I hang out with a lot of non-geeks, and I’m sure most of you do too. Actually, I work with most of them. Well, this past week I was spending even more time with some of the people I work with since we were together at a conference, and surprisingly enough a few geeky topics made their way into conversation. I realized quickly that many of my non-geek friends still have a pretty good amount of geek credit in some form or another, including some love for everyone’s favorite Captain Tightpants. Therefore, I and blog contributor A. Cetogen brainstormed this list of things that give you an instant Geek Credit, even if you aren’t really a geek.
You Love Firefly
This is the one that started it all. One of my most seemingly non-geeky friends started talking about how great Firefly and Nathan Fillion was. I was so impressed that she knew and loved this cult thirteen episode show (and badly attended movie) that I gave her a Geek Credit on the spot.
You Write and Post Fanfic
If you geek out about something, and I mean anything, enough that you spend your time writing stories in their world and then enough to see what others in that fandom think of them, you get a Geek Credit.
You’ve Read an Entire SciFi/Fantasy/Graphic Novel Series
… of 5 books or more, oh, and written for adults (Yes, that means neither Harry Potter nor Twilight count, but I don’t think the time factor compares for young adult writings). If you get so into a series like that you put a good chunk of your life into it, that’s a Geek Credit. If you are one of the Wheel of Time folks, I have some serious respect for reading those bricks. I’ll stick with my Foundation, thanks.
You Drop SciFi/Fantasy Pop Culture References in Normal Conversation
If you are the type who randomly tells people they “aren’t thinking fourth dimensionally” or “it’s our time, down here” or tosses around “frak” or “oh my Gods” on a semi-regular basis, yeah, you get a Geek Credit. If you just got all three of those, I’ll give you a second for free.
Have/Had a Crush on Geek Icon
If you swoon at the sight (or thought) of people such as Wil Wheaton, Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris, or Felicia Day, yeah, you get a Geek Credit. Wow, now that I think about it, I’m amazed anyone can watch Dr. Horrible without squeeing through the whole thing.
You Own Two of More Albums by a Geek Band
This tends to be one of the best places to make non-geek connections, because there are a lot of TMBG fans out there, and not all of them are full-fledged geeks. JoCo is also becoming more and more popular, although I’m not sure as many folks own his stuff.
You Correct Scientific Facts
And bonus Geek Credit if it is because you looked up and read the original research. I mean, it takes at least a little bit of geek to read/hear about something and then go look it up to check out its scientific accuracy. Also, more bonuses for doing this associated with fiction or video games. Like, whether or not Mario can bend space or spacetime, that’s a Geek Credit.
You Own a Die with More Sides than 6
This one is easy. You have to have at least some geek to own strange dice. I personally like dodecahedrons and icosahedrons.
You Run Two or More Twitter Accounts
Everyone nowadays is on twitter. Well, my great-aunts haven’t figured it out yet, but I’m sure they will soon. However, if you love it so much that you have multiple accounts, for example, a blog account, a personal account, an etsy related account, etc., that’s really one step further than normal. #GeekCreditAcheived
You Can Type html Without Looking It Up
That goes for other basic programming languages as well. If you are adding a comment to a blog post and without even thinking just go ahead and type <a href=” then I think that deserves a geek credit, especially since most people who comment can barely type with full words and punctuation.
Okay, those are my ten things that are automatic geek credit. Feel free to use this list to drive your family and co-workers crazy by explaining how many Geek Credit’s they have racked up while talking to you. Got any additions to the list? Let us know in the comments!