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Inspiring geeks...to move deeper into geekdom.

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We're passing through a cultural zone celebrating geek culture like never before, but how can we move from the 'geek chic' elements to a deeper understanding of the technical elements of digital …

We're passing through a cultural zone celebrating geek culture like never before, but how can we move from the 'geek chic' elements to a deeper understanding of the technical elements of digital things?


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  • 1. Hello SheSays!
  • 2. Iʼm Nick... on:
  • 3. Iʼm Nick... on: ...inspiring geeks...
  • 4. Inspiring geeks...
  • 5. Inspiring geeks...to move deeper into geekdom
  • 6. some sample technology geeks
  • 7. Ur-geeks
  • 8. Ur-geeks
  • 9. post-Bubblers
  • 10. post-Bubblers
  • 11. post-Bubblers Caterina Fake
  • 12. a New Wave
  • 13. a New Wave
  • 14. And then, of course, thereʼs Hodgman.
  • 15. The dangers (and advantages) of geek chic
  • 16. NEGATIVE STUFF AHEAD!
  • 17. Geek cultureʼs side effect can be innovation.
  • 18. Geek cultureʼs side effect can be innovation. If we want it.
  • 19. Geek cultureʼs side effect can be innovation. If we want it. But the path is fraught with danger.
  • 20. Geek chic ≠ geek Geek chic tips from the experts: • Wear hair slightly messy or very neat, says Brian Boye of Men's Health. • Skip the jacket altogether, and wear a cardigan or vest. • If you go with a polo-collar shirt under a vest, turn the collar up and keep the shirttails out, says Janie Bryant, costume director for "Mad Men." • Embrace Buddy Holly-style, plastic-framed glasses in a Wayfarer shape or rounder horn- rimmed ones. • LeAnn Nealz of American Eagle likes quirky argyle socks with wingtip shoes. • Don't go head-to-toe nerd. Perhaps start with glasses, or a cardigan-tie or sweater vest-tie combo.
  • 21. Social media prowess ≠ geek Using social sharing tools and gaming networking online is not a substitute for knowledge of and (even the tiniest bit of) experience with the the engineering and technical aspects of the web.
  • 22. Social media prowess ≠ geek And, if you have to wear the shirt...
  • 23. Are we losing what it means to be a geek?
  • 24. Are we losing what it means to be a geek? Maybe. But there are ways to get it back.
  • 25. Are we losing what it means to be a geek? Maybe. But there are ways to get it back. First and foremost, youʼll all need to think more like hackers.
  • 26. A show of hands...
  • 27. The positives?
  • 28. The positives? Despite only a few of us coding sites our interest in digital culture gives us a stake in geekdom.
  • 29. The positives? Despite only a few of us coding sites our interest in digital culture gives us a stake in geekdom. Developing that small stake will make a massive difference in everything from idea generation to communications with clients and vendors.
  • 30. Geek all that you can geek
  • 31. Geek all that you can geek Or, six easy steps to ease into the technical bits (and, if you’re enjoying that, roll-your-own coven, cult or commune.)
  • 32. You donʼt need to grow a beard.
  • 33. Garbage In, Garbage Out
  • 34. “As everybody with a home computer knows, the software can change the functioning of the hardware in radical and sometimes startling ways. The first law of computers -- so ancient that some claim it dates back to dark, Cthulhoid aeons when giant saurians and Richard Nixons still dominated the earth -- tells us succinctly, "Garbage In, Garbage Out" (or GIGO for short).” - Robert Anton Wilson
  • 35. Garbage in, garbage out =
  • 36. Garbage in, garbage out =
  • 37. Tinker, tinker, tinker.
  • 38. Be a crossover coder, not afraid to experiment or to ask the internet for guidance
  • 39. Thatʼs the best way to get unstuck!
  • 40. Find a guru.
  • 41. Support each other!
  • 42. Why not start a technical fringe of SheSays?
  • 43. Try to blow it up!
  • 44. "...creativity is not a force that you can use to schlep superfluous objects to uninterested consumers – that requires repetition, persuasion and the power of mass media. True creativity is inherently destructive, and truly creative individuals always, without exception, seek to destroy the mediums they work within." - Douglas Haddow
  • 45. Thanks! http://www.nickparish.net/ @paryshnikov