Obligatory Valentines Day post

Although I’ve already done one post this month on the topic of love in the geekyverse, I thought I’d make use of V-day for a truly blatant excuse for another blog post.  I know it’s not an original concept – so sue me.

Love is a many splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love!

Christian, Moulin Rouge!

Love, as has been noted by many, is a complicated thing, with all sorts of different expectations depending on who you are, who you’re dating (or not) and what culture you are from, or are living in.  Indeed, this most rose-coloured of European traditions is becoming rather popular with the burgeoning youth population in Iran, of all places, despite the government banning the production of such gifts.

Flowers – especially red roses – are so passé these days… how about blue roses instead?  If you’re feeling poor and/or are too far away to hand deliver a present, you can always send your beloved a ‘Walking Dead’ Valentine’s Day e-card or have a radiogram delivered.  You could, of course, go by the old standard and stay indoors watching a film together; if you’re stuck for ideas, here’s a list of the top ten romantic movies for geeks.

Of course, if you’re the kind of person who empathises with Ebeneezer Scrooge and exclaims “Bah, humbug!” at the marketing excesses of Valentines Day, you’ve probably gone and bought yourself (or your similarly cynical loved one) something suitably anti-Valentines already, while listening to a suitable playlist at the same time.  Such folk will also be happy to know that St Valentines was stoned to death, and not in the Cheech and Chong sense of the term either.

Geek Love

“Ama et Fac Quod Vis”

Lit: Love and what you like — St Augustine.

Yes, it’s that time of year when love is in the air, there’s a big Hallmark Day approaching and there’s so much pink crap being sold in shops that you keep thinking you must have put your rose-tinted spectacles on by mistake this morning.

In case you hadn’t noticed Valentines Day is nearly upon  us.  So, for those hopeless and not-so-hopeless geeky romantics out there, here’s a list of 50 Geeky Date ideas for that day – and beyond.

Haven’t got a date yet?  Here’s 13 of the geekiest pickup lines you’ve ever seen or heard.  [N.B. I cannot guarantee the effectiveness of any of these lines.]  For anyone who has stumbled across this blog post and is wondering “Why would I want to date a geek?” the simple answer is that they make the least selfish lovers and often do, in fact, make great lovers (he says modestly).

Regardless of who you date, whether they are geeky or not, please do bear this in mind… love in all of its forms is not just for Valentines Day; tell those you love that you care about them the other 364.24 days of the year as well.  


It’s wonderful stories like this one about two very different types of gamer (one a customer, one serving the customer) that are useful in stripping away other people’s assumptions.  Stereotypes may be so because they are truisms – but there are always exceptions that prove the rule.  Vive la différence.