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2019-01-13 08:07:00 AM  
So back in 1999 I was doing Y2K remediation for a hospital chain across the country, and wound up in a pretty severe car wreck while heading to ajob site in Kentucky. This put me out of commission for a few months while I recuperated, and I had to move back in with Mommy and Daddy.

Mommy and Daddy didn't have Internet access, it being 1999 and them living in the sticks, so I had to remedy this. I called up the phone provider, and found they had dial-up for $20/month. The young lady who answered the phone seemed sweet, and very knowledgeable about the Internet, so I decided to try my luck with the geekiest thing I could think of. And so, word-for-word, I said:

"So, what's your URL?"

Turns out she had one, and her website was your basic 1999 thing (although she had her own domain) and we talked, and did live chat, and a couple of months later I went to see her. Driving the four hours to see her was actually therapeutic for me in getting over the wreck, and she was really nice, and we went to see "Sixth Sense" in the theater, and we had a great weekend. And I never got billed for our Internet access.

So yeah, I've done some geeky things in my life, but that one was probably the geekiest. What about you guys?
 
2019-01-13 08:24:18 AM  
I spent 10 minutes at the board after class explaining Fourier transforms to my philosophy professor.  The class was epistemology, and we were in the thicket of Descartes, Barkeley, Locke, and Johnson.

I used the idea of the 1-to-1 reversible transform as a way to cut through the original issue, going all the way back to Plato, of being unable to trust our senses - what we see in our minds isn't necessarily what's actually there.   But if you can show that what our senses report about the external world - especially as we manipulate the external world - is always self-consistent, then transform theory says that there is no real difference between the external world and the world as perceived in our minds.

There's a transform function between them, and we don't need to know the details of the function in order to understand the universe.  And neither of those two worlds is more 'real' or more 'true'.
 
2019-01-13 08:25:10 AM  
I tried Internet dating before there were dating sites, circa 1998-1999 - via mIRC

It's OK - I have a comfy pillow to sit on while chained to this radiator

/I keed
 
2019-01-13 08:36:52 AM  
As a lifelong geek, I find this headline offensive.

Geekiest ever? Helping a fellow student, who was blind, with his lessons.
 
2019-01-13 08:47:26 AM  

TomTudbury: As a lifelong geek, I find this headline offensive.

Geekiest ever? Helping a fellow student, who was blind, with his lessons.


That's not exactly geeky, that's simply a very nice thing to do and a sign of being a really good person.
 
2019-01-13 08:56:19 AM  

ox45tallboy: TomTudbury: As a lifelong geek, I find this headline offensive.

Geekiest ever? Helping a fellow student, who was blind, with his lessons.

That's not exactly geeky, that's simply a very nice thing to do and a sign of being a really good person.


Well, crap. I thought I had squelched all niceness.
 
2019-01-13 08:59:22 AM  
My dad was a programmer starting in the late 1970s. I started using our computer when I was 3 (1984). My entire life has been one long, awkward geeky moment.
 
2019-01-13 09:03:42 AM  

HighlanderRPI: I tried Internet dating before there were dating sites, circa 1998-1999 - via mIRC

It's OK - I have a comfy pillow to sit on while chained to this radiator

/I keed


gis: cyanide and happiness online dating

first result:

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2019-01-13 09:04:13 AM  
You mean before or after I was treasurer of the community college chess club? (Actually, more of a recruiting tool--"Hey, we have a GIRL on the chess club.  You should join!")
 
2019-01-13 09:07:21 AM  

Ms. Hushpuppy: You mean before or after I was treasurer of the community college chess club? (Actually, more of a recruiting tool--"Hey, we have a GIRL on the chess club.  You should join!")


Liar.

Girls don't play chess.
 
2019-01-13 09:14:55 AM  
 I'm socially awkward, geeky's weird cousin.
 
2019-01-13 09:15:55 AM  
I actually had a Canadian girlfriend.
 
