Just Talking

I’m a Geek

Well, I’m officially a geek. I attended my first ever web developer’s conference…and I liked it. WordCamp NYC is a conference that is held for people using the popular and open source website CMS platform WordPress. The conference topics ranged from “A Beginner’s Guide to WordPress” to “Object Oriented Programming for Plugin Development”. I enjoyed being a part of the more advanced level seminars.

Some of you are saying, “Dude, we’ve know about your geekdom for a long time.” My wife has been telling me that I’m a geek for years. I think the turning point for her was when I installed Ubuntu (Linux) on our Desktop computer and then made it look like OSX (Mac’s Operating System). What can I say? Windows XP just wasn’t doing it for me anymore.

I’ve rejected her claims, though, because I associate “geek” with the 2nd definition – “peculiar” or “dislikable”. After all, I’m a cool cat. I play basketball. I rarely play computer games…and when I do, it’s a sports game. I don’t know anything about Star Trek and I’ve only seen the Star Wars movies once. And I’ve NEVER dressed up as a Space Cowboy. (I admit that my enjoyment of Firefly is certainly a hit against my record, though.)

So, with that qualified, I officially accept that I’m a geek.

But if you ever call me one, I’ll probably punch you in the face… J-Dogg don’t put up wit dat.

noun. slang.

  1. a computer expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders.)
  2. a  peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.
  3. a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.

Source: Dictionary.com

Lucas Dunking

Lucas has grown in many since moving back to the States. Both his physical and mental skills have greatly improved. It’s been such a joy to see him enjoying life. He loves cars, trucks & trains more than anything else. In fact, the way to coax him into going to Sunday school is by saying something like, “Lucas, I think they have a truck for you!” (It works every time.)

He also like balls, which of course thrills my heart since I’m also a fan. He gladly joined me in playing basketball on this afternoon. We were at Anna’s school picnic at a State park. Despite his fear of heights (he’s our timid one), he overcame for a few seconds to dunk the ball. He actually wanted to do it several times, which, of course wore me out.


Picture notes:
My wife took this picture and I edited it. I did my original edits (cropping, B&W) in iPhoto and then moved over to Photoshop to add the puzzle effect. I also removed my arm pit shadows as it was distracting and the first thing I looked at. (See original and cropped B&W.)

Lucas Dunking B&W Cropped

Lucas Dunking Orginal