Here’s a capsule summary of the talk (sorry, I won’t be sharing the original slide deck).
- Nerd - socially inept
- Jerk - deliberately antagonistic
- Geek - Passionate and knowledgeable about technology
- Brogrammers - Muppets with poor attitudes to women
Being a geek doesn’t automatically make someone a nerd, a jerk or a brogrammer.
Stereotypes are not real people - make sure you are relating to the actual person not a stereotype they may or may not fit.
Meritocracy - it’s about the best idea for a given situation, not the one handed down from on high, not the most popular, not the one with the loudest support
You are not your ideas - a savage critique of your idea says nothing about you as a person.
Strong opinions weakly held - a fight to the death in support of a good idea, at least until someone proves it’s not a good idea any longer.
Willing to teach, if you’re willing to learn, but don’t expect to be handed anything on a plate. True knowledge is hard won, so persevere.
Trust but verify - your assumptions and your working will be questioned. This isn’t because they think you’ve done a bad job, it’s just part of checking all the assumptions.
We love our puzzles - bring us a problem that requires real thinking, that’s a real gift.
Smalltalk - we geeks just don’t know how to do it. We’re friendly, just clueless.
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