Geek, Dork, Nerd

Geek, Dork, Nerd
Geeks in the Mist

Amanda Yesilbas | 5 Oct 2010 12:35
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Environment

The lairs of group members shared certain habitat features. The walls were adorned with scrolls of semi-translucent material depicting caricatures of large-breasted females from various Japanese media. Bookshelves were inevitably packed with brightly-colored paperbacks bearing titles in archaic-looking fonts as well as large game manuals detailing arcane rules and exotic locales. The area below the television set was a snarl of cables from VCRs and game consoles.

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Social Interactions

At the beginning of the three-year observation period, the Geeks' social interactions remained primarily fixed within the bachelor herd. The insular interactions were broken by occasional forays to public shopping aggregates to observe females of different species. These produced no more results than the purchase of cinnamon-flavored pastries from an admired female.

Slowly, the maturation process became more apparent. The third year, a fertile female was introduced into the group, and one of the bachelors broke away to begin a relationship with a female from a different ecosystem. It was the first step in the dissolution of the bachelor herd.

Conclusion: At these early stages, the identity of the bachelor Geeks was fluid. By studying their activities and habitats I was able to identify them positively as Geeks, but how they would develop as a subspecies was still unclear at this time.

Revisiting the Subjects and Current Survey

At the end of the research period in the wilds of the university habitat, dissolution of the bachelor tribe seemed inevitable. With the initial report filed, observation of the Geek herd was suspended for approximately ten years. Members were tracked but left alone to develop. Observation resumed when location and funding permitted.

Reintroduction

Though the bachelor group had splintered as each member took a mate and pursued a career, the original members had formed a loose-knit network and maintained communications via electronic means. Reintroduction occurred at a new annual ritual known as "Field Day." It was a mixed gathering of Geeks and non-Geeks. The Geeks emulated the alien non-Geek culture with such accuracy that all earlier observation seemed invalid. During this new ritual, the Geeks grilled meats, consumed grain-based alcoholic beverages, and participated in group-based physical sports. Was the Geek form simply a larval stage whose last vestiges were cast aside at maturity? This would explain the rapid decline of Geeks outside of the university habitat. Further observations were needed.

Geek Pack Members

The Geek pack members have reached physical maturity, substituting adolescent gawkiness with the full body of adulthood. Each has paired off with a mate outside of the Geek ecosystem to form a family unit. The careers pursued by the pack are not those traditionally associated with Geeks such as IT. The camouflage of suits and polo shirts further masked any physical manifestation of Geek characteristics. The carefully-constructed appearance of each individual confuses identification.

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