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Each and every one of us has probably done something that could be considered geeky. But some people take this to the next level, achieving things so truly geeky that their exploits leave other geeks with no choice but to applaud their efforts.

Today, we’re applauding those uber-geeks 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark We geeks know what we are and revel in our existence as our place in society grows ever stronger. We are geeks, we are proud, and we're not going anywhere. As the Internet becomes a... Read More that have gone above and beyond. They have surpassed the achievements of us ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill geeks. They have journeyed to the geeky underworld 10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside 10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside Geeks were once ridiculed and reviled. Or perhaps that was just at my school. Either way, as first computers hit the mainstream, and then the Internet entered into our lives in a big way, geeks... Read More and survived to tell the tale. Bow down to your geek superiors.

The Geekiest Of Geeky Achievements

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What follows is a list of the geekiest things our readers have ever done. While none are likely to blow your mind, some will likely leave you confused, and others will have you nodding your head in appreciation.

Building A Cutting-Edge Piano (Saikat Basu)

Built a small electronic piano with shaving blades as keys. Had some help, but I don’t think I can surpass that.

As geeky, and awesome, and awesomely geeky as this is, I have just one question… Why?!

Tackling Taco Bell Online (likefunbutnot)

I had the first web site devoted to Taco Bell on the internet, starting in late 1994. I had a late-night shift at a university computer lab that was across the street from a Taco Bell. I started collecting stories from the 1AM crew, scanning ephemera and dissecting its TV commercials. People started writing me their Taco Bell anecdotes and even fiction, and I’d put it online. I was C&D’d by Taco Bell’s corporate ownership in maybe 1996, but as I recall it was another couple years before Taco Bell had a web site of its own.

I’ve contributed code to a few open source projects over the years; I was an early tester for Linux SMP support. Not very many people had multiprocessor 486 computers. I still do hobby programming for my own amusement, but I hate doing it professionally.

I’ve also ascended with the amulet of Yendor using a wishless Tourist and if that sentence makes sense to you, you’ll understand why that’s geekier than 20 year old Linux bugfixes.

One person, three geeky achievements. The first is bizarre, the second is worthy, and the third is, I haven’t a clue what the third is. Klingon, perhaps?

Taming A Tamagotchi (tetrisdroid)

Kept my Tamagotchi alive for 98 days when they were first released. I was 14 and it was in the local paper.

This may be a record for keeping a Tamagotchi alive Points For Everything: How I Tried to Win At Life With Gamification Points For Everything: How I Tried to Win At Life With Gamification My brain is stupid. It thinks I can get done tomorrow what I need to do today, and that I can do this afternoon what I need to do this morning. It puts everything off.... Read More among our readership, unless you know different?

Talking In Binary (Andrew Baughman)

Talked in binary.

Unless I’m mistaken this means conversing in a series of 1s and 0s. Which beats Klingon hands down.

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Voicing Your Own SatNav (robh)

Creating my own voice file for my TomTom (in-car SatNav). Sheldon on TV’s Big Bang Theory did the same but I did it before him!

You’re know you’re doing something right (and incredibly geeky) when the same plotline appears on The Big Bang Theory some time after.

3D-Printing Daft Punk Helmets (Doctor Scientist)

It’s a toss up between setting up 4 projectors and 4 Xbox 360’s to play Halo 3 with 16 people in a giant living room with 4 couches back to back in the middle of the room so each “team” had their back to the other teams projectors/wall. Also 8 player Co-op through the campaign on 4 projectors split screen was just stupid fun.

Although a very close second was spending two years off and on building a 3D printer based off the Reprap Prusa design. The geeky part was I wasn’t even all the excited about all the stuff I could print out, instead I was more excited to see the coding that made it work and understanding all the mechanical aspects of it inside and out. Currently trying to model a pair of small Daft Punk helmets I can wire up with LED’s and turn into book ends… although they are almost big enough to fit on my girlfriends cats heads… Daft Kittahs!

I’m jealous of both of these things. The first because playing Halo on a projector sounds like immense fun, and the second because cats are involved The Funniest Cat Tumblrs For Feline Fanatics [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Funniest Cat Tumblrs For Feline Fanatics [Weird & Wonderful Web] Cats now own the Internet. And if you want to survive the upcoming catastrophe, you'd best be friends with the feline frenemies. Read More .

Analyzing A Scientific Calculator (Jim Horn)

In December 1976 I was sent to Hawaii by the US Air Force to test some of their satellite support systems on Oahu. But a satellite emergency tied up the systems so for 1 1/2 of the two weeks we couldn’t do the tests so had to find other things to do. So what did this 23 year old bachelor do? Analyzed the operation of his then-new HP-67 calculator to derive its division algorithm and how to use it to do programmable timing, pauses and display formatting without stopping a running program. Hey, as a geek, hacking hardware and software outclassed shapely wahinis…

I may have chosen differently. Hacking hardware sounds like fun, but, you know.

Naming Your Child Tiberius (Flubber)

I guess putting Tiberius as our beloved James T. Kirk as second name for my kids was the geekiest thing my wife and i did.

