but dislike the old 60’s series might list
themselves as t++@.
$
Indicates that this particular category is done for a
living. For example, UL+++$ indicates that the person
utilizes Unix and gets paid for it. Quite a lucky geek,
for sure.
?
Unless stated otherwise within the specific category, the ?
is placed after the category identifier and indicates that the
geek has no knowledge about that specific category. For
example, a person that has never even heard of Babylon 5,
would list their Babylon 5 category as 5?
!
Placed BEFORE the category. Unless stated otherwise,
indicates that the person refuses to participate in this
category. This is unlike the ? variable as the ? indicates
lack of knowledge, while the ! indicates stubborn refusal to
participate. For example, !E would be a person that just
plain refuses to have anything to do with Emacs, while E?
would be a person that doesn’t even know what Emacs is.

For each qualifier in a category, there are three buttons. The first
button is manditory for the category. This is your baseline rating in
the category. The second two buttons are optional and may be used to
modify the baseline rating. Those modifiers are described below

()
for indicating “cross-overs” or ranges. Geeks who go from
C+ to C— depending on the situation (i.e. mostly “c+”) could
use C+(—). @ is different from () in that () has finite
limits within the category, while @ ranges all over.
>
for ‘wannabe’ ratings. Indicating that while the geek is
currently at one rating, they are striving to reach another.
For example, C->$ indicating a geek that is currently
computer savvy, but wants to someday make money at it.


Types of Geeks



Geeks come in many flavors. The flavors relate to the vocation (or, if a
student, what they are training in) of the particular geek. To start a
code, a geek must declare himself or herself to be a geek. To do this,
simply choose the button which denotes your occupation or field of study.
Multi-talented geeks with more than one vocational training should click
on all applicable areas (For those with many areas, the GAT check box
might be for you).

GB — Geek of Business

GC — Geek of Classics

GCA — Geek of Commercial Arts

GCM — Geek of Computer
Management

GCS — Geek of Computer
Science

GCC — Geek of Communications

GE — Geek of Engineering

GED — Geek of Education

GFA — Geek of Fine Arts

GG — Geek of Government

GH — Geek of Humanities

GIT — Geek of Information
Technology

GJ — Geek of
Jurisprudence (Law)

GLS — Geek of Library Science

GL — Geek of Literature

GMC — Geek of Mass
Communications

GM — Geek of Math

GMD — Geek of Medicine

GMU — Geek of Music

GPA — Geek of Performing Arts

GP — Geek of Philosophy

GS — Geek of Science
(Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.)

GSS — Geek of Social
Science (Psychology, Sociology, etc.)

GTW — Geek of Technical
Writing

GO — Geek of Other. Some
types of geeks deviate from the
normal geek activities. This is encouraged as true geeks
come from all walks of life.

GU — Geek of
‘Undecided’. This is a popular vocation with
incoming freshmen.

G! — Geek of no
qualifications. A rather miserable existence, you would think.

GAT — Geek of All Trades.
For those geeks that can do
anything and everything. GAT usually precludes the use
of other vocational descriptors.


Appearance




Dress

It is said that “clothes make the man”. Well, I understood that I was made
by a mommy and a daddy (and there’s even a category to describe the process
below!). Maybe the people who made up that saying aren’t being quite that
literal…

For this variable I vary
wildly.

I get paid for my involvement in
fashion.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement in fashion.

()
>
d++

I tend to wear conservative dress such as a business suit or worse,
a tie.

()
>
d+

Good leisure-wear. Slacks, button-shirt, etc. No jeans,
tennis shoes, or t-shirts.

()
>
d

I dress a lot like those found in catalog ads. Bland,
boring, without life or meaning.

()
>
d-

I’m usually in jeans and a t-shirt.

()
>
d–

My t-shirts go a step further and have a trendy political
message on them.

()
>
d—

Punk dresser, including, but not limited to, torn jeans
and shirts, body piercings, and prominent tattoos.
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dx
Cross Dresser
d?
I have no idea what I am wearing right now, let alone
what I wore yesterday.
!d
No clothing. Quite a fashion statement, don’t you think?
dpu
I wear the same clothes all the time, no matter the
occasion, forgetting to do laundry between wearings.

Shape

Geeks come in many shapes and sizes. Shape code is divided into two parts.
The first indicates height, while the second indicates roundness.

Height

()
>
s+++

I usually have to duck through doors.

()
>
s++

I’m a basketball candidate.

()
>
s+

I’m a little taller than most.

()
>
s

I’m a geek of average height.

()
>
s-

I look up to most people.

()
>
s–

I look up to damn near everybody.

()
>
s—

I take a phone book with me when I go out so I can
see to eat dinner.
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Roundness

()
>
s+++

I take up three movie seats.

