Commerce Township, MI, February 14, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- What is a Geek?
The term, which may have been derived from an old word that meant fool or simpleton, was originally used to refer to a sideshow freak in carnivals. In its most familiar sense - that is, "peers who lack social graces but were obsessed with new technology and computers" - it dates to around 1983. In that sense it is synonymous with the word nerd; both terms are often used in a pejorative sense. In the following subsections the top ten geek websites will be described in turn.
1) The Mary Sue: a Guide to Girl Geek Culture
Geekiness has always been a typically male phenomenon but the Mary Sue is a site created specifically for the female who displays those qualities. Some of its features include:
I) Geeky Valentine's Day cards: Nerds like to exchange valentines just like everybody else does and there are special cards designed specially with such people in mind. One such card showcases a Japanese warrior holding a sword against a red background above the words "Love is a battlefield;" on the opposite side it continues, "And we will love victoriously."
Ii) Random stuff like "Geeks are sexy."
2) How-To Geek
This is a site "for geeks, by geeks." Here you can find all kinds of fascinating facts about the world, e. g. that it takes about five liters of water to make a one-liter plastic bottle. Much practical advice can also be found here, such as the dangers of an untrusted USB drive and what sites and apps have access to your Google account.
3) The Geek Initiative
The Geek Initiative has just announced its first podcast. It also has sections that are devoted to books, comics, conventions, culture and society, fashion, films and TV, food, history and role playing. Among the books currently featured there is a graphic novel called The Fifth Beatle, which deals with the life of Brian Epstein; he, more than anybody else in the world, deserves the claim to that title.
4) Awesome Geek Stuff
Awesome Geek Stuff is "the online geek catalog." Here you may find all kinds of things for sale that appeal to the geek. Here are just a few of them:
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty, which can pick up paper clips and even defy gravity when it is placed close to a strong magnet
A waterproof Bluetooth shower speaker so that people can listen to music and answer phone calls from the shower
A Metal Earth 3D Ferris Wheel Laser C
A DEWALT DCK655X 18-Volt XRP 6 Tool Combo Kit with Impact Driver for geeks who like to do construction projects around the house
5) Forces of Geek
"The only pop culture site that matters:" that is Forces of Geek. It is a place where columnists and contributors write about their own obsessions with all aspects of geek culture, from art and literature to television and comics to fashion. Forces of Greek is always accepting applications from aspiring editors, columnists, bloggers and reviewers and even holds contests in which participants submit their answers to certain questions. Right now, for instance, the question is "What year did Ligon produce his original (Untitled) I AM A MAN painting?"
6) Geek Nation
Geek Nation is a site devoted mainly to TV shows and films on which participants share their thoughts. The four shows that are currently being featured are The Film Pigs, Take 5 with Clare Cramer, The Kevin McCarthy Show and Tweet Out. The first of these features three men - an Emmy-nominated writer from "Weeds," an actor who performed in that show and a Call of Duty and Medal of Honor video game designer give their positions on the most recent films.
7) Quadruple Z
This is one of only two sites discussed in the article that does not include the word geek in its title. It is a blog and a podcast about books, TV, films, web series and all other aspects of the media. Users can submit books and other products for review to the people at Quadruple Z, who really enjoy finding new things on which they can write reviews. Quadruple Z also likes to hold giveaways. Their motto is "We watch, read, listen and consume so you don;t have to."
8) Geek Exchange
Geek Exchange is another pop culture website. More specifically, it is an online magazine devoted to "the very best in geek culture." Geek Media Ventures founded the magazine in 2010. Gaming, comics, TV and books can all be read about here.
9) Den of Geek
Den of Geek is based in London, where it was started in 2007 by somebody who bought a friend "a particularly bad coffee." Articles on movies, TV, comic books, galleries and many other things may be found on this site, all of them written by members of the geek community.
10) Geek Tyrant
The last site discussed here is Geek Tyrant, which is dedicated specially to the latest news on geek movies by "Fanboys and Fangirls" who have worked in the film industry. It was founded in 2008 by a staff consisting entirely of volunteers.