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code of the geek

Geekcode-SnipOh, sure, I’m a righteous, vintage-wearing cooler-than-thou coolster into Wes Anderson movies and Cat Power concerts, and sometimes pretty girls talk to me, but there’s more to the enigma called Eric than meets the eye.

The fact of the matter is that I’m proficient in several programming languages, regularly have lengthy discussions on the technical merits of various operating systems, and can (and will, if permitted) talk at length about why Babylon 5 was so much better than Star Trek — and why Buffy the Vampire Slayer was better than both.

Also, I was almost certainly using the web long before you were, back when a solid understanding of TELNET and Gopher was pretty much a requirement. (This is not bragging — if you think the interweb is lame now, you should have seen it in 1995.)

What, you doubt I’m a nerd? (Just kidding, I know you believe me.) Behold! I have just computed my own personal Geek Code.

Version: 3.1
GCS d-- s--:+> a C++$ U++$>+++ P++(--) L+>- E--- K++ M++$ PS++() 
PE-(++)@ Y? PGP t- 5+(++) tv--() b+++ DI- G e+++>++++ h- r-->++ y?

Of course, the geek code technology is ten years old and therefore, might as well be a hundred. No specification for describing my mad Python programming skills? No slot for my Lord of the Rings opinions? No Slashdot?? Clearly, this cannot keep up with the 21st century geek. Sadly, the only successor seems to be OmniCode, which gains points for having a retro name, but then throws them all away be being hideously complicated and boring.

Real geeks like elegant solutions.