2019-01-13 09:16:09 AM  
Spent the 1999-2000 New Years Eve rollover in a NOC rebooting machines so our corner of society didn't grind to a halt at 12:01AM.
 
2019-01-13 09:17:28 AM  
My three year old thinks turtles say "cowabunga dude." That's about all I've got.
 
2019-01-13 09:18:00 AM  
geek·y
/ˈɡēkē/
adjective
adjective: geeky; comparative adjective: geekier; superlative adjective: geekiest
unfashionable and socially inept.
"the geeky kid getting bullied at school"
knowledgeable and obsessively interested in something, especially technology.
"a bunch of geeky techies"


"Unfashionable and socially inept"? - ah, hell, that's my entire frickin' life.

Born fat, ugly, intelligent - and a GIRL (in a time when that still meant everything to society). Really sealed my fate. Should've just killed myself as a preteen, frankly, it would've saved me a lifetime of pain and misery.


"knowledgeable and obsessively interested in something, especially technology."

Girls weren't allowed into technology. Hell, girls weren't allowed certain jobs back then. ("Why are you here? Nah, we're only hiring guys, sorry" WAS a valid - and legal - response.)


Geeky. What a way to describe a life.
 
2019-01-13 09:20:00 AM  
In college, circa 2004, us girls were living it up at the bar district. Laughing, drinking, generally having a great time. There is a military fort nearby, so alpha male decided he'd put in his try at the group, hoping to at least land one of us. His banter devolved into anger when we weren't buying what he was selling. He made some comment about how we'd let him in our pants, yada yada yada. I, being a huge fan of reading AND LOTR, yelled "You Shall Not Pass!" As I slammed down my non-existent wizard staff. Only one person in that part of the bar laughed. I ended up marrying him 3 years later.
 
2019-01-13 09:20:32 AM  
was in a science class and sharing my TI-85 with a girl at another table. Started to use the calculator as a way to 'pass notes' back to each other during class.  Eventually I asked her out with the calculator.

she said yes

/5318008
 
2019-01-13 09:22:12 AM  
As a freshman member of Congress, I quoted a depraved, psychopathic comic book character to convey how all the other members of Congress should feel intimidated by me.

Wait wait wait.

I didn't do that.

I just had a nightmare that someone else did.

Wait wait wait.

THAT SH*T WAS REAL???
 
2019-01-13 09:22:29 AM  
Back in a early 2000's I owned New England's largest LAN gaming center. Met my now wife there. She was better at Counter Strike than I was.
 
2019-01-13 09:23:49 AM  

mama2tnt: geek·y
/ˈɡēkē/
adjective
adjective: geeky; comparative adjective: geekier; superlative adjective: geekiest
unfashionable and socially inept.
"the geeky kid getting bullied at school"
knowledgeable and obsessively interested in something, especially technology.
"a bunch of geeky techies"


"Unfashionable and socially inept"? - ah, hell, that's my entire frickin' life.

Born fat, ugly, intelligent - and a GIRL (in a time when that still meant everything to society). Really sealed my fate. Should've just killed myself as a preteen, frankly, it would've saved me a lifetime of pain and misery.


"knowledgeable and obsessively interested in something, especially technology."

Girls weren't allowed into technology. Hell, girls weren't allowed certain jobs back then. ("Why are you here? Nah, we're only hiring guys, sorry" WAS a valid - and legal - response.)


Geeky. What a way to describe a life.


I've been a geek my entire life, and I am proud of it.

I'd rather be a social outcast than a member of the herd.

I don't get laid much, but when I do, they are well above average intelligence.
 
2019-01-13 09:28:09 AM  
I got a music degree at a college where the music, theater, and arts campus was physically  separated from main campus by 10 miles. Some very geeky things happened when we would party.

The party scenes from Mozart in the Jungle are not too far from true.
 
