Monday, September 01, 2008

Geeeeeek!

Well, here's a surprise...

75% Geek

... so yar boo sucks to Jon Worth: I am considerably geekier than yeeeow! Although I suspect that my geek rating is rather more to do with the fact that I know a lot of random and useless pieces of information. Still, I agree with Jon that this was a good question...
One question struck me as particularly good: “Have you ever solved a complex computer problem while in the shower?” YES, loads of times!

It's usually a bath for me, but I do indeed contemplate computer problems there—it's mostly thinking about how to write the most elegant possible CSS, but the bath is a very fine place to consider such matters...

In other news, the new Wikio rankings are out, and your humble Devil has slipped a couple of places to fourth. Scanning the Top Ten, it seems that the Left is stronger—in terms of Wikio's ranking system—than some people would make out...

24 comments:

Sam said...

Mr Kitchen, has it ever occurred to you that there are far more interesting things to get up to in the bath? Good grief, young man!

Surreptitious Evil said...

Well, being a security nerd rather than a graphic artist, I seemed to do somewhat better. I suppose I lost points for using Firefox (or, on OSX, Camino) rather than Opera. I did like the revised Shakespeare, though.

BTW: I tend to read in the bath and think in the shower.

Jon Worth said...

You're very welcome to the title of being more of a geek than me! :-)

SACKERSON said...

You bathe? Are you sure you're a geek?

Anonymous said...

I read in the shower.. but very quickly.

CityUnslicker said...

wikio won't even allow my blog to be submitted. left bastards the lot of them

Obnoxio The Clown said...

I think the shower is the *only* place I solve problems. Unfortunately, I tend to forget the solution before I've finished drying myself off.

Oxbridge Prat said...

I got 80%, but I have an advantage on the video games question being somewhat older than you.

Simon Jester said...

I got 90%.

Why don't they have an option for people who started playing video games before 1980?

Sam Tarran said...

11%. Not bad. At least I'm not as geeky as I view myself.

Panopticon Britain said...

I got 25%, and I'm ashamed. I was expecting at least 60%

Stu said...

Well I got 65%, but I think my results were clouded by the fact that I had a moment of madness and put down that Bilbo was attacked by a Balrog. I feel so silly. I'm too young to have started playing video games before 1990, but I think I should get marks for playing 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego' on a Mac when I was 6...

I have also solved a complex computer problem in the shower. Doing so is a complicated problem in itself, because there isn't anywhere to write an equation down in there.

fewqwer said...

Which was the geekiest number? I picked pi, but I don't think I got any points for that. 42 seemed too obvious.

It is conspicuous that so many 'right-wingers' are engineer types, while leftists tend to be drawn to occupations further removed from reality. This cannot be a coincidence.

Elusive Pimpernel said...

Sitting on the toilet does it for me. Has to be in a stench.

92% for me. A 30-odd year long lifestyle of science fiction, IT, comics, videogames. Rock and roll.

nightjack said...

84% and number 304 here.

I solve most of my problems under pressure.

wonkotsane said...

Just beat you - 78%. They should count the letters in your job title if you're in IT, that's a sure sign of geekish obscurity.

Geoff said...

87% although I should have got bonus points for instinctively emailing the link onwards after I'd finished.

Ade said...

I don't think I've ever solved a problem in the shower; at least, not of the intellectual kind.

Smoking a ciggie was always my most creative time.

Anonymous said...

Only 53% here but what we all want to know is, did you sign up to the dating site or go straight to the results?

David Gillies said...

I only got 91%, which is a bit puzzling, since I'm an alpha geek. I've written code for everything from assembler on breadboarded Z80s and microcontrollers using Modula 2, through Algol 68 on a PDP11, particle accelerator simulations in FORTRAN77 on a VAX 8550, to vectorised C on a Cray Y-MP. The first computer game I played was in 1977 (Colossal Cave Adventure).

And I've solved problems in the shower on many occasions. Even more satisfying is sitting bolt upright at 3 a.m. realising you've unconsciously solved a thorny question, and then immediately leaping out of bed to code it.

Rob Farrington said...

Only 68% here, and I think I only managed even that because I wear Spock ears and speak Klingon (maintaining translators and understanding cultural differences is logical). They also double as elf ears, for when Princess Alhannera needs to be rescued with my trusty sword.

It was the lack of computing knowledge which let me down in the end. Although I am able to do some programming in Basic on a 1980s ZX Spectrum.

Pete in NZ (formerly in Dunbar) said...

This is obviously broken, as I scored 94%.

V said...

75% for me - the questions weren't as geeky as I was expecting - nothing serious on physics, maths or logic!

DWMF said...

Ditto to Pimpernel, best place for deep thought is the throne. When I'm not doing soduko, that is.

78%, due to being an old geekish fart.

David Gillies: I can match all your points, except the Cray. Now I'm jealous.