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The Geek Manifesto

This hit my email a few minutes ago, and as a proud geek myself, I just had to share.

The Geek Manifesto

We are geeks, and we are proud to be.

We are rational; we understand cause and effect; we understand consequences; we understand loosely-coupled distributed self-organizing systems with multiple redundant communication channels.

We are a community of geeks, not individuals entirely subject to our employers’ whims. Our personal contacts make up the backbone of the world-wide GeekWeb.

The world we live in could not function without us. It would not exist without our intellectual forebears. We have power, to do or to not do. Together, we have ultimate power. An individual can be corrupted; a community of peers cannot. Our work demands honesty. We demand it of each other. Without a central command structure there is no one to corrupt.

With power comes responsibility. We are smarter than the plutocrats. We know that their agenda will drive the world to hell, and their wealth will not insulate them from the consequences. The world has been there before. The time will come when action is necessary. We will decide how to decide. We will know what to do.

Spread the word.

Let’s see where this goes, shall we?

10 replies »

  1. Years ago a friend told me, “You’re not a geek until a confirmed geek calls you one.” I was crushed. As he was walking away, he turned back and said “Geek!” It was a proud moment.

    Add this:

    We understand the need for planning and building multiple redundancies into the system. We know that fail-over is better than just disaster recovery and that disaster avoidance is even better. We know a Plan B is good, but there should be some consideration of Plans C-G as well. We know the power of continuous learning, enjoy it, and appreciate our fellow intellectual sponges.

    We thrive on good questions and finding good answers. We appreciate good questions that don’t have easy answers or sometimes have no answers at all. We don’t shy away from the unknown, the difficult, or the obscure. We seek those things out because they make us smarter, stronger, and more capable.

  2. Brian–this is a very interesting thread. But a thought occured to me yesterday. I grew up in business as an analytic–I was a disciple of very structured, analytically based strategic planning. In hindsight, I am not sure it was very effective, because we were aspiring to be geeks about something that was ungeekable–very complex problems with incomplete data sets and serious auto-feedback loops. (A un-lethal version of the Robert McNamara problem, I suppose.) I am not sure where I am headed with this, but it’s something to the effect that you have to be a geek, you cant choose to be a geek.

  3. another thought. remember the club of rome? stuff widely derided as being doom and gloom and used as an example of how progressives panic over nothing? my perception is that some of that stuff has actually come true, it’s just that it’s come true in africa and asia where no one notices. have you ever compared that experience to the climate change issue?

    • Didn’t you know? The Club of Rome proves that all environmentalists are One World Government pinkos bent on harvesting the vital fluids of red blooded Americans in their NWO dreams. With black helicopters. And anal probes.

  4. Don’t wait and see, do.

    you are a geek; you know other geeks. Get them to read it and think.