Western Perspective

Now that I'm a Geek

By Rob Anderson, in , posted: 6-Aug-2007 12:40

As it seems I have enough forum postings, I now hold the status of "Geek" on this illustrious website. About time I started using my blog then.

Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary defines "geek" as:

Pronunciation: 'gEk
Function: noun
Etymology: probably from English dialect geek, geck fool, from Low German geck, from Middle Low German
1 : a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
2 : a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked
3 : an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity geek>
- geek·dom /'gEk-d&m/ noun
- geek·i·ness noun
- geeky /'gE-kE/ adjective

I'm not too happy about the first two definitions, but I'll take the third.

(I didn't know Colonel Sanders was a geek - see definition 1)

However, let me introduce myself; my real name is Rob and I live near the wonderful city of Dunedin, which is also where I grew up.

I have been working in the telecommunications industry for more than 20 years now, and I'm still enjoying it. My interests are: Star Trek, Sci-fi novels, motorcycling and photography.

Maybe Merriam-Webster should include me in their definition??!?

What has really impressed me about other blogs I have read, has been the level of humanism being shown by many of my fellow geeks. I will always endeavor to maintain this sort of standard in my blog and forum postings.

I am looking forward to keeping up this blog. I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to say though, I guess I'll just post what gets me going.

One thing about being a techie in the beautiful South though, I do get around a bit. Check out the sunset over the Maniototo a couple of weeks back:

Maniototo sunset

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Rob Anderson

Ex Telecom Radio Technician, still in the industry working for everyone except Telecom.

Had enough of the cold, upped sticks and moved to Perth, WA.
Now working for NBN Co on Australia's largest infrastructure project ever.

Samosa lover.