||Saturday, November 19, 2005
Remember when MEGA meant really, really big. Not anymore. Now we are
dealing with all things TERA. Like the people that I've been hanging
out with during my stay in Seattle.
The attendees, many of them at least, of the SC|05 conference are very
geeky. I know, I know, it is bad to stereotype. Heaven knows that we
are all individuals and should be treated that way. But, come on, how
obvious does it have to get.
Sure, today's TERAgeeks are a new breed. Most of them bath regularly.
However, many of them still are challenged on the grooming front. Bad
hair, bad cuts, you know, the usual. And most of us have moved beyond
that pimple phase, but we do tend to sport some pasty complexions.
Turning around seemed to be a big problem all week. It seems that geeks
like to stand close, dive inbetween you and the intended objective,
invade personal space as a regular thing. For snacks last Thursday we
were provided with a big freezer full of premium ice cream bars. Yummy.
reached into the void and had three bars snatched from my grasp before
I could agressively nab the fourth. Just a guess, but I'd bet there
were only 75 bars left after I got mine. But who can say for sure.
Reversing directions became problematic on multiple occassions. Those
sneaky little geeks can get right behind you without making a sound.
Then, boom, deciding to turn around becomes a contact sport. Great fun.
Nice to know that I'm rubbing elbows with extremely bright, upwardly
mobile, influencial, talented geeks. Tera-geeks, if you will. And it's
equally fulfilling to see that success hasn't spoiled us or given us
any of those pesky social graces.............
© 2005 Jim Stewart
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