GirlGeek of the Week
Mikki Halpin's first interaction with both geeks
and computers came from her brother, a classic geek who built a
PC, played Dungeons and Dragons, and cheered out loud at Star Wars
and Star Trek movies. Unfortunately, jokes Mikki, "My utter disdain
for him as a human prevented me from learning from him as I should
later Mikki discovered her own geekiness, studying Pascal in college.
She proudly "aced" Pascal but later found that real geeks mocked
the basic language. In any case, Mikki got into the habit of staying
late at the UC Berkeley computer labs to design punch cards over
pizza with like-minded geeks.
graduation, Mikki headed to an early new-media company, Voyager.
She jumped into an exciting project: digitizing a feature length
film for distribution on CD-ROM with a then-new technology called
Quicktime. Mikki and a team of geeks succeeded in putting out "A
Hard Day's Night" on CD-ROM, the company's best selling product.
Since then, Mikki's been using computers for
everything, though she does not consider herself a geek. She knows
a lot about geeks and geek behaviors and is the celebrated author
of "The Geek Handbook : User Guide and Documentation for the Geek
in Your Life."
did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers
did learn some valuable things from my brother way back when, listening
to long-winded rants on technical subjects. I learned to troubleshoot
his hand-me-down PCs.
do you earn a living?
I'm a writer and also produce Websites. My latest
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
I am their fan, their champion, their critic, their therapist, their
enabler, but not one of them.
is your favorite Website?
It hasn't been updated forever, but I love the
weird network at www.flyvision.org.
Check out the Ghostwatcher!
do you do when you're not working?
Play on the Internet; sleep.
would play you in a movie about your life?
is the person you most admire?
Warner, a fabulous British writer.
would be the title of your autobiography?
and where were you the happiest?
How lame is that?
you could have one super power what would it be?
to fix broken computers by gazing at them serenely.