Moats and Gates

A couple quick links…

I think this should be required reading. It’s a snarky yet poignant personal tale about having “adventures with the rich.” I don’t know about you all, but it seems weird to me that wealthy folks are so often heralded as people worth emulating; so many of them seem like such huge assholes.

Here’s a geekfight, of sorts. Actually, it’s a fight about what geeks are (ladies, your admission into the club is conditional!) , and who gets to be the geek gatekeeper. I would never in a million years refer to myself as a geek, because I find the label obnoxious (and really just way a to give yourself a pat on the back for being a big fan of something). But if I ever decide to join the geek club, I’ll  knock you over and kick you in the head if you try to keep me out. YOU don’t decide who a geek is; we all decide for ourselves, thanksverymuch.  Not considering myself a geek, I’m on the periphery of all this drama…but I tend to find this sort of thing fascinating. Perhaps you do, too.

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13 thoughts on “Moats and Gates

  1. The really weird thing about the “gated community” wealthy is that they can’t wall everything off- global warming will hit them, even if they try to mitigate it’s effects, they’ll eventually fail. Maybe it’s time to re-read The Drowned World (Smut bait).

    I would never in a million years refer to myself as a geek, because I find the label obnoxious (and really just way a to give yourself a pat on the back for being a big fan of something)

    Yeah, I think it’s time to reject labels. I sure enjoy being an egghead, but I really don’t want to be associated with a lot of the MRA/Fear of Girls baggage that seems to go along with a certain subset of geekdom.

      • Wait, what’s an Egghead, again? I’ve lost track. Myself, I love the Geek/Nerd labels. It was considered an insult when I was playing D&D in middle school, but I feel like it’s been “taken back” these last few years, which I dig.
        And while I enjoy looking at/kissing/gettin’ freaky with pretty girls as much as the next straight guy, I’m with BBBB on that; I don’t ever want to get caught standing next to one of those MRA jagoffs, much less be associated with ’em. Self-loathing people of any kind weird me out, but self-loathing gay dudes just seem sad.

      • I think that’s one of the reasons I don’t care for labels–so many of them are so imprecise and tend to lose their meaning over time.

        I’ve always thought of eggheads as smarty-pants people who like to immerse themselves in whatever studies interest them. I don’t associate geekdom with smarts. Almost everyone geeks out to something…and a lot of those somethings aren’t indicative of higher intellect.

  2. Down here in my neck of the woods we actually have a gated community INSIDE a gated community. Apparently the .1% felt the need to show how superior they are to the 1%.

  3. (Smut bait).
    It’s not enough just to mention a Ballard book. It has to be the 1965 Penguin edition of the Ballard book, the one with the Tanguy painting as the cover art.

  4. But if I ever decide to join the geek club

    I don’t think it’s possible in Peacock’s sense. I mean at some point you have to not know what’s going on and learn and Peacock seems to want people who are fully-formed in their likes.

    Big surprise, clubs are exclusionary. I’ve been reading a little about the Thunderfoot mess and for a lot of people it just seems to be about what team to play for, not about who might be right or wrong. Surprise, atheists, believing things uncritically is a problem.

    • I don’t think it’s possible in Peacock’s sense. I mean at some point you have to not know what’s going on and learn and Peacock seems to want people who are fully-formed in their likes.

      That’s a great point. What about people who are dipping their toes into geeky waters? Are they allowed?

      I did a teeny bit of reading on Thunderfoot and it looks as though the guy is humongous asshole dripping in privilege.

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