()
>
s++

I’m a linebacker candidate.

()
>
s+

I’m a little rounder than most.

()
>
s

I’m a geek of average roundness.

()
>
s-

Everyone tells me to gain a few pounds.

()
>
s–

I tend to have to fight against a strong breeze.

()
>
s—

My bones are poking through my skin.
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Reset wannabe rating.

Age

The only way to become a true geek is through practice and experience. To
this end, your age becomes an important part of your geekiness. Use the
qualifiers below to show your age (in Terran years). Also, please use
BASE 10 numbers.

a+++
60 and up
a++
50-59
a+
40-49
a
30-39
a-
25-29
a–
20-24
a—
15-19
a—-
10-14
a—–
9 and under (Geek is training?)
a?
immortal
!a
it’s none of your business how old I am


Computers




Computers

Most geeks identify themselves by their use of computers and computer
networks. In order to quantify your geekiness level on computers, consult
the following (consider the term ‘computers’ synonymous with ‘computer
network’). This category represents “general” computer aptitude.
Categories below will get into specifics.

For this variable I vary widely.

I get paid to use computers.

I’d like to get paid to use
computers.

I don’t know what a computer is.

I refuse to use computers.

()
>
C++++

I’ll be first in line to get the new cybernetic interface
installed into my skull.

()
>
C+++

You mean there is life outside of Internet? You’re shittin’
me! I haven’t dragged myself to class in weeks.

()
>
C++

Computers are a large part of my existence. When I get up
in the morning, the first thing I do is log myself in. I
play games or mud on weekends, but still manage to stay
off of academic probation.

()
>
C+

Computers are fun and I enjoy using them. I play a mean
game of DOOM! and can use a word processor without resorting
to the manual too often. I know that a 3.5″ disk is not a
hard disk. I also know that when it says ‘press any key to
continue’, I don’t have to look for a key labeled ‘ANY’.

()
>
C

Computers are a tool, nothing more. I use it when it serves
my purpose.

()
>
C-

Anything more complicated than my calculator and I’m screwed.

()
>
C–

Where’s the on switch?

()
>
C—

If you even mention computers, I will rip your head off!
Reset cross-over rating.

Reset wannabe rating.

UNIX

It seems that a Unix-based operating system is the OS of choice among most
geeks. In addition to telling us about your unix abilities, you can also
show which specific unix OS you are using. To accomplish this, you include
a letter showing the brand with your rating. For example: UL++++ would
indicate a sysadmin running Linux.

For this variable I vary widely.

I get paid to use UNIX.

I’d like to get paid to use UNIX.

I don’t know what UNIX is.

I refuse to use UNIX.

B – BSD (use this unless your BSDish system is mentioned below)

L – Linux

U – Ultrix

A – AIX

V – SysV

H – HPUX

I – IRIX

O – OSF/1 (aka Digital Unix)

S – Sun OS/Solaris

C – SCO Unix

X – NeXT

* – Some other one not listed

()
>
U++++

I am the sysadmin. If you try and crack my machine don’t be
surprised if the municipal works department gets an
“accidental” computer-generated order to put start a new
landfill on your front lawn or your quota is reduced to 4K.

()
>
U+++

I don’t need to crack /etc/passwd because I just modified
su so that it doesn’t prompt me. The admin staff doesn’t
even know I’m here. If you don’t understand what I just
said, this category does NOT apply to you!

()
>
U++

I’ve get the entire admin ticked off at me because I am
always using all of the CPU time and trying to run programs
that I don’t have access to. I’m going to try cracking
/etc/passwd next week, just don’t tell anyone.

()
>
U+

I not only have a Unix account, but I slam VMS any chance get.

()
>
U

I have a Unix account to do my stuff in

()
>
U-

I have a VMS account.

()
>
U–

I’ve seen Unix and didn’t like it. DEC rules!

()
>
U—

Unix geeks are actually nerds in disguise.
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Perl

If you enjoy at least U++ status you have to know about Perl, so you
might as well rate yourself in this sub-category. Non-Unix geeks don’t
know what they’re missing.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid to program Perl.

I’d like to get paid to program Perl.

()
>
P+++++

I am Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, or Randal Schwartz.

()
>
P++++

I don’t write Perl, I speak it. Perl has superseded all
other programming languages. I firmly believe that all
programs can be reduced to a Perl one-liner. I use Perl to
achieve U+++ status.

()
>
P+++

Perl is a very powerful programming tool. Not only do I no
longer write shell scripts, I also no longer use awk or
sed. I use Perl for all programs of less than a thousand
lines.

()
>
P++

Perl is a powerful programming tool. I don’t write shell
scripts anymore because I write them in Perl.

()
>
P+

I know of perl. I like perl. I just haven’t learned much
perl, but it is on my agenda.

