I celebrate 4 Geek High Holidays: April Fools, Halloween, July 4th, and of course the greatest of all, Geek Pride Day. Now we all know there are many other geeky holidays such as Pi Day, May the Fourth, Programmers Day, etc…. but of course none of them can equate to the epicness of May 25th, or GPD.
Identifying myself as a geek is incredibly important to me for many reasons. While there used to be a stigma around the term geek (and of course the word nerd as well) that is quickly inverting. There is a new “cool” around the image of a geek these days, which is somewhat ironic in and of itself. It is cliche to quote this, but as a geek I can get away with it: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Now that we are being accepted into society, we end up in better positions to positively affect change with the abilities and knowledge that we once horded in secret or doled out for paychecks.
GPD is a day where several franchises came together in different ways to create a vortex of fangasm unparalleled in any other way. While the Hoopy Froods may dislike having GPD overshadowing Towel Day, and some may not think it right that Star Wars Day potentially occur on both May 4th and May 25th…. who really cares? Being a geek really is all about being passionate about something, and enjoying it to the fullest in your own way.
I threw my first annual Geek Pride Day party last year. While rather small, it was a great start and a ton of fun!
This year’s event is going to be much bigger. We have been planning it for an entire year, and of course hyping it up. I’ve told every geek I’ve come across about it.
One of the main features of GPD this year is a raffle for a shiny new raspberry pi computer. That is the main prize at least… we do have a number of smaller prizes to dole out as well. My reason for choosing to give away a rasbpi is two-fold:
- The raspberry pi is a device perfectly engineered to teach and encourage creativity and imagination. It opens whole new worlds to someone who may want to learn programming, electronics, robotics, web design, etc. I can think of few geekier items to award!
- I mentioned that as a geek I feel as though I have great responsibility; therefore the proceeds from the raffle ticket sales will go to help fund myositis and/or fibromyalgia research, awareness, and treatment. My wife suffers from both of these bastard diseases, and all of us various geeks together need to help the medical geeks find good treatments and cures!
I’ve decided to put raffle tickets up on sale in advance here to help simplify things. So you can easily use PayPal to buy your raffle tickets.
One incentive to doing this is an online-only discounted bulk price! We are selling tickets 4 for $1, but you’ll get an extra 5 free tickets when you buy 20 online, for a total of 25 tickets for $5!
Here are a few pictures of the things we’re raffling. See you next Saturday…. oh, and don’t forget your towel!