While diligently working on a very productive Friday afternoon (seriously!), I ran into an old friend online. I know what you’re thinking, “Jen’s been wasting time on Facebook again.” But it’s not like that, ya’ll. While planning out a strategy for Pulse 2010 communications, I decided to try and get to know some of the new friends that www.facebook.com/ibmpulse has made lately. It’s important to know your audience before blasting off something awkward in social cyberspace that provokes an encore performance from Keyboard Cat.
One of the new Pulse friends had posted a really neat little video that sings the praises of Geekdom called I AM A GEEK by the Society for Geek Advancement. Now, I’m not exactly sure when it became cool to be a geek, but the tables have indeed turned. Never mind snarky little Mac commercials that pick on poor old beige PC. Those, IMHO, are so 2000-late.
As I watched this video, I was filled with pride and an instant kinship with the geeks it profiled. If I hadn’t been so distracted by my growling tummy, I would have even gotten a little misty [enter Keyboard Cat].
Only a geek can understand how I became BFFs with pals I met online. And not just because they read the same mystery series I read, but specifically because we share the same favorite character in that series. I suddenly felt like Rudolph and Hermey (You know! That elf that wanted to be a dentist?) when they landed on the Isle of Misfit Toys.
After the video, I wanted to peruse the sponsoring website www.geekadvancement.com. There, I noticed that I was encouraged to purchase a T-shirt that says, “I AM A GEEK” so that I can “be the geek that keeps on giving.” Wha . . . ?
Maybe the cool geek thing was wearing out it’s welcome a leeeeeettle too fast. I was just about to blow that popsicle stand when I noticed some barely readable text that sent my heart a pitter-pattering as it once again filled with that warm and fuzzy feeling of familiarity. Next to the graphic of the T-shirt I was solicited to buy were the words:
“All proceeds go to Room to Read, building schools and libraries for children in developing countries around the world.”
Pulse 2008 veterans, it’s pop quiz time! Who is the founder of Room to Read and what high paying gig did he walk away from to change the world through literacy?
A. Lance Armstrong
B. Hootie and the Blowfish
C. John Wood
Click the following video for the answer, kids:
I still think I'd rather donate cash to Room to Read than buy a shirt with that kind of proclamation.