()
>
P

I know Perl exists, but that’s all.

()
>
P-

What’s Perl got that awk and sed don’t have?

()
>
P–

Perl users are sick, twisted programmers who are just showing off.

()
>
P—

Perl combines the power of sh, the clarity of sed, and the
performance of awk with the simplicity of C. It should be
banned.
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P?
What’s Pearl?
!P
Our paranoid admin won’t let us install Perl! Says it’s a
“hacking tool”.

Linux

Linux is a hacker-written operating system virtually identical to unix. It
originally and continues to run on your standard 386/486/Pentium PC, but has
also been ported to other systems. Because it is still a young OS, and
because it is continually evolving from hacker changes and support, it is
important that the geek list his Linux ability.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid to work with Linux.

I’d like to get paid to work with
Linux.

What’s Linux?

()
>
L+++++

I am Linus, grovel before me.

()
>
L++++

I am a Linux wizard. I munch C code for breakfast and have
enough room left over for a kernel debugging. I have so
many patches installed that I lost track about ten versions
ago. Linux newbies consider me a net.god.

()
>
L+++

I use Linux exclusively on my system. I monitor
comp.os.linux.* and even answer questions sometimes.

()
>
L++

I use Linux ALMOST exclusively on my system. I’ve given
up trying to achieve Linux.God status, but welcome the OS
as a replacement for DOS. I only boot to DOS to play games.

()
>
L+

I’ve managed to get Linux installed and even used it a few
times. It seems like it is just another OS.

()
>
L

I know what Linux is, but that’s about all

()
>
L-

I have no desire to use Linux and frankly don’t give a rats
patootie about it. There are other, better, operating
systems out there. Like Mac, DOS, or Amiga-OS. Or,
better yet even, would be another free Unix OS like FreeBSD.

()
>
L–

Unix sucks. Because Linux = Unix. Linux Sucks. I worship
Bill Gates.

()
>
L—

I am Bill Gates.
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Emacs

GNU Emacs is the do-all be-everything editor/operating system available
for just about every computer architecture out there.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid to use Emacs.

I’d like to get paid to use Emacs.

What’s Emacs?

I don’t use Emacs.

()
>
E+++

Emacs is my login shell!! M-x doctor is my psychologist!
I use emacs to control my TV and toaster oven! All you
vi people don’t know what you’re missing! I read
alt.relgion.emacs, alt.sex.emacs, and comp.os.emacs.

()
>
E++

I know and use elisp regularly!

()
>
E+

Emacs is great! I read my mail and news with it!

()
>
E

Yeah, I know what emacs is, and use it as my regular
editor.

()
>
E-

Emacs is too big and bloated for my tastes

()
>
E–

Emacs is just a fancy word processor

()
>
E—

Emacs sucks! vi forever!!!

()
>
E—-

Emacs sucks! pico forever!!!
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World Wide Web

It’s relatively new. It’s little understood. Everybody’s doing it. How
much of a web-surfer are you?

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement
with the Web.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with the Web.

What’s the Web?

I don’t use the web.

()
>
W+++

I am a WebMaster. Don’t even think about trying to view
my homepage without the latest version of Netscape. When
I’m not on my normal net connection, I surf the web using
my Newton and a cellular modem.

()
>
W++

I have a homepage. I surf daily. My homepage is
advertised in my .signature.

()
>
W+

I have the latest version of Netscape, and wander the web
only when there’s something specific I’m looking for.

()
>
W

I have a browser and a connection. Occasionally I’ll use
them.

()
>
W-

The web is really a pain. Life was so much easier when
you could transfer information by simple ASCII. Now
everyone won’t even consider your ideas unless you spiff
them up with bandwidth-consuming pictures and pointless
information links.

()
>
W–

A pox on the Web! It wastes time and bandwidth and just
gives the uneducated morons a reason to clutter the
Internet.
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USENET News

Usenet, a global collection of flaming opinions and senseless babble, was
designed as a way to eat up precious spool space on a system’s hard drive.
It also is a way for people to distribute pornography.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement
with USENET.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with USENET.

What’s USENET?

I don’t use USENET.

()
>
N++++

I am Tim Pierce

()
>
N+++

I read so many news groups that the next batch of news
comes in before I finish reading the last batch, and I
have to read for about 2 hours straight before I’m caught
up on the morning’s news. Then there’s the afternoon…

()
>
N++

I read all the news in a select handful of groups.

()
>
N+

I read news recreationally when I have some time to kill.

()
>
N

Usenet News? Sure, I read that once

()
>
N-

News is a waste of my time and I avoid it completely

()
>
N–

News sucks! ‘Nuff said.

()
>
N—

I work for Time Magazine.

()
>
N—-

I am a Scientologist.

