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July 21st, 2008
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Geek/SF test (yoinked from Jacki):

Can you name or discuss the plots of more than 10 Star Trek episodes?: Probably. It's been a while since I've really thought about Trek. There was that one where that guy was in the holodeck, right?

Have you seen all of the Star Trek films?: Sure. Um, I'm pretty sure. I don't know of any films that I haven't seen.

...in one 48 hour period?: Dear God, no. Trek 5 I saw opening weekend, and will never see again.

Do you refer to the various "Treks" as "TOS" (The Original Series), "TNG": I rarely refer to more than one Trek at a time, so, yeah, I'll talk about TNG or TOS, if I need to. I don't know what I'd do if I wanted to talk about Voyager or Enterprise.

Have you ever argued with someone over which "Trek" is better?: When I was into Trek, there were just the two, and only crazy people thought the original series was better.

Have you ever argued over who was a better commander of the Enterprise?: Refer to the crazy people.

Have you ever felt the urge to learn the Klingon language?: I lie down and the feelings pass.

Have you ever been to a trek convention?: Two on consecutive weekends. Spiner, then Shatner/Nimoy.

Have you ever owned a pair of Spock ears?: Nope

Can you count in binary?: Yes yes yes.

Can you count in hexadecimal?: I do my TAXES in hexadecimal. No, not really, but counting is easy. Especially up to 9.

Can you count in Roman numerals?: I can express numbers in Roman numerals for a ways, but certain useful units (50, 500) elude me.

Do you know Schrodinger's Equation?: I did, years ago.

Have you ever solved Schrodinger's Equation?: Perhaps, but only if I needed to for classwork. I didn't do it for fun.

Do you know the difference between a scalar and a vector?: Remind me to tell you the joke about the cross product of an elephant and a grape.

Do you know what a "reverse polish notation" calculator is?: It's for people who don't like parentheses.

Can you name the first nine elements of the periodic table in order?: Not all of them, no. Several.

Can you translate more than half the chemical symbols into the name of them: Probably. Try me.

Do you know how your car's engine works?: I turn the key, the car goes. Sometimes I take the car into the shop, and the car keeps going. That's a functional understanding of the engine. I could probably describe it to much more detail, but for the most part, the details of the timing of the spark plugs and the fuel injectors, blah blah, cylinders, blah, cam shaft, transmission, differential, ball joint, blah blah blah - that's all stuff I recuse myself from having to know.

Do you own a set of encyclopedia?: I had a "World Book" encyclopedia (~20 volumes) on a bookshelf when I was a kid. Quite a while ago, I got some sort of encyclopedia on CD-ROM. Now, I use Wikipedia.

Have you ever read an encyclopedia entry that you weren't researching?: Sure.

Have you ever wanted to know something for no apparent reason?: Not sure I understand the question. Does it mean, "Are you curious"? If so, sure.

Have you ever been laughed at for wanting to know something?: Probably.

Have you ever referred to a ruler as a "straight-edge"?: I think you're required to in Geometry class. So, yes, in 9th grade.

Have you ever said "quartz crystal"?: I'll bet I've made a quartz/quarts joke at one point.

Have you ever called something a "print out" or "hard copy"?: I rarely refer to "hard copies". Printouts, sure. I will occasionally talk about "dead tree format", which is inferior to the digital form of it. "You can't grep a dead tree." - referring to the portability of digital information and ease of applying tools (like grep) to information as contrasted with "hard copy" formats.

Have you ever referred to a curve/object as hyperbolic, parabolic, etc.?: And I even know the difference between hyperbolae and parabolae.

Do you feel your vocabulary is larger than most people's?: Not to be smug, but yeah.

RADAR?: RAdio Detection And Ranging

MODEM?: MOdulator/DEModulator

RAM?: Random Access Memory

DNA?: DeoxyriboNucleic Acid

ATP?: Adenosine TriPhosphate

NADP?: something Adenosine DiPhosphate

CRT?: Cathode Ray Tube

CRC?: ooh, those were the big reference books. Chemistry Reference something?

STP?: Standard Temperature and Pressure

NORAD?: NORth American Air Defense?

RPG?: Role Playing Game / Rocket Propelled Grenade

Have you ever bought something from Radio Shack?: Sure. I've even got free batteries from Radio Shack. Back when kids did that sort of thing.

Do you know what an oscilloscope does?: It tells you which part of your circuit is fried. Useful when you've got a signal coming in to a chip, and not coming out.

Have you ever used an oscilloscope?: Yes.

Do you own an oscilloscope?: I wanted to for a while.

Have you ever used a microscope?: A long time ago.

Do you own a microscope?: Nope.

Have you ever used a telescope?: Yeah.

