It's time to appreciate how good it is to be a geek right now because, not to end on a downer, it will eventually come to an end. The grip that Tribe Geek has over the popular culture will slip eventually and we will be forced to look backwards with our trademark nostalgia.
So, maybe, if you're not feeling up to yet another Tuesday getting elbowed and puked on in a nightclub, or you'd prefer to bring your mates to you rather than spend half your student loan on overpriced vodka in Tesco, pull out a board game, dig out a set of D20s, and do like the geeks do.
Over the past few years we've seen the unstoppable rise of the geek. From popular culture to big business, the geeks have inherited the earth. They're the billionaires, the modern day rock stars, and their many achievements have resulted in a significant change to their status in popular society.
It wasn't actually that long ago that science was a topic that gave everyone but eggheads a headache. While lesser minds obsessed over things like looking cool, and having sex, and getting invited to parties, the nerd could go about life smug in the knowledge that we knew how things really worked.
Females account for between 15-20% of engineering and computer science students at universities in the UK. I had heard the numbers, but they had failed to capture just what it would feel like to find yourself in a large lecture room filled with 150 students, only 20 of whom were female.
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When it comes to both geek interests and skillsets, women are heavily involved and the percentage of those women is increasing.
I have always been a geek, refusing to enjoy football, as that was the game of my childhood bullies and no matter how hard I try, I will always associate the sport with assholes. My secret however; is both a sport for the mind and a hobby for the soul! It is creative, strategic and rather ironically a lot like football. What game am I referring to? Warhammer 40 K.
I've admitted it already: it's a long time since I was 18. But I don't recall the Nerds and Geeks and Weeds being the cool kids who set the trends.
There's something about the scope of Tolkein's creation that completely captures the imagination. The allegories about the triumph of honour, courage and selflessness still ring true, when in other contemporary works they now feel flat and old-fashioned.