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    • Geek Metamorphosis Getting Comfortable with Uncomfortable Bradley Taylor bradleytaylor@me.com twitter: bradleyktaylor Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Or, learning to love... Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • GEEK A person with a devotion to something in a way that places him or her outside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity, depth, or subject of their interest. Wikipedia Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Geek Cred • Programming for 28 years • Expertise in 100s of acronyms • Designed and built private compute cloud • Likes record collecting, single barrel whiskey, and MMORPG video games. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • but, also Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • EMT Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Tree Farmer Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Hot Sauce Mogul Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Champion Bird Dogs Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • A human being should Saturday, November 7, 2009 be able to
    • change a diaper Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • plan an invasion Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • butcher a hog Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • conn a ship Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • design a building Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • write a sonnet Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • balance accounts Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • set a bone Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • comfort the dying Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • take orders Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • give orders Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • cooperate Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • act alone Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • solve equations Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • analyze a new problem Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • pitch manure Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • program a computer Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • cook a tasty meal Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • fight efficiently Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • die gallantly. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Specialization is for Saturday, November 7, 2009 insects.
    • WHY Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 1. More useful Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 2. More interesting Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 3. More confident Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • equals Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • more fun Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • more opportunities Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • more $$$ Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • more prepared Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • more dates Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • (although “want to check out my record collection?” actually works) Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • (if you’re in college) Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Stuff your mom can tell stories about. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Stuff you can talk about with non-geeks. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • (if you don’t want to talk about politics or religion) Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • or Georgia football Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • GETTING STARTED Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • (how to be a newb) Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • You’re going to suck at first. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • You’ll live Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • The good news: Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • you have an advantage. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 1. Work outside your job description Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • try sales Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • or customer support Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • or biz crap Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • just do something that’s “not your job” Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 2. Work on fitness Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Crossfit Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • open source fitness technology Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Fitness in 100 words Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • it’s hard, but rewarding Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • scalable Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • lifting heavy crap is cool Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • re-learn how to learn Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • olympic lifting is crazy technical Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • learn to struggle Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • daily progress Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • daily success Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • learn to dig deep Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 3. Gather info Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • what is involved? Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • money? time? Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • accessibility of training? Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • geographically appropriate? Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • identify skills Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • identify barriers Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Find the geek angle Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • and hack it. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • CRANK IT UP Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • when you don't create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. your tastes only narrow & exclude people. so create. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 1. Find an expert Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • passionate Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • willing to share Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • and lots of patience Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • bribe, trade, or hire Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • you’ll discover the stuff you didn’t know that you didn’t know Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 2. Go for it Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Do it-te! Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • practice, all is coming Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • get experience Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • put away the books Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • stop reading forums Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • (or twitter, fb, blogs, whatever) Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • the more you do, the less scary Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • the more confidence Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • getting more comfortable Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • besides, you can lift 2x your body weight now, right? Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 3. Dominate Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • pick some goals Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • measurable, acheivable goals Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • like Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • earn a certification Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • (but, don’t “go back to school”) Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • win a competition Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • whatever Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • something to brag about Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • and makes a good story Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Make your mama proud. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • DANGERS Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 1. Expense Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • you’re a geek, you’ll buy gadgets and crap Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • my “free” puppy Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • another “free” puppy Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • less pay Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 2. Fragmentation Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Jack of all trades, Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Master of none. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Half-finished projects Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • (that’s ok) Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • balance with day job, family, etc Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 3.Your spouse may say Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • “I never thought I’d be married to a redneck” Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • “I will not have 10 dogs” Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Non-geek Cred Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Bird dogs Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • • Expert: Triple-D • Skills: train dogs, ride horses, horse husbandry, quail/pigeon husbandry, atv operation, pull big trailer, drive tractor, field trial handler, AKC field trial judge • Time: Two years • Progress: 20+ placements, Dog of the year, 3rd in National Amateur Championship, AFC/FC, bought timber farm • TODO: Raise a litter of pupppies! Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • EMS/Fire/Rescue Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • • Expert: EMS school, Local FD • Skills: Pre-hospital care for sick and injured, learning: fight fires, rescue skills • Progress: NREMT-I,Volunteer FD member • Time: 6 months • TODO: NREMT-P, Speciality medic, FF, SARTECH, CHS • Goals: work P/T locally, work a large-scale disaster Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • SkullPop! Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • • Expert: Angel’s BBQ • Skills: sales, marketing, distribution, fulfillment • Progress: National Fiery Foods Challenge winner, Sponsored MMA fighter • Time: One year • Goals: Sell a ton of hot sauce (or at least 2000 bottles!) Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • You enter a garden with a festive air. Music playing loudly. People are dancing. The libations are flowing. > look north A beautiful maiden looks your way gazing into your eyes. > n Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • O hai, what do you do? Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Uhhh... Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • I design and manage data center infrastructure for database-driven business applications developed using Ruby on Rails. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • you design web sites? Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • umm, not exactly Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Pick a response: Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 1. I’m a computer dork. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • 2. Actually, I’m an EMT. I try to save lives. Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • choose your own adventure Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Questions? Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • • http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/343797221/sizes/m/ • Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heinlein-face.jpg • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherman's_March_to_the_Sea • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahl/2897588701/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/moonrising/190347578/sizes/m/29302252/sizes/m/ • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Holbein_-_henryhoward01.jpg Attribution • http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronkyle/942720610 • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E_Lee • http://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/359634390/sizes/m/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/awiseman/2710367727/sizes/m • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwichary/2355790455/sizes/m/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/rogersmith/3245248899/sizes/m/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/zeetzjones/562496275/sizes/m/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/eternalphotography/3713988004/ • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Why%27s_self_portrait.png • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kazimierz_Pułaski.PNG • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Uga_vii_wiki.JPG • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinreese/3524110479/sizes/m/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimdollar/2766483122/sizes/o/ Saturday, November 7, 2009