I was strolling in a mall while listening to Leo Laporte and Amber McArthy on Net @ Night.Â They were discussing about technology and how it has evolved many many times over.Â I was quite struck from strolling to steps as Leo was clever to relate that his son was saying he was a geek.Â Knowing who Leo Laporte is, I also said “yes, Leo, you’re a geek” (in my mind of course).Â
But Leo went on to a light-bulb statement.Â He said, “You know, my son says I’m a geek dad because I can do sooo many things.Â But you see, he’s geekier than me, yet he clearly doesn’t admit it.Â I had to learn all that I know, he on the other hand is doing this naturally.Â So call me a learned geek… he’s a geek since he’s born!”
10 years ago, flashback, high school days.Â To me, being a geek meant carrying this HP scientific calculator.Â I made sure it was seen when I carry it with my binder.Â I was high-tech then.Â I could imagine how silly I’d look now if I did that same thing.
20 years ago, flashback, elementary days.Â To me, being a geek meant carrying a slider ruler.Â Or maybe a pencil case with those “groovy” secret areas where by the click of a hidden button a hidden drawer pops out.Â I was high-tech then. I could imagine how my daughter would stare me down if I offered her that!
I have a 10-year old daughter, and she’s a geek.Â She has 3 friendster accounts, 2 my space accounts, a .Mac account, a YouTube account, a gmail, a macmail, a yahoo mail, a yahooID of course…Â SHE’S A GEEK!
But like Leo’s son, she’s a natural geek.Â She doesn’t know it, because what’s around her is all too natural for her.Â An iPod, a creative Zen, a Macbook, a Nintendo DS, a Sony PSP, a Dell Laptop, a Toshiba Laptop, WIFI at home, a slider cellphone, a cybershot camera, a cybershot cellphone…
Arggghhh… SHE’s a geek!Â
I’m… well, a pretend-geek next to her!