2019-01-13 09:28:25 AM  
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2019-01-13 09:28:48 AM  
It's a tie between:

In a work meeting and being asked to flip a coin over two decisions, one of which was much more preferable. I pull a d20 out of my pocket and roll an 18, and chose the better decision. Only one person even knew what that dice was for, and as the others looked aghast at me like I had a horn sprout from my head, I calmly explained that I didn't have any change. No one even asked why I carry a d20 around.

The other was explaining to a room of managers the difference between i.e., e.g. and the term non sequitur, because one of my colleagues used all three incorrectly - in speaking and in writing - and it made him come off like an idiot.  I never took a formal Latin class but being in the sciences I self-taught enough to be able to understand and use it correctly.
 
2019-01-13 09:28:52 AM  
I built my own personal computer in 1976.  By "built", I mean soldered components onto PCBs and assembled the cards into a box with a primitive motherboard.  This was in the very early days of microprocessors.
 
2019-01-13 09:29:45 AM  
If there's some kind of ambient hum (machinery noises, etc.)  in the environment, I often hum to match its pitch.  Sometimes I hum in harmony with it.  Seems pretty geeky to me.
 
2019-01-13 09:31:21 AM  

TomTudbury: I've been a geek my entire life, and I am proud of it.

I'd rather be a social outcast than a member of the herd.

I don't get laid much, but when I do, they are well above average intelligence.


Yeah, but if I read your handle correctly, you're a guy.

Makes all the difference in the world - and every woman on the planet knows it.  :(
 
2019-01-13 09:31:39 AM  

Hack Patooey: Spent the 1999-2000 New Years Eve rollover in a NOC rebooting machines so our corner of society didn't grind to a halt at 12:01AM.


I took ecstasy and drank a case of beer while staying up until 5 AM.  To each their own.

/I was 19 and it was the millennium for christ's sake.
 
2019-01-13 09:32:03 AM  
I'm a Linux server admin by title. I think that speaks for itself.
 
2019-01-13 09:32:25 AM  
I worked at Radio Shack for years. That alone should be enough but there's more...

I picked up some interesting side jobs there. Most fun was for a 4H fundraiser that wanted to do a Jeopardy style quiz bowl. The nice lady thought RS might have some buzzer boxes or something. I ended up just charging her for the parts and then spending days building a chain of relays that locked all the others out when the first button was pushed. I had to figure out how to make one latch on while cutting power to the others and also turning on a light and buzzer.

It was a challenging logic puzzle for 16 year old me in the 80s. Now you can just all load an app on your phone.
 
2019-01-13 09:33:09 AM  

HighlanderRPI: I tried Internet dating before there were dating sites, circa 1998-1999 - via mIRC

It's OK - I have a comfy pillow to sit on while chained to this radiator

/I keed


I tried it on the ancient ('82-84) RPI 'chat' system.

Then we all realized there were only 54 girls on campus, and that 27 were lesbian and the other 27 were dating Adam Oates.

Understandable, if you're in the girls' shoes, when it comes down to choosing between some pimply schlub with a 2.4 GPA whose claim to fame is being assistant bartender at Pi Kappa Phi parties, or the guy built like a small mountain who just got a million dollar signing offer from the Red Wings.
 
2019-01-13 09:34:01 AM  
The list is too extensive. Wearing out a copy of Star Wars VHS from repeated viewing until my best friend and I drove our mothers crazy when quoting the entire film.

Running a Star Trek roleplay group in high school, complete with orders typed up on typewriters/word processors. Thought I died and went to heaven when WordPerfect came out, and we had Clip Art. All of the snobby jock kids became Romulans and Klingons with names based on theirs.

Spending a week LARPing with about 80 friends and mutual fans of a fantasy series and its creator camping out in 90 degree weather in Austin during July. Best freaking time in my life.

I'm fortunate enough to have married a similar geek, so our daily routine is always parsed with sci-fi/fantasy references. All of our pets are named after video game characters.
 
