Signs You’re at a Geek Conference

I’m currently attending Google I/O 2010, and while the technical aspects of the conference are being well covered elsewhere, what I’ve enjoyed more is the “people watching” aspect, specifically the differences between a “geek” conference such as this one, and “non-geek” conferences such as the various CMS conferences I regularly attend.

While most of my observations have been made on Twitter, I thought I’d capture them here for perpetuity. Without further ado, I present to you “Signs You’re at a Geek Conference”:

Sign #42 you’re at a geek conference: the line for the men’s is out the door & the women’s is vacant.

Sign #117 you’re at a geek conf: presenter with European accent says “shart” & no one laughs – they know he’s talking scalability.

Sign #13 you’re at a geek conference: 87% of attendees are using Macs, and 47% of those have “Powered by Ubuntu” stickers on them.

Sign #1 you’re at a geek conference: you make lists of geeky things you see there and share with everyone you know 🙂 (from my good friend BRob / br524 on Twitter)

Sign #73 you’re at a geek conference: there are lots of attractive young ladies… …but what’s with the “staff” t shirts?

Sign #37 you’re at a geek conference: rickets is the most commonly discussed health issue.

Sign #64 you’re at a geek conference: you overhear “their PL/1 code wasn’t up to COBOL standards” (tip o’ the hat to LuisSala).

Sign #51 you’re at a geek conference: lots of tender loving talk about babies… …but 99% referring to stealth mode startups.

Sign #82 you’re at a geek conf: pool tables are empty but 5 of the last 7 foosball world champions are duking it out in the rec. area.

Sign #90 you’re at a geek conference: you compliment someone on their period costume, and they give you a death stare.

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Published in: on 2010-05-21 at 7:25 am  Comments (1)  
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