May 25th is Geek Pride Day (Nerd Day) all over the world! So maybe there is something to celebrate, but why on May 25? According to Nerdc, this date was likely chosen as a tribute to the release of Star Wars on May 25, 1977, though fans of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy know this date as the annual Towel Day. Boston radio host Tim McEachern is credited with starting the first known nerd day celebration in 2000 as a local celebration of computer geek activities. The trend eventually spread online and around the world.
Today is Computer Pride Day! Computer Pride Day celebrates everything related to computers.
Geek Day History
Today, nerds and eccentric culture are celebrated and promoted. This date began in 2006, but there were various predecessors before it. Geek Pride was hosted by Tim McEachern at a bar in Albany, New York from 1998 to 2000. Dick Morley, the father of the programmable logic controller, has hosted Geek Pride Days at his New Hampshire resort since 2001. Geek Pride Day, which we celebrate today, originated in Spain on the idea of a Spanish blogger. Herman Martinez in 2006. He chose May 25 as the date because it was the anniversary of the original Star Wars movie released in 1977. That day in Madrid, 300 self-proclaimed nerds were playing the human game of Pac-Man together. The rights and obligations of technical enthusiasts are also spelled out. These rights include the right not to be in style and the right not to like football or any other sport, as well as obligations such as attending any interesting movies on opening day and buying every interesting book before everyone else. The idea of the day went viral on the Internet and was first officially celebrated in the United States in 2008.
The next day, Science Channel included a special program dedicated to this day. In later years, the day has spread to other countries, with celebrations, parties, meetings and parades taking place around the world. The word Nerd comes from the English dialect Gee, which means silly or bizarre. Huck in modern German means fool or swindler. In eighteenth century Austria, Gecken was a monster in some circuses. In North America in the 19th century, geek meant an artist performing in a professional play.
What does it mean to be a freak these days?
An inquisitive person is often seen as eccentric, unorthodox, socially awkward, intellectual, and uninterested in fashion. Computer scientists are like nerds. The term geek can be sentimental, but often derogatory. Can be used as a punishment for children and adolescents by their peers. Inquisitive people can be looked down upon for being unathletic, unfashionable, socially isolated, lonely, unpopular, and academically focused. On the other hand, the term may have a more positive connotation.
An enthusiast can be considered a person who seems to know everything about a complex or intellectually stimulating subject, who is passionate about issues related to technology, mathematics, science fiction, fantasy literature, or video games. Nowadays, many tech professionals who self-identify as technology-related have become CEOs of leading technology companies. No matter how you describe eccentrics, one thing is for sure, they go against common sense. On Geek Pride Day, they're proud of it.
How to Celebrate Geek Pride Day 2022
If you consider yourself a nerd, proudly wave your passion flag today. Share your enthusiasm and pride in your extravagant hobbies and interests with others; perhaps you might be interested in someone on a topic that has long been used to label you as an enthusiast. You can spend the day trying to find like-minded people who share your interests, or meet people you already know with similar interests and explore your interests together. Watch Star Wars, play Dungeons&Dragons, build computers, dress up in stylish outfits or collect coins, postage stamps or your own rock music collection. Create a Pac-Man. If you know someone who identifies as eccentric, you can wish them a Happy Nerd Day 2022. Just make sure they consider themselves an inquisitive person, as it would be inappropriate to attribute the term to anyone. You can also check events, such as meetings, that may be happening in your community.