But after some conversations at work I was asked to define the differences between geeks and nerds. Was one good, one bad? Why? What is the difference? And how does someone know if they are a geek? And how geeky are they?
I gave what I thought was the probable difference between the two, but then came across this little description in a comment on MilitantGeek that sums it up very well (in fact, better than the blog it was posted on). It’s like NAT settings for geeks. And that statement right there makes me a geek. Anyway:
Geeks are Nerds with social skills.
They have an incredible passion for knowledge, but fit into society. Geeks are able to communicate with other geeks, also with Nerds, Regular People, and even dorks.
Nerds can communicate effectively only with other nerds & tolerant geeks.
Dorks often can’t effectively communicate.
Geek = good grades in school, popular, often athletic. Graduates & gets a good job, a hot wife (or husband if female), and raises future geeks.
I am not fully sure about the last bit, i.e. athleticism. Or good grades. Or popular. Someone is fluffing their own nest there, I think. But, I think it explains everything rather nicely.
Now, if you want to find out just how geeky you are, take this little test here and find out. I was surprisingly only a total geek at 26.82446%. Bu then, allowing for the fact that some of the options are utterly American and therefore not relevant, I would include a localisation bonus of around 38%. Or thereabouts. And Martin would get an extra 22.6% increase for owning an oscilloscope. And I get an extra 2.8% for knowing what that is.