()
>
N*

All I do is read news
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USENET Oracle

With the advent of the electronic age, and especially high-speed e-mail
communication, the spirit of the Oracles found a new outlet, and we now
recognize another great Oracle, the Usenet Oracle.

For more information, check out the newsgroups rec.humor.oracle and rec.humor.oracle.d or the FTP archives
at cs.indiana.edu:/pub/oracle.
Additional information and instructions can be found by sending an email
message with the subject of ‘help’ to oracle@cs.indiana.edu.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement
with the USENET Oracle.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with the USENET Oracle.

What’s the USENET Oracle?

I don’t consult the USENET Oracle.

()
>
o+++++

I am Steve Kinzler

()
>
o++++

I am an active Priest.

()
>
o+++

I was a Priest, but have retired.

()
>
o++

I have made the Best Of Oracularities.

()
>
o+

I have been incarnated at least once.

()
>
o

I’ve submitted a question, but it has never been incarnated.

()
>
o-

I sent my question to the wrong group and got flamed.

()
>
o–

Who needs answers from a bunch of geeks anyhow?
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Kibo

Kibo is. That is all that can be said. If you don’t understand, read
alt.religion.kibology

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement
with Kibo.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with Kibo.

What’s Kibo?

I intentionally avoid Kibo.

()
>
K++++++

I am Kibo

()
>
K+++++

I’ve had sex with Kibo

()
>
K++++

I’ve met Kibo

()
>
K+++

I’ve gotten mail from Kibo

()
>
K++

I’ve read Kibo

()
>
K+

I like Kibo

()
>
K

I know who Kibo is

()
>
K-

I don’t know who Kibo is

()
>
K–

I dislike Kibo

()
>
K—

I am currently hunting Kibo down with the intent of ripping
his still-beating heart out of his chest and showing it
to him as he dies

()
>
K—-

I am Xibo
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Microsoft Windows

A good many geeks suffer through the use of various versions of MicroSoft
Windows running on or as a replacement for DOS. Rate
your Windows Geekiness.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement with
Windows.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with Windows.

What’s Windows?

I don’t use Windows.

()
>
w+++++

I am Bill Gates

()
>
w++++

I have Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT, and Windows NT
Advanced Server all running on my SMP RISC machine. I
haven’t seen daylight in six months.

()
>
w+++

I am a MS Windows programming god. I wrote a VxD driver to
allow MS Windows and DOS to share the use of my waffle iron.
P.S. Unix sux.

()
>
w++

I write MS Windows programs in C and think about using C++
someday. I’ve written at least one DLL.

()
>
w+

I have installed my own custom sounds, wallpaper, and screen
savers so my PC walks and talks like a fun house. Oh yeah,
I have a hundred TrueType(tm) fonts that I’ve installed but
never used. I never lose Minesweeper and Solitaire

()
>
w

Ok, so I use MS Windows, I don’t have to like it.

()
>
w-

I’m still trying to install MS Windows and have at least one
peripheral that never works right

()
>
w–

MS Windows is a joke operating system. Hell, it’s not
even an operating system. NT is Not Tough enough for me
either. 95 is how may times it will crash an hour.

()
>
w—

Windows has set back the computing industry by at least 10
years. Bill Gates should be drawn, quartered, hung, shot,
poisoned, disembowelled, and then REALLY hurt.
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OS/2

The operating system that looks a lot like Windows, acts a lot like
Windows, but is much better than Windows.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement
with OS/2.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with OS/2.

What’s the OS/2?

I don’t use OS/2.

()
>
O+++

I live, eat and breathe OS/2. All of my hard drives are
HPFS. I am the Anti-Gates.

()
>
O++

I use OS/2 for all my computing needs. I use some DOS
and Windows programs, but rune them under OS/2. If the
program won’t run under OS/2, then obviously I don’t need
it.

()
>
O+

I keep a DOS partition on my hard drive “just in case”.
I’m afraid to try HPFS.

()
>
O

I finally managed to get OS/2 installed but wasn’t too
terribly impressed.

()
>
O-

Tried it, didn’t like it.

()
>
O–

I can’t even get the thing to install!

()
>
O—

Windows RULES!!! Long live Bill Gates. (See w++++)

()
>
O—-

I am Bill Gates of Borg. OS/2 is irrelevant.
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Macintosh

Many geeks have abandoned the character-based computer altogether and
moved over to the macintosh. It in important to give notification of your
Mac rating.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my
involvement with Macs.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with Macs.

What’s a Mac?

I don’t use a Mac.

()
>
M++

I am a Mac guru. Anything those dos putzes and unix
nerds can do, I can do better, and if not, I’ll write
the damn software to do it.

()
>
M+

A Mac has it’s uses and I use it quite often.

()
>
M

I use a Mac, but I’m pretty indifferent about it.

