Sunday, May 25, 2008

Be Proud Geek, Wave Your Towel

May 25, 2008 - It has been said that the geek shall inherit the earth.1. Honestly, can we even really dispute this one? Maybe the only other option is the sports hero, or David Cook. But alas, the geek can not run, jump, catch, or throw. They often can't carry a tune, and aren't that good on a dance floor. But they can break everything down into the basal 0's and 1's and build them back up again. How about a network full of computers that will learn it's role from the next computer over? Geeks. The Internet that we probably couldn't live without anymore... Geeks. Music? Geeks. High capacity storage for light-years high piles of information? Geeks.

When the last turn table stops turning, the lights go out, and all we are left with is a few networks, the blazing sun, cockroaches and Twinkies, it will be the Geeks that make it workable. And yet, they are the first to be picked on in school, the first to be made fun of, the last to lose their virginity, and the least likely to be the life of the party. The non-geek will make fun, laugh and get on with their party. But wait. The geek gets the last laugh. After all, if <1>2. So today, celebrate your inner geek. If you know a geek, be proud. If you are a geek, be more proud. It's Geek Pride Day. Tape up your glasses, grab your pocket protector, hack awhile, grab a coke, and then get out and show how all those 1's are often followed by 0's. And whatever you do, do not leave your towel at home.

Arthur Dent tried to resist, and they bulldozed his house to make room for an interstellar causeway. Fortunately, he hitchhiked his way across the universe, and found out the answer to the biggest question of all... 42. I would like to suggest that this number be revised to 48 to account for inflation. Ah, the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything. It is as unclear as it could be, but if there are any Douglas Adams fans, you will know that the answer may not make sense, but perhaps it is the question that is fundamentally flawed.

But back to the towel. According to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the towel "is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical value... More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value." 3. The towel can be a blanket, a bed, a weapon, a hiding place, it can keep you cool, keep sand out of your whites, and can dry you when you are wet. Douglas Adams was a highly creative mind that was lost far too early. There was another book in the works when he passed on at the age of 49 of a sudden heart attack. His fans remain true, and May 25 has been declared Towel Day as a tribute to Mr. Adams. It's also a great way to pick out the sci-fi geeks in the crowd. Is there any doubt that Geek Pride Day and Towel Day are the same date? And I'm celebrating both today. I'll be using my towel to dust the monitors before taking it to the beach.

1. I first saw this quote on a tee-shirt on "G" while working together as partners in an ISP... G stands for Geek and he's proud of it, dammit.
2. For you non-geeks - Resistance Equals Voltage Divided By Current Events... aka Resistance is futile.
3. Excerpt from my own very worn copy of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. The Towel Day website is

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