Chart humorously showing how geeks will invest time at one point and then exceed a normal person in free time after creating a script.

Geek vs Non-Geek: A Chart

Chart humorously showing how geeks will invest time at one point and then exceed a normal person in free time after creating a script.

At first I cheered…and then I became critical.

At first I cheered this graphic. It is entertaining and mostly true. Then I began to have doubts about the chart and what it was representing and found my doubts echoed in recent comments.

  • While it is true that a geek will invest a significant amount of time into developing a way to reduce the size of a task – typically we end up sharing this tool with a non-geek and it ends up becoming a win-win.
  • Also – time should be on the x-axis. I just finished warning my students off writing time on the y-axis so this bugs me a bit.
  • The above solves my other issue where it seems like once the geek runs the script time stops. I am not sure I have met a geek yet that could resist tweaking something that worked well. Tinkering is part of the geek manifesto – right?
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About the author: Rurik

Known both as Ru (or as the title suggests, Ru Ru the Ruiner), Rurik studies ways games can designed to improve society, especially in the realm of education.