The Geek Handbook: Practical Skills and Advice for the Likeable Modern Geek

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And the GEEKS shall inherit the earth!

Although it may not be good for their pasty white skin, Geeks these days are enjoying a moment in the sun. From Pop Culture to High-Tech Everything, Geeks rule and everybody else, well, drools.

Drawing on his own knowledge of being a geek for almost 30 years, author Alex Langley provides essential advice for growth and survival for the modern Geek, including the top five games to play on your phone while ...

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And the GEEKS shall inherit the earth!

Although it may not be good for their pasty white skin, Geeks these days are enjoying a moment in the sun. From Pop Culture to High-Tech Everything, Geeks rule and everybody else, well, drools.

Drawing on his own knowledge of being a geek for almost 30 years, author Alex Langley provides essential advice for growth and survival for the modern Geek, including the top five games to play on your phone while listening to boring graduation speeches. There are also quotes and anecdotes from classic Geek gods such as Bill Gates, Sheldon Cooper, Felicia Day, "Weird" Al Yankovic and Dr. Who, that inspire all geeks to embrace not only your iPhones and Xboxes, but who you are.

Let's face it, sometimes being the smartest person in the room isn't enough. And when it's not, The Geek Handbook can help. You'll discover:

  • Basics on social interaction, both online and off.
  • Fashion: just because you can wear socks and sandals doesn't mean you should.
  • Making friends, making dinner, making babies.
  • Warning signs your appliances might secretly be plotting against you.
  • Geeky charities that give a +1 to your Light Side score.
  • Geek girls: tips on interacting with or becoming one of these burgeoning beauties.
So get your Geek on, and keep it on with The Geek Handbook.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440232886
  • Publisher: KP Books
  • Publication date: 11/21/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,407,366
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Langley is co-creator of, where he discusses all areas of geekdom, from video games to comics to movies and more. He has over 14,000 followers on Twitter, and is lead writer on video games for a new entertainment news site and geek mecca,, launching in April and co-founded by various celebrities and producers including co-founder Clare Kramer, the main villain in season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is also head of editing and coordinating articles for Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill at her website,, and has been a speaker and presenter at conventions such as Wonder-Con and San-Diego Comic-Con International. He also has a master's of science in psychology from the University of North Texas, and wrote his master's thesis around the topic of video game addiction.

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Table of Contents

Introduction-How to Geek It Up Like A G 7

Geek History: It's All Geek to Me 11

Chapter 1 Know Your Geeks 16

Chapter 2 Geek Fashion: Lose the Ponytail, You're Not the Friggin' Highlander 28

Things You Should Never Ever Wear 30

Things You Should Only Sometimes Wear 31

Things You Should Consider Wearing More Often 32

Tips for Keeping Your Geeky Self Groomed 33

Hairstyles: If We Were Hairless, We'd Look Like Big Thumbs 35

Chapter 3 How to Make Friends and Influence Geeks: Tips on Interacting with Other People 42

Reading Body Language: Like ESP, Only Real 46

Top Ten Geeky Social No-Nos 50

How to be Hospitable (Without Being Too Hospitable) 52

Top Five Ways of Making Your Guests Feel Welcome 54

Just Say No: Letting Your Guests Know When It's Time to Get the Hell Out 55

How to Deal With Uncomfortable Situations 56

Top Fifteen Geek Greetings 60

Chapter 4 Geektivities: So You've Got Some Friends. What Now? 64

Multiplayer Games More Inescapably Addictive than the Madness of Cthulhu 66

So Bad They're Good 67

Tabletop Gaming: Rollin' on Twenties 70

Twelve Types of People You'll See at a Dungeons and Dragons Game 72

Chapter 5 Getting to Know Geek Culture, Future and Past 78

We've Changed History: Ten Franchises that Forever Altered the Landscape of Geek Culture 80

