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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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    Inspiring geeks...to move deeper into geekdom. Inspiring geeks...to move deeper into geekdom. Presentation Transcript

    • Hello SheSays!
    • Iʼm Nick... on:
    • Iʼm Nick... on: ...inspiring geeks...
    • Inspiring geeks...
    • Inspiring geeks...to move deeper into geekdom
    • some sample technology geeks
    • Ur-geeks
    • Ur-geeks
    • post-Bubblers
    • post-Bubblers
    • post-Bubblers Caterina Fake
    • a New Wave
    • a New Wave
    • And then, of course, thereʼs Hodgman.
    • The dangers (and advantages) of geek chic
    • NEGATIVE STUFF AHEAD!
    • Geek cultureʼs side effect can be innovation.
    • Geek cultureʼs side effect can be innovation. If we want it.
    • Geek cultureʼs side effect can be innovation. If we want it. But the path is fraught with danger.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Social media prowess ≠ geek And, if you have to wear the shirt...
    • Are we losing what it means to be a geek?
    • Are we losing what it means to be a geek? Maybe. But there are ways to get it back.
    • 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.
    • A show of hands...
    • The positives?
    • The positives? Despite only a few of us coding sites our interest in digital culture gives us a stake in geekdom.
    • 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.
    • Geek all that you can geek
    • 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.)
    • You donʼt need to grow a beard.
    • Garbage In, Garbage Out
    • “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
    • Garbage in, garbage out =
    • Garbage in, garbage out =
    • Tinker, tinker, tinker.
    • Be a crossover coder, not afraid to experiment or to ask the internet for guidance
    • Thatʼs the best way to get unstuck!
    • Find a guru.
    • Support each other!
    • Why not start a technical fringe of SheSays?
    • Try to blow it up!
    • "...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
    • Thanks! http://www.nickparish.net/ @paryshnikov