()
>
M-

Macs suck. All real geeks have a character prompt.

()
>
M–

Macs do more than suck. They make a user stupid by
allowing them to use the system without knowing what
they are doing. Mac weenies have lower IQs than the
fuzz in my navel.
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VMS

Many geeks use the VMS operating system by DEC for all of their mainframe
and network activity.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid to use VMS.

I’d like to get paid to use VMS.

What’s the VMS?

I don’t use VMS.

()
>
V+++

I am a VMS sysadmin. I wield far more power than those
UNIX admins, because UNIX can be found on any dweeb’s
desktop. Power through obscurity is my motto.

()
>
V++

Unix is a passing fad compared to the real power in the
universe, my VMS system.

()
>
V+

I tend to like VMS better than Unix

()
>
V

I’ve used VMS.

()
>
V-

Unix is much better than VMS for my computing needs.

()
>
V–

I would rather smash my head repeatedly into a brick wall
than suffer the agony of working with VMS. It’s
reminiscent of a dead and decaying pile of moose droppings.
Unix rules the universe.
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Politics




Political and Social Issues

We live is a society where everyone not only has a right to, but is
expected to, whine and complain about everyone else. Rate where, in
general, your political views on different social issues fall.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid to have social views.

I’d like to get paid to have social
views.

Politics? Society? What are they?

I don’t have any social views.

()
>
PS+++

Legalize drugs! Abolish the government. “Fuck the draft!”

()
>
PS++

I give to liberal causes. I march for gay rights. I’m a
card carrying member of the ACLU. Keep abortion safe and
legal.

()
>
PS+

My whole concept of liberalism is that nobody has the
right to tell anybody else what to do, on either side of
the political fence. If you don’t like it, turn the
bloody channel.

()
>
PS

I really don’t have an opinion; nobody’s messing with my
freedoms right now.

()
>
PS-

Label records! Keep dirty stuff off the TV and the
Internet.

()
>
PS–

Oppose sex education, abortion rights, gay rights.
Rush Limbaugh is my spokesman.

()
>
PS—

Repent left-wing sinners and change your wicked evil ways.
Buchanan/Robertson in ’96.
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Politics and Economic Issues

Social and economic attitudes are seldom on the same side of the
political fence. Of course, most geeks don’t really care much about
economics; having no money left after buying new computer toys.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid to deal with economic issues.

I’d like to get paid to deal with
economic issues.

Economics? What’s that?

I don’t care about economics.

()
>
PE+++

Abolish antitrust legislation. Raise taxes on everyone
but the rich so that the money can trickle-down to the
masses.

()
>
PE++

Keep the government off the backs of businesses.
Deregulate as much as possible.

()
>
PE+

Balance the budget with spending cuts and an amendment.

()
>
PE

Distrust both government and business.

()
>
PE-

It’s ok to increase government spending, so we can help
more poor people. Tax the rich! Cut the defense budget!

()
>
PE–

Capitalism is evil! Government should provide the
services we really need. Nobody should be rich.
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Cypherpunk

With the birth of the overused buzzword “The Information Superhighway”,
concerns over privacy from evil governmental bad-guys{tm} has led to the
formation of of an unofficial, loosely organized band of civil
libertarians who spend much of their time discussing how to ensure privacy
in the information future. This group is known by some as “cypherpunks”
(by others, as anarchistic subversives). To this end, tell us how punkish
you are.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid to be a cypherpunk.

I’d like to get paid to be a
cypherpunk.

What’s a cypherpunk?

I am not a cypherpunk.

()
>
Y+++

I am T.C. May

()
>
Y++

I am on the cypherpunks mailing list and active around
Usenet. I never miss an opportunity to talk about the
evils of Clipper and ITAR and the NSA. Orwell’s 1984 is
more than a story, it is a warning to our’s and future
generations. I’m a member of the EFF.

()
>
Y+

I have an interest and concern in privacy issues, but in
reality I am not really all that active or vocal.

()
>
Y

I’m pretty indifferent on the whole issue.

()
>
Y-

It seems to me that all of these concerns are a little
extreme. I mean, the government must be able to protect
itself from criminals and the populace from indecent
speech.

()
>
Y–

Get a life. The only people that need this kind of
protection are people with something to hide. I think
cypherpunks are just a little paranoid.

()
>
Y—

I am L. Detweiler.
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PGP

Pretty Good Privacy (aka PGP) is a program available on many platforms
that will encrypt files so that prying eyes (particularly governmental)
can’t look at them.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid to use PGP.

I’d like to get paid to use PGP.

What’s PGP?

I don’t use PGP.

()
>
PGP++++

I am Philip Zimmerman

()
>
PGP+++

I don’t send or answer mail that is not encrypted, or at
the very least signed. If you are reading this without
decrypting it first, something is wrong. IT DIDN’T COME
FROM ME!

