Geek Metamorphosis: Getting Comfortable with Uncomfortable

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Geek Metamorphosis: Getting Comfortable with Uncomfortable

  1. 1. Geek Metamorphosis Getting Comfortable with Uncomfortable Bradley Taylor bradleytaylor@me.com twitter: bradleyktaylor Saturday, November 7, 2009
  2. 2. Or, learning to love... Saturday, November 7, 2009
  3. 3. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. but, also Saturday, November 7, 2009
  7. 7. EMT Saturday, November 7, 2009
  8. 8. Tree Farmer Saturday, November 7, 2009
  9. 9. Hot Sauce Mogul Saturday, November 7, 2009
  10. 10. Champion Bird Dogs Saturday, November 7, 2009
  11. 11. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  12. 12. A human being should Saturday, November 7, 2009 be able to
  13. 13. change a diaper Saturday, November 7, 2009
  14. 14. plan an invasion Saturday, November 7, 2009
  15. 15. butcher a hog Saturday, November 7, 2009
  16. 16. conn a ship Saturday, November 7, 2009
  17. 17. design a building Saturday, November 7, 2009
  18. 18. write a sonnet Saturday, November 7, 2009
  19. 19. balance accounts Saturday, November 7, 2009
  20. 20. set a bone Saturday, November 7, 2009
  21. 21. comfort the dying Saturday, November 7, 2009
  22. 22. take orders Saturday, November 7, 2009
  23. 23. give orders Saturday, November 7, 2009
  24. 24. cooperate Saturday, November 7, 2009
  25. 25. act alone Saturday, November 7, 2009
  26. 26. solve equations Saturday, November 7, 2009
  27. 27. analyze a new problem Saturday, November 7, 2009
  28. 28. pitch manure Saturday, November 7, 2009
  29. 29. program a computer Saturday, November 7, 2009
  30. 30. cook a tasty meal Saturday, November 7, 2009
  31. 31. fight efficiently Saturday, November 7, 2009
  32. 32. die gallantly. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  33. 33. Specialization is for Saturday, November 7, 2009 insects.
  34. 34. WHY Saturday, November 7, 2009
  35. 35. 1. More useful Saturday, November 7, 2009
  36. 36. 2. More interesting Saturday, November 7, 2009
  37. 37. 3. More confident Saturday, November 7, 2009
  38. 38. equals Saturday, November 7, 2009
  39. 39. more fun Saturday, November 7, 2009
  40. 40. more opportunities Saturday, November 7, 2009
  41. 41. more $$$ Saturday, November 7, 2009
  42. 42. more prepared Saturday, November 7, 2009
  43. 43. more dates Saturday, November 7, 2009
  44. 44. (although “want to check out my record collection?” actually works) Saturday, November 7, 2009
  45. 45. (if you’re in college) Saturday, November 7, 2009
  46. 46. Stuff your mom can tell stories about. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  47. 47. Stuff you can talk about with non-geeks. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  48. 48. (if you don’t want to talk about politics or religion) Saturday, November 7, 2009
  49. 49. or Georgia football Saturday, November 7, 2009
  50. 50. GETTING STARTED Saturday, November 7, 2009
  51. 51. (how to be a newb) Saturday, November 7, 2009
  52. 52. You’re going to suck at first. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  53. 53. You’ll live Saturday, November 7, 2009
  54. 54. The good news: Saturday, November 7, 2009
  55. 55. you have an advantage. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  56. 56. 1. Work outside your job description Saturday, November 7, 2009
  57. 57. try sales Saturday, November 7, 2009
  58. 58. or customer support Saturday, November 7, 2009
  59. 59. or biz crap Saturday, November 7, 2009
  60. 60. just do something that’s “not your job” Saturday, November 7, 2009
  61. 61. 2. Work on fitness Saturday, November 7, 2009
  62. 62. Crossfit Saturday, November 7, 2009
  63. 63. open source fitness technology Saturday, November 7, 2009
  64. 64. Fitness in 100 words Saturday, November 7, 2009
  65. 65. 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
  66. 66. it’s hard, but rewarding Saturday, November 7, 2009
  67. 67. scalable Saturday, November 7, 2009
  68. 68. lifting heavy crap is cool Saturday, November 7, 2009
  69. 69. re-learn how to learn Saturday, November 7, 2009
  70. 70. olympic lifting is crazy technical Saturday, November 7, 2009
  71. 71. learn to struggle Saturday, November 7, 2009
  72. 72. daily progress Saturday, November 7, 2009
  73. 73. daily success Saturday, November 7, 2009
  74. 74. learn to dig deep Saturday, November 7, 2009
  75. 75. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  76. 76. 3. Gather info Saturday, November 7, 2009
  77. 77. what is involved? Saturday, November 7, 2009
