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Outing the Geeks

Okay, I got outed as a geek in another thread. Yes, I plot my daily weights in Excel and create long-term trend lines to see my weight loss. Oh the shame. But it gets worse. I also use Excel to keep a master copy of grocery items. Then I copy and paste items from this master list to create a weekly list, arranged by the aisles in my local grocery store. This keeps me from getting to the produce section and realizing I forgot to pick up grape jelly back in aisle 2.
What's the geekiest thing you do? It doesn't have to involve Excel.

Sat. Jan 6, 12:37pm

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I don't think you are a Geek! I bet you are a very organized person. Organization is a real asset. I envy you! I hope I can become more Geekish!

Saturday, January 06, 2007, 12:44 PM

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Spending waaaaay too long putting/editing code in my log. Owning Star Wars DVDs (the real ones). Winning a pub quiz by knowing the name of the guy who played "Willow." The list is pretty much endless. Oh well. I have Geek Pride.


P.S. I'd use Excel to track weight loss too, if I had it. You lost me on the grocery store aisles thing though.

Saturday, January 06, 2007, 3:31 PM

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I'm not computer savvy or I would be doing the charting. I do list my grocery items in the order I walk through the store though.
Not sure of other geeky things...I know I've got them though. I like to think of them as quirks.

Saturday, January 06, 2007, 6:38 PM

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You won't be last to be geeky about the grocery store.

I've listed my grocery list in order of where it is in the store to save time and frustration. Nicely done with the Excel sheet though.

I have, on more than one occasion, put my grocery list on my iPod and used it at the store. :)

- egruber

Saturday, January 06, 2007, 7:20 PM

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My Palm Pilot runs my entire life for me, including grocery lists. Does that count?

Saturday, January 06, 2007, 9:54 PM

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I wish I was a geek! You guys really have your act together!

Saturday, January 06, 2007, 9:56 PM

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Wow, I guess being a geek one really learns how to manage their time better. How do I become one? LOL

Saturday, January 06, 2007, 11:48 PM

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Gee here - I can vouch for Hussy, she has one truely 'pimped' log lol

Sunday, January 07, 2007, 12:09 AM

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I'm a geekette at heart. Unfortunately, I'm not an organized one... LOL
I do love being on the net (too much for my own good!) I enjoy watching PBS and doing such nerdy things as getting a Math Calendar for my hubby... :-)

My friends tend to be geeky as well. I love to learn new things and hope that I never stop... :-)

I keep an excel spreadsheet with miles walked, calories burned, measurements, total miles, etc. :-) I "average" my weights and then graph them....

BTW has anyone watched "Beauty and the Geek?" I have a sneaking suspician that some of the 'Geeks" on there aren't nearly as geeky as they present themselves...

Sunday, January 07, 2007, 1:27 AM

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the clothes in my closet are organized by color and they all face the same way. they also have to be on identical hangers. i can tell when my husband puts something back, because it's almost always in the wrong place.

Sunday, January 07, 2007, 12:55 PM

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I have a very rough grocery list that I started in Excel. I would love to see what yours looks like. can you post a link to it?

Sunday, January 07, 2007, 1:35 PM

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Well, no, I can't post a link to my Excel grocery list, but I can do the next best thing... I can post a link to the rough list I used to start my customized list. If you go to, then look about half-way down the page, you'll see a generic grocery list that you can copy and paste into Excel. Once you've got a generic list in Excel, you can customize the items to what you actually buy, and arrange them by the aisles in your grocery store. It takes a bit of time to get the master list done, but once done, it's a great time saver.

For those not feeling comfortable with Excel, the website apparently has features allowing you to create & print customized lists. I'm not familiar with how the website works, but surely your inner geek can help you :)


Sunday, January 07, 2007, 1:51 PM

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You should watch the video for Weird Al's song "White and Nerdy" - it's a spoof on the song "Ridin' Dirty" and it's me. And my husband. And most of our nerdy friends. But we're OK with it and we really do find the song amusing. The link is below.

I do the Excel thing, too, but not just for grocery lists - packing lists, to do lists, checklists for when we plan parties, etc. I sympathize.


Sunday, January 07, 2007, 2:06 PM

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Hee Hee - I loved the video! Thanks! I laughed out loud over the woman opening a surge protector as a gift and looking at the giver with goo goo eyes! I thought I was the only one! My spouse and I swear that we married each other because we both love spending time in office supply stores.

Sunday, January 07, 2007, 2:35 PM

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Ha Ha! I believe I was the one that outed the OP. Good thing most of us geeks seem to have so much pride in our nerdy nature. I also chart my weight on Excel. I have an awsome line graph set up with a 1-pound-a-week line in blue and a two-pounds-a-week line in green. My Actual Weight line is in red and I try to keep in between the other two.
Also I have a shopping list that I order by aisle and a recipe data base.

