I always have been. At age 7, I entered the school science fair with Magnetic Dancing Marionettes. The marionettes were pipecleaner figures wrapped around nails. They hung in a cardboard theatre, and there was an electromagnet at the top; when you closed the switch, the marionettes would be pulled up.
I started writing computer programs in 5th grade...care to read the saga? :-)
Geekery stuff I like:
The Linux penguin above is used by permission of Larry Ewing and The GIMP.