Webcomics: Like Regular Comics, Only Webbier 89

The Top 10 Worst Moments in DC and Marvel Comics History 95

The Bizarre Superhero and Supervillain Bazaar 99

Chapter 6 Geekercise: How to Break a Sweat Without Breaking Your Ankle 108

Chapter 7 Geek Tech: Over 9,000 Gadgets You Can Waste Money On 114

Top Ten Home Appliances Most Likely to Kill You Once Machines Become Self-Aware (And How They'll Probably Do It) 116

Top Five Games to Play While Listening to Boring Speeches During Graduation 118

Fifteen Futuristic Inventions We Should Have By Now But Don't 118

Ten of the Goofiest Things Ever Invented 119

Chapter 8 The Internet: Bringing Geeks Together Since Al Gore Built It Out of a Series of Tubes 122

The Internet Commenter Zodiac 127

Choosing a Computer That's Right For You 132

Chapter 9 Education: Becoming the Big Geek on Campus 134

Popular Geeky Majors 137

Ten Ways to Get the Most Out of College Without Getting Expelled Due to Animal House-style Shenanigans 138

Collegiate Secret Societies Secretive Enough to be Cool But Not So Secretive We Don't Know About Them 140

Six Schools You Should Think Twice About 141

Top Three Worst High Schools in the Nation 143

Chapter 10 Geeks in The Workplace 144

The Top Six Greatest Geeky Professions 146

Jobs That Might Seem Like a Perfect Fit For Geeks But Aren't All They're Cracked Up To Be 147

How to Subtly Show Off Your Geekiness at Non-Geeky Jobs 148

Chapter 11 The House Energon Built: Maintaining a Geeky Home 152

Types of Homes and How Well They Fare Against Zombies 154

A Quick and Dirty Zombie Defense Guide 157

Living with Others: How to Get Along and Not Act Like the Cast of The Real World 161

Tips for Proper Roommate Etiquette 161

The Seven Types of Geek Roommates 164

Pets, Our Fuzzy Freeloaders 166

Cleanliness: It's the Latest Thing 170

How to Manage Your Hard-Earned Space Bucks: Geeking Out on a Budget 172

Chapter 12 With Great Geekdom Comes Great Responsibility: Doing Good as a Geek 174

Chapter 13 Geek Cooking: Using Your Bat'leth to Prepare Thanksgiving Dinner 178

Fighting Back Your Dark Hunger: Cooking It Old School 180

Recipes: You've Gotta Do the Cooking by the Book 182

Nutrition: Get You Some! 185

Chapter 14 Boldly Go Where Lots of People Have Gone Before: The Best Places for Geeks to Visit 186

Top Five Geeky Vacation Spots 188

Home is Where the Hulk is: Top Five Conventions Geeks Must Attend 189

The Handy Convention Survival Guide 190

Top Five Sexiest Characters to Cosplay 195

For the Hoard: What to Do With All That Treasure 196

Chapter 15 Geek Girls: The Female is the Deadlier of the Species 198

History of the Geek Girl 200

Geek Guys: How to Not Feel So Weird Around Girls 201

Geek Girls: How to Deal With Those Silly Boys 202

Girl vs. Girl: When the Controllers are Down, the Adamantium Claws Come Out 203

Ladies Who Set a Good Example 205

Fiction's Most Badass Action Chicks 207

Chapter 16 Geek Love: The Fifth Element 212

Ways to Have Fun While Dating and Not Accidentally End Up On a Date With a Person Who is Secretly an Evil Robot or Something 214

Top Five Reasons It's Better to Date Geeks 216

Tips for Dating a Geek 218

Oddball Fetishes Geek Culture has Propagated 219

Throwing a Geeky Bachelor/Bachelorette Party 222

The Top Five Best Geeky Wedding Themes 224

Chapter 17 Raising Them Right: How to Forge Little Geeks Your Own 228

Top Ten Most Popular Baby Geek Names 230

Geek Rites of Passage 231

The Future of Geekdom: Why It's a Good Day to Roll the Die 235

Index 236

About the Author and Illustrator 239

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    Highly entertaining and enlightening. Hardcore nerds may find it

    Highly entertaining and enlightening. Hardcore nerds may find it boring (unless they want to argue the points
    Langley makes), but intermediate and beginning nerds will be fascinated by the information this book contains.

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