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A New Word for Geek

Now that being a geek is officially mainstream (cough, gag, cough), it might be time to take the movement back into the subcultural gutter… go back to our roots… find mind-blowing innovation in the agony of being outcasts.

Or maybe, as comedian and self-professed geek Patton Oswalt wrote in a piece for Wired magazine, geek/nerd culture culture as we’ve known it for the past 50 years is dead.

The intellectual, technologically-oriented, sexless, social outcast may have arrived, but let’s not forget where he/she came from.  Geek, nerd, dork… we’ve heard these names before before but there are a few variations on this geek-name-theme from the past that you might not have heard.  Check out the list of classic slang terms for nerds and geeks below (courtesy of — names that once represented geek-culture.  I’m a little surprised “dweeb” didn’t make the list.  My favorite is:  Joe Zilch

So, if “geek” is the new “cool” then what or who is the new “geek”?  Who is the new social out in the day and age of social media?  What will they contribute to society by way of innovation as they mature to claim the thrown of new prom kings and queens as geeks and nerds did?

Free: VCR and Demi Moore Movie

They had me at “Free VHS” (not that I would waste one second of my day picking up this dusty, 1990’s contraption (pictured below) – but at least there’s some nostalgic value attached to it).

But when the author of this Craigslist post threw in a VHS tape of The Scarlet Letter (1995) starring Demi Moore and Gary Oldman, they lost me for good (and I almost contacted Craigslist to report them for abuse).

I’m sure Demi Moore is nice lady, adoring mom and hot wife, but some things (like all of her films, except for Ghost) should simply never be unearthed.  If my expert opinion isn’t enough to persuade you, know that I have the official backing of the Razzies Awards Committee who voted The Scarlet Letter as one of the “100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made“.

In case you’ve forgotten just what a stinker The Scarlet Letter was (leaving that horrible memory tucked safely away in the 1990’s recesses of your mind along with other horrid 90’s memories we’d all like to forget like boy bands, the dot-com, internet porn for a fee, that stained blue dress, y2K and all-night coke binges), here’s a clip from the movie:


Demi Moore has aged far better than most of her films (and the VCR has aged better than the both of them).

I imagine the old VCR and Demi Moore are still sitting in this guys basement.  He would’ve had a taker had he left Demi’s Moore’s movie on the curb where it belongs.  For the poor sucker who dares to take this lad up on his offer, you can always send the movie to someone who owes you money with a note attached saying, “Give me my money or things… will… get… ugly.”

Original Craigslist post:

Free VHS Machine & Scarlet Letter VHS Tape (Brooklyn)

Date: 2010-08-21, 10:42PM EDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

Free working VHS player & Scarlet Letter VHS Tape. First come first served.

  • Location: Brooklyn
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

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