Geekness Day is July 13 and St. Petersburg College has shared posts from some of our resident geeks, as well as information about the work they’ve done for and at the college.
Chad Mairn – Information Services Librarian at St. Petersburg College
I consider myself a geek primarily because when I find something that interests me I become passionate about it and, as a result, I want to learn as much as I can. I like to tinker and take things apart too. Many years ago, I built computers. In fact, I had 12 in my house! I used a few for music composition, some for gaming, and a few were used as firewalls and honeypots. I wanted to be a hacker – the good kind, but I was never any good at it. I did learn, however, to be careful when using a computer and/or a mobile device and to not give hackers an easily opened window into my digital world. Now, I am primarily interested in emerging STEM technologies that benefit people and “geek out” over these technologies often!
My proudest geek moment happened just a few weeks ago during our Innovation Lab’s [Makerspace @ SPC] grand opening. The Tampa Tribune wrote a nice piece on the lab. I was able to share my passion for technology and also share the philosophy behind the lab, which essentially is to provide a space for people to be creative with technology and share ideas and projects.
As of right now, the Innovation Lab [Makerspace @ SPC] has the following things:
- FreeFab3D Monolith 3D Printer built locally using other 3D printers
- littleBits Synth Kit
- Arduino Genuine Mega 2560 Circuit Board Experimentation Kit
- LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0
- Avid Fast Track Duo Audio Interface with Pro Tools Express
- An iMac, 2 Linux computers, and 1 Windows computer
- A variety of Open Source Software applications for 3D printing, design etc.
- MaKey MaKey: Original Invention Kit
- Cubelets KT06 Kit
- ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board
- 2 CanaKit Raspberry Pi Ultimate Starter Kits
- Apollo Precision Tools 53-Piece Tool Kit
- Parallax Programmable Boe-Bot Robot Kit
- Elenco Deluxe Learn To Solder Kit
- Samsung 32-Inch 1080p LED HDTV with Logitech TV Cam HD for Skype Calls
- Chromecast for multimedia streaming to the TV
- Atari 1040 ST computer
- Reference Collection including books and magazines
Tim Staney - Assistant Director of Interactive Marketing at St. Petersburg College
Hi. My name is Tim Staney, and I work as St. Petersburg College’s Assistant Director of Interactive Marketing. I’m a geek; I have to be. It’s my job. I don’t read binary well, but the Mashable! RSS feed is like TV for me. In my spare time, I like to program, design and tinker with code. I dream in hexadecimal colors and I think life should be as logical as jQuery. And sadly, yes, that really is my license plate.
1. What makes you a geek? I get excited, probably more than I should, by new technology and have always been an “early adopter.” I had one of the earliest digital cameras, the Sony Mavica that used 3.5 inch floppies for picture storage. Looking back I can imagine how “geeky” I looked with my camera and a box of floppies. Today I just pine away for the latest Apple device or a new iOS beta – and dream about shaving a few microseconds off the load time of the SPC website.
2. What is your proudest geek moment? One of my favorite geek moments was tweeting for the college during President Obama’s visit to the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus on Sept. 8, 2012. I had one iPhone for tweeting and a “spare” phone for picture-taking.
3. What is your geek motto/favorite geek quote? It may be hard to imagine Henry Ford as a geek, but he famously said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” I think ‘geekiness’ is often about innovation — being disruptive, pushing the envelope, and maybe even making people a little uncomfortable with the status quo. Great technology fills needs we didn’t know we had.
4. Who is your geek role model? Steve Jobs, hands down.
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