While geeks may be the dudes (and dudettes, I know, Not PC...) may be the ones who control the world, they are also the ones who put out those stupid OS's that drive us nuts and also put out the update to Android that breaks the phone app, creates conditions for lockups and generally drive us nuts on web pages that are changed, but not improved.
Back in about 1963 I read a reference to circus geeks, which upon much closer examination was referencing those people who did the hard labor of setting up the tents and rigging for a traveling circus. While they were certainly willing and able to do the hard work, and often not very sociable with non-circus folk, they never appeared to me to be burdened with "excess intelligence", although they certainly did seem to know what their jobs were.
So I suspect that the word geek is one of those whose meaning has been changed over the years by chronic misuse, usually promoted by the "news" media.
Rich, I was going to make some serious comment agreeing with you that engineers are the creative ones in the science and engineering world. Then the propellor hat came out and I had to laugh. I like that it is battery powered. Shows progress.
Nice video, Rich. I thought "geek" had lost its pejorative slant. My daughter and her friends proudly call themselves geeks. Maybe someone should tell Wiki. BTW, it's great to see the propeller hat has gone electric. Mine is still acoustic. Rats.
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