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    Re: Leap second today
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2012 Jun 30, 19:00 -0400

    On 6/30/2012 6:27 PM, Lu Abel wrote:
    > My wife, the English major who now does marketing and PR for Silicon
    > Valley companies, says that "geeks" are a subset of "nerds,"
    > characterized by success in technology.
    > Larry Page and Sergey Brin (for anyone who does not recognize the names,
    > they are the founders of Google) are geeks.
    > My brother, who can tell you the details of a dozen programming
    > languages but has no social life, is a nerd.
    Always the definitive answer:
    If a geek is defined as non-mainstream, then sextant users qualify. But
    if we use a computer for cel nav, then certainly computer use is mainstream.
    With the advent of "Geek Chic" (see quote from Wikipedi below) we go
    well beyond black framed glasses (no tape added). Using a sextant
    instead of GPS squarely positions us a as frontrunners of both the Geek
    Chic and Retro crazes. "Our futures are so bright, we have to wear shades."
    Bill B
    "Geek chic" refers to the embracing of stereotypically "geek"
    characteristics including black-rimmed glasses, T-shirts with geek
    in-jokes, and more technically complex accessories.[citation needed]
    There are multiple interpretations of the term "geek chic", with heavy
    black-rimmed glasses being the sole defining trait as far as the press
    is concerned. Wearing them is sufficiently notable to have celebrities
    like David Beckham,[4] Justin Timberlake[5] and Myleene Klass[6] being
    reported as "trying geek chic". David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor in
    Doctor Who, has also described the look of his bespectacled character as
    having "a bit of geek chic".[7]
    To geeks themselves, the term is used for "reclaiming the geek identity
    as something not only meaningful, but also stylish."[8] - for this
    usage, more than mere spectacle frames are required, and so the term has
    a wider remit, being applied to home furnishings[9] and objects as well
    as oufits (sic). In this usage, the term "geek chic" can even be used as
    a positive contrast to the somewhat more negative term "geeky."

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