Do you own any remote controlled vehicles?: I've got a few RC cars that probably won't run without new batteries.

Have you ever used a rare earth element?: There's a good chance in one of my chemistry classes. Maybe.

Do you own a slinky?: I think I've got one or two of the plastic slinkies, and maybe a metal one, somewhere. They were cute gimmicky swag for a while at trade shows I went to.

Does a slinky make you think about oscillations?: Not often. Sometimes.

Are your socks unmatched?: I'm not wearing socks right now, and almost all of my socks in the sock drawer are matched.

Do you own a digital watch?: See, I've got watches with digits on them, but they are uniformly analog devices.

...that plays music?: N/A

Have you ever quoted a piece of literature from memory?: How long a quote counts? How accurately? Don't Panic. To suffer the slings and stones of outrageous fortune. Jesus wept.

Have you ever eaten pizza cold?: I've eaten pizza when I was cold, and I've eaten pizza when the pizza was cold.

Is any leftover delivery food currently residing in your refrigerator?: Delivery? There's one pizza place that delivers to my house, and I haven't ordered from them in over a year. So, no.

Have you ever contemplated the meaning of life/existence of God?: Sure.

Have you ever thought about extra dimensions/parallel universes?: I would make a distinction between these two concepts. Extra dimensions seem to me to be a reasonable and plausible way to describe string theory (insofar as string theory is reasonable and plausible). Parallel universes strike me as a fundamentally untestable construct, and are thus not subject to scientific scrutiny.

Have you come to any conclusions about UFO's/life on other planets?: until we have proof, there can't be conclusions, right?

Have you ever thought about reviving the dead?: I've seen zombie movies, and that's enough.

Have you ever argued with someone over which of two computer types/OS's is better?: Probably, but I grew tired with that back in the 80s.

Preferred light saber color?: I remember that Luke's green saber when he first became a Jedi thrilled me.

What is the significance of carbonite?: It's the medium for carbon freezing, used to transport tabana gas, I think. Also, in a pinch, can be used to transport smugglers back to crime lords. Assuming that a pair of handcuffs can't be found.

What is "Star Wait"?: Is that some term for the lines for the movies?

Have you ever dressed up for a Star Wars event?: I might have worn a star wars T-shirt when I went to see Jedi. Or selected some specific geeky shirt for a Star Wars marathon. No, I do not own Stormtrooper armor.

Have you ever gone opening day to see a Star Wars movie?: Episodes I-III, yes. Just to get them out of the way. I might even see Clone Wars on opening day.

What was George Lucas' first film?: THX-1138. Good for trivia, not good for watching.

What's your favorite Star Wars planet?: Dantooine. Nobody gives them their due respect.

Is this survey retarded?: It's a weird mishmash of generic geekiness and two specific fandoms.

Do you feel like a major dork for taking it to the end?: It's a good thing I didn't have work to do today.

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Date:July 22nd, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Ok, I looked it up. The CRC that I was thinking of is the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. And Wikipedia tells me that CRC in this context stands for Chemical Rubber Company.

And, looking over Chiabrit's answers, I recall that CRC also stands for Cyclic Redundancy Check. And I even wrote some CRC code once, by mistake.
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Date:July 22nd, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
I don't know what I'd do if I wanted to talk about Voyager or Enterprise.

Hide in shame, I'm guessing.
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Date:July 22nd, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
Have you ever wanted to know something for no apparent reason?:

Trans: Do you ever act completely randomly?
Ans: Hey, I thought this was a geek quiz, not a philosophy one.

I'm not quite geeky enough to take this. (Bad on me.)
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Date:July 22nd, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
I disagree with the translation - I translate it, instead, to a question about whether the tested individual is inquisitive, or if he or she treats the brain like an emergency fire bucket - only put as much as you need in, and empty as quickly as possible.

Maybe that's not what's intended, but I dislike the phrase "for no apparent reason" in general, so I may well be rewriting the question out of spite.
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Date:July 22nd, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
I am being somewhat humorous -- I do think that your translation is the intended translation, but my (small) knowledge of philosophy combined with my snarkiness questioned whether it is ever truly possible to do something without an apparent reason. If you *can* eliminate reason completely, doesn't that only leave randomness? Maybe that's he slipped the word 'apparent' in there, but that doesn't work for me. If I don't have an apparent reason, then I have a unknown reason -- and it still appears random. Or uncontrolled. We all act uncontrolled to a certain extent. (Thank goodness, or our hearts would stop beating.)

Again, I'm just having fun and agree with you on the intended meaning.
Date:July 22nd, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
Does it make me a total non-geek that I first thought SF referred to San Francisco and not Science Fiction?
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