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Artist and podcaster Len Peralta (with assistance from Paul and Storm) has embarked on the Geek A Week Challenge, an eventual set of 52 trading cards covering all your favorite geek heroes, including MeFi's own jscalzi.
posted by Horace Rumpole (26 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
If Woz isn't in that list, then it's a total loss.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:01 PM on April 20, 2010


If mathowie isn't in that list, then it's a total loss.
posted by lukemeister at 6:06 PM on April 20, 2010


I'm sure Wil Wheaton will be along shortly.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:07 PM on April 20, 2010


Geez. Other than Scalzi, I have no clue who any of the others (so far) are, or why they rate. And I'm okay with that.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:10 PM on April 20, 2010


From the archives, here's the list of people he's going after.
posted by danb at 6:31 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Amazing how generic the term "geek" has come to be. Really, almost to the point of being a worthless descriptor.
posted by barnacles at 6:41 PM on April 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


Stupid science fiction writers famous for their online community building efforts - how ungeeky can you get?
posted by Artw at 6:54 PM on April 20, 2010


I'm not going to say that Len's FlipFace project is responsible for my user picture but it might be...
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 6:58 PM on April 20, 2010


> From the archives, here's the list of people he's going after.

Where the fuck is Linus Torvalds? Or is this a list of who hipsters who think they're geeks want to be as famous as?
posted by 0xdeadc0de at 7:00 PM on April 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


Jobs, Woz, and Gates are all on there. Maybe the dude just hates Linux.
posted by danb at 7:08 PM on April 20, 2010


Conan O'Brien and Craig Ferguson are comedians, and wonderful people, but not geeks. The list seems fairly typical of what the loudest people on the internet seem to think are the glitterati of content producers. Methinks someone is confusing internet popular with geek.

However the art? Amazing. Worth it just to see the portraits.
posted by saturnine at 7:09 PM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Damn, I am mad ambivalent about this.
posted by Mister_A at 7:09 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well, we know that asavage guy. Adam, give the man a call. It would be a nice thing to do.
posted by yhbc at 7:16 PM on April 20, 2010


Scalzi will be in Toronto this Friday. If he shows up at the border looking like his card, I'm sure the guards will react calmly and professionally.
posted by maudlin at 7:22 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


danb: "Jobs, Woz, and Gates are all on there. Maybe the dude just hates Linux."

I can't help but imagine that the guy's never even heard of Linus. But, whatever, he knows geeks. (shrug)
posted by barnacles at 7:23 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Mad Ambivalent is the name of my Paul and Storm tribute band.
posted by bondcliff at 8:43 PM on April 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


"wah wah wah, Linus isn't on there."

It's geeks, guys = not neckbeard icons.
posted by cerulgalactus at 8:58 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Don't you mean "!=", cerugalactus?

I'm in the most of these people are not geeks camp. Many of them play geeks on tv, though, so that's something; I guess.
posted by ecurtz at 9:19 PM on April 20, 2010


I can't help but imagine that the guy's never even heard of Linus.

The geek version of "you weren't there, man"?
posted by Syme at 9:34 PM on April 20, 2010


If you can remember Linux 1.0 you weren't there, dude.
posted by mmoncur at 9:53 PM on April 20, 2010


I'll trade you 50 Cory Doctorows for one Pee Wee Herman.
posted by Ratio at 10:50 PM on April 20, 2010


Don't you mean "!=", cerugalactus?

I'm in the most of these people are not geeks camp. Many of them play geeks on tv, though, so that's something; I guess.
posted by ecurtz at 9:19 PM on April 20 [+] [!]

I actually meant -. That is what I get for typing while doing 4 other things.
posted by cerulgalactus at 12:24 AM on April 21, 2010


I'm glad jscalzi made the cut, but I'll join the chorus saying "really, WTF?"

Don't get me wrong, I think Craig Ferguson is great, but I don't really see the geek aspect. Self-effacing, but that's kind of his schitck. Same with O'Brien. (And, for that matter, Jon Stewart, although he doesn't play up the social awkwardness thing quite as much.)

Where's Richard Stallman? In terms of the modern every-power-must-come-with-a-corresponding-weakness conception of flawed heroes, he's got it nailed.
posted by Kadin2048 at 5:59 AM on April 21, 2010


I'm fine with giving these guys the term geek. Who want's to take terms back anyway? I say we, the tech creators, just keep calling ourselves engineers and not worry about an overloaded term like geek.
posted by garlic at 1:32 PM on April 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


For all of those complaining about their fav geek not being there, 2 words: Booster Packs

(OpenSource Booster, Gamer Booster, etc...)

:-D
posted by hatsix at 4:04 PM on April 21, 2010


Wow. I can't believe I hadn't noticed that there are as many cards in a deck as weeks in a year.
posted by ODiV at 8:13 AM on April 22, 2010


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