()
>
PGP++

I have the most recent version and use it regularly

()
>
PGP+

“Finger me for my public key”

()
>
PGP

I’ve used it, but stopped long ago.

()
>
PGP-

I don’t have anything to hide.

()
>
PGP–

I feel that the glory of the Internet is in the anarchic,
trusting environment that so nurtures the exchange of
information. Encryption just bogs that down.

()
>
PGP—

If you support encryption on the Internet, you must be a
drug dealer or terrorist or something like that.

()
>
PGP—-

Oh, here is something you all can use that is better
(insert clipper here).
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Entertainment




Star Trek

Most geeks have an undeniable love for the Star Trek television show (in
any of its different incarnations). Because GEEK is often synonymous with
TREKKIE (real geeks aren’t so anal as to label themselves TREKKER), it is
important that all geeks list their Trek rating.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement
with Star Trek.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with Star Trek.

What’s the Star Trek?

I don’t watch Star Trek.

()
>
t+++

It’s not just a TV show, it’s a religion. I know all about
warp field dynamics and the principles behind the
transporter. I have memorized the TECH manual. I speak
Klingon. I go to cons with Vulcan ears on. I have no life.

()
>
t++

It’s the best show around. I have all the episodes and the
movies on tape and can quote entire scenes verbatim. I’ve
built a few of the model kits too. But you’ll never
catch me at one of those conventions. Those people are
kooks.

()
>
t+

It’s a damn fine TV show and is one of the only things
good on television any more.

()
>
t

It’s just another TV show

()
>
t-

Maybe it is just me, but I have no idea what the big deal
with Star Trek is. Perhaps I’m missing something but I just
think it is bad drama.

()
>
t–

Star Trek is just another Space Opera. William Shatner
isn’t an actor, he’s a poser! And what’s with this Jean-Luc
Picard? A Frenchman with a British accent? Come on. I’d
only watch this show if my remote control broke. Isn’t
Voyager just a rehash of Lost in Space? Has Sisko even
breathed in the last two seasons?

()
>
t—

Star Trek SUCKS! It is the worst crap I have ever seen!
Hey, all you trekkies out there, GET A LIFE! (William
Shatner is a t—)
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t*
I identify with Barclay, the greatest of the Trek Geeks.

Babylon 5

For many years, Sci-Fi geeks have wished for a television show that would
overcome the limitations of Star Trek. For many, a show called Babylon 5
has met that demand, with a deep storyline, exciting characters and
state-of-the-art computer generated effects.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my
involvement with Babylon 5.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with Babylon 5.

What’s the Babylon 5?

I don’t watch Babylon 5.

()
>
5++++

I am J. Michael Straczynski

()
>
5+++

I am a True Worshipper of the Church of Joe who lives
eats breathes and thinks Babylon 5, and has Evil thoughts
about stealing Joe’s videotape archives just to see
episodes earlier. I am planning to break into the bank
and steal the triple-encoded synopsis of the 5-year arc.

()
>
5++

Finally a show that shows what a real future would look
like. None of this Picardian “Let’s talk about it and be
friends” crap. And what’s this? We finally get to see a
bathroom! Over on that Enterprise, they’ve been holding
it for over seven years!

()
>
5+

Babylon 5 certainly presents a fresh perspective in the
Sci-Fi universe. I watch it weekly.

()
>
5

I’ve seen it, I am pretty indifferent to it.

()
>
5-

This show is sub-par. The acting is wooden, the special
effects are obviously poor quality. In general, it seems
like a very cheap Star Trek ripoff.

()
>
5–

You call this Sci-Fi? That is such a load of crap! This
show is just a soap with bad actors, piss-poor effects,
and lame storylines. Puh-leese.
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X-Files

The Fox Network’s Friday evening show The X-Files has become the staple
of Friday geekhood. Any show that has aliens, governmental conspiracies,
aliens, psychic powers, aliens, and other weird stuff is, by definition,
a geeky show.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement
with X-Files.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with X-Files.

What’s the X-Files?

I don’t watch X-Files.

()
>
X++++

I am Chris Carter

()
>
X+++

This is the BEST show on TV, and it’s about time. I’ve
seen everything David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have
ever done that been recorded and I’m a loyal Duchovny/
Gillian Anderson fan. I’ve Converted at least 10 people.
I have every episode at SP, debate the fine details on-line,
and have a credit for at least 2 YAXAs.

()
>
X++

This is one of the better shows I’ve seen. I wish I’d
taped everything from the start at SP, because I’m wearing
out my EP tapes. I’ll periodically debate online. I’ve
Converted at least 5 people. I’ve gotten a YAXA.

