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Geek humor

Posted by Robin Abrahams  February 6, 2009 03:17 PM

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As I mentioned, Wednesday's chat centered largely around two topics, Facebook and Asperger's syndrome. We must be hitting the zeitgeist this week, because today Slate features an article on the "25 Random Things About Me" meme that's been all the rage on FB lately, as well as one on "The Big Bang Theory," suggesting that Sheldon has Asperger's. (If you don't think that can lead to excellent comedy, read all the way down the chat to kmacjp's final comment.)

It makes me sort of want to watch the show, and sort of not. Someday I'll write about my conflicted relationship with geek culture. Not all Aspies are geeks and not all geeks are Aspies, but there's overlap. I'm kind of like the Mr. Spock of the geeks: I'm half geek and half extremely neurotypical, and sometimes those sides are at war with each other.

My neurotypical side gets a sufficient workout in the column, so I'm letting my geek flag fly with both the Spock analogy above, and this XKCD cartoon, which I found hilarious (and also relevant to the "when do change your Facebook status to 'in a relationship'" discussion):

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Oh, and speaking of Slate, there is also an article about feuding advice columnists, in which Jack Shafer welcomes recommendations for good advice columns. If any of you would care to recommend little old me, I would be more than grateful! You can e-mail him at slate.pressbox@gmail.com.

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