I’ve been in I.T. for all of my working life. I’m a geekie type but I have a personality underneath with friends to prove it. I’ve met a lot of techie people who are, quite frankly, really dull so I can see where the stereotype comes from. We are like policeman and lawyers - handy to have in your arsenal of friends but you probably won’t invite them out for a beer unless you need something. One of my favourite programs is Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace which is a spoof TV “horror series from the early 1980s that was considered so groundbreaking and terrifying that it was promptly sat on by the company that commissioned it". In the fifth episode Scotch Mist, kilt wearing ghosts come back to Romsford to seek revenge on Dagg Douglas MD because of the less than flattering things he said in a chip shop after his plane was diverted to Prestwick airport. Anyway, Scotch Mist rolls in (very much like John Carpenter’s The Fog) and starts killing the hospital staff leaving there bodies on the moor covered in tartan patterns. The quote comes during one of the director-commentary-style inserts that broke up the show.
Dean Learner: We found out that the mist was poisonous when two techies died. Now I don’t like to see anyone die, but if someone has to die, it might as well be a techie… because another one comes along, it’s the same belt, it’s the same hammer in the tool belt, you can barely tell the difference.
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