Apparently I’m kind of a failure as a geek because I didn’t even know there was such thing as Embrace Your Geekness Day, which is July 13th (not to be confused with Geek Pride day on May 25th, by the way). But since a very nice lady from SingleHop was cool enough to ask me to do some interview questions to celebrate Geekness Day, well, now I know. And the more you know…
I do think we’re probably starting to take this new multitude of made-up holidays a little far. Like is there a “Cats on the Internet” day yet? There seems to be one for just about everything now. But in the spirit of fun, here we go with the questions.
1. What makes you a geek?
I’ve been in love with space and SF&F (books, TV, and movies) since I was a kid. My dad pretty much raised us on SF&F – to the level of bringing us along to Star Trek conventions from the tender age of seven or so. We were always encouraged to help ourselves to anything on the many bookshelves around the house, and my mom took us to the library at least once a week to restock. Let’s just say my love of books is very well rooted.
I’ve always been huge space enthusiast, other than a brief stint around age five when I, for some strange reason I can no longer remember, wanted to be a dentist. Now I have masters in both Aerospace Engineering and Space Studies. I may never get to be an astronaut, but maybe if I’m a successful enough engineer I can afford that ticket on Virgin Galactic someday!
I’ve also been incredibly fortunate to marry a fellow geek, and now we are those people who decorated our daughter’s nursery with a space theme. I will probably embarrass her horribly when she’s a teenager by wearing a Kaylee costume in public or showing people the pictures of her dressed as GIR for Halloween (her request!).
2. What is your proudest geek moment?
Every time I am able to participate in STEM outreach events of any kind. Whether it’s being part of a SeaPerch competition or sitting on a “Women in STEM” panel at a con, I love getting to be an advocate for STEM education and let kids – girls especially – know that STEM fields are not only really cool, but well within their reach if they work hard and ignore the haters.
Also, memorizing the Litany Against Fear from Frank Herbert’s Dune.
3. What is your geek motto/favorite geek quote?
Laugh it up, fuzzball.
4. Who is your geek role model?
Anyone who likes what they geek out about enough to be vocal/visual about it in public. It takes a special, brave kind of person to dress up in costume or tell the whole world that they love something geeky and why.
5. Which SingleHopper geek do you most relate to? Why?
Is it bad if I admit I had never heard of SingleHop before? I am apparently failing at all kinds of geek stuff today!
6. How familiar are you with SingleHop’s product offerings (dedicated servers, private cloud hosting, managed hosting, etc.)?
7. Anything else you think we should know?
These questions made me think of the days of those email surveys we young people all sent around to each other in the heydey of AOL. Oops, did I just date myself?
Share your answers to these questions in the comments if you like!