Sunday, January 07, 2007, 5:02 PM

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i didn't know you could graph your weight in excel...but you better believe it's the next thing i'm going to do after i log off. and re-organize my closet.

Sunday, January 07, 2007, 6:31 PM

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I have my grocery list in an excell spreadsheet, too.
I got my own copy of the store's by-aisle list (available at the service desk) and then went through every aisle and wrote down/checked off everything that I buy on a regular (or even semi-regular) basis. I combined my own list with the store's list, leaving out stuff I never buy (like dog food), and made the table so each item has a check-off box next to it. I print out the exact same list every week and keep it on my fridge. As I run out of something or think of something to buy, I check it off. At the end of the week, I take it shopping with me and only buy the stuff that's checked off. It saves time AND money!

Monday, January 08, 2007, 9:54 AM

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Well I have the Excel weight loss chart and I do my checkbook in Excel. So I don't know if I'm a geek or not.

I just like to be able to look back and easily track my weight loss and see my progress.

Monday, January 08, 2007, 10:43 AM

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Ooooooooo - "my own copy of the store's by-aisle list (available at the service desk)". Cool! I'm going to have to do that too! Thanks!

Monday, January 08, 2007, 10:44 AM

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Gosh, I never considered myself a geek before, but now that I think of it...

I have charted my weight, minutes of exercise and calories too (Excel).

I created sort of a food matrix of what's in my freezer with categories (beef, chicken, etc) down the side and "state" (raw, cooked or prepared meals) across the top. I cross stuff off when I've used it and every month or so I update it in the computer and print it out (Excel).

I have all of my big plastic tubs for storing xmas decorations numbered. I have a list of what's in each container so I know which ones to bring in the house when it's time to decorate (Excel).

I organinze my grocery list by where things are in the store, but don't do it on the computer (that would be geeky! hahahaha).
I even make a list and cross off as I go through the store when I go to Target or Walmart for stuff like toiletries and household stuff. If I need more than 2 things they better be on a list or I'm sure to forget half of it!

I created (in Excel) a "family calendar" that is used by me, my sisters and our parents. I email it out to everyone once every month or so, and we each add our vacations, trips out of town, any events, etc so everyone can see who's available if they want to plan a get together with the family...
Every "family" has a color to use for shading in the cells for their events...
It also has a master list of everyones birthday and anniversary in the larger extended family, plus any friends that people want to add.
I even add the date someone has died, the maiden names of all the married women, we have pets listed there too and a little description of who the person is a friend of or related to. I'm using it so I can send out my greeting cards on time.

I'm sure there's more....

Monday, January 08, 2007, 2:02 PM

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Trying to avoid hijacking the other thread on motivational quotes, I just want to respond to geekette's mentioning the movie Galaxy Quest. I love that movie too!!! My favorite moment in the film is the "But Whyyyyyyy?" said by the captain of the aliens. I own that DVD and enjoy it anew every time I watch it.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007, 1:23 PM

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So...where's the line between geekiness and OCD??? lol

Tuesday, January 09, 2007, 1:30 PM

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"Where's the line?" Yeh, I remember sitting in my Abnormal Psychology class thinking that, without a little self-control, I probably have a few symptoms from every abnormal diagnosis out there. It's all a matter of where we draw the line.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007, 1:45 PM

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This was a topic on the radio this morning...

What is the difference between a geek and a nerd?

I agree with the lady on the radio that a geek is more techno/gadget savvy while a nerd is socially backwards. I have a lot of diversified hobbies, but I am a geek...always have been, always will be. I refuse to be nerdy though.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007, 3:59 PM

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I'm so geeky, I get health and fitness tips from


Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 10:59 AM

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I was thinking the same thing. Its not so much as people here are geeks they are so OCD!!!!

Not one person here mentioned things like:
-Spending hours on your entertainment system so that absolutly everything is plugged in and has amazing sound and clarity and picture. (Done it!)
-Spending even more time on that entertainment system playing RPG's. Then once you beat the game you HAVE to play it again because now you know how to totally kick ass. (Done it!)
-Speaking of have absolutly EVERY game system out there... (Done it!)
-If you dont currently like the game system configuration/speed/games you can play on it you buy a modification chip, soder it in, then download all of your favorite games onto the newly modified game sysytem...and you add lights and fans so that it looks cool. (Husband did it!)
-Watching the Discovery channel (but only in HD) so that the next day at work you can amaze your friends with all of the totally cool AND necessary info you learned. (Always do that!)

I LOVE being a geek! Technology is so COOL!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 11:13 AM

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