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Speak geek to me

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"Watt is love? Baby, don't Hertz me... don't Hertz me, no more..."

If you caught the obtuse reference to the 1993 Haddaway dance track and are tickled by the use of Watt and Hertz in the lyrics then you're probably a closet geek. But step out. The world is changing. Nay, it has changed already. It's no longer un-cool to be nerdy. Now, you can make obscure references - crack what were once inside jokes - and people will get them. Indeed, the geek has inherited the earth - and yes, he even gets the girl. Ask Leonard.

The interweb, with its geeksaresexy. net, geekoftheday. com, 9gag. com, memestache. com, memebase. com, failblog. org, smartphowned. com et al, has become a breeding ground for what was once considered geeky, but is now pop culture. And if you, like me, want "The worst thing about getting hit with Pi on the face is that it never ends" emblazoned on your T-shirt, then you're already 'with it'.

Fans of dragons, elves, dwarves and ewoks are no longer ridiculed in school. Nor do they leave college un-dated and single. Some of them found Facebook and Google while others walk out of those hallowed halls with their head held high, wearing their allegiance on their chest (especially if it's a Starfleet logo). Tolkien devotees can spend hours on glyphweb. com/arda discussing the myriad lineages of Middle Earth while speaking in Quenya. Likewise, Star Wars and Star Trek fanatics can kill time on starwars. wikia. com and en. memoryalpha. org and they can all do this in public places without fear of molestation or mockery. Comics are now recognised as brilliant mash-ups of art, literature and culture. Just jump to penny-arcade. com and the wizardwarrior (Lvl 18) in you will identify with the hi-jinks of its protagonists Gabe and Tycho. You could, of course, bookmark the other myriad strips including thedoghousediaries. com, pvponline. com, bradcolbow. com, xkcd. com and dorktower. com, and go through them religiously every week while feeling the force grow stronger within you. Why, you can also take it a step ahead and profess to a room full of bibliophiles that Alan Moore, Stan Lee and Neil Gaiman have done as much for literature as William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and James Joyce and you will find people who nod knowingly.

And we all can shamelessly queue up for Japanese-language lessons - what if it's only to get the electronics dope hot and fresh off Nippon websites, or even better, to enjoy our anime and manga in their original form with nothing lost in translation. Naruto? Check. Shin-chan ? Check. Death Note? Check...

On the flip side, we can still go crazy laughing at newer posts on engrish. com. 'All your base are belong to us!'

We know we've truly arrived when we're grinning evilly in the phosphorescence of our monitors at night doing a 180 degree turn from being "those who were laughed at" to "those who are doing the laughing" as we poke fun at noobs whose ineptitude with tech stuff and lack of netiquette is painstakingly chronicled on sites such as myparentsjoinedfacebook. com, lamebook. com, rinkworks. com/stupid, techtales. com and techcomedy. com.

It's true. We do have the last word. And it's "Bazinga!"

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