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  • You may be a geek…

    Posted by Jonathan on November 10th, 2011 (All posts by )

    If this is your house, you may be a geek.

    A row of colorful model rockets on a fireplace mantelpiece in a home, with a blank painting in the background. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

    (Cross posted at Jonathan’s Photoblog.)


    19 Responses to “You may be a geek…”

    1. Anonymous Says:

      Timely Post – as I just came in to work I am listening to Mark & Brian – and they are interviewing this actress on the TV show Big Bang Theory – that just happens to be a Phd in neuroscience. She was on this show called Blossom for years, took 12 years off, got married, had children and got a Phd.

      Then too – to answer this opened-ended question – you may be a geek if you spend time on Blogs like CG talking about Steve Jobs, PARC and Windows vs Linux.

      bill (incognito) – lower case here in honor of Unix, C and Dennis Ritchie, who recently passed away)

    2. Anonymous Says:

      …and I suppose if you can identify the Rocket….


      bill (ex Army air defense)

    3. Southern Man Says:

      Ah, yes, built and flew many like this back in the day. My kids skipped it but I just found a box of old Estes parts and motors and look forward to flying them again when g’children come along.

    4. Jonathan Says:

      Southern Man:

      I will post pics from our outing to fly the big one.

    5. wade Says:

      with a tolerant wife!

    6. Jonathan Says:

      Yes, indeed.

    7. setbit Says:


      RE:Dennis Ritchie.

      From the article:

      Ritchie’s C is even more important, in many ways, than Unix — it is the fundamental building block upon which much of what we consider to be the modern world was built.

    8. Anonymous Says:

      Setbit (btw I like your pseudonym)

      When I learned “C” I couldn’t believe how elegantly simple – efficient – and small – it was.

      And in true “C” fashion, you’re supplied enough rope to hang yourself ;-)

      Get that computer to do all kinds of weird things in memory.

      Compare ‘C” to COBOL – which my friend the super-programmer refers as “You write your program and it is self documenting” – although I have had to go into some COBOL code that
      was so twisted that one time – I patiently walked though 1000 lines of code only to realize on the 3rd day – it was all dead code.

      It did nothing.

      I was told before “C” there was a “B” at Bell Labs – don’t know about “A” ;-)

      bill (incognito)

    9. Michael Says:

      Naah, that doesn’t make you a geek. Now, if there were pet lizards in the house…

    10. Michael Kennedy Says:

      If you unloaded the powder from your father;s shotgun shells to use the powder in model rockets, you may be a geek. He never found out and we never blew ourselves up.

    11. Anonymous Says:

      OK – did Jonathon wear horn-rimmed glasses – taped on at least 1 arm – and have a plastic pocket pen holder?

      Reminds me of the movie October Sky.

      of course on that basis Werner von Braun was most likely a geek…

    12. Joe Wooten Says:

      I know the Big Bertha’s use 18mm engines. What size engine do you use on the Hawk?

    13. Lexington Green Says:

      Am I geek for wanting to know why there is a blank picture frame on the mantle with the rockets?

    14. tyouth Says:

      Estes rockets. Those WERE the days.

      I must ask about the 6 (identical?) rockets. Are there subtle changes changes in each, 6 builders, or what?

    15. Bill Brandt Says:

      Lex – it is probably just “white’ed” out from the flash

    16. Joe Wooten Says:

      I should get with you and shoot some rockets whe I get back to Minooka. I have engines from 1/4 A to G. I would hate to be a fireman responding to a fire at my house. I probably have 300+ model rocket engines stashed there.

    17. Gerry from Valpo Says:

      Cute fireworks. Do you have any big stuff?

    18. Anonymous Says:

      taped on at least 1 arm

      I used strips of toilet paper with epoxy, much better than tape. A short length of wire from a paper clip inserted into the screw hole and bent around also works much better than screws for securing the hinges.

    19. Jonathan Says:

      Michael Says:
      November 10th, 2011 at 1:24 pm
      Naah, that doesn’t make you a geek. Now, if there were pet lizards in the house…

      Could be. Or if there were a shrine In your garage displaying all the Cox model plane engines you had as a kid…