Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Hi. My name is Doug and I'm a geek.

Ten things that give me away.

1. I love the periodic table of the elements. It’s one of the coolest things that I know of. Mendeleev rocks! A coworker owns a copy of the table that is actually autographed by Glenn Seaborg. I totally covet it.

2. I wear Dockers. And I don’t care.

3. In the 1980s, after I saw a Nova episode about his work, I developed a crush on Stephen Jay Gould.

4. I have never seen a single episode of Survivor, American Idol, or Dancing with the Stars.

5. I know how to use a slide rule (though I’m badly out of practice).

6. Growing up, the TV programs that most influenced me were Jonny Quest and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. This combination marks me not only as geeky, but gay and geeky.

7. When I still lived in Massachusetts, I met two famous people. I was much more taken by meeting Harold Edgerton than by meeting Liza Minelli.
(OK, that one loses me all of the remaining points on my gay card).

8. From the time I was about 10, the two things that I listed as what I wanted to be when I grew up were a scientist (really meaning a field biologist) and a meteorologist. Option #1 won.

9. I was on the debate team in high school.

10. My one possession that could be described as fag-fabulous is a test tube rack.

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At 17:36, Anonymous Lemuel said...

...and everybody in the group said, "Hi Doug!" :)

At 17:46, Anonymous pablo said...

I watched Johnny Quest and Wild Kingdom, but I missed out on the gay influence. I wonder what my life would have been like . . .

At 20:40, Blogger Bear Me Out said...

A slide rule? You are really showing your age. Yes, I loved to watch Stephen Jay Gould, too. I wish, at the time, I could have articulated why. And Marlin Perkins mustache . . . .
The test tube tray is great! those colors!

At 06:31, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Lem- I know quite a few other members of Geeks Anonymous around here. They know who they are.

Pablo - The guy my partner and I went hiking with in the Sierras last month is str8. He didn't get the Jonny Quest thing either. I guess you just gotta be there.

BMO- Greetings and welcome to the Tapestry. Marlin was a role model for me, but Jim was the source of more carnal interests on my part. Thanks for stopping by.

At 10:07, Blogger BentonQuest said...

Humm...Benton Quest?

I have always wanted to know how to use a slide rule, they intrigue me.

At 10:14, Blogger robin andrea said...

I had a crush on Stephen Jay Gould too! I once knew how to use a slide rule, but that was over 40 years ago. We still have one in an old desk drawer. I've never watched an episode of Survivor, Idol, or Dancing either. Geeks rule!

At 11:09, Blogger rodger said...

Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins...I never missed an episode.

Here's my favorite table...http://www.threadless.com/product/437/Tasty_Table

At 12:16, Blogger Ur-spo said...

ah but you are a happy-doing a job you love - well partnered- excited about your things - geek.
rather envious.

At 13:48, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Benton- Well, my feelings about the good doctor have been no secret for some time now. Of course, Race Bannon was pretty hot, too.

Robin- Geeks do rule. Though it's been suggested that knowing how to use a slide rule means that I'm old more than it means that I'm a geek. But I'm having none of it.

Rodger - My favorite alternative Periodic Table is the Periodic Table of the Vegetables. It would be a lot of fun to do a Periodic Table of the Butterflies.

Spo- Thanks. And I agree that being a geek works pretty well for me.

At 18:02, Blogger Dave Coulter said...

Geekery is a word? Use it in a sentence!

At 19:04, Anonymous Bug_girl said...

wait--you do field biology AND you're a gene jockey?

I bow down before your multidisciplinarianness.

I loved Johnny Quest and Wild Kingdom too--I hadn't thought about it, but perhaps this explains some things about me......

(And good guess about the corn flakes :)

At 23:05, Anonymous Tony said...

But I thought it was Jack Radcliffe that gave you away as gay! And I just loved Johnny Quest when I was a kid. LOL

At 02:24, Blogger lesle said...

Years ago, inexpensive slide rules were displayed on top of the counter and the expensive hand calculators were locked up in the display case. Now, the valuable antique slide rules are locked in the case and the hand calculators are on the top. Evolution?

At 04:57, Anonymous rcwbiologist said...

After reading your post maybe it's time for me to come out of the closet, lol. And I can't believe that I've been a vegetarian for 20 years now and have never seen the Periodic Table of the Vegetables. That is cool.

At 08:52, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Dave C - I though that the 10 things that I presented all illustrated my geekery pretty well :) I can't take credit for the word, I've seem it floating around the Internet in a bunch of places.

bug girl - That's me, Jack of all trades, master of none.

Tony - Jack R. gave me away as gay? You mean he's been talking about me? Swoon.

Lesle - Hi and welcome to the Tapestry. Thanks for stopping by. I still shudder to think how much I paid for my first calculator, and how little it did.

RCW - You should come out of the closet. It's so liberating having everyone know that you're a geek- there's nothing left to hide after that. The fact that you use GPS probably makes folks a bit suspicious anyway.

At 12:04, Blogger Homer said...

My favorite class at U Michigan was human osteology. My second favorite was Woody Plants of Michigan.

At 12:35, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Homer- Yep. As I mentioned in an earlier comment to my fellow geeks, you know who you are. Wasn't Woody Plants of Michigan the class where you had the unfortunate interaction with poison ivy?

At 05:33, Blogger steve'swhirlyworld said...

Even though I've been laughed at by friends, I've always been hot for the "kind of geeky, smart guy". Brains are HOT!


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