Pythian’s Third Annual Geek Pride Day

May 24, 2013 / By Sarah Cross

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The day has arrived, and it’s probably one of our favorite days at Pythian – Geek Pride Day! Since May 25 (the “official” day according to Wikipedia) falls on Saturday, we celebrated it a day early so everyone could participate. For the third year in a row, our 250+ global Pythianites have had the opportunity to learn more about each other’s geekisms by offering an International Geeky costume/t-shirt contest, while our office locations hold a Pot Luck to provide the opportunity for everyone to relax for a bit and get their geek on at lunch. The old saying “birds of a feather flock together” is very true: every single one of us is a little geeky in our own special way, even the Pythian HR Team!

Some of us on HR are Super Geeks! Tin and Christina have been planning this for months.

Some of us on HR are Super Geeks! Tin and Christina have been planning this for months.

When we celebrated our first Geek Pride Day, our HR team was a modest size of three people.

The HR team in 2011, from left to right, Heidi Hauver, Julia Duffy, and Sarah Cross.

The HR team in 2011, from left to right, Heidi Hauver, Julia Duffy, and me.

Since 2011, our team has grown substantially!

Pythian's HR team today! From left to right, Peter Dean, Camila Suvaric, Tin Thinn, Christina Anderson, Rosie Leonard, Heidi Hauver and Heather Hillier.

Pythian’s HR team today! From left to right, Peter Dean, Camila Suvaric, Tin Thinn, Christina Anderson, Rosie Leonard, Heidi Hauver, and Heather Hillier.

People are sometimes surprised to learn that HR is filled with geeks, so I asked the whole team about what makes them a super geek.

Rosie Leonard – “The geekiest thing I can’t live without is my label maker.”

Heidi Hauver – “The geekiest thing about me is that I truly love science fiction. My favorite tv show is V and my favorite movie is the (original) Star Wars Trilogy.”

Heather Hillier – “The one geeky thing that I cannot live without is my iPad.”

Peter Dean – “My geeky habit is the way I speak.”

Camilla Suvaric – “Being able to quote Lord of the Rings (1, 2, and 3) is definitely what makes me a geek.”

Tin Thinn- “Some of the things that make me a geek is knowing some pretty good details about comics, Star Wars, Star Trek, board games (i.e. Magic, D&D, Heroscape, etc.), my Spider Man golf head cover, and my thoughts on why geeks are way cooler than jocks.”

Christina Anderson – “The geekiest thing I can’t live without is definitely my TARDIS and two Sonic Screwdrivers.”

Christina's TARDIS, one of her geekiest items.

Christina’s homemade TARDIS, one of her geekiest items.

My geeky confession? I am a huge RPG video game addict. The first RPG I ever played was Final Fantasy VII on the original PlayStation, and I was immediately hooked from the age of 11. Since then, I have lost too many hours of sleep to get to the next save point, or to finish the next mission. I had to move my consoles out to my bedroom to make sure I get a good night’s sleep. I am also slightly embarrassed to say that I was the only person waiting for Future Shop to open when Final Fantasy XIII was released (and was quickly disappointed).

My Geeky t-shirt for Geek Pride Day.

My Geeky t-shirt for Geek Pride Day.

Since you know about the geekiness of Pythian’s HR team, what makes you a geek?

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