()
>
X+

I’ve Converted my family and watch the show when I
remember. It’s really kinda fun.

()
>
X

Ho hum. Just another Fox show.

()
>
X-

It’s ok if you like paranoia and conspiracy stories, but,
let’s face it, it’s crap.

()
>
X–

If I wanted to watch this kind of stuff, I’d talk to
Oliver Stone
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Role Playing

Role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons have long been a part of the
traditional geek life. Because geeks often become so involved in their
role-playing that they lose touch with reality, include one of the following
role-playing codes.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my
involvement with role-play.

I’d like to get paid for
my involvement with role-playing.

What’s role-playing?

I don’t role-play.

()
>
R+++

I’ve written and published my own gaming materials.

()
>
R++

There is no life outside the role of the die. I know all of
piddly rules of (chosen game). _MY_ own warped rules scare
the rest of the players.

()
>
R+

I’ve got my weekly sessions set up and a character that I
know better than I know myself.

()
>
R

Role-Playing? That’s just something to do to kill a
Saturday afternoon

()
>
R-

Gosh, what an utter waste of time!

()
>
R–

Role-Players are instruments of pure evil.

()
>
R–

I work for T$R.
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R*

I thought life WAS role-playing?

Television

Many geeks have lives that revolve around television.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement
with television.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with television.

What’s a television?

()
>
tv+++

There’s nothing I can experience “out there” that I can’t
see coming over my satellite dish. I wish there were MORE
channels. I live for the O.J. Trial.

()
>
tv++

I just leave the tv on, to make sure I don’t miss anything.

()
>
tv+

I watch some tv every day.

()
>
tv

I watch only the shows that are actually worthwhile,
such as those found on PBS.

()
>
tv-

I watch tv for the news and ‘special programming.’

()
>
tv–

I turn my tv on during natural disasters.
!tv
I do not own a television.
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Books

In addition (or maybe on the other hand), many geeks have lives that revolve
around books.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement
with books.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with books.

What’s a book?

I don’t read books.

()
>
b++++

I read a book a day. I have library cards in three states. I have
discount cards from every major bookstore. I’ve ordered books from
another country to get my Favorite Author Fix.

()
>
b+++

I consume a few books a week as part of a staple diet.

()
>
b++

I find the time to get through at least one new book a month.

()
>
b+

I enjoy reading, but don’t get the time very often.

()
>
b

I read the newspaper and the occasional book.

()
>
b-

I read when there is no other way to get the information.

()
>
b–

I did not actually READ the geek code, I just had someone
tell me.
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Dilbert

Simply the geekiest comic strip in existence.

http://www.dilbert.com/
for more information.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement
with Dilbert.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with Dilbert.

What’s Dilbert?

I don’t read Dilbert.

()
>
DI+++++

I am Scott Adams.

()
>
DI++++

I’ve received mail from Scott Adams. I’m in the DNRC
(Dogbert’s New Ruling Class).

()
>
DI+++

I am a Dilbert prototype

()
>
DI++

I work with people that act a lot like Dilbert and his boss.

()
>
DI+

I read Dilbert daily, often understanding it

()
>
DI

I read Dilbert infrequently, rarely understanding it

()
>
DI-

Is that the comic about the engineers?

()
>
DI–

Don’t read it, but I think the dog is kinda cute.

()
>
DI—

I don’t think it’s funny to make fun of managers trying
their best to run their organizational units.
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DOOM!

There is a game out for the PCs and other computers called DOOM. It’s a
3D virtual reality simulation where you race around and blow things away
with large-caliber weaponry. This has led to a series of similar games
such as the Star Wars themed Dark Forces. Tell us about your abilities
with these 3D games. (yes, some of them aren’t actually Doom. Cope!)

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement with
DOOM.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with DOOM.

What’s DOOM?

I don’t play DOOM.

()
>
D+++

I crank out PWAD files daily, complete with new monsters,
weaponry, sounds and maps. I’m a DOOM God. I can solve
the original maps in nightmare mode with my eyes closed.

()
>
D++

I’ve played the shareware version and bought the real one
and I’m actually pretty good at the game. I occasionally
download PWAD files and play them too.

()
>
D+

It’s a fun, action game that is a nice diversion on a lazy
afternoon.

()
>
D

I’ve played the game and I’m pretty indifferent.

()
>
D-

I’ve played the game and really didn’t think it was all
that impressive.

()
>
D–

It’s an overly-violent game and pure crap

()
>
D—

To hell with Doom, I miss Zork.

()
>
D—-

I’ve seen better on my Atari 2600
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The Geek Code

The Geek Code has be become an important part of the Geek Experience.
All true geeks recognize the Geek Code, and some can even recite it.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement
with the Geek Code.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with the Geek Code.

What’s a Geek Code?

