Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Geek it up!

Are you bored? Do you have nothing to do? Do you resort to spending your days having philosophical debates with your plants? Then it's time to embrace your inner geek and try these 15 fun-filled activities!

15. Do calculus.
What you need: Some calculus problems.
Pluses: Realizing you're so smart, you can do calculus.
Possible drawbacks: Realizing youre so stupid, you cant do calculus.

14. Read comic books. 
What you need: Comic books. Love of reading.
Pluses: Acquiring a comic book collection. And if you're a guy, not only does it give you a sense of achievement but the ladies love it.
Possible drawbacks: Paper cuts.

13. Have a Star Trek marathon. 
What you need: Star Trek on DVD, digitally remastered. Or a friend who has Star Trek on DVD, digitally remastered.
Pluses: Helps you brush up on you Klingon.
Possible drawbacks: Sitting too close to the TV → blindness → never being able to see another Star Trek episode/movie ever again.

12. Reenact fight scenes from Lord of the Rings with weapons made from cardboard. 
What you need: Cardboard. Duct tape.
Pluses: You can tape it and put it up on YouTube.
Possible drawbacks: Having to read YouTube comments.

11. Think up your own superhero complete with awesome powers and a storyline that would fit into the Marvel Universe. 
What you need: Some knowledge of the Marvel Universe. Creativity.
Pluses: You can live vicariously through your hero or heroine.
Possible drawbacks: Not having your hero/heroine accepted, leading you to depression and a questioning of your own self-worth.

10. Have a whole conversation in binary.
What you need: 0100101101101110011011110111011101101100011001010110010001100111011001010010000001101111011001100010000001100010011010010110111001100001011100100111100100101110
Pluses: 0101100101101111011101010010000001110011011011110111010101101110011001000010000001100011011011110110111101101100011001010111001000101110
Possible drawbacks: 01000011011011110110111001110110011001010111001001110011011000010111010001101001011011110110111001110011001000000111010001100101011011100110010000100000011101000110111100100000011101000110000101101011011001010010000001101100011011110110111001100111011001010111001000101110

9. Attend a Renaissance faire. 
What you need: A city cool enough to have Renaissance faires. A costume.
Pluses: You get to wear a costume.
Possible drawbacks: Having have to eat haggis.

8. Memorize all the lines to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
What you need: The movie.
Pluses: You can amaze your friends with your impressive knowledge. You can also make such fun challenges for yourself as speaking only in Monty Python lines and seeing how long it takes before your friends are annoyed that you're speaking only in Monty Python lines.
Possible drawbacks: Having your friends annoyed that you're speaking only in Monty Python lines.

7. Play World of Warcraft.
What you need: The Internet. A parent's basement. A desire to waste countless hours of your life.
Pluses: None.
Possible drawbacks: Realizing you're playing WoW.

6. Play Dungeons and Dragons.
What you need: Dice. Friends.
Pluses: It's slightly less embarrassing than WoW.
Possible drawbacks: Realizing you don't have friends.

5. Play video or computer games.
What you need: Video or computer games.
Pluses: Trains your hand-eye coordination and/or strategy skills.
Possible drawbacks: Carpal tunnel syndrome.

4. Build a robot or make your very own AI.
What you need: Knowledge of what you need to build a robot or AI.
Pluses: With a bit of practice, you can eventually create an AI so powerful it becomes self-aware.
Possible drawbacks: The now self-aware AI enslaves you.

3. Pretend you’re a wizard for a day.
What you need: No aversion to annoying the f*** out of everyone. (Optional) Cloak and wizard hat.
Pluses: If you get a hat - pointy hat trick!
Drawbacks: Being "that guy" that does the pointy hat trick.

2. Watch Spider Man 3 and write down all the plot-holes and inaccuracies. Then blog about it angrily. 
What you need: Paper. Writing utensil. Blog. Lots of pent up anger.
Pluses: You can finally release your indignation and feel a little better.
Possible drawbacks: Being a blogger.

1. Dress up into your favourite Star Wars characters and do some role-playing in the bedroom. In fact, if you haven’t done this one yet you can’t really call yourself a true geek.
What you need: At least one other person, you can have more (the more the merrier). Imagination!
Pluses: Being able to act out all your wild, geeky fantasies.
Possible Drawbacks: None come to mind.


Istarion said...

A very nice list. I sincerely hope that you memorized at least the ASCII look-up-table - I would be extremely impressed if you memorized UTF-8.

Also, I created a Tumblr account so that I could comment on your Geek Test result with mine, only to discover that you needed to be following me! So, I'm just letting you know that I got 47.23247% - Super Geek. The gauntlet has been thrown!

Anastasia said...

Do you have them memorized? geek.

Istarion said...

As UTF-8 has all 1,112,064 characters from the Unicode character sets, I do not have it memorized. I don't have ASCII memorized, but it's quite easy to remember all capital and lowercase letters.

Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones - The Daring Librarian said...

An admirable list! I would also suggest that being able to USE Monty Python quotes & eat a turkey leg would be a Plus for attending a Ren Faire.. Also, for the super geek who wants to up their game... Join the SCA - Society for the Creative Anachronism. Nothin says Geek like going to the Pennsic War!
The Daring Librarian
and SCA member! LOL

Anonymous said...

You can't start a binary code with a 0 jackass.

Anastasia said...

Hey Anonymous, thank you for your input. I think this site might help you with your ignorance:

You're welcome!

TonyBoy said...

Guess what? I actually DID memorize the entire script of Holy Grail when I was a teenager. Had I instead memorized financial investment tables and strategies I might own a solid gold rocket car instead of eating Cheetos in bed with my retarded cat.