  78. 78. money? time? Saturday, November 7, 2009
  79. 79. accessibility of training? Saturday, November 7, 2009
  80. 80. geographically appropriate? Saturday, November 7, 2009
  81. 81. identify skills Saturday, November 7, 2009
  82. 82. identify barriers Saturday, November 7, 2009
  83. 83. Find the geek angle Saturday, November 7, 2009
  84. 84. and hack it. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  85. 85. CRANK IT UP Saturday, November 7, 2009
  86. 86. 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
  87. 87. 1. Find an expert Saturday, November 7, 2009
  88. 88. passionate Saturday, November 7, 2009
  89. 89. willing to share Saturday, November 7, 2009
  90. 90. and lots of patience Saturday, November 7, 2009
  91. 91. bribe, trade, or hire Saturday, November 7, 2009
  92. 92. you’ll discover the stuff you didn’t know that you didn’t know Saturday, November 7, 2009
  93. 93. 2. Go for it Saturday, November 7, 2009
  94. 94. Do it-te! Saturday, November 7, 2009
  95. 95. practice, all is coming Saturday, November 7, 2009
  96. 96. get experience Saturday, November 7, 2009
  97. 97. put away the books Saturday, November 7, 2009
  98. 98. stop reading forums Saturday, November 7, 2009
  99. 99. (or twitter, fb, blogs, whatever) Saturday, November 7, 2009
  100. 100. the more you do, the less scary Saturday, November 7, 2009
  101. 101. the more confidence Saturday, November 7, 2009
  102. 102. getting more comfortable Saturday, November 7, 2009
  103. 103. besides, you can lift 2x your body weight now, right? Saturday, November 7, 2009
  104. 104. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  105. 105. 3. Dominate Saturday, November 7, 2009
  106. 106. pick some goals Saturday, November 7, 2009
  107. 107. measurable, acheivable goals Saturday, November 7, 2009
  108. 108. like Saturday, November 7, 2009
  109. 109. earn a certification Saturday, November 7, 2009
  110. 110. (but, don’t “go back to school”) Saturday, November 7, 2009
  111. 111. win a competition Saturday, November 7, 2009
  112. 112. whatever Saturday, November 7, 2009
  113. 113. something to brag about Saturday, November 7, 2009
  114. 114. and makes a good story Saturday, November 7, 2009
  115. 115. Make your mama proud. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  116. 116. DANGERS Saturday, November 7, 2009
  117. 117. 1. Expense Saturday, November 7, 2009
  118. 118. you’re a geek, you’ll buy gadgets and crap Saturday, November 7, 2009
  119. 119. my “free” puppy Saturday, November 7, 2009
  120. 120. another “free” puppy Saturday, November 7, 2009
  121. 121. less pay Saturday, November 7, 2009
  122. 122. 2. Fragmentation Saturday, November 7, 2009
  123. 123. Jack of all trades, Saturday, November 7, 2009
  124. 124. Master of none. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  125. 125. Half-finished projects Saturday, November 7, 2009
  126. 126. (that’s ok) Saturday, November 7, 2009
  127. 127. balance with day job, family, etc Saturday, November 7, 2009
  128. 128. 3.Your spouse may say Saturday, November 7, 2009
  129. 129. “I never thought I’d be married to a redneck” Saturday, November 7, 2009
  130. 130. “I will not have 10 dogs” Saturday, November 7, 2009
  131. 131. Non-geek Cred Saturday, November 7, 2009
  132. 132. Bird dogs Saturday, November 7, 2009
  133. 133. • 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
  134. 134. EMS/Fire/Rescue Saturday, November 7, 2009
  135. 135. • 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
  136. 136. SkullPop! Saturday, November 7, 2009
  137. 137. • 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
  138. 138. 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
  139. 139. O hai, what do you do? Saturday, November 7, 2009
  140. 140. Uhhh... Saturday, November 7, 2009
  141. 141. I design and manage data center infrastructure for database-driven business applications developed using Ruby on Rails. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  142. 142. you design web sites? Saturday, November 7, 2009
  143. 143. umm, not exactly Saturday, November 7, 2009
  144. 144. Pick a response: Saturday, November 7, 2009
  145. 145. 1. I’m a computer dork. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  146. 146. 2. Actually, I’m an EMT. I try to save lives. Saturday, November 7, 2009
  147. 147. choose your own adventure Saturday, November 7, 2009
  148. 148. Questions? Saturday, November 7, 2009
  149. 149. • 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

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