2019-01-13 09:39:05 AM  
I helped organize and run a Warhammer Fantasy wargame tournament based off a email listserv in 1999.  We even flew one of the game designers in from England.

It was a good time.
 
2019-01-13 09:39:32 AM  
A few years back I got a job at a small brewery. I bartended in the tap room. I didnt know anything about beer at first and I worked Saturday mornings buy myself. People always wanted beer tours. Anyway if it was slow enough I would take people back to show them around and just wing it when questions were asked. Surprisingly I found out that I answered most of the questions right except for my favorite part. We had a cold fermenter that came from an Eastern Bloc state so it looks really chunky metal sci-fish with little windows in it. When people asked what it was I would say " that's the flux capacitor it's the last stage in the Brewing process the beer goes in there and then we spin it up to 88 miles per hour to get the perfect flavor." Most people bought it because I said it with a straight face but every now and then there was that one person that would just laugh their asses off. That's the geekiest thing I've ever said.
 
2019-01-13 09:40:05 AM  
Bit the head off a chicken
 
2019-01-13 09:41:45 AM  

ox45tallboy: Ms. Hushpuppy: You mean before or after I was treasurer of the community college chess club? (Actually, more of a recruiting tool--"Hey, we have a GIRL on the chess club.  You should join!")

Liar.

Girls don't play chess.


Fake gnus.

One of the best chess players I have ever faced was a girl.

Rather cute, in a plainjane kind of way. I had a major crush on her.

Here's hoping Ramona has a happy life.
 
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2019-01-13 09:42:50 AM  
Gulper Eel

I knew an RPI grad, also from the early 1980s, who mentioned the year half his class came out of the closet.

Which brings to mind not the geekiest thing I ever said but maybe the most inappropriately geeky. Lying beside my RPI graduate girlfriend (from the not-dating-Oates contingent) I asked her about the neutron absorption cross section of some nucleus. She thought that contextually odd, even though she really should have known because nuclear reactions and interactions were her job.

I never did get an answer, and that was before everybody had an internet connected device and Wikipedia in the bedroom.

By now I've forgotten why I wanted to know.
 
2019-01-13 09:42:58 AM  

th0th: It's a tie between:

In a work meeting and being asked to flip a coin over two decisions, one of which was much more preferable. I pull a d20 out of my pocket and roll an 18, and chose the better decision. Only one person even knew what that dice was for, and as the others looked aghast at me like I had a horn sprout from my head, I calmly explained that I didn't have any change. No one even asked why I carry a d20 around.

The other was explaining to a room of managers the difference between i.e., e.g. and the term non sequitur, because one of my colleagues used all three incorrectly - in speaking and in writing - and it made him come off like an idiot.  I never took a formal Latin class but being in the sciences I self-taught enough to be able to understand and use it correctly.


My ex husband and I would use various dice to decide dinner. Can't decide between two places? D20. Lunch would be a d4.
 
2019-01-13 09:45:00 AM  
There's a lot of tech and science in my life. I seem to be off on geek tangents a lot (according to others anyway). My favorite is a recurring thing where somebody is struggling to figure out something that can be calculated out fairly easily. I love saying "And you said you'd never use math."

That's probably more annoying then geeky but I love to show people how they do use math all the time.
 
2019-01-13 09:46:32 AM  

mama2tnt: TomTudbury: I've been a geek my entire life, and I am proud of it.

I'd rather be a social outcast than a member of the herd.

I don't get laid much, but when I do, they are well above average intelligence.

Yeah, but if I read your handle correctly, you're a guy.

Makes all the difference in the world - and every woman on the planet knows it.  :(


I'm an ugly, geeky, socially awkward female and I get a lot of hot guys. I would like to get smarter ones.
 
2019-01-13 09:48:15 AM  
I was a nuclear reactor operator in the Navy back in the 80's, and a few tears ago an old shipmate (also a Nuc ro) told me that Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory reminded him of me.
 
