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Grokking grok

Here's a shock: young people don't grok grok.

One young science fiction geek used it in a presentation in class last night and it turn out that the only other person in the room who had ever heard the word was yours truly. Yeah, I first heard it in my SF years, too, but I thought it had been sufficiently popularized by hippies and hackers to be in the general lexicon.

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Especially in Austin, where BookPeople began its life as the tiny Grok Books over on 17th Street. But now I'm really dating myself.

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It goes against my geek cred, but I've always hated that word.

ttrentham [ttrentham cxe thechunk punkto com] • 2007.03.30
Nostalgia city! That was the exact edition of SISL that I read at age 13. Read nothing but SF for the next 7 years. Sadly, though, for me Heinlein was something one grows out of at a certain age in late adolescence. Looking back now, I think his juveniles have the most lasting quality. They're the only ones I would re-read now.

Margaret [margaret punkto s cxe gmail punkto com] • 2007.03.30
Margaret, my experience exactly.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2007.03.30
Is grok a generic version of Zork or something?

Michael S. [info cxe schliefkevision punkto com] • 2007.04.01
i grok. i love to grok.
that is my favorite book ever.

elenamary [elenamary cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2007.04.24
I found Heinlein by accident, while browsing at Libreria Nacional, in Bogota. And oh so much loved it!

Of course, I do grok. Not many people do, though: a sign of the times?

Camilo [camilor cxe gmail punkto com] • 2007.05.09
How many folks were in your class?
It really should be required reading I would hope... I re-read it with my wife a few years ago, as she hadn't ever read it. Though filled with male-oriented bias, it's still so good. One cannot grok the term itself without reading this book.

michaelm [plantwater cxe gmail punkto com] • 2007.06.02
i grok grok.
&&
self-dating good, self-hating bad!

chaizzilla [chaizzilla cxe gmail punkto com] • 2007.06.30
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