July 13th is Embrace Your Inner Geekness Day
In recent years there has been an onslaught of new geeky holidays. There is the very specific System Administrator Appreciation Day (the last Friday in July), the not-just-reserved-for-geeks-but-still-pretty-geeky Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), and for the math-nerds in the house there is Pi Day (March 14, or 3.14 – the first three digits of Pi).
Personally, I am partial to May the Fourth Be With You Day (May 4 obviously) and Geek Pride Day (May 25, the anniversary of the 1977 release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) due to my well-documented obsession with the Star Wars franchise. But that’s just me.
There are many others, but according to Al Gore’s internet, today is “Embrace Your Inner Geekness Day”. I can’t seem to find out who started this holiday or from where it emerged, but it is a big enough deal that Best Buy’s Geek Squad is ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in its honor.
I’ve always been pretty comfortable putting my Geek right out there for the world to see!
The term “geek” has come a long way. Originally it referred to a carnival performer in a freak show that bit the head off of chickens or bats. Eventually it came to be synonymous with the class nerd, a stereotype personified by Anthony Michael Hall in movies like the Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. But it has come to mean “one who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, etc.” In fact, many people all over the world wear the title of Geek proudly and without shame. This could be an indirect result of very successful geeks like Steve Wozniak and Bill Gates.
According to Time Magazine, the Geek Shall Inherit the Earth – so why wouldn’t we be proud?
So put on your prosthetic Spock ears, wear a cunning hat, buy something useless but awesome at Think Geek, quote Star Wars, do whatever you want that might be perceived as Geeky. You know, act like me for a day!
In the meantime, get inspired by other geeks by checking out artist Len Peralta’s latest project where he challenged himself to make contact with and create a trading card for 52 famous geeks, called Geek-A-Week. He’s only 19 cards into the set and has already designed cards for the likes of Jonathan Coulton, Kevin Smith, Wil Wheaton, John Hodgeman, Brea Grant and Cory Doctorow. They are cooler than a full-on Double Rainbow and über geeky to boot.