Do you remember when "Geek" was insult?
I do, but I am one anyway, and honestly, geek is now chic – especially when you live near Silicon Valley.
Geek is now a badge of honor, referring to people who are passionate about and skilled in an area of interest, usually technical or academic.
Who else would come up with a fine art piece that's a Roman Pompeii, faux mosaic looking as though it had just been excavated from the ash of Mt. Vesuvius?
What makes me a geek? From middle school on I was a voracious reader of Sci-Fi. My favorite author is Lois McMaster Bujold.
Among the professions I considered are veterinary medicine and astronomy. (I was bitten by the Carl Sagan bug in high school). I spent 20 years writing technical documentation – the last 12 of which were at IBM working on relational and non-relational database. Yes, I can explain the differences to you.
When I transitioned into visual art, I still wanted to keep the geek in me fed. This was also about the time that pod-casts started becoming popular, and those, my friend, are addicting if you're interested in history and the sciences.
Here's a smattering of my subscriptions (in case you need something good to listen to):
- Hardcore History
- Star Talk Radio
- Science Now
- The Naked Scientists Podcast
- Naked Genetics
- Naked Astronomy
And of course, I love watching:
- History Detectives
- Secrets of the Dead
- Any good Sci-Fi
And all of the interest, of course, feeds my ideas for art subjects. It's a win-win.
What's your passion? How do you feed it? Drop me a note. I'd love to know.