Computer geekery and parliamentary geekery - Jay Maynard

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Friday, 16 September 2005

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1641 - Computer geekery and parliamentary geekery

Something just struck me: One thing that makes computer geeks geeks is their ability to immerse themselves in complex systems and make sense of them, to themselves and (sometimes) others. That's the kind of ability that is invaluable to a parliamentarian, too. Robert's Rules of Order is nothing if not a complex, rule-driven system (at 800 pages, it ain't simple, at least not in its full glory!). I wonder just how many geeks would make decent parliamentarians?

This occurred to me when I quoted the RFC definitions of "should" and "must" in a parliamentary discussion, and got me to wondering...

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In retrospect...I found that I should have known that I would be a good programmer when I had fun with geometry in high school. I'd solve proofs - and even do it in ways that would be discussed later in the book.

When I was a lab worker - later lab manager - at a community college in Los Angeles, when people would ask if they had to be good at math, I'd ask how they did in geometry. Most of the time one could draw a corollary. (And looking back on that last sentence, those are two pretty bad puns.)
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Now you've got me imagining a spoof of the Dead Alewives' D&D skit...

"Mr. Chairman, I move to cast Magic Missile..."
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I think "geekery" abounds in all kind of places. Sports geeks, for instance, who can not only quote you stats on players across the league, but who can also derive meaningful information from those stats.

A question I don't have the answer to: will a geek in one field be able to become a geek in an unrelated field?

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