Synopses & Reviews
From Bill Gates to Dilbert to the computer whiz next door, geeks are here to stay. But how man' of us really know what geeks are all about? The Preppy Handbook for the year 2000, The Geek Handbook is a wise and hilarious guide to analyzing and understanding all things geek, including:
-- The Inner Geek -- Why watching Star Trek 'RM' will help you relate to your geek
-- The Geek Diet -- Soda, pizza, and other geek food groups
-- How Your Geek Relates to Others -- Geek organizations and gathering spots
-- Getting Your Geek to Exercise -- Klingon 'TM' martial arts as workout strategy
Filled with helpful charts and diagrams, a look at geeks throughout history, fixes to common geek bugs, and much more, The Geek Handbook is the essential guide that will help both geeks and geek lovers survive -- and thrive -- in the new millennium.
Jon Katz author of Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho Timely, funny...genuinely useful....I laughed out loud.
Eric S. Raymond author of The New Hacker's Dictionary This book may save your relationship. Better yet, it may help you get in touch with your own inner geek.
Jon Katz The Geek Handbook has a vey helpful, even touching, quality to it. Geeks are now running the systems that run the world, and this handbook will help you live with them, work with them, and sometimes even love them. As Halpin points out so skillfully, that isn't always easy.
He has reached every level of Myst.
Her room is littered with soda cans. He idolizes Data from Star Trek®. But all your favorite geek really wants is to be understood....
Whether you're friends with a geek, work with one, love one, or hate one, The Geek Handbook provides handy instructions for analyzing and understanding all things geek, including:
How Your Geek Relates to Others
Geek organizations and gathering spots
Getting Your Geek to Exercise
Klingon martial arts as workout strategy
The Geek Diet
Soda, pizza, and other geek food groups; how to help your geek thrive
About the Author
Mikki Halpin wrote the essay "A Girl's Guide to Geek Guys" for Bunnyhop, and it quickly became an Internet classic, earning Mikki a special place in geekdom. She was editor in chief of the online magazine Stim; co-founded the classic 'zine Ben Is Dead; and has written for many publications, including Wired, BookForum, Studio Mix, The Independent, and BUST. Currently she is a senior editor at Oxygen, a cross-media network for women. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Getting Started
1.1 The Conventions Used in This Handbook
Why "your" geek isn't really yours
1.2 How to Use This Handbook
Reference, maintenance, troubleshooting
1.3 Do I Have a Geek?
A helpful diagnostic
1.4 You and Your Geek
The various models and configurations. Features and tips
Chapter Two: Basics
2.1 The Inner Geek
Understanding your geek's emotional landscape
2.2 Communicating with Your Geek
The interpersonal infobahn
2.3 Geek-to-Geek Relations
How geeks behave in groups. The role of role-playing
2.4 Upgrading Your Geek
Encouraging your geek to perform more complicated tasks
Chapter Three: Maintenance
3.1 The Importance of Preventive Care
"Make the most of the container you've got"
3.2 Your Geek's Diet
Assessing your geek's dietary needs. Altering your geek's nutritional program
3.3 Your Geek's Cycles and Routines
Running on machine time, not biological
3.4 Your Geek's Moving Parts
"A fit body is more efficient, honey"
3.5 Common Geek Bugs and Suggestions for Fixes
Nip those nasty start-ups in the bud
Chapter Four: Living in a Geek World
4.1 Planning for the Future
Your geek's legacy
4.2 Your Geek's Lifespan
Life extension and risk management
4.3 Your Geek's Role in the New Economy
Life in a technocracy
4.4 Geek Values Go Global
How geek culture can change the world