May 11th, 2008


Geek contest

So the other night, Jen and I were hanging out with most of the members of an a cappella group from CalTech, Fluid Dynamics.

For the rest of this story to have the impact it truly deserves, you need to take a moment to dwell on that. This is an a cappella group. From CalTech. This is the school upon which the movie "Real Genius" is based, and from what we've heard, the movie was a fairly tame representation of how things are now. And these are the people who, despite being certifiable geniuses, chose to be even more outcast by publicly singing at their science-and-technology-based-school. (as a side note, FD is pretty dang good - this particular story took place just after they'd taken third place at Absolut A Cappella, a contest held annually at USC)

I don't in any way mean to demean these guys and girls - as any reader of this journal knows, I'm fairly obsessed with both smart people and a cappella singers, and this group is the best of both worlds. But to most people out there, both intelligence and collegiate a cappella singing have certain images associated with them, and this combines the extremes of both of those worlds. That's kind of what this entry centers on, so I wanted to make sure we were all on the same page.

OK, got the full geekiness of the concept? Good, then we can move on.

At one point in the conversation, we were talking about playing games or something along those lines. I don't remember how the conversation flowed exactly, but it somehow came out that Jen and I met indirectly through AOKP. For my newer readers, AOKP is a LARP (Live Action Role Playing Game).

The members of Fluid Dynamics declared that we're geekier than they are. They literally bowed to our geekiness.

I think this may very well make us geek royalty. And we couldn't be more proud. =)