To be a "geek"

When most people hear the term "geek" I'm sure they think about comics, sci fi, techies, and the like. I'd argue few people would describe someone who was into art or cooking that way though.

Why is that?

I've come to believe that the definition for "geek" is a lot broader than what the stereotype says it is. To be a geek is to be passionate about a subject (any subject), and simply that. There's a great Simon Pegg quote that's always floating around that goes something like this:

"Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something... Being a geek is extremely liberating."

So, what is it that makes me a geek? That's what this is all about.