Piled Higher and Deeper Comics (a.k.a. PhD Comics)
I admit it. I am a geek. Not a nerd, but a geek [for a geek vs. nerd definition and a guide on how to tell the difference between a geek and a nerd]. I love my tech toys. But living way up North can be a little painful for a geek like me.
It's not like I can hop on the bus and head to the local Futureshop, Apple Store or homebrew computer center. I miss being able to stop in at those places and play with what ever new tech-toy just came out, to scope out what is coming through the pipes, and to decide what I am going to drool over for the next three months while I save up the $$ to get it.
There aren't too many other people here in the north that get the geeky things in life (at least up here - I can count them on one hand). It's hard to talk geek to anyone, most of the time I just get blank looks and the do I need to know this stare.
My geekdom is pretty limited here. I can look at and research all of the new tech-toys, but I'm a tactile geek - I like to be able to hold it in my hands and see how it "feels" and "works" before committing myself to a relationship.
Even the process of trying to get tech-toys up North is painful. Futureshop, BestBuy and The Source charges an arm and a leg for shipping, Dell can't seem to get a package to you, my local independent computer shop back home wants to charge me UPS rates ... at least Apple half of the time can get things to us up here relatively quickly ... unless they ship it to your southern address instead of your northern address.
Heck, I can hardly even download my favorite technology podcasts ... as they push me over my measly 2GB limit way too quickly. I have no idea what is going on in the world! I don't even know what was said at the last MacWorld!
Yeah, I could just send a list of what I want down south to my mom or some of my other geek inclined friends, but then I have to wait for them to get up to the shops, shove it in the mail, and hope that Canada Post/First Air doesn't loose it in the process.
So, until I make it down south, I guess I will just have to continue my tech-toy withdrawl ... oh, it's so painful .. its like giving up coffee during exam week.