I don’t have a Geek Code.

()
>
G++++

I am Robert Hayden

()
>
G++++

I have made a suggestion for future versions of the code (note that
making a suggestion just to get a G++++ rating doesn’t count, you
also have to at least qualify for a G+++ rating 🙂

()
>
G+++

I have memorized the entire geek code, and can decode
others’ codes in my head. I know by heart where to find
the current version of the code on the net.

()
>
G++

I know what each letter means, but sometimes have to look
up the specifics.

()
>
G+

I was once G++ (or higher), but the new versions are
getting too long and too complicated.

()
>
G

I know what the geek code is and even did up this code.

()
>
G-

What a tremendous waste of time this Geek Code is.

()
>
G–

Not only a waste of time, but it obviously shows that
this Hayden guy needs a life.
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Lifestyle




Education

All geeks have a varying amount of education.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid for my involvement with
education.

I’d like to get paid for my
involvement with education.

What’s an education?

I don’t have an education.

()
>
e+++++

I am Stephen Hawking

()
>
e++++

Managed to get my Ph.D.

()
>
e+++

Got a Masters degree

()
>
e++

Got a Bachelors degree

()
>
e+

Got an Associates degree

()
>
e

Finished High School

()
>
e-

Haven’t finished High School

()
>
e–

Haven’t even entered High School
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e*
I learned everything there is to know about life from the
“Hitchhiker’s Trilogy”.

Housing

Tell us about your geeky home.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid to live where I do.

I’d like to get paid to live where
I do.

What’s a house?

()
>
h++

Living in a cave with 47 computers and an Internet feed,
located near a Dominoes pizza. See !d.

()
>
h+

Living alone, get out once a week to buy food, no more than
once a month to do laundry. All surfaces covered.

()
>
h

Friends come over to visit every once in a while to talk
about Geek things. There is a place for them to sit.

()
>
h-

Living with one or more registered Geeks.

()
>
h–

Living with one or more people who know nothing about
being a Geek and refuse to watch Babylon 5.

()
>
h—

Married, (persons living romantically with someone might as
well label themselves h—, you’re as good as there already.)

()
>
h—-

Married with children – Al Bundy can sympathize
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h!
I am stuck living with my parents!
h*
I’m not sure where I live anymore. This lab/workplace seems
like home to me.

Relationships

While many geeks are highly successful at having relationships, a good
many more are not. Give us the gritty details.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid to have relationships.

I’d like to get paid to have
relationships.

What’s a relationship?

()
>
r+++

Found someone, dated, and am now married.

()
>
r++

I’ve dated my current S.O. for a long time.

()
>
r+

I date frequently, bouncing from one relationship to
another.

()
>
r

I date periodically.

()
>
r-

I have difficulty maintaining a relationship.

()
>
r–

People just aren’t interested in dating me.

()
>
r—

I’m beginning to think that I’m a leper or something, the
way people avoid me like the plague.
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!r
I’ve never had a relationship.
r*
signifying membership in the SBCA (Sour Bachelor(ette)’s
Club of America). The motto is ‘Bitter, but not Desperate’.
First founded at Caltech.
r%
I was going out with someone, but the asshole dumped me.

Sex

Geeks have traditionally had problems with sex (ie, they never have any).
Because geeks are so wrapped up in their sexuality (or lack of sexuality for
that matter), it is important that the geek be willing to quantify their
sexual experiences.

This code also is used to denote the gender of the geek. Females use ‘x’ in
this category, while males use ‘y’. Those that do not wish to disclose
their gender can use ‘z’. For example:

  • x+ — I am female
  • y+ — I am male
  • z+ — I don’t
    wish to disclose my gender

For those persons who do not wish to give out any details of their sex life,
the use of z? (where z is the gender code) will allow you to do so.

I vary widely for this category.

I get paid to have sex.

I’d like to get paid to have sex.

()
>
z+++++

I am Madonna

()
>
z++++

I have a few little rug rats to prove I’ve been there.
Besides, with kids around, who has time for sex?

()
>
z+++

I’m married, so I can get it (theoretically) whenever I
want.

()
>
z++

I was once referred to as ‘easy’. I have no idea where that
might have come from though.

()
>
z+

I’ve had real, live sex.

()
>
z

I’ve had sex. Oh! You mean with someone else? Then no.

()
>
z-

Not having sex by choice.

()
>
z–

Not having sex because I just can’t get any…

()
>
z—

Not having sex because I’m a nun or a priest.
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z*
I’m a pervert.
z**
I’ve been known to make perverts look like angels.
!z
Sex? What’s that? I’ve had no sexual experiences.
z?
It’s none of your business what my sex life is like (this
is used to denote your gender only).
!z+
Sex? What’s that? No experience, willing to learn!







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