So, you want to be a Geek?

07/31/08 :: by allismarkham

And, you kinda feel like a poser with those dark-framed glasses and Chuck Taylors? Well, I don’t blame you. I do too sometimes. Everyone does.

I was speaking with a friend last night who wants to understand more about technology, the web-o-sphere, new media, and probably just be able to laugh at LolCat jokes. He said he wants to be knowledgeable and up-to-date on what’s out there, but doesn’t know where to begin. Checking out the right blogs & bookmarks only make him feel like it’s all some kind of secret language mixed with inside jokes.

Well, I was not prepared or qualified to give him a comprehensive history of the internet followed by a overview of the current trends… and I was about 3 glasses of pinot noir deep. So, I recommended a TWiT cocktail with a twist of Google:

TWiT stands for “This Week in Tech” and is a weekly podcast hosted by online media guru, Leo Laporte. It’s available for download on iTunes, directly on the site or press play on the site’s media player; it couldn’t be easier. And best of all, Leo is extremely entertaining as he and his with tech-savvy guests discuss the latest advances, news and speculation about all things webby.

But, how do you know what they’re talking about? Pause it and Google any names or words you don’t understand. You’ll surely be directed to wikipedia or a relevant search page. Yes, it’s a bit of a process, but after a few episodes you’ll probably be “pwning the newbs” with the rest of us.

2 Responses to “So, you want to be a Geek?”

  1. Evan Meagher Says:

    Good tip. TWiT rocks. Tends to have a great panel, too. Leo’s upbeat, almost naive positivity contrasts well with Dvorak’s bitter contempt for the tech industry. Throw in Wil Harris’s charm and Calacanis’ name-dropping self-assurance and you’ve got quite an entertaining hour and a half.

  2. Patrick Says:

    WikiPedia is set to my home page already - do I win a nerd prize?

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