Most of the people on my friends list are geeks.
I have Gaming Geeks, Computer Geeks, Psychology Geeks, Music Geeks, and even a Literature Geek.
According to Wikipedia:
2. A person with a devotion to something in a way that places him or her outside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity, depth, or subject of their interest. This definition is very broad, and allows for mathematics geeks, band geeks, computer geeks, gadget geeks, politics geeks, geography geeks, geeks of the natural sciences, music geeks, theatre geeks, history geeks, Good Eats geeks (Briners), linguistics geeks, sports geeks, figure skating geeks, SCA geeks (SCAdians), gaming geeks, typography geeks, ham radio geeks, public transit geeks (metrophiles), anime and manga geeks (otaku), Stargate geeks (Stargate SG-1/Atlantis fans, Gaters), Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel geeks, Star Wars geeks, Star Trek geeks (Trekkies and Trekkers, the latter noted for costuming), Tolkien or fantasy geeks (Tolkienite), and even Wikipedia geeks. (Late 20th century and early 21st century.)
But are any of us truly geeks? Have we aspired to the true heights of geekdom? Is there really an Ubergeek?
The penultimate Geek is one who is completely immersed in their field of study. The computer ubergeek can cite lines from his Windows registry on command, even while tweaking the driver for his video card before re-compiling his Linux kernel. The literature ubergeek can cite Shakespeare not by only scene or character or line, but by line number and page of the original text... And not due to some oddly wired brain that memorizes things, but due to rote. Hours and hours and hours of endless, tireless, passionate interest in their subject of devotion. The Ubergeek does not have to be a genius with a photographic memory. Just passionate enough about their field of study to make it seem that way.
Have any of you out there who consider yourselves a geek put that much time, that much effort into your field to truly even pander to this standard? There's hardly enough hours in a day when schooling and learning is all you have. Add in a job, family, and social life, and one wonders if the true geeks of the world are really known. Or are they the ones who sit in their basement, sending out soundtracks and software and books, never seeing the light of day for any longer than it takes to go to the bank and the grocers', merely to go back to their studies minutes later.
I know I don't have the stamina for that.