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Tag: geeks

Welcome your new geek overlords

Here’s Jim Henley’s nomination for “thing of the decade”:

As Hardison said, “Age of the geek, baby!” As defeatist (and boring) as that last post sounded, the great consolation of the Oy’s, for me and people like me, was — and I mean this in a healthful, life-affirming way — our ruthless and total conquest of the culture.

Even areas that were once considered almost off limits to geeks, like sports fandom, have been occupied by geek legions. Geeks have not only changed the way sports is covered, but even the way professional sports teams are run. Geeks have finally witnessed the ascendancy of the medium in which they are the most comfortable (the Internet) and the form of analysis they most prefer (quantitative). Don’t think of it as a coincidence that CBO scores of legislation have become so important. If you don’t make an effort to crunch the numbers, nobody takes you seriously any more.

We’re living in the golden age for geeks.

The curse of arrogance

From the comments on Wired News’ Hans Reiser article today:

but in all seriousness, the reason so many of us are motivated about this trial is because we can project ourselves into the defense seat. watching as 12 hopelessly irrational commoners convict us super-brights on nothing but a pool of circumstantial evidence. its a scary thought.

Working in the world of software development you see this kind of arrogance frequently.

Links for March 22

  • Exposure: Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris on the photographs from Abu Ghraib in the New Yorker. Morris has a new documentary on Abu Ghraib coming out on April 25 called Standard Operating Procedure. It’s tough to believe that Donald Rumsfeld and George W Bush will never go to jail after reading this article.
  • Marginal Revolution: Why have burglaries declined? Globalization has made manufactured goods so cheap that the incentive to steal them has been reduced.
  • Compiler: New Wiki-Style Features Allow Anyone to Edit Google Maps. It’ll be interesting to see how this experiment works out.
  • Edmunds.com: We Test the Tips. Edmunds tested a bunch of “better gas mileage” tips to determine which ones will actually improve your car’s fuel economy. Driving less aggressively seems to offer the biggest bang for the buck.
  • Andrew Brown: The nerd is the enemy of civilisation. ELIZA creator on RMS and his friends at MIT in the 70s.
  • furbo.org: Vote for virtualization. Not allowing virtualization puts OS X behind the times.

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