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Lighting Up Light Sabers (Sharky)

Back in 1978, I used to fashion LEDs to the tips of my Star Wars action figure blasters (the LED leads held the lamp perfectly in place on the tip with no gluing necessary). I ran stator wire retrieved from a broken Hot Wheels Sizzler motor (the source of many cool projects back in the day) up the arm and around to a button cell on their backs with a switch that was merely a piece of tape holding the positive wire. The tip illuminating when ‘fired’ made the action so much cooler. Many geeky things since then, but in retrospect- for being 10 yrs old in the 1970’s- that was pretty geeky.

To do such a geeky thing at the tender age of 10 suggests this reader’s fate was sealed at a young age. And we may have George Lucas to blame.

Meeting Geekier Geeks Than You (Austin Hammock)

Either building my $3,000 computer, or having a conversation with Derek from Veritasium, Henry from MinutePhysics, and Destin from SmarterEveryDay, all in person on the same day that I saw the face of CGP Grey. (Random Acts of Intelligence show in Huntsville)

All of these things are extremely geeky. As is the fact I instantly recognized all four of the YouTube channels 10 Science YouTube Channels You Can't Miss 10 Science YouTube Channels You Can't Miss The word science essentially means knowledge, and it is this quest for learning and understanding that has driven mankind to the height of its power. The Web offers ample opportunity to disperse that knowledge to... Read More mentioned.

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Continue The Conversation

We found it fascinating hearing about the geekiest things our readers have done. Some of these activities clearly marked a turning point in the lives of those who did them. After all, once you have stripped a broken computer and rebuilt it so that it works, you know you’re no Luddite when it comes to technology. Others came about because of an existing, inherent geekiness.

We hope this list inspires you… to continue the conversation by commenting below, to tackle other geeky challenges, and to generally keep an open mind when it comes to traditionally geeky activities. We all know the geeks shall inherit the Earth, so come join us and help forge the freaky future we’re frenetically engineering.

A Debt Of Gratitude

In order to compile this list of geeky things our readers have done, we received a lot of great comments from the MakeUseOf readership. Obviously. As ever, our readers proved to be an invaluable part of the site you’re reading right now.

These readers took the time to answer the question, What Is The Geekiest Thing You Have Ever Done?, and their responses helped us compile this article. Noteworthy comments include those from tetrisdroid What Is The Geekiest Thing You Have Ever Done? [We Ask You] What Is The Geekiest Thing You Have Ever Done? [We Ask You] We're keen to hear all about your journeys into the geekiest of geeky territories. You geeks! Read More , Doctor Scientist What Is The Geekiest Thing You Have Ever Done? [We Ask You] What Is The Geekiest Thing You Have Ever Done? [We Ask You] We're keen to hear all about your journeys into the geekiest of geeky territories. You geeks! Read More , likefunbutnot What Is The Geekiest Thing You Have Ever Done? [We Ask You] What Is The Geekiest Thing You Have Ever Done? [We Ask You] We're keen to hear all about your journeys into the geekiest of geeky territories. You geeks! Read More , and our own Saikat Basu What Is The Geekiest Thing You Have Ever Done? [We Ask You] What Is The Geekiest Thing You Have Ever Done? [We Ask You] We're keen to hear all about your journeys into the geekiest of geeky territories. You geeks! Read More .

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  1. JD
    January 5, 2015 at 7:01 am

    I worked out what Stardate format was (before receiving a Starfleet technical manual for Christmas one year) and used it for marking up my high school notes.

    When the SFTM came out I first looked at the schematic for the Communicator and was disappointed to see it was little more than a superhetrodyne transceiver, a CB (GRS in Canada) one at that, with a frequency on the crystal(!) for 27.125 MHz, Channel 14 for heavens sake.

  2. Dean Robere
    January 4, 2015 at 3:24 am

    of the many i recall, the first that jumped out...
    I had left behind my boom-box, on a long day at the park... I just forgot it!
    Well, I missed my boom box, so I made one…
    I crammed a pair of Jensen speakers into the lining of my beat up old hand-me down bomber jacket.I added a sparkomatic car stereo, a couple speaker wires, and eight D cells. I have to say, with the T shaped antenna up the shoulder and down the sleeves... Recess just didn't seem the same after that.

  3. George
    December 17, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    We need more articles like this!

    • Dave Parrack
      December 21, 2014 at 11:09 am

      I'm glad you liked it. I'll do my best to conjure up more articles such as this one :)

  4. Jeremy
    December 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    When I was 14 (in 1989) I numbered my school exercise books in binary.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

      And lo, his life as a geek began. Does that remain the most geeky thing you have ever done?

  5. dirk
    December 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    he actually got the amulet of yendor as a tourist? this is the stuff of legends! Kudos...

    check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NetHack for mor information.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

      I purposely didn't Google it before writing the article, because I liked how otherworldly it sounded. Reading the Wikipedia entry has made it sound a lot less exciting, but no less geeky!

  6. Brent
    December 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Talking in binary - pretty geeky. However, I want to know, was it ASCII or EBCDIC?

    • Dave Parrack
      December 21, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Hopefully Andrew will see this question and reply. This comment may well be the geekiest thing YOU have ever done. Am I right?

  7. cole
    December 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I love the nails and pacman cookies. Geeky crafts are great!

    • Dave Parrack
      December 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

      I thought I'd throw them in to inspire someone to do something similar for the holidays. It doesn't matter that they had nothing to do with the winning comments... they're brilliant regardless.

  8. likefunbutnot
    December 17, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Also, I think @Jim Horn probably wins the overall geekiest thing award.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

      I think you're probably right there!

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