5 Engineers: Are you a geek?
Suzanne Deffree - May 25, 2012
In our most recent 5 Engineers post — part of this blog and our Fun Friday newsletter, where we toss out a question and invite our audience to respond with their wittiest answers — we asked: What’s the most impressive, interesting, or intriguing DIY project you’ve ever done? Visit this page to share your own answer to that question.
While we did not do so in last week’s question, we often work the word “geek” into our “5 Engineers” question of the week. See “What’s your favorite geek book?” and “What’s your favorite geek movie?” as example. That, on top of the fact that today is Geek Pride Day, got us thinking about identifying as a geek. The term “geek” hasn’t always had positive meaning. It originated in definition having to do with disturbing carnival acts. Then its common definition changed to describe a tech-obsessed, friendless weakling. And now it’s a term worn with pride by many techies and engineers out there and, according to a recent survey, brings to minded respected, successful, intelligent people. So here’s our question for the week: Are you a geek? Do you positively identify yourself as a geek or does the term have a negative connotation in your mind? Post your short answers below. Be sure to stay tuned to this blog for more 5 Engineers questions in the weeks to come.PS-For those of you who do identify as a geek, here’s a fun graphic we found on Texas Instruments’ Facebook page helping to answer what kind of geek you are.
I’m an analog geek and shall wave that flag proudly! Thanks, TI.