2019-01-13 09:48:58 AM  

mama2tnt: TomTudbury: I've been a geek my entire life, and I am proud of it.

I'd rather be a social outcast than a member of the herd.

I don't get laid much, but when I do, they are well above average intelligence.

Yeah, but if I read your handle correctly, you're a guy.

Makes all the difference in the world - and every woman on the planet knows it.  :(


Yes, I am male. I might be a minority, but I actually prefer women I can have an intelligent conversation with, over a pretty face or big boobs

I've seen you are on Fark.

I like you.

You ain't stupid.
 
2019-01-13 09:49:27 AM  
I combined Geeky with Darwin Award level stupidity.
Late 1980's, alone in off-campus apartment for the weekend while housemates were away.

I made a very crude oscilloscope from an old 9" black and white TV and an audio amplifier. Turned the tube side sideways for a fixed 60 hz horizontal sweep, connected the audio amplifier for the vertical, then sat around drinking beer and "watching" Pink Floyd. At some point I zapped myself on the hot side of the CRT and was knocked out cold for an undetermined period of time.
 
2019-01-13 09:54:15 AM  
I designed my first tattoo. It's a ring of Tengwar around my ankle. A friend of mine spent an entire afternoon writing up a Tengwar tutorial for me so I could learn to write it (pretty geeky of her, and probably nowhere near the geekiest thing she's ever done). I measured my ankle to make sure it would fit, drew it up with a calligraphy pen, and brought it to the tattoo artist.

It says, "If found, drop in any mailbox. We guarantee postage." Those of you who are old enough to remember hotel room keys will recognize that. Always thought it would be funny to end up on a slab and have a morgue attendant who could read Tengwar. Why not give someone a chuckle on my way out?
 
2019-01-13 09:55:10 AM  
I was a teenager many moons ago on a family vacation.  We were eating somewhere off the interstate so probably cracker barrel, and my dad hadn't got a spoon yet so he has the bright idea to stir his coffee with the salt shaker.  You can guess how well that went.  It was the first and so far only time in my life I got to say "Way to go, Archimedes!"
 
2019-01-13 09:56:20 AM  

Hack Patooey: Spent the 1999-2000 New Years Eve rollover in a NOC rebooting machines so our corner of society didn't grind to a halt at 12:01AM.


Was a huge waste of time.
 
2019-01-13 09:57:07 AM  
I buy comics every Wednesday and cream my pants while playing 16-bit JRPGs.

/2112
 
2019-01-13 09:58:49 AM  

You see dem stains on there: I buy comics every Wednesday and cream my pants while playing 16-bit JRPGs.

/2112


Fark handle checks out.
 
2019-01-13 10:02:06 AM  
In 1999 the Y2K bug was imminent to strike. Companies were established to address the threat. No o e could explain to me what the fear was about. It did t make sense to me. The more it was explained the less sense it made.

I was responsoble for a handful of servers, a PBX, and all the workstations in a call center.
I 'patched' the workstations but did nothing to the servers and the PBX, and wagered to my boss and peers that the whole Y2K was a hoax.
 
2019-01-13 10:03:52 AM  
I'm an old life-long geek. Gonna be tough to think of the -iest of all the things I've done.

Hmmmm. Back when Gabocorp was wowing the world with his Flash websites... 1997(8?) I wrote a Flash game that is still in use today.
https://www.eduplace.com/kids/hmsv/
 
2019-01-13 10:05:19 AM  
I was in 5th grade. The teacher asked someone to explain some math idea -- I think it must been long division with decimals -- and I popped up and rattled off some abstruse explanation  and the teacher stopped shaking her chalk [not a euphemism] and just ... well ... goggled at what I'd said. I never knew what I'd said. Not even 2 seconds later. It was as if I'd been granted some kind of math glossolalia.

The only other geeky thing I ever did was write a BASIC compiler for the TRS-80.

/More of an English Lit type.
 
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