LAST CALL: Geek chic praised by, uh, well, geeks

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the Star Trek

convention ... the geeks are out again.



Last year's Sexiest Geek Alive contest was covered by such esteemed

media outlets as People magazine, Good Morning America, the BBC, Montel

Williams, Salon.com and PRWeek. This year, the contest has gone up a

notch, taking the beauty (of the 'inner' variety, we're guessing)

contests to 19 regional outlets, beginning on April 17 in Indianapolis

and culminating with the Sexiest Geek finals, planned for June 21 in San

Jose, CA.



So far this year, 12,000 international geek guy and girl applicants have

completed the online form with such details as their height, weight and

favorite Star Trek captain.



Steven Phenix, contest founder and geek contact at tech firm Bite PR,

said there was a benefit to being a geek besides possessing a big,

pulsing, sexy brain: layoff imperviousness. 'Geeks are nearly immune

from a recession,' says Phenix, a self-proclaimed geek. 'When the

layoffs come, the pink slips always go to the pretty, well-dressed

people in marketing.'



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